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Experts Say Open Data Needed for Emergency Response and ManagementOpen in a New Window


From the Esri User Conference in San Diego, CA last week, Joe Francica of Directions Magazine reported hearing the same theme repeated by three experts in the know. In a nutshell, the United States needs an open geospatial data policy in support of theEmergency Services Sector.  The article and two of the presentations can be found below:

(Directions Magazine, July 14, 2014)
(Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, NOAA Administrator) 

(Dr. Robert Griffin, Director, DHS First Responders Division)
Comment: Great to see folks at the top of the food chain are finally tuning into this issue.We've been camped out on it since at least 2008 when the Republican National Convention came to town. Followed up by the Twin Cities GECCo in late 2011 and associated the After Action Report/Improvement Plan in 2012. In fall 2013, the MetroGIS Policy Board sent letters to all county Administrators and Board Chairs in the seven core counties of the Twin Cities metro encouraging them to eliminate geospatial data fees and licenses. One of the beneficiaries is certain to be the Emergency Services Sector. For more see:

(EPC Updates, December 23, 2013)

 

OnTheMap for Emergency Management Version 4 ReleasedOpen in a New Window


The U.S. Census Bureau's (USCB) OnTheMap for Emergency Management product continues to improve since we last reported on it in July 2012. Recently, the Council for Community and Economic Research hosted a webinar to report on the latest developments. Find below links to play back the webinar, view presentation slides, or use the application:
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.

 

Summer Break - Back in Two WeeksOpen in a New Window


I'm off to wander the countryside on a summer break.  
Back in two weeks.

All the Best,
Steve 

 

Test Your Patriotism - A 4th of July QuizOpen in a New Window


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:    
(20 questions)
(The Virginian-Pilot, July 3, 2014)

(30 questions)
(Toast.net, July 3, 2014)


Wishing You and Yours the Very Best on this Independence Day Weekend!

 

HAZUS Annual User Conference is Only One Month AwayOpen in a New Window

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:


 

Sector Risk Snapshots Released by DHSOpen in a New Window


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.

     

    The Guardian on Predictive PolicingOpen in a New Window


    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)



    Comment: In defense of this approach to law enforcement, I believe story quote byUCLA professor P Jeffrey Brantingham is key: 
    “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

     

    Yarnell Hill Fire - One Year Later, Changes Still NeededOpen in a New Window


    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

     

    The Challenges of Drones in U.S. AirspaceOpen in a New Window


    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

     

    Warrantless Cellphone Data Searches Ruled Illegal by Supreme CourtOpen in a New Window

    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.

     

    Report Chides Wildland Firefighter Leadership on DeathsOpen in a New Window

    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.”
    “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.“
    Read the full report at the link below:

    (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

     

    Open GIS Data and Information Sharing Being Considered in NebraskaOpen in a New Window


    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!

     

    App Teaches Children About Severe WeatherOpen in a New Window


    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!

     

    Flying Friday: New Radar, Turbulent Airwaves, Cheap Flight, Pizza Air, and Flying HighOpen in a New Window


    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:

    New Radar. In days gone by, law enforcement needed a collection of bulky equipment to clock low flying, high speed travelers. Not anymore:  

    (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)


    Pizza Air. By now I'm sure you've heard of the beer company that was planning to deliver its beverages by drone only to be shutdown by the FAA. Heartbreaking development given the ever resourceful folks in India have been working on airborne delivery of the other half of the tasty duo adored around the world:

    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

     

    The worldwide Drone Robots Market Anticipated to reach $2.7 billion by 2022Open in a New Window

    Nash Hall, Corporate Sales, USA Market Study Report - The worldwide market for drone robots is $137 million in2015, anticipated to reach $2.7 billion by 2022. The complete report provides acomprehensive analysis of drone robots in different categories, illustratingthe diversity of uses for remote flying devices...

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    Drone Transponders Market, Analysis, Research, Trends, Growth to 2016Open in a New Window

    The Green Suite #4594, Dover, DE 19901 United States - MarketStudyReport.com adds “ Drone Transponders Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts,Worldwide, 2016 to 2022” new report to its research database. The report spread across 268 pages with table and figures in it.  The 2016 study has 268 pages, 92...

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    Cloud Infrastructure Services Market Will Be an open Software Defined Cloud Data Center of The FuturOpen in a New Window

    Market Research Future Office No. 528, Amanora Chambers Magarpatta Road, Hadapsar, Pune - 411028 Maharashtra, - Market Highlights Cloud Infrastructure is a combination of hardware and software components which are combined together to support the cloud...

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    Supergeo Showcased the Latest GIS Products and Solutions in GSDI 15Open in a New Window

    Held by Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI) and Ministry of the Interior (MOI), Taiwan, the 15th GSDI World Conference came to an end on December 2nd. Knowing the importance of spatial data infrastructure, Supergeo was willing to attend the exhibition and show the infinite possibilities of applying spatial data from the very beginning.  As the...

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    Esri Canada Recognized for Corporate CultureOpen in a New Window

    Toronto, ON - December 6, 2016 – Esri Canada is proud to be named one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2016 by Waterstone Human Capital. The national program, now in its 12th year, recognizes Canadian organizations for having cultures that enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage. Esri Canada was selected as one of 10...

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    UAV Drones Market Status 2016 to 2022 by Manufacturers, Historical and Forecasts, Professional MarkeOpen in a New Window

    Nash Hall, Corporate Sales, USA Market Study Report - MarketStudyReport.com adds “2016 Global UAV Drones Market Status, 2011-2022 Market Historical and Forecasts, Professional Market Research Report ” new report to its research database. The report spread across 126 pages with table and figures in it. This New...

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    OGC requests public comment on its Coverage Implementation Schema - ReferenceableGridCoverage ExtensionOpen in a New Window

    Wayland, MA - 6 December 2016: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) seeks public comment on the OGC Coverage Implementation Schema (CIS) - ReferenceableGridCoverage Extension. A referenceable grid is associated with information that allows the location of all points in the grid to be determined in a coordinate reference system (CRS), but the...

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    GIS Leadership Program to be Offered Twice in 2017Open in a New Window

    Des Plaines, IL -URISA is pleased to announce that its GIS Leadership Academy will be offered twice in 2017.   April 3-7, 2017 in San Diego, California July 24-28, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island The success of any GIS program is largely tied to the capabilities of its leader. Strong leadership is necessary to establish a solid GIS program,...

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    Magnetic inversion results for Ngamiland available for downloadOpen in a New Window

    Botswana, Africa -A regional-scale geophysical inversion of magnetic field data in the Ngamiland region of northwestern Botswana is now available for download from the Botswana Geoscience, a partnership initiative of the Botswana Geoscience Institute (BGI), industry sponsors and Geosoft. The earth modelling results represent Botswana's latest...

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    The Highway Authority of Indonesia Chose SuperGIS Desktop 10Open in a New Window

    Supergeo is pleased to announce that its brand-new Desktop GIS software- SuperGIS Desktop 10 was recently selected by the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) of Indonesia to map and analyze spatial data. Under Ministry of Public Works, Indonesia, the Directorate General of Highways is responsible for planning, building, and managing national road networks....

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    New Features in the Upcoming SuperPad 10Open in a New Window

    Supergeo is excited to announce that SuperPad 3.3, one of the most popular mobile GIS software, will soon have an upgraded version - SuperPad 10! Supported both Windows and Windows Mobile Operating System, SuperPad is the mobile GIS software designed for spatial data collection. In the 10 version, SuperPad will bring a smoother and more pleasant user experience...

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    Geospatial Educator and Author Awarded Secondary Outstanding Teacher of the YearOpen in a New Window

    Dallas, Texas November 30, 2016  Carte Diem Press (CDP), the educational curriculum press division of GISetc, announced that Chris Bunin, co-author of Mapping U.S. History With GIS: Jamestown to Appomattox, is the Secondary Outstanding Teacher of the Year awarded by the National Council for the Social Studies. Mr. Bunin will be presented with his award this...

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    Esri Offers Customers On-Demand Deployment and Managed Services in the CloudOpen in a New Window

    Redlands, CA -At this year's AWS re:Invent, global smart-mapping leader Esri announced that customers can now deploy select ArcGIS licenses from Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace instantly, using a pay-per-use pricing model available through hourly or annual subscriptions. Automated software provisioning allows users to launch new projects,...

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    Join Oracle Spatial Summit at BIWA 2017 for Innovations in Geospatial Databases, Big Data, Cloud and AnalyticsOpen in a New Window

    The Oracle Spatial and Graph SIG user group is partnering with Oracle’s Business Intelligence, Warehousing, and Analytics (BIWA) SIG on the Oracle Spatial + BIWA Summit:  THE Big Data + Analytics + Spatial + Cloud + IoT + Everything Cool User Conference (http://www.biwasummit.org).  The event takes place at Oracle's headquarters in Redwood Shores, California...

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    EarthSense Scientists Model Impact of Green Infrastructure on City Centre Traffic PollutionOpen in a New Window

    Coalville, Leicestershire, UK -Scientists from EarthSense Systems and the UK’s University of Leicester have published the results of a study into the effect of urban trees on air pollution. The results show a direct link between air pollution and green infrastructure, with trees and grass cover contributing to a reduction in...

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