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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New York-based startup Context Matters’ cloud-based, risk-management tool provides a global picture of each country’s reimbursement agency decisions for drugs treating 35 conditions. The data is updated on a monthly basis so the information doesn’t get stale. Yin Ho, the founder and CEO of Context Matters, said the company ultimately wants to have all conditions included in the platform but “you have to start somewhere.”

The map does not seem to be public.

- MedCity News 

The North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) is pleased to announce the successful launch of the Automated Geospatial Geocoding Interface Environment (AGGIE) System within the MyNAACCR section of the NAACCR Website. This release represents the culmination of a multi-year initiative undertaken through a partnership between NAACCR, Texas A&M University, and the National Cancer Institute to provide a single, uniform geocoding platform for open use by cancer registries. The AGGIE System is now available and ready for use by all NAACCR Full Member Registries. This system is also currently integrated within the SEER*DMS registry software package – users of SEER*DMS have already begun using it!

In short, free geocoding for member organizations.

- NAACCR Narratives

Two UN agencies have mapped the intersection of health and climate in an age of global warming, showing that there are spikes in meningitis when dust storms hit and outbreaks of dengue fever when hard rains come.

Officials said Monday that their “Atlas of Health and Climate” is meant to be a tool for leaders to use to get early warning of disease outbreaks.

The atlas is a joint project of the World Health Organization and World Meteorological Organization.


- AP

OpenGovChicago is behind a new mapping tool that makes finding locations to get flu shots more convenient for Chicago residents. It's a simple Googe Maps dot map (with address search).

- AP

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 05:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Apple was granted a US patent for the graphical user interface used in all versions of the iOS Maps app. Remember, this the UI, not the backend, which has of course, changed. It's No. 8,302,033 titled, "Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for providing maps, directions, and location-based information." It was filed in 2008.

The abstract:

A device, method, and graphical user interface for providing maps, directions, and location-based information on a touch screen display are disclosed.

- Apple Insider

News broke yesterday that  Apple iOS software chief Scott Forstall was let go. Today, we learned why. Per the Wall Street Journal:

Apple Inc. executive Scott Forstall was asked to leave the company after he refused to sign his name to a letter apologizing for shortcomings in Apple's new mapping service, according to people familiar with the matter.


by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 04:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Annenburg Institute for School Refortm confirms that where you live in New York City helps determine your college readiness.

The institute today released a 10-page report arguing that demography is still destiny for New York City schoolchildren, at least in terms of whether they are prepared for college. Accompanying the report is a new data tool that lets users handicap students’ chances of graduating from high school ready for college by neighborhood.

- Gotham Schools

From John Van Hoesen at Green Mountain College:

I am pleased to announce the Green Mountain College ‘Community Mapping Lab’ is operational. The lab is located in Room 105 of Richardson House. Community members, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by for a tour of the facilities or to make mapping-related requests.

The main purpose of the lab is to provide a space for GMC students to work on projects that involve spatial analyses and mapping with an emphasis on community outreach.

Based on the kind of teaching John does and what his students do in the community, I suspect this lab will be BUSY!

- GMC MapLab

Esri's Jim Bauman describes how the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) uses ArcGIS for Server to learn more about its students, track absensteeism and enhance learning.

- ETC Journal

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 04:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), who narrowly lost his 2008 bid for reelection against Democrat Al Franken, works as a lobbyist at the firm Hogan Lovells. His new duties, per a disclosure form, include lobbying to "expand access to broadband technology by supporting efforts of LightSquared."

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 03:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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