Thursday, May 27, 2010

"We need a new Civilian Conservation Corps" by Stephen Trimble, photographer.
(Via High Country News)
20 Very interesting USGS Water Data Discovery maps/ Water today / Water in the past/ Water Tomorrow/
See USGS WaterAlert Interactive map. Get updated river/water data via e-mail or text messages (via Idaho Statesman)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My recent Swainson's Hawk Picasa Photo Album tiny url link does not seem to function. Here is another link.
I posted 3 Swainson's Hawk images to Outdoor Idaho Facebook May photo contest. These & others are in a Picasa album.
Very interesting Hiking Trail Map (Beta) being developed by the Washington Trails Association.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Community Maps / ArcGIS Online Beta available - Maps & Apps for Everyone - Gallery, Groups, Make a Map, etc.,
RT @NN4D: - Jack Dangermond to Showcase Community Maps at Gov 2.0 Expo

Monday, May 24, 2010

Gov 2.0 Expo Event Preview - a forum to learn about government interaction with technology, the Internet & social media

Saturday, May 22, 2010

"The Live Web" It grows, adapts & changes - where we text & post & author & update & tweet...etc., (via @rschott)
RT @timoreilly .@techcrunch on why open government matters to entrepreneurs mentions @gov2events and @CodeforAmerica #opengov #gov20
The Open Gov Initiative:- Examples of cities leveraging the web to become more efficient, transparent, & participatory.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Online Reference for Dov Seidman's book "How" values create value in business-lying is unacceptable-fewer places to hide
Thomas L. Friedman quotes Dov Seidman book "How"-we are in "Era of Behavior" Situational values vs Sustainable values.
"World’s Largest Social Network: The Open Web"- web pages, blogs, Twitter etc., searchable- compared to Facebook.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Amazing motion time lapse sequences of Iceland Volcano Eruption by Sean Stiegemeier.
"Silicon 'nose' turns cell phones into toxin detectors" - Imagine citizen monitoring possibilities. (via CNET News)

Friday, May 14, 2010

1993 Northwest Environmental Data Base - The Rivers Information Systems of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, & Washington

 from Gary O. Grimm on Vimeo.This archival 17.5 minute multimedia production was originally created by Mountain Visions in 1993 and transferred to video tape. Now we have recovered it from the archives, digitized and uploaded as a historical record of one of many similar productions we produced in the late 1980's and early 90s, before we started producing CD-ROMs and web sites.

NED was a result of the Northwest Power Planning Council started in 1980 and the Pacific Northwest River Study in 1984. More than ten years of valuable data was gathered by agencies, tribes, communities, businesses and individuals and put into this Data Base that provided detailed information about 34,000 distinct river segments in 135,000 miles of streams in the Columbia River System and four Northwest States.
Categories of Data included Anadromous Fish, Resident Fish, Wildlife, Natural Features, Cultural Resources, Recreation, Institutional Constraints, Hydrosite Data Base, River Reach File, and Protected Areas.
This outreach educational multimedia project was used in Town Hall and other meetings throughout the Northwest to describe the Data Base, GIS technology and how to use the Rivers Information Systems. These presentations encouraged and invited everyone to use NED and to continue to participate in its future development.
The data contained in NED still exists in various data bases and has been improved over the years. I believe that the current trend toward Open.Gov, making data more available to the public and inviting participation in gathering and analyzing data, and being more involved in decision making is the wave of the future, promised by NED even in 1993.
Viewed Ogallala Commons web site. Network to reinvigorate human & natural "Commonwealth" forming basis of communities.
Also GeoWeb Networking provides opportunities for local "Sense of Place & "The Commons" discussions and actions.
In my view "Sense of Place" & "The Commons" are concepts that provide local citizen participation opportunities.
Read Courtney White article "Why We Need a New Party, A Party for Commonwealth" local level action. (via

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

@Tongass_NF - Prince Of Wales Is Watershed Restoration Google Maps & Earth project w HD visuals has educational value.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Tim Blood found this great YouTube animated world map showing sunlight and air traffic change over 24 hours.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Informative Open Government 2.0 Review - Crisis Response, The Gulf oil spill, net neutrality, open source, etc.,

Friday, May 07, 2010

U of Oregon Outdoor Program Bike Music Fest powered by human powered pedalers.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Exposures to cancer/pesticides fertilizers, pharmaceutical byproducts in the water supply, household chemicals, etc.
Presidents Cancer Panel, established in 1971, reports "Cancers from Environment 'Grossly Underestimated' -

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

RT @ savewildsalmon The state of Pacific salmon? Not so wild #Northwest #salmon [@oregonian]-
GeoCommons map showing Major Oil Platforms in Gulf of Mexico plus other map layers you can turn on.
Crisis Commons helping develop crowdsourcing efforts to report effects of Gulf Oil Spill (& other examples)

Monday, May 03, 2010

Re: my previous post - How many other agencies, organizations & businesses have similar position on sharing knowledge?
Inducing people to join a debate creates possibility of losing control of a process that only we (?) fully understand.
The oil catastrophe in the gulf has created public visibility for Environmental problems again. (via Paul Krugman)

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Attending "Life in the West" seminar today, sponsored by the Andrus Center for Public Policy.