Chris Steins is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Planetizen.
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
Pew Internet & American Life Project
A new report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, "How Americans Get in Touch With Government
", shows that 97 million adult Americans, or 77% of Internet users, took advantage of e-gov in 2003, whether that meant going to government Web sites or emailing government officials. This represented a growth of 50% from 2002. At the same time, citizens who contact government said they are more likely to turn to traditional means - either the telephone or in-person visits - rather than the Web or email to deal with government.
Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 11:06am PDT
The Preliminary Program
has been published for the 3rd Annual URISA Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) Conference.
The event will be held from July 18-20, 2004 at University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Conference features 5 tracks with presentations divided into the
following subject areas: Data, Organizational, and Policy Issues Affecting PPGIS Practice
PPGIS in Rural Settings and Small Communities
PPGIS Theory, Science, and Scientific Methods
PPGIS Practice and Implementation
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 5:07pm PDT
The Geospatial Information & Technology Association
has published their sixth annual survey of organizations implementing
geospatial information technologies. While the full report is $145, a free excerpt from the Executive Summary
is available online.
One interesting question posed by the report: Given the strong interest in "Web-based GIS, could the industry be preparing for a dramatic increase in outsourcing of GIS to third-party providers enabled by the Internet? The ASP (application service provider) model, which some longtime industry experts feel was ahead of its time, could well experience a serious boost from these developments.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 4:57pm PDT
Thanks to Adam Rogers at Wired
for this reference to the Transportation Research Board's participation solicitation for XML Schemas for Exchange of Transportation Data
XML tells the web browser software about the structure and type of information it's displaying, distinguishing content from format by adding metadata.
We predicted that planning specialties would begin developing their own XML schemas in a 1999 article for APA's Planning magazine, 'X' Marks the Spot
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 - 5:19pm PDT
Accenture has just released a new e-Government report (May, 2004), e-Government Leadership: High Performance, Maximum Value
This is the fifth year that Accenture has surveyed international e-Gov efforts, and they report that they have found five overall trends: eGovernment advances are diminishing; eGovernment leaders are reaping tangible savings; Adoption of e-gov remains a challenge; The challenge of integrating e-gov is changing; and Personalization is emerging.
Monday, May 10, 2004 - 9:56am PDT