Gary Sherman writes "This is an unofficial recap of the OSGF meeting, based on my recollections having spent 10 hours on IRC and the phone. I’m sure the foundation will release an official version of the day’s events, so take my comments with a grain of salt." Our story yesterday links to pictures and transcript. Update: 02/05 13:50 GMT by S :Spatially Adjusted indicates Matt Perry also offers his first thoughts.
Slashdot links to ComputerWorld article about fighting WMD threats with sensor fusion at the Super Bowl event. From the slashdot summary (part): "Members of the Michigan National Guard will be at the Super Bowl on Sunday to deploy 'sensor fusion', a real-time, IP-based wireless technology that combines readings from portable and fixed devices that can potentially detect terrorist threats. While sensors capable of detecting chemical, biological, or radiological threats have been used at previous Super Bowls, the readings had to be communicated by radio between different security personnel. Sensor fusion automatically takes readings from the devices and uploads them to a central, secure Web server, where security staff anywhere can monitor conditions at the event." All Points Blog offers an additional pertinent story (Detroit News).
Spatial Galaxy announces the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. You get pictures and a full transcript of the discussions. From Spatial Galaxy: "The domain osgeo.org has been registered. I suppose most folks will refer to it as OSGF from this point on, although the term OsGeo was also mentioned in the discussions." This important meeting was anticipated.
Good news, two new topics joined the crowd: the RFID and Maps (about time!) topics. There's also a new poll about book reading (previous polls). And finally, some statistics about slashgeo.org itself, read more below for the stats (with a picture!) and my analysis.
ScottD writes "Crime Mapping is becoming more common across law enforcement agencies of all sizes. The US Department of Justice is producing everything from software applications to publications on this topic. This article in a recent NIJ Journal discussed using GIS to solve crimes by predicting a criminal's journey to crime. From the article: "The utility of these computer programs as crime-solving tools is promising. "We can use computer programs to analyze crime patterns and depict geographically where certain crimes are clustered, relate those crimes to the environment in which they occur, and identify where the potential suspects most likely live," says Canter, chief statistician for the Baltimore County Police Department. "That’s as important [to solving crimes] as a suspect’s description. It helps police understand better the areas where crimes occur. And it lets them focus on suspects with the highest probability of [having committed] the crime.""
Directions Mag host an article named SmartWay – An Innovative Approach to Transportation Reporting, developed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. From the article: "SmartWay components include, but are not limited to: * Roadway traffic speed sensors to report real-time traffic speeds, * Live video surveillance to monitor congested freeways and provide improved incident management capabilities, and * Dynamic message signs to provide traffic and construction information to motorists, as well as provide information on Amber Alerts, a national system of alerting the public about missing children."
All Points Blog have an entry concerning the announcement of a mapping application for the PSP platform. From APB: "[...] the device does not have a built in GPS, works like a regular desktop app. The innovation? Added places and comments can be shared wtih other PSP users via Wi-Fi."
dct writes "The Cartography Blog has an entry on the mapping of the universe through cosmic microware radiation. From the entry: "The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, or WMAP, was sent into space by NASA to record the background cosmic microwave radiation of the universe.""
Very Spatial tells us about the United Nations Environment Programme which recently published One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment, available in print and in pdf. From the Atlas' website: "One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment demonstrates how our growing number of people and their consumption patterns are shrinking our natural resource base. The challenge is, how do we satisfy human needs without compromising the health of ecosystems. One Planet Many People is an additional wake-up call to this need.""
dct writes "Google Earth Blog is presenting new data sources to be view with the well known tool. This link points to Night Land Temperature, Enhanced Vegetation Index, Biophere and this one to Day Land Temperature"