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In this issue...
  • Geojargon Survey Results and Analysis
  • Podcast: Cloud Services a Major Strategy for Pitney Bowes Business Insight - An Interview with John O’Hara, President
  • Recalling the 2010 Esri AAG Social Media Contest
  • Update 2: Data.gov to Go Dark Due to Budget Cuts
  • The Check-in is Dead; Or Not
  • GPS Tidbits
  • Local (City/County/State) GIS Tidbits
  • Worth a Click: Pandora sends user GPS, sex, birthdate, other data to ad servers - ArsTechnica
  • Off the Beaten Path: TIMS (Traffic Injury Mapping System)
  • Sponsor Zone:
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    • Webinar: Restaurant Networks (QSR/LSR) Gain an Edge with Geographic Business Intelligence
    • White Paper: Driving better business intelligence through streamlined analytics
    • White Paper: Integrated And Flexible Business Intelligence Solutions Are Vital For Better Business Decisions
  • Press Releases
  • Jobs
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Today's Stories
During March, Directions Magazine conducted a “geojargon” survey. What is “geojargon”? We asked readers to look at 35 geospatial terms and determine how well they knew the meaning of each. Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg reports on the results and teases out some trends and insights.
Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI) completed its goal of its "X in '10" strategy of bringing several new products to market in 2010. As 2011 begins, John O'Hara, president, provides an update on how it will tactically execute on bringing new, cloud-based solutions to its customers. And MapInfo the product? O'Hara says the product continues to evolve but also becomes part of the overall strategy of building lines of business around solutions for vertical markets such as insurance. While before, PBBI sometimes went to marketing separately as either MapInfo or Group 1, O'Hara's goal is to address the client's needs holistically... from data quality and assurance through location intelligence and analysis. Listen as Editor in chief Joe Francica and O'Hara discuss the company's recent shift in the executive suite since O'Hara's appointment to his position last August.
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I blogged about it just about a year ago. I didn't go into too much detail about the contest since it was pretty complicated; one phase involved a paper map with grids that you had to fill out. The page with the details is no longer live. I recall discussing this contest with ... Continue reading
 According to the Sunlight Foundation, an independent transparency watchdog organization,  the "electronic government fund" faces cuts from a $34 million budget down to $8 million.   That's better than a feared $2 million budget for initiatives including Data.gov that was ... Continue reading
Yesterday Twitter was abuzz and in agreement in many cases with Mark Watkins who wrote at ReadWriteWeb about the death of the "check-in" in 2011. Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, writing at Business Insider begs to differ. He notes that the check-in is a feature, not an app, nor a ... Continue reading
After two LA building inspectors were caught taking bribes official want to track all inspectors with GPS-enabled phones and laptops. Sadly, the tracking itself can't prevent people from taking bribes, but at least supervisors know where the bribes might be occurring! - LA ... Continue reading
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources unveiled a new  map [pdf] Thursday highlighting rivers and lakes facing water quality problems. There is at least one impaired waterway in all 99 of Iowa's counties. Officials said the biggest problem is high levels of bacteria, ... Continue reading
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Pandora's Android app transmits a plethora of personal information to third parties after all, at least according to an analysis done by security firm Veracode. ...Earlier this week, Pandora revealed that it had beensubpoenaed by a federal grand jury to produce documents about its user data collection practices on Android and iOS devices. 
Off the Beaten Path

The TIMS system at the University of California at Berkeley offers a variety of interactive mapping tools, the newest of which allows registered users (free) to map and analyze 130,000 serious accidents from 2000-2008 in California. The map below is a screenshot of an example video showing serious accidents over a 24 hour period. Used with permission. Copyright UC Regents, 2011.

TIMS

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