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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.

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.

NOAA launches online climate portal

The prototype Web portal would serve as a tool for the proposed NOAA Climate Service, a new line office that would bring together expertise and data from other NOAA offices already observing and modeling the Earth’s atmospheric and oceanic systems.

House votes to boost cybersecurity research, education

The House today passed a bill designed to improve reseach, development, education, and standards related to cybersecurity.

Cloud-computing success depends on knowing what to ask

One of cloud computing's most attractive features -- the ability to pool resources -- could be the biggest impediment to implementing the technology for the federal government.

Commerce loses, Education gains in IT spending

Most IT budgets would change little from fiscal 2010 under the Obama administration's budget.

Social media tracks Census director's Alaska trip

Census Bureau Director Robert Groves' trip to a remote Alaskan village to kick off the 2010 count was chronicled via social media.

NOAA, Google partner on data visualization project

NOAA and Google will develop the visualization of NOAA's data by using Google’s software.

Census CIO counts on future tech

Despite public missteps related to technology, Brian McGrath says the Census Bureau is poised to be an innovation trailblazer for government.

Grants for broadband becoming easier to apply for

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Rural Utilities Service have made the grant application process easier.

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