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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

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

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.

USGS maps of the Haiti Earthquake

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

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

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.

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

Spies and climate scientists collaborate

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

The C.I.A. and climate scientists are collaborating to maximize the use of the federal government’s intelligence assets, which include spy satellites and other classified sensors, to gain knowledge into environmental change. Imagery of natural phenomena such as clouds and glaciers that have up until now been considered classified information have been declassified in order to aid in scientific analysis.

C.I.A. Is Sharing Data With Climate Scientists by William J. Broad, The New York Times, (registration required), January 4, 2010

News bytes

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Mumbai’s civic body to map city’s underground Sandeep Ashar, DNA, January 4, 2010

Up Front: NGA Supports Samoan Island Recovery Efforts, by Susan Meisner, Doing Business with the Intelligence Community, January 2, 2010

Brentwood wants to register wireless numbers, by Bonnie Burch, The, January 1, 2010

Google announces Nexus One

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Google is set to launch its first own-brand mobile phone today. It includes a five-megapixel camera and is lighter and thinner than Apple’s iPhone, according to press reports.

The Nexus One is the first smart phone designed by the company’s own engineers and is expected to be unveiled at a press conference at its headquarters in California.

Unlike other mobile phones, it will be available from Google itself, allowing customers to use the network of their choice.

The launch of the Nexus is seen as Google’s latest bid to promote the Android operating system which it designed in 2007 and which is already used on other phones, including Motorola’s Milestone.

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