GITA on workforce readiness grant

Glenn over at GISUser spoke with Bob Samborski, Executive President of GITA, on the DOL funding workforce readiness. Mr Samborski outlined 5 key steps for conducting this study.

“1. Getting a grip on understanding geospatial and defining it
2. Communication and public outreach – this approach will serve to identify what kinds of skills are needed for professionals. A number of partners will be used to help secure feedback and communication.
3. Development of a web-based portal to access curricula information. This will also serve to help explain and communicate to academia what they need to be teaching to better prepare students for careers in geospatial technologies.
4. Use the portal as a live test site. This will involve a live pilot project with a goal of replicating the effort based on the outcome.
5. Making the project results sustainable.”

For more information head over and read the full article at GISuser.com

Green Map System

According to their website, ” The Green Map System (GMS) is a locally adaptable, globally shared framework for environmental mapmaking.”

Basically, it’s a collaborative worldwide project that is collecting Green Map projects together on one website and also offers tips and examples on using Green Maps in local community planning and education. They’ve already got an impressive list of projects from around the world (though many are still in progress or just started)

If you are interested in environmental issues and how geospatial technologies can be used, check out Greenmap.com

WebMap widget

widgetThe writing frenzy has ended for now, so on to the promised widget. The widget is for use with Konfabulator/Yahoo! Widgets (which must be installed before trying to use this widget). The WebMap widget allows you to search on an address to find a location and choose from existing map services, or a custom map service that you provide (widget preferences are accessed through a right click on the interface). The interface is very minimalistic with buttons to control pan and zoom functionality (for full details please read the README included). While this was my brain child, most of the work was done by Nate and Andrew (right click and choose about). This is the opening salvo, but there are more ideas waiting to be implemented.

Let me know what you think. Also, to find more OGC compliant WebMapServices to use in the widget head over to Mapdex to search.

Download WebMap widget

GeoRSS :: Geographically Encoded Objects for RSS feeds

GeoRSS seeks to go beyond the x,y point location tag that currently exists in RSS 2 and leverage GML to support more complex geometry (lines and polygons). The overview sounds good with key ideas, such as linking related point entries into a line (their example was a kayak trip). They even seem to be attempting to implement a form of topology, but I may be reading too much into the document.

GeoRSS :: Geographically Encoded Objects for RSS feeds

Via SlashGISRS

Google Maps could aid terrorists, says Indian President

This has pretty much been an ongoing debate in the GIS community ever since the WTC bombings. Google’s offereings pretty much brings this debate into a more open arena. What’s interesting is that the we’re seeing a larger group of countries from different regions beginning to complain. This issue is just going to get bigger and bigger with each passing day – how much information is too much? I wonder what the incidence of terrorism verses the countries that are complaining? I can’t imagine the Netherlands having a huge terrorist problem.

The Wired article

Who will control the Internet?

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 Internet, through the private company known as ICANN. During the Clinton administration, a memorandum of understanding was apparently signed saying the US would eventually give up some of that control. In April, the Bush administration announced that the US would no longer be abiding by that agreement. There have been tense negotiations since then, but after no luck getting the US to budge, the European Union and the UN are now putting together a coalition to wrest control of the Internet from the US at the meeting in Tunisia in November. The implications of this will be far-reaching, and anyone who depends on the Internet should be paying attention to how this plays out.

The Guardian, a UK newspaper has been covering this, and you might want to check out their most recent article

US media outlets have had a couple of mentions, but not a lot of coverage. It has also been mentioned on SlashDot and other blogs.