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Friday, March 21, 2014

Both CNN and WHNT TV in Huntsville, Alabama tapped Directions Magazine Editor in Chief, Joe Francica, for comments regarding the use of DigitalGlobe's Tomnod platform for crowdsourcing in the search of Malaysian Airlines flight 370. CNN reporter Ana Cabrera discussed with Francica what could be seen from the satellite imagery provided by DigitalGlobe while the local media discussed the extents of the crowdsourcing effort.

Transcript of the CNN Interview.

Report from WHNT interview.

Watch the WHNT news report below.

by Joe Francica on 03/21 at 03:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Denver Added to AIDSVu

Interactive maps of HIV prevalence in Denver, Colorado are now available AIDSVu, the app from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Denver is the 21st city to have detailed data available; the new data covers the five-county metro area of Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams and Douglas Counties.

New York State Tops Malpractice Payouts

Medical malpractice lawsuits paid out more in New York last year than in any other state. The state paid  $690 million in New York while second-ranked Pennsylvania paid $357 million in payouts. NY leads in per capita payouts, too, if you like your data normalized. The data source is  Jeremy Gower of Diederich Healthcare, a medical malpractice insurer. 

Scarlet Fever in Nottingham Mapped

Councillor Alex Norris, portfolio holder for health at Nottingham City Council said: “While not especially dangerous, and easily treatable with antibiotics, scarlet fever is contagious.

Local authorities are asking parents to keep children out of school and take them to the doctor if they show symptoms. And, the local paper offers a map.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 03/21 at 03:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Announcing http://beta.usgs.gov/?utm_source=Social_Launch&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=Beta !

In 1994 when the USGS launched it’s first website, the web was a very different place. Many websites that were launched had little consideration given to, or even had an understanding of, things such user experience, content strategies, or design. Over the next 20 years our USGS web presence has grown immensely as we’ve pioneered new research, tools, and applications in the support of understanding our planets complex environment and the ground on which we stand. As our web presence has grown, things such as consistent navigation, and overall user experience and design have taken a backseat in many cases. However, we know this needs to be changed.

Over the past two years, we’ve been working diligently to build an effort focused on improving our web presence to improve customer service, usability, and easy access to our science. We’ve listened to and analyzed customer feedback over the years and have baked that in from the beginning of this effort. In addition, we’re embracing new directions in Federal web management such as the Digital Government Strategy, mobile first, domain consolidation, content management tools, and more.

The new beta.usgs.gov site is just the tip of the iceberg. As we move forward with our effort, we’ll be focused on improving our entire presence in this new direction. With the launch of our beta, we’ve focused on goals such as:

- improving access to science and data through multiple pathways
- a simplified design
- mobile-responsive
- improving navigation and search
- incorporating top tasks
- enhancing the user experience

While the beta is a step in a new direction for the future of the USGS web presence, we can’t do this without your continued comments. As a valued stakeholder, we encourage you to visit beta.usgs.gov with both your desktop and mobile device...and provide us with comments via the Send Feedback button at the bottom of the pages. As you try out our new beta website, please be aware that some links will take you to the current version of the website. We’re still working on moving content into this new design.

Thank you for your comments, support and thoughts.

Reprinted from USGS Facebook page

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/21 at 03:08 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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