Tear Down This Wall

David Chartier at Ars Technica notes that social networking services must break down the silos that separate them or decline into irrelevance like AOL. As quality, free content grew on the Internet outside of AOL, people abandoned the premium service — two-thirds of them. Chartier notes that social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are next. People are pouring too…

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Learn More About FluTracker at URISA’s Public Health Conference in RI

Join Rhiza Labs at the URISA GIS in Public Health Conference for a discussion of how Information Commons principles are helping public health administrators to make better decisions, faster, with more information. Rhiza’s Chief Product Officer Jeff Christensen will give two presentations: “Creating Incentives and Pathways for Sharing Public GIS Data,” June 6, 10:30 AM – 12 noon at the…

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Designing for a Trillion: Rhiza’s Parent MAYA Featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The sci-fi thriller “Minority Report” envisioned a world in which virtually any surface could convey information. Mickey McManus, president and CEO of MAYA Design, says “the trillion-node network” that would make such a world possible will be upon us within five years. […] The problem, Mr. McManus says, is that we aren’t equipped for the complexity generated by all of…

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Josh Knauer to Deliver Keynote at Next Week’s Pennsylvania GIS Conference

Don’t miss the 2009 Pennsylvania GIS Conference on May 19 and 20 in Grantville, PA. From the conference’s organizers: This year’s Pennsylvania GIS Conference will explore the essential connection between geospatial technology and the development and sustainability of our critical infrastructure. Presenters from industry, academia, and government will showcase applications that support critical infrastructures in water resources, energy and the…

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Deep Web Diving – Rhiza Takes You There

Communicating the impact of your organization to clients, constituents and funders„ Posting information on the Internet is only the first step. Telling a compelling story requires thoughtful analysis that makes the hidden connections within your information apparent and highlights your successes. Conventional technology cannot do this for your stakeholders; Rhiza Labs can. The yet-to-be mined treasure trove of unmade connections…

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Josh Knauer Tapped to Give Keynote Address at Pennsylvania GIS Conference

Josh Knauer, CEO of Rhiza Labs, will deliver the keynote address to attending GIS professionals, scholars, nonprofit and government staff at the 2009 Pennsylvania GIS Conference on May 19. His presentation will use the Information Commons to explain how social entrepreneurship in the geospatial community can stimulate new and useful thinking about data sharing. The conference, an outreach service of…

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All Our Digital Eggs

In December, Google discontinued its Google Research Datasets service. The idea behind the service was great: Google provided scientists who needed to share very large datasets with storage space in the Google cloud of servers. Their decision to cut the service is part of larger belt-tightening effort as a result of an alarming 68% drop in their fourth quarter profit…

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Data-Driven Decision Making

America has entered an era of government expenditure unheard-of since the 1960s, if not the 1930s, yet its cash reserves are lower than ever. The New York Times reports that China is losing its taste for U.S. debt, cutting off one huge supply of easy credit that fueled the massive expansion of government after September 11th. Obama warned of a…

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Data and Democracy

In June 2008, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain collaborated on a groundbreaking bill to post the full text of all federal contracts with private agencies online for public review. Senate Bill 3077, the Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008, died in committee and was stricken from the books when the 111th Congress met earlier this…

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