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Monday, January 07, 2013

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/07 at 04:46 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Stephens County, GA agreed to continue its quest for GIS after a three year contact expired. Commissioners signed a $10K contact with GIS1. Not much, is it?

“We have got to take baby steps towards GIS,” [Stephens County Administrator Phyllis] Ayers said.

- The Independent Mail

Mitch Adams of the Information Technology/Geographic Information System (IT/GIS) Department has been named Whitfield County [GA] Employee of the Month for November.

He maintains the GIS and recently voluneered to lead a timber harvest project.  He’s currently working toward a GIS Certificate through Penn State University. Artilces like this are a great way to introduce "what GIS people do" to students. Whitfield County is home to Dalton, GA a town of very friendly people; I ran an ultramarathon there last year.

- Dalton Daily Citizen

What the first thing one should rebuild after an earthquake? The folks working on that question for Christchurch, NZ decided on a GIS.

At the heart of the plans for rebuilding Christchurch’s underground infrastructure is a one-stop interactive online map that adopts the principles of Spatial Data Infrastructure.

Pulling together data from utilitiies was challenging, but it sounds like the effort, which will also help in Canterbury, are re-energizing NSDI efforts countrywide.

- FutureGov

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/07 at 04:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Babak Parviz is the lead on the Google Glass project: glasses with onboard sensors and access to key data you need which is displayed just inches from your eyes. There was lots of excitement after the announcement in June 2012, but now cold reality is setting. Parviz spoke to IEEE Specturm and provided these key updates:

  • The goal is to ship updated hardware and software to developers early tin 2013 (the interview is from mid-December) 
  • A basic capability is taking a picture and sharing it.
  • The feature set is not complete and it sounds like augmented reality is not in this iteration:

I would say that even though augmented reality isn’t our immediate goal for Google Glass, I think in the future that augmented reality will also come into the picture.

  • The business model is not yet set - but Google is interesting in making the hardware.
  • No plans for advertising.
  • Intergration of Google Now and Glass is "compelling."
  • The API will be cloud-based - so not Android.
  • Working on integrating phone support in Glass.

- IEEE Spectrum via Tech News Today

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/07 at 04:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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