When the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced its call for 18 Presidential Innovation Fellows last summer, US Chief Technology Officer Todd Park also asked folks across the country to support these Fellows with great ideas and valuable feedback. Over the past few months, through video chats, conference calls, and in-person meetings, thousands of Americans have connected with us to learn and share ideas about our work—and this Administration’s commitment—to unleash data from the vaults of the government as fuel for innovation….
After hearing this feedback, we had an idea: create an online showcase, highlighting the very best Open Data resources and how they are already being used by private-sector entrepreneurs and innovators to create new products and services that benefit people in all kinds of ways—from empowering patients to find the best healthcare right when they need it; to helping consumers detect credit card fraud; to keeping kids safe by notifying parents when products in their home are recalled.
For full text of the article, visit Introducing Alpha.Data.gov | The White House.
- White House Changing Policies to Open Up More Data… (semanticweb.com)
By Professional Survey Magazine, The Political Surveyor: Mobile Mapping and the MAP-21 Act, January 2013
When Congress passed and President Obama signed the MAP-21 Act in July of 2012, mobile mapping may have been given a big green light. On July 6, President Obama signed into law H.R. 4348 that became Public Law 112-141. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century act included provisions reauthorizing the nation’s highway program for two fiscal years, providing hundreds of millions of dollars a year in demand for geospatial data, activities, and requirements.
For full text of this article, visit Mobile Mapping and the MAP-21 Act.
Posted by Steven VanRoekel, Office of Management and Budget, on May 23, 2012
When the Internet revolution arrived in the 1990s, the U.S. Government embraced this new medium to interact with the American people. Today, what started as basic information pages has evolved into sophisticated transactional systems that allow us to pay taxes online, download medical records, and so much more. Like the 1990s, we are now in the midst of another important shift in how people consume and deliver information and services. In 2011, global smartphone shipments exceeded personal computer shipments for the first time in history, and more Americans will soon access the Internet via mobile devices than desktop PCs. The rise of mobile further compounds the challenge of providing high-quality digital services in a cost-effective and efficient manner. That’s why President Obama issued a directive today to make important services accessible from your phone and charged me with developing a comprehensive strategy to build a 21st Century Digital Government that delivers better digital services to the American people. Today marks the launch of that Digital Government Strategy.
Law Review Articles
- Drone as Privacy Catalyst, M. Ryan Calo, 64 Standford Law Review Online 29, December 12, 2011
- The Future of Drones in America, Kashmir Hill, Forbes, December 13, 2011
- Are Drones Watching You? EFF, January 10, 2012
- Civilian Drones: Difference Engine: Unblinking Eye in the Sky, N.V., The Economist, January 13, 2012
- Congress Welcomes the Drones, Kashmir Hill, Forbes, Feburary 7, 2011
- Ten Fun Facts About Drones, Kashmir Hill, Forbes, February 9, 2011
- Drones with an Eye on the Public Cleared to Fly, NYT, February 18, 2012
- Ten Things to Do With Your Own Drone, Venkatesh Rao, Forbes, February 20, 2012
- Drones May Set Off a Flurry of Lawsuits, NYT, February 20, 2012
- Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Drones, Foreign Policy, February 27, 2012
- Evolution of Drone Warfare, Foreign Policy, February 27, 2012
- U.S. Unmanned Aerial Systems, by Jeremiah Gertler, Congressional Research Service, January 3, 2012
- Homeland Security: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Border Surveillance, by Chad C. Haddal and Jeremiah Gertler, Congressional Research Service, July 8, 2010
- House of Representatives Unmanned Systems Caucus
By Debra Werner, Space News, January 20, 2012
U.S. government agencies are working together to look for ways to reduce the cost of future Landsat missions as a result of congressional direction included in the 2012 budget passed in December. “Although Congress has provided $2 million to the U.S. Geological Service for Landsat 9 program development, they have also requested that the Administration re-examine how to proceed with future Landsat missions,” Jon Campbell, spokesman for the Interior Department’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), said in a Jan. 10 email. … U.S. President Barack Obama requested $48 million for USGS to pave the way for development of Landsat 9 and Landsat 10, spacecraft designed to extend the Landsat program’s 40-year record of providing moderate-resolution imagery on global agriculture, land use and natural disasters. …
For full text of the article, visit US Government Looking To Lower Landsat Costs | SpaceNews.com.
- FY 2012 Appropriation for U.S. Geological Survey (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- USGS Landsat 5 Mission in Jeopardy (gisuser.com)
- Landsat satellites track Yellowstone’s underground heat (eurekalert.org)
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) R&D Budget and Policy Program has released its analysis of research and development investment in FY 2012 Congressional appropriations by Agency, including for the USGS and EPA. For links to the AAAS analysis, summary tables, and more visit AAAS – R&D Budget and Policy Program – Home.
On Friday, December 23, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012, the so-called “megabus” spending bill. … The trillion-dollar compromise package incorporates the remaining nine individual spending bills in the following areas: Defense; Energy and Water; Interior and Environment; Homeland Security; Financial Services; Labor, HHS and Education; State and Foreign Operations; Military Construction and Veterans; and the Legislature. … Based on initial AAAS analysis, total R&D spending for FY2012 stands at $142 billion, approximately $1.8 billion or 1.3% below FY2011 levels. The summary table is posted immediately below, and individual agency tables can be found under the subject headings that follow.
- Status of FY 2012 Appropriations Bills (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Budget Update … Good News For NSF (& their CREATIV use of these funds …) (writedit.wordpress.com)