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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

“An investigation into whether more than 39 Bettendorf voters were assigned to the wrong ward or legislative district turned up more than 300 Scott County voters casting ballots in the wrong elections.”

January 3, 2010, Kurt Allemeier, QC Times

http://www.qctimes.com/news/local/article_6b0caf24-f80e-11de-b0a9-001cc4c03286.html

“BANGALORE: The mash-up story is an old but compelling one, particularly when used for advocacy as in Tunisia where exile Sami Ben Gharbiais used a GoogleMaps mash-up to paint a different kind of landscape.

So random net surfers were startled to find the Tunisian map dotted with a string of prisoner’s names, their biographies, and videos of their family members telling the story of the human rights situation in the country.”

“Drawing Maps for Change,” by Deepa Kurup, The Hindu, January 3, 2010

http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/03/stories/2010010355291000.htm

GIS mapping technology is helping underprivileged communities get better services — from education and transportation to health care and law enforcement — by showing exactly what discrimination looks like.

“The Revolution will be Mapped” Public Intelligence Blog, Bob Burtman

http://www.phibetaiota.net/?p=19839

Eyes in the Sky II seeks high school teachers

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Eyes in the Sky II is a long-term professional development program that prepares high school science teachers to use NASA data and visualizations along with other geospatial information technologies.

spaceref.com

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=33172

More Haiti geospatial resources

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Satellite Imagery

GeoEye Imagery of Haiti Earthquake

http://www.geoeye.com/CorpSite/gallery/Default.aspx

DigitalGlobe Haiti Crisis Event Coverage

DigitalGlobe is now offering full resolution GeoTIFF imagery over Haiti free. http://www.digitalglobe.com/

RapidEye has completed imaging of all of the regions in Haiti that have been most affected by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the area on January 12. http://www.rapideye.de

RADARSAT-2 space-based imagery is being used to assess damage and direct relief efforts to the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince from the January 12, 2010 earthquake.www.mdacorporation.com

Maps

USGS http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/290_20.php

FortiusOne has created a news dashboard with the latest volunteered and official source data. http://news.geocommons.com/haitiquake

Google Maps
http://mw1.google.com/mw-earth-vectordb/haiti/Haiti-Earthquake-nl.kml

DeLorme has developed a free GPS-accurate dataset to assist in the Haitian relief efforts.
The company was contacted by numerous aid groups following the earthquake. A team of employees worked through the past weekend preparing a custom dataset utilizing the GPS-accurate DeLorme World Base Map along with aerial imagery, all of which can be displayed within the company’s XMap software and on Earthmate PN-Series handheld GPS units.

Communities

OpenStreetMap
OSM and MapMaker data discussion, CrisisCamp Haiti discussion http://blogs.openstreetmap.org/

Ushahidi http://sitroom.ushahididev.com/

CrisisCommons http://wiki.crisiscommons.org/index.php?title=.php&title=Haiti/2010_Earthquake

Web Services
ERDAS has updated their Online Web Services to incorporate the GeoEye imagery collected January 13, 2010 (made available for free download). Users can also access the image in ECWP in ArcMap, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, many other thick client packages and web clients by downloading the ECW Plug-in freely available for download on the ERDAS website


Salient comment

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

“The problem with data is there is more of it coming from more sources. Organizations have to do more with it to make their whole organization run more efficiently.”

–Dale Lutz and Don Murray, Safe Software

Houston finds a way to consolidate GIS data from city agencies

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

A shining example of collaboration comes from Max Samfield, deputy director of the Houston Planning and Development Department, who chose a hybrid approach that requires city agencies to add basic data to a new enterprise GIS, but lets them choose whether to publish more specialized data to the system.

The goal was to “create a repository of newly accurate GIS data delivered to end-users from a central server farm. Agencies then use that scrubbed enterprise GIS data as a foundation on which to build more layers of data using their own specialized information.”

Government Technology, January 6, 2010

http://www.govtech.com/gt/736224?topic=117673

OpenStreetMap has global implications

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

“A volunteer-led project to create an open-source map of the entire earth, calledOpenStreetMap, has amassed over 200,000 contributors since its inception, the founder announced in a blog entry.”

-PC World

http://www.pcworld.com/article/186096/openstreetmap_attracts_200000_volunteers.html

Haitian relief effort spurred by donations via cellphone and social media

Friday, January 15th, 2010

According to an article in today’s New York Times, Americans are using their cellphones and social media like Facebook to make a donation to the Haiti relief effort.

The American Red Cross said it had raised $5 million this way as of Thursday.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/15/technology/15mobile.html?th&emc=th

USGS maps of the Haiti Earthquake

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Here’s where to find USGS maps of the Haiti Earthquake:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/290_20.php

Great product, but where’s the help?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

“Google’s celebrated algorithms may power the Web’s most popular search engine, but they have not yet been programmed to answer a call when a customer has a problem.”

The New York Times, January 13, 2010

Owners of the new Nexus One touch screen smartphone from Google are complaining that they can’t call the company for help and the company warns that it may take up to 48 hours to respond to emails.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/13/technology/companies/13google.html?th&emc=th

Comeback predicted for tech sector

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The technology sector is poised for a comeback in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday morning by Forrester Research, an industry analysis group. IT firms will benefit as companies and governments restart their spending on tech infrastructure and software, the firm predicts.
–Daily Finance

http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/tech-spending-set-to-rebound-in-2010/19313261/

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