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[BrieFing] NEWS ANALYSIS The Army is on the look-out for software tools that could help train soldiers to operate a number of its most powerful combat vehicles, in- cluding the Abrams and Bradley tanks and its Wolverine and Stryker armored vehicles. In a "market investigation survey" issued in January, the Army said it wanted developers to build training software libraries that could replicate the behavior of the vehicles in the real world as well as provide common training capabilities across all vehicle- speci c training systems. The Army wants to create two classes of software: a common soft- ware library (CSL), which replicates the operations of a speci c vehicle, and a common embedded training system (CETS), a library of various training components such as instructor opera- tions, scoring and after-action reviews. CET systems would aim to augment, rather than replace, existing stand- alone training systems or capabilities and provide the ability "to train any- where at any time, at home station or while deployed," the Army notice said. Before the use of common software libraries, training systems replicated the operations of a single vehicle. But keeping current with the vehicles' soft- ware updates was dif cult to maintain and replicating the precise behavior was nearly impossible, according to the Army. Instead, the Army prefers working with a single developer that has both a thorough grounding of the combat vehicles and training systems that tap the software libraries. The plan is for a common approach across all training systems and "assures that the warf- ighters are training on systems that re ect current elded vehicle systems behavior," according to the notice.• Army wants software libraries for combat-vehicle training 12 GCN FEBRUARY 2013 • GCN.COM BY GCN STAFF California, always in the forefront of avant-garde health fads, has a new San Francisco treat, this one aided by hometown tech com- pany Yelp, a provider of online reviews and directories. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee last month announced a partner- ship with Yelp to link the city's restaurant health score data with the Yelp restaurant review web- site, according to GovTech. Yelp and tech teams from San Francisco and New York created the Local Inspector Value-Entry Speci cation (LIVES) software for city health departments and other inspection of cials to up- load health inspection scores to the Yelp database. The process has started with some San Francisco restaurants' health inspection scores available online, with health scores for the rest of the city's restaurants to follow, said Jay Nath, the city's chief innovation of cer, in an announcement from the city. Data from New York City is expected to be added to Yelp also and Philadelphia and other cities could follow, Nath said. "By making often hard-to- nd gov- ernment information more widely available to innovative compa- nies like Yelp, we can make gov- ernment more transparent and improve public health outcomes for our residents through the power of technology," Lee said in a prepared statement. The mayor also chairs the U.S. Conference of Mayors Technology and In- novation Task Force. Lee and Yelp want the res- taurant health ratings system eventually to become part of the LIVES nationwide open data standard that will be available to all cities on a voluntary basis.• How clean is that restaurant? Check Yelp. BY GCN STAFF Online review sites such as Yelp are providing residents of cities like San Francisco with data on the health standards of their favorite eateries. It's a social media trend that is growing. GETTY IMAGESV