Friday, August 17, 2012

GIS In the Legislative Process

Forrester's Jennifer Belissent talks about GIS and references a subject I am passionate about. Namely, smart-maps as an aid to the legislative decision making processes in Parliaments/Legislatures.

NASCIO Award and Legislative Workbench (LWB)

NASCIO (National Association of State CIOs) has announced finalists for the 2012 awards and I'm delighted to say that two of the finalists are projects based on Propylon's LWB solution.

- The LEGEND System (North Dakota). Finalist under Cross Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships

- The KLISS System (Kansas). Finalist under Open Government.

Details about the awards are here: http://www.nascio.org/awards/2012awards/.

More information about LEGEND can be found here. More information about KLISS can be found here.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Unit tests are not echo chambers

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree. Interesting stuff. Medical focus but I cannot help but relate it to the problem of producing good unit tests. Unit tests create a sort of constructive conflict with the corresponding application.

Most excellent new word of the day

incrementalism

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tools of Change 2013

I have never attended a Tools of Change event. Next year may be the year, for a variety of reasons. I really like going to conferences in NY. I don't get up there often enough to feed my inner Deli.

New Jython released

Jython 2.5.3 to be precise.