Monthly Archives: March 2008

Catch the greatest in LBS via webcast on Wednesday

Webcast of interest… can’t get to Vegas this week to take in the Navteq LBSChallenge awards ceremony? No problem as you can kick back in your office chair and watch the awards live via webcast – a great way to save some cash and enjoy seeing and hearing from some of the coolest developers of innovative LBS apps. Watch Live Announcement of Winners from CTIA WIRELESS on April 2, 2008 at www.LBSChallenge.com at 3:00 p.m. PST

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Census data update – USA Counties data files

Downloadable data files have been created to accompany the web-based USA Counties. Now users can download directly more than 5,900 data items from the Web site for the United States, the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and all 3,141 counties and county equivalents. Information in USA Counties covers topics such as: age, agriculture, ancestry, banking, building permits, business patterns, crime, earnings, education, elections, employment, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force, manufactures, population, poverty, retail trade, social programs, veterans, vital statistics, water use, and wholesale trade. See http://www.census.gov/support/USACdata.html

New Census data – USA Counties data files

Downloadable data files have been created to accompany the web-based USA Counties. Now users can download directly more than 5,900 data items from the Web site for the United States, the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and all 3,141 counties and county equivalents. Information in USA Counties covers topics such as: age, agriculture, ancestry, banking, building permits, business patterns, crime, earnings, education, elections, employment, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force, manufactures, population, poverty, retail trade, social programs, veterans, vital statistics, water use, and wholesale trade. See http://www.census.gov/support/USACdata.html

Yahoo? dev net’s Mcalister jumps ship to join The Guardian

Interesting to see that The Guardian, you know, that cool UK newspaper, has stolen Matt Mcalister away from Yahoo!’s developer network. Matt will be joining the Guardian crew in London to help develop a new developer program. Definitely a testament as to how serious the new/online media is and how some cool, new opportunities are waiting the developer. See also http://www.guardian.co.uk

Event of interest – FEMA Risk Map Industry Day

The purpose of the event is for interested contractors to hear from the Federal government on how current business is handled within the Risk Analysis Division and plans for the future of Risk MAP. The Industry day will be held on:

Wednesday, 2 April 2008, Beginning at 1:00 Pm and ending at 4:00 PM.

Location: Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport
1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202

Proposed Agenda:
1:00 Welcome
1:05 Introductions
1:10 Overview of Map Modernization
1:25 Branch Overviews – How we currently do business
MIP/MSCs
RMCs/IDIQs
HAZUS/CTPs
Governance
2:10 Bucket Overviews – How we plan to do business
Program Management
Customer and Data Services
Production and Technical Services
2:40 Break
3:30 Answer Session
4:00 Close

Info – Pre-Registration is not required. Please limit the participation of your firm and all business units of your firm to 5 personnel or less. See also here

ArcDigita Aggegates GIS updates from the web

This comes my way via GISuser reader Ken, he’s developed a news aggregation tool for neogegraphers and everything GIS at ArcDigita.com… this from Ken – “I’ve developed ArcDigita out of a passion for geography and everything GIS and geospatial technology. I am especially encouraged by the new movement of ‘neogeography’ that has been made possible by great tools such as the Google Maps API and programming languages like AJAX, to name 2 of many, many examples.

There are a lot of great stories out there, and it’s my hope that ArcDigita can aggregate the most interesting ones in a meaningful manner. The editors of the site are it’s users, and they’ll decide what gets posted, and what stays posted through an advanced voting system. Users can even comment on the news and have productive discussions on it’s merits.” Users register and can contribute their news updates (somewhat reminicent of BlinkGeo when it first started)
He’s running a small contest through April where a user can win a $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com – ArcDigita.com

6th Vespucci summer institute in geographic information science

Michael Gould just passed along some information about the 6th Vespucci summer institute.
The 6th Vespucci summer institute in geographic information science is just after the OGC TC meeting in Germany. Taking place 9-20 June (2 sessions) 2008 in the Tuscan hills overlooking Florence, Italy.
Details
Week 1: Geo-sensor web, leaders include Mike Botts, Antonio Camara
Week 2: GI Science supporting Virtual Globes, leaders include Gilberto Camara, Mike Goodchild, Ed Parsons

Vespucci sessions are intense,highly-interactive events bringing together senior+junior minds, in a relaxing, productive atmosphere. More info on registration and/or sponsorship: summer08(at)vespucci(dot)org – see http://www.vespucci.org