Chris Steins is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Planetizen.
Governing Magazine has a special report on "E-Governing" in their September, 2004 issue, Dealing in Data
This is certainly true,
"Governments have been trying to break down the silos of data that have been built up agency by agency, government by government."
But I wonder about this evaluation, which seems to be the foundation for most of the article:
"There is one basic prerequisite that has to be met before any data merging can take place. Government agencies have to take the information that lives on paper and convert it into digitized form. "
Sunday, August 29, 2004 - 4:31pm PDT
For those Tech Talk readers who have not yet heard about Project Gutenberg
, this is an amazing project that defines the future of the Internet.
Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books. They have published over 12,000 eBooks through the collective efforts of hundreds of volunteers. The Magna Carta
was the project's 10,000 e-book, published in October, 2003.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - 7:50pm PDT
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) commissioned a study to estimate the efficiency losses resulting from inadequate interoperability among computer-aided design, engineering, and software systems in the U.S. capital facilities industry (In 2002, the nation set in place $374 billion in new construction on capital facilities (U.S. Census Bureau, 2004b)).
Now there's apparently a precise measure of the waste caused by fragmentation of IT systems.
Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 4:41pm PDT
Although Zamora, Spain was the first city in the world to implement a true city-wide WiFI network, it appears that Grand Haven, Michigan has become the first city in the United States to implement a city-wide WiFi broadband network.
From the press release
"As the first WiFi city in America, Grand Haven has truly lived up to its name in the Internet era, as we now allow anyone anywhere to connect to the Internet and roam the city and waterways in a completely secure computing environment," Mayor Bergman said. "The city-wide WiFi service provided by Ottawa Wireless is already enhancing the quality of life for residents and tourists and enabling the city to provide new services."
Sunday, August 1, 2004 - 8:47am PDT
Where can I buy one?
Bill Mitchell's Smart Cities group at the MIT's Media Lab has joined forces with architect Frank Gehry and General Motors to design and build a concept car that attempts to tackle urban sprawl.
The article is reported in this week's AutoWeek magazine "M.I.T. lab searches for intelligent life in the fast lane"
Thursday, July 22, 2004 - 7:38am PDT
Friday, July 9, 2004 - 4:46pm PDT
Why should architects, planners, and developers be concerned about software interoperability and open standards for data exchange? Communication and the exchange of data between partners in a development project is crucial to the success of the project. Anyone who has been involved in a construction project before knows how many opportunities exist to mis-interpret even the smallest detail on a plan.
Architect Jonathan Cohen concludes in Islands of Automation
Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 8:47am PDT
Friday, June 18, 2004 - 6:37pm PDT
Kevin Leeson, Special Projects Coordinator and Chris Alvarado, Associate Senior Planner, setup and run the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission Weblog
. As far as I know, this is the first public-sector planning blog in existence.
The purpose of the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission Weblog primarily is to act as a news gathering and dissemination resource for the Greater Cleveland and Cuyahoga County planning community, which includes 59 communities, cities, villages and townships.
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 - 4:24pm PDT
The US Environmetal Protection Agency has launched their daily Ultra Violet Index
website, where you can search for your zip code's daily UV Index rating.
Tomorrow's Los Angeles UV Index rating is 9: "Try to avoid the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Otherwise, seek shade, cover up, wear a hat and sunglasses, and use sunscreen. "
The UV Index is computed using forecasted ozone levels, a computer model that relates ozone levels to UV incidence (incoming radiation level) on the ground, forecasted cloud amounts, and the elevation of the forecast cities.
Tuesday, June 8, 2004 - 8:27pm PDT