A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 379

A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 379
October 21, 2012

Main Topic: Our GEOINT 2012 conversation with Carl Houghton of Intelligent Software Solutions

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  • This week’s podsafe music: “Old Brown’s Daughter” by Great Big Sea
  • News

  • Esri snaps up Geoloqi
  • Cubesats launched from ISS for the first time
  • China’s plans for urban positioning systems for its major cities
  • Google allows first look at the massive data centers that power its online empire
  • Google Maps adds about 25 million building footprints
  • Web Corner

  • Revisiting Earth exposed and Earth as Art to close out Earth Science Week
  • Main Topic

  • This week, we feature our GEOINT 2012 conversation with Carl Houghton, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Advanced Technology at Intelligent Software Solutions
  • Tip of the Week

  • Energy Information Administration maps … look at our interdependence
  • Events Corner

  • 35th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment: 22-26 April, Beijing, China
  • IGU Leeds – Applied GIS and Spatial Modelling: 29 May 2 June, Leeds, UK
  • 7th International Conference on Population Geographies: 25-28 June, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • First Congress of the Society for Urban Ecology: 25-27 July, Berlin, Germany
  • This week, A VerySpatial Podcast is sponsored by Esri

  • The latest release of ArcGIS Online makes it easier to share and interact with 3D content. ArcGIS Online now includes the CityEngine Web Viewer, an application that allows you to explore 3D city scenes in your web browser. To learn more about the CityEngine Web Viewer and what’s new in ArcGIS Online, visit esri.com/arcgisonline.

  • 2 Comments to A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 379

    1. You mentioned GOSS, government open source software, in the podcast. What exactly distinguishes it from “regular” open source software?

      • One of the two tracks during the morning sessions of GEOINT Forward was focused, at least in part, on this issue. During the two sessions(http://geoint2012.com/agenda) the discussion focused on FOSS, GOSS (Free and Government Open Source), COTS, and GOTS (Consumer and Government off the shelf). The open source topics from the government side were focused on the desire of government employee desire to put acceptable projects into the traditional open source pipeline (Github in a least one case). The problem is that on the government side there are restrictions to or at least hurdles to this true open release. There are government code repositories that are accessible within agencies and in some cases between agencies.

        GOSS, as I understand it then, is open source projects that are open to the goverment community as opposed to freely open to the public. There was at least one project being discussed that was in the final stages of the red tape to released in the traditional FOSS pathway.

        The CIO Office of the DOD has a page regarding OSS http://dodcio.defense.gov/OpenSourceSoftwareFAQ.aspx

        On a related note, there was also discussion of how government perception of FOSS has been defined (not new) as commercial from a purchasing perspective. This means that the issues that used to limit the use of FOSS within agencies are longer an obstacle.

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