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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Letitia Long says the government will ok DigitalGlobe's request to sell higher resolution imagery (25 cm). "It's going to happen. Technology is moving in that direction." She spoke at the annual space conference hosted by the Space Foundation.

The decision requires input from Pentagon, Commerce Department, State Department and other agencies, so she had no input on the "when." A second senior U.S. official involved in the coordination process confirmed that it will happen. Consensus is it'll be phased in over the next year.

- Reuters

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/21 at 10:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Meadowlands Fire GIS for Mobile

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission GIS group is piloting a digital mapping tool that brings building and other data to firefighter's cell phones. The map is accessible through the commission's website. On initial viewing, it shows the Meadowlands district and the borders of the 14 towns within it. The towns provide data to be part of the app which renders in HTML5 to support various browsers and hardware. The app took first place at the 27th annual (who knew?) New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection GIS Mapping contest.

Botswana Explores Open Data Readiness

The Botswana Innovation Hub, in conjunction with the e-Government Unit in the Office of the President, have agreed to conduct a diagnostic study to assess the capability of Botswana, inside and outside the government, to implement an Open Data program. The assessment will include an Action Plan, which will provide recommendations on utilizing Open Data to stimulate business innovation and new business creation, especially in the ICT and small business sectors.  The study is to be conducted in partnership with the World Bank and the Partnership for Open Data.

The study involves interviews with key stakeholders, reminding me of the old fashioned GIS needs assessment.

Reporting App Crowdsources Navy Noise

San Juan Islanders can now report noise from military jet aircraft on a new Esri-based application. Fourteen reports were made within the first 24 hours of launch on May 15. Councilman Stephens said the Navy, based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, might benefit from information collected through the county website and perhaps plan its flights with sensitivity to it neighbors.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 05/21 at 04:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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