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Friday, May 23, 2014

Forces Attack Physicians in Syria

Physicians for Human Rights released a statement yesterday [May 14], saying “Syrian forces have systematically attacked the healthcare system in opposition-held areas over the past three years, resulting in the death of more than 460 health professionals and widespread destruction to hospitals and clinics.” To document this, PHR released an interactive map tracking the violations. These attacks are not only in clear violation of the Geneva Convention, but also classified as crimes against humanity because they are widespread and systematic.

Among the tools use in the interactive and time lapse maps: Mapbox, Leaflet and CartoDB.

Burn Clustering in Sydney

Research into burns suffered in the area around Sydney Australia based on post codes show geographic patterns.

Scalds were the most common types of burns and men were at greater risk of burns than women. There was significant clustering of burns by postcode area, with a higher relative risk of severe burns seen in Western Sydney area and lower risk observed in Eastern and Southern Sydney. In high-risk areas burns occurred more frequently in the 13–24 months and the 20–29 years age groups, while in low-risk areas burns mostly affect the 20–29 and 30–39 years age groups. High-risk areas were characterized by socioeconomic disadvantage.
The implications? Intervention and prevention tasks can be assigned geographically.
Mapping MERS
The United States has confirmed a third case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). A map shows countries that have had a case.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 05/23 at 05:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An effort in Canada begun at its Open Data Summit in Vancouver and furthered by Herb Lainchbury has created this list of the most wanted municipal datasets. As reader Kevin, who shared this noted: "Lots of geo in there." Indeed.

  1. Rezoning permit applications
  2. Land use changes
  3. Financial data (revenue, expenses, liabilities, equity, etc..)
  4. Locations of things (fire hydrants, drinking water fountains, public toilets, bike parking, …)
  5. Transit data
  6. Development permit applications
  7. Crime information
  8. Road construction (511 data)
  9. Political financing
  10. Real time traffic flow data and daily road usage patterns

- via reader Kevin

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/23 at 03:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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