Greg Matthews: Phone: 303-202-4446
Mark Newell: Phone: 573-308-3850
In light of swiftly changing technical landscapes and increasing uses of social networking, the USGS is exploring a new approach to the volunteer program, and is launching a project to test options for volunteer participation in providing data to The National Map. The project involves mapping man-made structures and facilities, such as schools and fire stations, in the state of Colorado. Using an internet mapping application, volunteers can help the USGS update The National Map by correcting or adding information about structures. “Even members of the public who can’t tell a sandstone from a rhyolite but have internet access can now help the USGS keep its popular maps up to date through our new experiment in crowd sourcing,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “Correctly locating and identifying fire stations, police stations, schools, and hospitals not only makes USGS maps more useful, but can literally save a life.”
Over the past two decades, the USGS National Geospatial Program sponsored various forms of volunteer map data collection projects. Volunteers helped the USGS improve its maps during this period, by annotating paper maps, collecting data using GPS units, and submitting data using a web-based tool. However, in 2008, the volunteer mapping program was suspended as new methods for using volunteer data were being studied. In recent years, new web- and mobile-based technologies have made it easier to create, combine, and share maps. Recent events have shown how well these technologies support the rapid and relevant production of geographic information. If the Colorado pilot project is successful in attracting volunteers and capturing data for use in The National Map, the program may be expanded to other areas in the future. This project offers volunteers an opportunity to participate in providing data to The National Map and US Topo map products. For more information, interested Colorado volunteers can visit the National Map Corps website.
The National Map Corps website.
The Workshop on the Socio-economic Benefits of Geospatial Information/GEOSS is set to take place from June 12-14 in Boulder, Colorado. Registration is still open. Geospatial information, whether derived from Earth observation sources or elsewhere, can be an important tool in approaching the many challenges we face on the local, regional, and global level. Those include assessing food security, flooding, air quality, disasters, and more. Effective uses of this information can assist in decision-making to enhance the social and economic well-being of communities. The workshop, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Foothills Campus, will review quantitative and socioeconomic methods for assessing and communicating the value of geospatial information
For full text of the article, vitist The Latest on the Socio-economic Workshop in Boulder | Earthzine.
- Congressional Research Service Update to Federal GIS Report (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
by Nicole Friess, Info Law Group, October 18, 2011
On August 29, 2011, Administrative Law Judge G. Harris Adams issued a recommended decision before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on proposed Smart Grid data privacy rules to regulate the information practices of electric utilities. The proposed rules will revise the current rules applicable to Smart Meter data privacy and disclosure rules in the Code of Colorado Regulations. According to the PUC, the new rules will provide more clarity on data privacy concerns and protect customer information from unauthorized disclosure, while at the same time granting customers access to their own information. …
For full text of the article, visit Colorado PUC Holds Hearing on Smart Grid Privacy Rules : Info Law Group.
- Spatial Law and the Smart Grid (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)