• Screen shot of Palo Alto Land Use Designation Google Fusion Map

    Palo Alto harnesses Google Fusion for Open GIS datasets

    The city released the first wave of a series of geospatial datasets to public developers via Google Fusion, a tool for data visualization and integration.

  • Air Force Medical Service Facebook page

    Medical service's Facebook experience a sign of social media's growth

    The Air Force Medical Service finds, like some other agencies, that social media can be the best way to interact with their constituents.

  • Department of Energy semantic search tool for scientific information

    DOE rolls out semantic search for science research

    The department will move its core research archives onto a semantic search platform to improve the relevance of queries.

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  • Digital Forensics Challenge

    Can digital forensics teams beat crime center's challenge?

    The Digital Forensics Challenge gives would-be investigators a chance to test their ability by completing increasingly difficult challenges across five levels of difficulty.

  • New York City police outside a building

    What good's an Android that can't make calls? For NYPD, plenty.

    Police are testing 400 customized, muted smart phones that give officers on the scene immediate access to deep databases of information.

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  • UC San Diego superfast Prism network

    U.C. San Diego's super-fast network will handle big data demands

    The university, which operates the San Diego Supercomputing Center, is turbo-charging its network around a switch that can handle 1 trillion bits/sec.

  • Frustrated drivers in traffic jam

    L.A. synchronizes traffic signals, but drivers might not notice

    The city completes a 30-year project to automate its traffic signals, but the upside is in the data, not the driver's seat.

  • computer lab

    Microsoft Office 365 catching on with public-sector agencies

    The cloud-based office productivity suite benefits budget-sensitive public sector agencies that want to streamline the office enterprise, Microsoft says.

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  • Kanguru Defender Elite secure USB drive

    DHS strikes deal to improve USB drive security

    The department has approved a line of secure, hardware-encrypted USB drives and remote management software for purchase by component agencies.

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  • Whales tail ocean

    For want of a data format, the Whale was lost ...

    In trying to improve data transparency in financial futures trading, regulators are learning the hard way about the importance of specifying formats.