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Free #OGC Webinar Today: Location Standards – How Do They Help Government?

Open Geospatial Consortium Webinar Registration

Thursday, June 2, 2011 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Government information systems of all kinds can easily integrate simple and complex geographic information from almost any source, thanks to vendors’ implementations of the OGC’s technical interoperability standards. This OGC GovFuture webinar will show how local, state and subnational governments are already benefiting from the “organizational interoperability” enabled by technical interoperability. The webinar will provide a case study from a GovFuture Subnational member working on Australia’s Shared Land Information Platform (SLIP) information delivery system, plus a review of pertinent legal and policy issues and an introduction to the OGC.

During this webinar, you will learn:

* How a commitment to open standards has transformed the way government spatial information is used and shared in Western Australia
* How informed planning can prevent privacy, intellectual property, liability and security issues from derailing data sharing efforts
* How GovFuture membership in the OGC can help governments derive maximum value from geospatial technologies

About GovFuture
The OGC’s low-cost GovFuture Local Government and GovFuture Subnational Government membership levels focus on the value of using open standards.  GovFuture members maximize this value through their access to OGC resources, knowledge and expertise.

Who should attend
This webinar is oriented toward local, state and subnational government entities worldwide that could benefit from access to GovFuture’s resources.

To register, click HERE.

Conflict and disaster management in a hyperconnected world – cooperative, collaborative, real time | acidlabs

Conflict and disaster management in a hyperconnected world — cooperative, collaborative, real time

by Stephen Collins, Acid Labs, May 19, 2011

Engage­ment with con­nected net­works of vol­un­teers out­side the offi­cial civil-​​military sec­tor has the poten­tial to see a mea­sur­able increase in sit­u­a­tional aware­ness dur­ing ongo­ing and emer­gent cri­sis sit­u­a­tions. These net­works, their cul­ture and the tools they use offer civil-​​military actors a set of oppor­tu­ni­ties to improve con­flict and dis­as­ter man­age­ment only rarely taken advan­tage of in cur­rent responses. In the 21st Cen­tury, active and ongo­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in a diverse and con­nected net­work, the use of social tools and a famil­iar­ity with the cul­ture of shar­ing and open­ness that accom­pa­nies them should be no less core skills for mem­bers of the civil-​​military com­mu­nity than use of email or the web; dig­i­tal lit­er­acy, active dig­i­tal cit­i­zen­ship and involve­ment with rel­e­vant net­worked com­mu­ni­ties is a key com­pe­tency for knowl­edge work­ers and field oper­a­tives alike.

This paper was deliv­ered at the Regional Senior Lead­ers Sem­i­nar in Cairns, Aus­tralia on 19 May 2011. A ref­er­enced ver­sion suit­able for print­ing is available.

For full text of the article and copy of the report, visit Conflict and disaster management in a hyperconnected world – cooperative, collaborative, real time | acidlabs.

Goodchild on Looking Forward: Five Thoughts on the Future of GIS

Looking Forward: Five Thoughts on the Future of GIS

By Michael F. Goodchild, ESRI ArcWatch, Feb 2011

Jack and Laura Dangermond Professor of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara

Any attempt to forecast the future is dangerous, and attempts to prophesy about GIS are especially fraught, so what follows should be taken with a large grain of salt. But it is good to think about where we—the GIS community—might be headed, and perhaps this short contribution will stimulate other members of the community to ponder and discuss the possibilities.

For full article, visit Esri ArcWatch February 2011 – Looking Forward: Five Thoughts on the Future of GIS.

Australian Spatial Council Releases Online Map Guidelines

Victorian Spatial Council Releases online map guidelines

Source: Spatial Source, November 23, 2010

The Victorian (Australia) Spatial Council has released a set of guidelines for organisations on the use of geospatial data from Google Maps and Microsoft Bing Maps. Both Google Maps and Microsoft Bing Maps offer free and commercial licensing arrangements. Many organisations, including government agencies, are using spatial information from the free services to support their operations and the council strongly encourages potential users to consult the terms and conditions prior to making a decision on whether and how to use such information. … The council has also provided an easily accessible summary of the terms and conditions of using both Google maps and Bing maps.

For full text of the article, click here.

France and Italy Investigate Google Street View

Google Street View Faces Investigation in France and Italy

By Peter Sayer, IDG News

 Data protection authorities in France and Italy have joined Germany in investigating Google’s Street View service, following the company’s admission last week that its camera cars collected Wi-Fi traffic as well as photos.

Google operates a fleet of vehicles that compile panoramic images of city streets for its Google Maps site. Those cars also recorded the position of Wi-Fi hotspots to power a location service Google operates. Mobile devices within range of a recognized hotspot can be located on Google. …

For full text of the article, click here.

Source: PC World, June 14, 2010

Google Attempts to Consolidate Privacy Lawsuits

Google Wants to Face Single Mega-Lawsuit over WiFi Snafu

Google is attempting to consolidate the growing number of lawsuits against the company as a result ofits “accidental” WiFi data collection. Meanwhile, a privacy group has analyzed an independent analysis of the situation and is now accusing Google of having “criminal intent” with the whole debacle.

Google filed a motion in the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation this week, seeking to roll all eight lawsuits (plus any that might pop up in the future) pertaining to the data collection situation into one case.  …

For full article, visit this link.

Source: Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica, June 11, 2010.

See related story: Australia Launches Privacy Investigation of Google, Cellular News

Also of note, last month, the head of the House Judiciary Committee in the U.S., Michigan Democrat John Conyers, sent letters to Google and Facebook urging them to cooperate with any government privacy inquiries. Conyers asked Google to retain the data until any inquiries are complete.

Source: AP News

Value of Spatial Information


The value of geographic/geospatial information, particularly of that produced by the public sector, is a matter of ongoing debate and analysis. Take a look at the following three studies from Europe and Australia.

The Value of Spatial Information: The Impact of Modern Spatial Technologies on the Australian Economy

Author(s): ACIL Tasman Pty Ltd
Publication Date: March 2008

According to a new study on the economic impact of spatial information released by Australia’s Spatial Information Council (ANZLIC), the spatial information industry is a major contributor to the national economy generating revenue of A$1.37 billion in the 2006/07 financial year. This is a contribution of between $6.4 and $12.6 billion to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  The study also estimated that inefficient access to data reduces the direct productivity of some sectors by between five and 15 per cent.

Source: CRCSI


Assessment of Public Sector Information Re-Use

Author(s): European Commission
Publication Date: In Progress, launched April 2008

Another study that will look at use and value of spatial information is the European Commission’s assessment of public sector information re-use, including geographic information, meteorological information, and legal information.  As reported by Christopher Corbin on the ePSIPlus (April 18, 2008):

As part of the review of the European Union Directive 2003/98/EC the European Commission has let a contract to Management Consulting GmbH (MICUS) to under take a survey of three public sector information re-use sectors: geographic information; meteorological information; and legal information.

The survey methodology is to first request the public sector information holders of geographic information in each European Member State to complete a questionnaire which includes identifying the re-users of the information that they hold. The second step is to then ask the re-users identified by the Public Sector Information Holders to complete a questionnaire.

It maybe that not all the re-users of geographic information in each Member State will be identified from step one. As such MICUS is asking re-users to complete the questionnaire (an online questionnaire). The PDF versions of the questionnaires for geographic information maybe found under the ePSIplus Reports TAB at URL:


Source: ePSIPlus


Commercial Use of Public Information (CUPI)

Author(s): UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT), DotEcon
Date: December 2006

This British study looks at the markets for Public Sector Information (PSI) and how well the supply is working for customers. In her presentation “The price of everything but the value of nothing,” given at the OECD Workshop in February 2008, Antoinette Graves makes the following points, as forwarded by Roger Longhorn, Co-Chair of the GSDI Legal and Socioeconomic Working Group:

Previous studies considered gross value added by PSI in the economy -a ‘top-down approach’. These studies often overestimate the true value of PSI to the economy by ignoring the substitutes available in the absence of PSI. In effect, this methodology can only demonstrate the ‘value that can be linked with PSI’ rather than the value of PSI itself.

The methodology used in the OFT study “estimated the value today with current PSI, considering the net economic value of PSI: i.e. willingness to pay for PSI minus cost of producing & supplying it.” In other words, it used a “Bottom-up approach”, estimated by adding together (a) “the amount people are willing to pay for PSI over and above what they currently pay” and “the extent to which PSIHs gain revenues from PSI which exceed the costs of producing and supplying it.”

Source(s): OFT, Roger Longhorn

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