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
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.
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- Best Practices for Local Government Geospatial Programs (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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:
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