Health GIS Tidbits - 5/3/11
ESRI Canada congratulates St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto for being selected as a 2011 Laureate winner for innovation by the International Data Group's (IDG) Computerworld Honors Program. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change. ESRI Canada nominated St. Michael's Hospital for BIO.DIASPORA, a scientific platform that leverages ESRI's geographic information system (GIS) technology integrated with other solutions to analyze the relationship between commercial air travel and the global spread of emerging infectious disease threats. The project was selected from over 1,000 international entries, and joins more than 250 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year's program.
Researchers are planning to create a detailed map showing levels of radioactive contamination around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
About 300 experts from Osaka University, Hiroshima University, the University of Tokyo and other academic and research institutions will start collecting soil samples in May at up to 10,000 locations in 1,500 designated areas, mainly in Fukushima Prefecture, to create a soil-pollution map.
The map will be designed primarily to help designate evacuation areas.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today introduced an Internet-based mapping tool that pinpoints the location of "food deserts" around the country and provides data on population characteristics of census tracts where residents have limited access to affordable and nutritious foods.
ArcGIS API for Flex is the client tech.