RE: Responding to Katrina (offtopic even if XML is part of the
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/09/08/katrina.data.ap/index.html A pretty good example of how confused it gets even with the best of intentions. Note: 1. Different formats. Can't cut and paste. 2. Different business rules. Can't search. The second one is the tough nut to crack. As I said earlier, your cities are mapped and your utilities databases have most of the necessary information. See item b. a) Use Google Earth. That would be ok but the actual address information is highly inaccurate. Mashups are legally dicey because there is no standard for quality. This is infant technology chasing a mission critical business. I'm glad for it but waiting for the inevitable lawsuits. b) Use the public safety databases. Federal and State privacy laws interfere but it is the best data out there. This is an industry to customer tangle waiting to happen. Public open system standards for resources (human, asset management, dispatch-to-dispatch), are the right answer. Opt-in registration policies are next (sign up to let your utilities databases release information or enter them yourselves). Make sure that information can't be sold or traded (Pass laws.). Find out if your local gun store owners (Wal-Mart, JCs Gun and Tackle, etc.) have means to secure their merchandise before they bug out. (Pass laws.). Make sure that any registered hospital, daycare, nursing home, etc., with hard-to-move patients have the resources and the inspectable plan. Don't take their word for it; require it. (Pass laws.) len -----Original Message----- From: jim.fuller@.ruminate.co.uk [mailto:jim.fuller@.ruminate.co.uk] technical solutions is part of the 'execution'...it shouldnt 'lead'...as in W. recent blitz on touting technology as some sort of solution to global warming.
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