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Drew Stephens has posted a new page. Here is an abstract:
It is the core mission of The GIS Institute to understand the geotechnical challenges around a mission, and then move into the creative process of
understanding and sharing solutions, even when the challenges appear constant and compelling. I am now working on the proposal to create supplemental
architecture and workflow, which will provide GIS data access to all who need it; responders, EOC staff, state and local government officials,
researchers, and the general public. This proposal will be available in a draft context by Monday evening, June 14. BP is hosting a viewer at
We hope to see more data and tools on this viewer, with the ability to download data to any local GIS unit for further research and analysis.
Here is a letter from Stevens that seems to be written with a similar style:
a colleague confirming he was headed to Houma:
Stevens corroborates some of this letter in a blog on June 4:
And outright confirms here?
If this turns out true you deserve a Pulitzer.
It is true that the letter quoted verbatim in my article was posted and was then removed.
I can confirm that the letter was written by Andrew Stephens and Devon Humphrey.
I have been led to understand that the open letter was taken down because the responses it attracted imposed to great a workload on the GIS Institute
I can assure my readers that there was no pressure placed on the site by any person or organisation to remove the letter.
There is no conspiracy surrounding the unpublishing of the open letter. Period.
I am not at liberty to divulge my source without a specific authority which I do not yet have.
As is my habit, I will post updates as and when I obtain new information.