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Probability Maps Help Detect Food Contamination

Sandia's stochastic network metholodogy accelerates spread of food-borne illness // Source: sandia.gov

submitted by Luis Kun

Homeland Security News Wire - October 1, 2012

Researchers demonstrate how developing a probability map of the food supply network using stochastic network representation might shorten the time it takes to track down contaminated food sources; stochastic mapping shows what is known about how product flows through the distribution supply chain and provides a means to express all the uncertainties in potential supplier-customer relationships that persist due to incomplete information

Uncovering the sources of fresh food contamination could become faster and easier thanks to analysis done at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC).

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Glowing Pollution Sensor Equipped Kites Replace Beijing's Stars

submitted by Albert Gomez

good.is - Julie Ma - July 6th, 2012

Urban air quality in China has been miserable for years, but the issue really came to the foreground in June when China’s vice minister for environmental protection put foreign embassies on blast for publishing national air pollution data online. The U.S. Embassy, whose hourly Twitter updates on Beijing's air quality have helped spread awareness of the dangers of pollution among the Chinese public, was the likely target of the criticism.

With the Chinese government’s resistance to letting air quality information circulate freely, two graduate students from Carnegie Mellon and Harvard are taking things into their own hands: literally.

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iPavement Puts a World of Knowledge Beneath Your Feet

submitted by Albert Gomez

good.is - May 3, 2012

Now that the United Nations has declared internet access a human right, any small step that helps get more people online is worth celebrating. That's why iPavement, the latest creation from Spanish tech company Via Inteligente, is so genius.

Constructed of a calcium carbonate stone, iPavement looks like your average piece of square tile. But one should never judge a tile by its cover. At iPavement's core is a 5GB microprocessor that can support both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Each tile will also come with its own suite of apps, offering users features like coupons to local businesses and maps to nearby places of interest. Via Inteligente's ultimate goal is to make cities more accessible and interesting by linking iPavement squares to people's increasing number of handheld devices.

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http://www.ipavement.com/en/index_eng.html

Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management: The Five to Ten Year Vision

submitted by Samuel Bendett

United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management - April 24, 2012

A working group was established to assess the future trends in geospatial information management at the 1st meeting of the UN Committee on GGIM in Seoul, Korea. Chaired by Dr. Vanessa Lawrence, Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey, the working group has received written inputs from 29 persons or institutions. A summary of the future trends shall be presented during this forum in Amsterdam, followed by discussion among all the participants. Meanwhile, the process of soliciting views on future trends continue and the working group welcomes any additional inputs. A consolidated paper on the future trends shall be discussed in the 2nd Session of the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management.

http://ggim.un.org/

Background paper:
Future trends in geospatial information management: the five to ten year vision (8 page .PDF file)

 

 

George Clooney's Satellite Spies Reveal Secrets of Sudan's Bloody Army

      

George Clooney on a visit to the Zamzam refugee camp in north Darfur in 2008. Photograph: Sherren Zorba/AP

by Paul Harris - guardian.co.uk - March 24, 2012

Actor and activist funds a hi-tech project that is tracking troops and warning civilians of attacks.

Nathaniel Raymond is the first to admit that he has an unusual job description. "I count tanks from space for George Clooney," said the tall, easygoing Massachusetts native as he sat in a conference room in front of a map of the Sudanese region of South Kordofan.

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Sudan - Resources

submitted by Janine Rees

PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2011 FIRST QUARTER LIVELIHOODS ANALYSIS FORUM (LAF)ORGANISED BYSOUTH SUDAN CENTRE FOR CENSUS, STATISTICS AND EVALUATION (SSCCSE),WITH TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE SUDAN INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITYPROGRAMME: FOOD SECURITY INFORMATION FOR ACTION PROGRAMMEHELD FROM 2ND –4TH, MARCH 2011, IN YEI, CENTRAL EQUATORIA STATE(12 page .PDF file)

http://www.southsudan-climis.org/attachements/Final_Proceedings_of_LAF_Yei_March_2011.pdf

 WHO Sudan health maps  <http://www.who.int/hac/crises/sdn/maps/en/>

Health data and GIS in Sudan <http://news.sudanvisiondaily.com/details.html?rsnpid=201181>

FAR Sudan <http://farsudan.org/foodsecurityc9.php>

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