Last week Massachusetts released proposed policies to standardize state documents on the Open Document standard used by open source programs like Open Office. The policy, which is open for public comment until Sept. 9, would essentially forbid the use of Microsoft Office applications that don't support that format. Microsoft has already said the next version of Office won't support that format, and Friday Microsoft executives lashed out at the state.
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People displaced by Hurrican Katrina are increasingly turning to Google Earth, Google's satellite imagery program, to find out what has happened to their homes and neighborhoods. The New York Times reports that Google has been working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to quickly update the images in Google Earth.
Trexpo, the Tactical Response Expo being held last week outside Wasington, had everything your expeditionary force, first responders or black budget spy agency might need. How about these high-tech wowers? A liquid that, when sprayed on your body allows you to withstand temperatures of up to 2000 degrees. ...
911 and other critical communications are essentially wiped out in much of the devastated Gulf Coast region, according to Federal Computer Week.
It currently takes several days for the Centers for Disease Control to get access to airline manifests because the government can't get electronic access to airlines' passenger manifests. The CDC has been asking for this for several years but privacy concerns and computer incompatibility have stymied the effort.
In a substantial blow to Microsoft, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will soon adopt open document policies that banish Microsoft Office documents from Bay State offices. The new regulations require software that natively supports Open Document for most office documents.
In response to the need for communication resources in the Gulf Coast, the Army is sending satellite communications equipment to the area as part of emergency response to Hurricane Katrina.
MDM and data-sharing are not impossible in government, just a little bit harder. The key problem is not technological but organizational. That challenge is identifying what data is being collected, why it is being collected, who is doing the collecting, where it is being stored, and most importantly, who "owns" it and what barriers prevent it from being shared.
Paul Kaputska over at advancedIP Pipeline is blogging that the Bush Administration is to blame for the communications breakdown the Gulf region is suffering from right now.
Public safety, transportation and health and human services will push IT spending up from $55 billion today to $62.4 billion in 2009, according to a new research report.