In this podcast with Eric Cadora, the director of the Justice Mapping Center, we explore how understanding spatial phenomena of incarceration radically helped shift the conversation of policy makers and allowed them to not only see concentrations of those who entered prison but also how much it was costing local governments. Cadora characterized these areas from which a high volume of incarcerated individuals came as "million dollar blocks" because officials knew how much it cost per person. In this fascinating discussion listen to how maps helped citizens and policy makers view the criminal justice system.
Last week Esri announced its participation in the Obama administration's ConnectED Initiative, an effort to bring digital learning to K-12 students with the participation of the private sector. Esri stepped up to offer access for all public and private schools to ArcGIS Online. Esri says the grant could be worth as much as 1$B, perhaps the largest ConnectED commitment to date. We explore this grant's potential for the teachers and learners of the United States.
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) offered a report on big data and privacy last week. The authors wove geospatial technologies including LiDAR, satellite imagery, drones, and digital city models into their exploration and recommendations. But the challenge remains regarding data, including geodata: how should the government reconcile the benefits of big data and the challenges of ensuring privacy?
Mr. Agendra Kumar is the President of NIIT GIS Ltd (Esri India), a joint venture between ESRI Inc., USA and NIIT Technologies (NTL), India. He has over 25 years of experience in IT business management and has served as the country head of several multinational technology companies. Before joining NIIT GIS, Agendra was the Managing Director of SGI in India. He has been associated twice with SGI (earlier known as Silicon Graphics Inc) with a prior stint as Director, Sales during 1994-2000. In between he worked as Managing Director of Veritas India and upon its merger with Symantec Corporation took on global account management responsibilities for Asia Pacific and Japan region.
Contributing columnist Catherine Burton interviewed Michael Carson, GIS manager at the City of Burbankwhere, as in many cities, GIS work continues to be a critical element in city administration and planning.