Agency News: Department of Commerce


Scientists at work under the volcano

The eruption of a volcano on Iceland has given NOAA scientists a chance to test an advanced computer model for predicting volcanic ash dispersion.

Commerce opens suggestion box for online privacy

The Commerce Department wants opinions from businesses and consumers about privacy protections for Internet commerce.

Feds, industry to hash out cloud standards at May summit

The Cloud Summit, to be hosted on May 20 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will turn attention to creating standards for data interoperability, portability and security.

NIST creating tools to test health IT products

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is taking on an IT product testing role related to the distribution of $17 billion in economic stimulus funds for health IT.

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New NOAA Web site tracks Arctic sea ice loss

A new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Web site provides satellite measurements of the loss of Arctic sea ice and examines Arctic science and policy issues.

Census allows little time to build networks for temporary offices

Computer networks had to be installed at more than 500 temporary Census offices across the country for the 2010 count.

A mappable mashup

The National Weather Service's Ridge 2 system fuses ground-based radar and human-created weather alert data with geospatial data and makes it available to other agencies and the public.

Geospatial apps help temper Mother Nature's fury

Government agencies find that linking sensors to other geospatial data could improve emergency management, environmental monitoring and homeland security.

NTIA seeks help in meeting open government mandates

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is looking for a contractor to build content management and social networking Web sites in its effort to become more open and transparent.

Census struggles to solve IT problems in time for 2010 count

With time running out before the decennial head count gets fully under way, key IT systems the Census Bureau is relying on still have performance problems, the Government Accountability Office told Congress.

Political hailstorm follows Climate Service announcement

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announcement during the recent snowstorms that it was launching a new Climate Service got global warming skeptics going.

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