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Friday, March 29, 2013

One of the few recognizable names in LBS games in the past few years was Booyah, creator of MyTown. The well funded startup ($30M) is making some changes.

Chief Creative Officer and co-founder Brian Morrisroe will take over as CEO, "replacing Jason Willig, the former EA and Hasbro exec who had been acting as CEO since co-founder Keith Lee stepped down in 2011."

The company will now focus on the tablet, which it considers the next big opportunity.

There's been about a 60% reduction in force.

- TechCrunch

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/29 at 05:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A team of researchers used an algorithm similar to the Google PageRank and to the Viterbi Algorithm for digital communication to gain important insights about the spread patterns of lung cancer. The team includes experts from the University of Southern California (USC), Scripps Clinic, The Scripps Research Institute, University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York.

"This research demonstrates how similar the Internet is to a living organism," said USC Viterbi School of Engineering Professor Paul Newton, Ph.D., the lead and corresponding author of the study. "The same types of tools that help us understand the spread of information through the web can help us understand the spread of cancer through the human body."

- News Medical

People living near asphalt pavement sealed with coal tar have an elevated risk of cancer, according to a study in the journalEnvironmental Science and Technology. Much of this calculated excess risk results from exposures in children, age six or younger, to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from the sealant. ...

For this study, doses and risk associated with residences adjacent to unsealed asphalt lots were considered relative to those adjacent to (CSA) parking lots. Benzo(a)pyrene concentrations in CSA-affected settled house dust were high relative to those reported in most parts of the U.S. where coal-tar-based sealcoat is not used (California and Arizona). Data for PAHs in coal-tar-sealed asphalt-affected soils and unsealed asphalt-affected soils are available from samples from New Hampshire and suburban Chicago. 


Vermont health data available for download and use in GIS.

Commonly used Vermont public health GIS data layers, formatted as shapefiles, can be downloaded as compressed .zip files using the links below.

- Health Vermont

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/29 at 04:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Iowa's biggest newspaper, the Des Moines Register, pulled an interactive map of school security measures off of its website after 20 minutes due to reader concerns. The article (with some nasty comments) is still online.

WHO radio host Simon Conway described the publication of the map his way: "What they did yesterday was provide a shopping list for every nut job in Iowa," 

The investigation of school security doen via a survey, was in response to the Newtown shootings. The study showed hundreds of schools have no police or private security during portions of the day. 

The paper's editor agreed that a different portrayal might have been better, "but said it was meant to be a "revelatory look" at an issue that concerns parents and taxpayers." After taking down the original map, which detailed each school's security,  a map that showed the 54 districts that have full-time security appeared. 

- Fox News

- Poynter

Image from The Blaze.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/29 at 04:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Zacks reports a bit of reorganzation at Pitney Bowes LI and GIS Division:

A few days back Pitney Bowes appointed James Brayshaw as the Director and GM of its Location Intelligence (LI) and GIS division. James, a chartered civil engineer with 30 years of rich experience, had been handling the significant role of the board of directors of Ordinance Survey.

Pitney Bowes has been experiencing impressive improvements in its LI and GIS division revenues in recent times. The primary reason behind this rise is the ability of a certain software to present geospatial data, which helps in understanding the specific relationships between locations. This also helps organizations in making more informed strategic business decisions and in identifying specific location-based growth opportunities.

There were a few other top level moves as well.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/29 at 03:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, March 28, 2013

If I understand correctly, there were 37 entries to Esri's contest seeking the best app in 100 lines or fewer of ArcGIS API for JavaScript code.  The contest was part of this year's Developer Summit and managed on GitHub.

Judges selected winners based on 

  • Effective use of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript
  • Usability (UX)
  • Creativity
  • Coding style

The winners are:

  1. Realtime Collaborative Mapping (Phil Legger)
  2. Bees (Stan McShinsky)
  3. Pure JavaScript Geotagging (ognian7)

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 12:46 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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