Tuesday, January 20, 2009

44th President Inauguration Photos Slideshow

Through my TV :)
From Inauguration

Hello President Barack Obama

Our 44th President.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov

Welcome to the new WhiteHouse.gov. I'm Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House and one of the people who will be contributing to the blog.

A short time ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and his new administration officially came to life. One of the first changes is the White House's new website, which will serve as a place for the President and his administration to connect with the rest of the nation and the world.

Millions of Americans have powered President Obama's journey to the White House, many taking advantage of the internet to play a role in shaping our country's future. WhiteHouse.gov is just the beginning of the new administration's efforts to expand and deepen this online engagement.

Just like your new government, WhiteHouse.gov and the rest of the Administration's online programs will put citizens first. Our initial new media efforts will center around three priorities:

Communication -- Americans are eager for information about the state of the economy, national security and a host of other issues. This site will feature timely and in-depth content meant to keep everyone up-to-date and educated. Check out the briefing room, keep tabs on the blog (RSS feed) and take a moment to sign up for e-mail updates from the President and his administration so you can be sure to know about major announcements and decisions.

Transparency -- President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history, and WhiteHouse.gov will play a major role in delivering on that promise. The President's executive orders and proclamations will be published for everyone to review, and that’s just the beginning of our efforts to provide a window for all Americans into the business of the government. You can also learn about some of the senior leadership in the new administration and about the President’s policy priorities.

Participation -- President Obama started his career as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, where he saw firsthand what people can do when they come together for a common cause. Citizen participation will be a priority for the Administration, and the internet will play an important role in that. One significant addition to WhiteHouse.gov reflects a campaign promise from the President: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it.

We'd also like to hear from you -- what sort of things would you find valuable from WhiteHouse.gov? If you have an idea, use this form to let us know. Like the transition website and the campaign's before that, this online community will continue to be a work in progress as we develop new features and content for you. So thanks in advance for your patience and for your feedback.

Later today, we’ll put up the video and the full text of President Obama’s Inaugural Address. There will also be slideshows of the Inaugural events, the Obamas’ move into the White House, and President Obama’s first days in office.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Geospatial Semantics Meetup

Geospatial Semantics

Thursday, January 15, 2009 7:00 PM

At least 45 Semantic Web Supporters.
This Meetup is full.

SHRM Conference Room
1800 Duke Street
Alexandria VA 22314

Meetup Description
In this month's meeting, we discuss Geospatial Semantics. Mashups using Google Maps and other APIs have suddenly become very popular. However, this is only the beginning. As more linked data becomes available on the web, a whole new generation of applications become possible. In this meeting, we will discuss related technologies and current work that is being done in Geospatial Semantics.

Our speaker will be Dr. Yaser Bishr. Yaser is the co-founder and CTO of Image Matters LLC. Dr. Bishr has extensive experience in geospatial semantics, semantic web, and social web. In 1997, he published the first book on geospatial semantics, his Ph.D. topic, and wrote the geospatial semantic entry in the Encyclopedia of GIS. He is the visionary and architect of Image Matters' gnizr Enterprise semantic technology. Yaser is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to founding Image Matters, he founded Millennia GmbH, a German software consulting firm with clients in Europe, the US, SE Asia and the Middle East. Prior to Millennia Yaser was assistant professor at the University of Muenster, Germany. Currently Yaser is on a mission to develop a profitable business model for gnizr Enterprise. Yaser has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from ITC and the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands.

Image Matters LLC is a software technology and professional services company that produces software products, develops advanced technology solutions, and provides consulting services to government and commercial clients. Image Matters specializes in Geospatial Web, Semantic Web (Web 3.0), Web 2.0, Sensor Web, Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Web services, and Location-Based Services (LBS).

The meeting location and light refreshments are provided courtesy of TopQuadrant.

Friday, January 9, 2009

VietFinds Moon on January 9, 2009

First Training of the Year

We have reserved a seat for you at our One Day TDD training course. The event will be held January 10th at the HRTec Computer Technology Center in Alexandria, VA from 10:00am - 4:00pm with registration beginning at 9:30am. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

No preparation is necessary. We will provide you with a bound copy of the course materials.

Since space is limited and this is a hands-on course, we ask that only one person from your company attends. Slides will be available on our website for you to share with your team.

Event Location:

HRTec Computer Technology Center
6416 Grovedale Dr., Suite 302B
Alexandria VA 22310

On-site parking is available

9:30 AM Registration
10:00 AM Start
4:00 PM End

Must be proficient in C#
Must have a good understanding of Object Oriented principles

Unit Testing
Test Driven Development
Rules and Techniques
Working with Dependencies
Mock based testing