Who will control the Internet?

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You may or may not already know this, but a controversy that could change the way the Internet is run has been simmering since the spring and now will be coming to a head next month at the U.N. meeting on the Information Society. Basically, the US has always controlled the root servers for the […]

Missouri congressmen call for investigation of USGS mapping consolidation

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The decision to close the USGS mapping center in Rolla, Missouri as part of its consolidation in Denver has prompted several Missouri Congressmen to request an investigation into the decision. Among their issues, they argue that an internal committee and an independent consultant agreed that the Rolla location is more efficient. This controversy has been […]

So THAT’S how they did it……..

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I was checking out the MapPoint magazine website this morning, and I came across this video from back in August. It the “real” story behind the making of Virtual Earth. You can’t go wrong with a dude in a butterfly suit. It’s pretty funny, so check it out here

Census Bureau awards $500 million contract

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The US Census Bureau has award a 6-year contract worth more than $500 million to Lockheed Martin for the 2010 Census Decennial Response Integration System (DRIS). They will also be working with IBM and several other companies. The press release didn’t go into too much detail, but it seems like the Census Bureau may be […]

OpenStreetMap – open source web mapping project

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This is an ongoing open source project based in the UK that I read about on Mappinghacks.com, whose main goal is to provide free geographic data to anyone. openstreetmap was basically started because geographic data is not free in many countries, unlike sources like the National Map here in the US. If you are interested […]