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tHIS IS A TEST
(Directions Magazine, July 14, 2014)
(Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, NOAA Administrator)
(Dr. Robert Griffin, Director, DHS First Responders Division)
(EPC Updates, December 23, 2013)
(careful - 166 MB, WMV file, 57:00 video - must be downloaded)
(3.01 MB, online PDF)
Comment: Again, kudos to the U.S. Census Bureau for their effort in this area - some of the very first questions asked after any disaster: "How many people are in the disaster area and what's the economic impact?". Accurate answers to both of these questions can now be provided much quicker thanks to this effort by the USCB.
I'm off to wander the countryside on a summer break.
Back in two weeks.
All the Best,
It's easy enough to say your patriotic, but do you have sufficient command of the facts to back up the boast? Find out below with 50 questions about the 4th of July and related events that have made this country great:
(The Virginian-Pilot, July 3, 2014)
(Toast.net, July 3, 2014)
Wishing You and Yours the Very Best on this Independence Day Weekend!
It's coming on like gangbusters and before you know it the 7th annual HAZUS Users Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana will be here. Deadline to register is July 26! Details below:
(FEMA Bulletin, June 26, 2014)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a document meant to serve as an executive level briefing on the 16 sectors of infrastructure that have been designated as critical by the Department. The 52-page guide provides a brief overview of each sector, and then offers "Threats and Hazards of Concern" for that sector. Find it at the link below:
(DHS, May 2014)
Comment: Kudos to DHS - this is a well done document with one exception. Missing from consideration is the infrastructure that brings meaning to ALL other infrastructure. That would be the nation's geospatial infrastructure. Please see the National Spatial Data Infrastructure and GITA's GECCo program to understand the point.
It's the newspaper that has been the most vocal proponent of Edward Snowden. Now, as part of its Resilient Cities series, The Guardian has started to examine some of the issues associated with the emerging technology of "predicative policing". More below:
(The Guardian, June 25, 2014)
“Minority Report is about predicting who will commit a crime before they commit it. This is about predicting where and when crime is most likely to occur, not who will commit it.”Graphic Credit: PredPol
It's been one year since 19 wildland firefighters lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Hill Fireon June 30, 2013. Have we done everything we can as a nation to keep an incident like this from happening again? Pause for a moment and consider:
(Al Studt, June 27, 2014)
Photo Credit: USA Today
Ah, the weekend. It's summer and that means it's time to be outside enjoying the weather. But if you should find yourself trapped inside this weekend, offered below for your consideration are three articles from a series by the Washington Post which examine some of the issues that must be addressed as drones (UAVs/UASs) are brought into the most heavily used airspace in the world:
(The Washington Post, June 20, 2014)
(The Washington Post, June 22, 2014)
(The Washington Post, June 23, 2014)
Wishing You a Fabulous Weekend Full of Sun and Fun!
Graphic credit: Washington Post
A unanimous decision from the U.S. Supreme Court
leaves little doubt someone has been doing something wrong. And that's exactly what happened on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 when the justices ruled 9-0 on the issue of police searching a suspect's cellphone data without a warrant. More below:
(The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2014)
(Supreme Court of the United States, June 25, 2014)
Comment: Although this case settles the issue of cellphone data searches without a warrant (to include location data), and a previous case found a warrant must be issued before GPS tracking can be used (United States v. Jones), apparently left unanswered is the issue of police using alternate means to track a cellphone's location (tower records,StingRay). Given findings in the two benchmark data cases settled to date, the handwriting is on the wall concerning this third issue and the law enforcement community would be wise to take notice before facing another ruling which overturns convictions.
Out of concern not enough was being done to ensure the safety of wildland firefighters, on Monday, June 23, 2014, a group of retired experts from that community ("Safety Matters") made known their viewpoint by issuing a 17-page report detailing needed changes. Passages below from the Executive Summary tell the story of what you'll find in the report:
“A year has passed since the deaths of 19 firefighters on the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. Another fire season is now underway. The agencies managing wildland fire have not made any significant changes to existing procedures, nor have they announced any plans for procedural or policy updates for the future. This reflects the apparent perception that the existing system is working as well as can be expected. Safety Matters disagrees.”
Read the full report at the link below:
“Safety Matters has identified the following areas in need of immediate change, in order to provide for maximum firefighter safety. They include:
- A benefit analysis of values at risk (homes, private property, public lands) vs. the risk to firefighter’s lives.
- Development of an independent investigative body for serious accidents and fatalities.
- Direct involvement of agency administrators and program managers, especially when fires escape initial attack and incident management teams are mobilizing or in transition.
- Establishing standardized emergency communications protocol.
- Establishing uniformity in mapping systems.“
(Safety Matters, June 23, 2014)
Comment: Wow! This is a well documented, thought provoking report written by individuals who obviously care about the safety of wildland firefighters. Community leadership must now make a choice when responding to this report: Defend the institutional status quo by doing nothing, or fix issues brought to light and thereby enhance wildland firefighter safety. Of particular note from the perspective of EPC Updates is the discussion on pages 16-17 about the need for a standard "language of location" in the wildland firefighting community - U.S. National Grid.
Another voice is being heard on the issue of GIS open data and information sharing. This time it's a Nebraska State Senator, and he's leading the charge in the Cornhusker State Legislature. More below:
(Government Technology, June 5, 2014)
Comment: We love it! More men and women like Senator Dan Watermeir are needed in legislatures across the nation!
As a way to help children in the Tornado Alley section of the United States better understand severe weather, undergraduate students at The University of Oklahomarecently completed an iPad app called Storm Tracker. Based on the premise that one of the easiest ways to teach a topic is through game play, the app challenges players to route airplanes around storms to avoid trouble:
(Emergency Management, June 11, 2014)
Comment: Rain rain go away, come again another day - this app couldn't have shown up at a better time!
Time has been flying by since the last time I departed on one of my dysfunctional postings brought on by the lack of oxygen. Hard to believe because there are so many recent developments that are hard to believe. Let's check out the latest departures:
(Business Insider India, May 21, 2014)
Turbulent Airwaves. Equipment to jam radar systems has been around for years. Little surprise the New Radar will soon experience same:
(Wired, June 3, 2014)
Cheap Flight. Can't find a cheap ticket to a fun place? Not to fear. Click the link below and 2 minutes later you'll know how to bring the fun back to flying, at a VERY affordable price:
(The Wall Street Journal Videos, June 8, 2014)
The Times of India, May 22, 2014)
Flying High. Which country has the highest flyers? Graphic above and link below tell the story:
(Gizmodo, May 14, 2014)
Here's Hoping Your Weekend is a Smooth Ride Without Any Bumps!
Graphic credits:Turbulent Airwaves - Huffington Post Flying High - WHO
Ithaca, New York -UCGIS is pleased to announce that Ann Johnson, an Associate Director of the GeoTech Center, will receive its 2017 Education Award. For decades, Ann has held influential roles as a leader and advocate of GIS&T in education at many levels. Her GIS involvement began in the mid-1990s when she developed one of the first GIS...
Maharashtra, India - Market Synopsis of UAV Market
The global UAV market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 11% during 2016-2021. This growth is driven due to significant demand and procurement of UAVs in civil and commercial application. As per the MRFR analysis, cost effectiveness is one of the key drivers for global UAV market to...
Ithaca, New York -UCGIS is pleased to announce that Dr. Budhendra (Budhu) Bhaduri, of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been selected for the 2017 Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award. At Oak Ridge, he has nurtured a widely successful mentoring and workforce training program in Geographic Information Science and Technology. The program has since...
Equipped with advanced GIS and GNSS technologies, SuperSurv 10 is a cutting-edge mobile GIS app that operates on Android OS. After installing SuperSurv 10, field surveyors only need to bring your lightweight mobile device, and then they would help you efficiently collect, display, and edit spatial data anytime anywhere. Without operating the heavy instrument,...
23 March 2017: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) is requesting public comment on the proposed Indexed 3D Scene Layers Community Standard. Indexed 3D Scene Layers (I3S) was submitted by Esri for consideration as an OGC Community Standard. The submission was supported by 13 OGC member organizations.
A single I3S data set, referred to as a Scene Layer, is a...
Oxford, United Kingdom -TCarta Marine, a global provider of marine geospatial products, has announced the launch of Bathymetrics, an online portal offering instant access to satellite-derived bathymetric data sets. TCarta Marine will unveil the Bathymetrics portal and initial 2-metre data sets at the upcoming Ocean Business 17 Conference in...
Nashville, TN - Update of top (most popular) application in the ArcGIS Marketplace boasts new functionality, more tools, and user experience enhancements.
We're pleased to announce an important update of our popular Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online to V 1.0.13 – The latest version of Admin Tools (consistently a TOP app in the Esri ArcGIS...
Redlands, CA -At this year's IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas, global spatial analytics leader Esri announced that it now works with IBM developers to broaden the customer experience by making Esri developer tools, geoservices, and data available in the IBM cloud environment, called Bluemix.
Users can now benefit from the integration of Esri...
Nashville, TN - GIS and Geospatial Developers have an opportunity to get hands-on training in ArcGIS with Python, Introduction and Intermediate Sessions
GEO Jobe, a leading developer of GIS solutions and enterprise cloud services for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise is pleased to partner with Geospatial Training Solutions to bring...
Coalville, Leicestershire, UK -Working on behalf of the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) and state forestry company Coillte, Bluesky is capturing 185,000 hectares of high resolution LiDAR data in Ireland. Using aircraft mounted lasers, the resulting 3D maps will be used to inform various protection schemes for Clean Drinking Water...
Cambridge, UK -Expert consulting services accelerate analysis of aerial LiDAR data; Accurate tree canopy maps enable more targeted management strategies
Cambridge, UK, 20 March 2017 (www.1spatial.com) 1Spatial, global leaders in managing geospatial data, today announced that Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) recently engaged 1Spatial to...
Redlands, CA -Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, today announced its sponsorship of IBM InterConnect, to be held March 19 through 23 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
InterConnect will demonstrate how some of the world's largest organizations are using the cloud and the Internet of Things for asset and facilities management. In particular,...
Redlands, CA -Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, today introduced four image platform bundles that enable management and analytics of all forms of imagery in a fraction of the time most desktop or enterprise image processing technologies require. Esri's image platform bundles allow organizations to save time on detailed and precise image...
Data scientists, GIS engineers and software developers from California-based company EOS have recently launched a cutting-edge cloud-based tool that allows users, journalists, researchers and students to easily search and analyze huge amounts of the most up-to-date earth observation data.
LandViewer is an on-the-fly, real-time imagery processing and...