The Veterans Clinic Map Project

Almost a year ago Professor Angela Drake asked me if I’d deliver the keynote address at the next Veterans Clinic Symposium.  I was beyond surprised.  I never thought of myself as a keynote speaker kind of guy.  I have always viewed myself as a sort of problem solver guy. But, when Professor Drakes asks you to do something to help your fellow veterans she has a purpose and a plan.  She laid out her belief that this mapping stuff that I do might have a practical application in helping veterans make stronger disability claims, and if they lost their claim, it might help them present a stronger appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington D.C. , or lead to some needed rule-making by the Department of Veterans Affairs. I have come to learn that there are two types of VA claims.  There are the presumption claims and Read More …

GeoVelo: Big in China

Not really.  Let me explain.  Like I have noted in the past, the www.GeoVelo.org website has been mostly dormant since its inception. However, a few weeks ago I committed to making a sustained effort to communicate with our clients via this website and the GeoVelo Facebook page. Conventional wisdom says I am supposed to use lots of key words like GIS, HIPAA, Business Intelligence, Tableau, Hospital Patient Data, and Analytics. Did the prior sentence come across like the crass exploitation of a hard working SEO algorithm that it was meant as?  I hope so. Anyway, you my eleven dear readers are in for a show. Because I intend to really stick with this effort (I made him a promise) and these stream of consciousness posts are likely to reveal far more about me than I would otherwise be inclined to share. The Internet is forever. Now, on to this China* business. As Read More …

Book Review: Geographic Information Science: Mastering the Legal Issues – 1st Edition

Geographic Information Science: Mastering the Legal Issues – 1st Edition by George Cho (Author) ISBN-13: 978-0470850107 ISBN-10: 0470850108 5.0 out of 5 stars This is a review I wrote for Amazon.com about a year ago. By CWDFKF on February 22, 2015 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase I have dabbled professionally in GIS since the early 1990’s while working as a city planner. In 2011 I enrolled full time in law school. If you have worked for anytime at all before attending law school one of the first things you do is try to find the answers to all the obscure legal questions that came up during your earlier career. The legal questions surrounding geographic information systems, data, people, and whatnot (GI as the author calls it) are numerous, and are only becoming more complex as time passes. So, when I picked my states’ GIS data law as the topic of an Read More …