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Thursday, March 26, 2015

GIS Education Weekly: New Competency-based Program Coming, Esri ConnectED at 1000 Schools, GISCI and USGIF Partner

SNHU Planning GIS Curriculum

Rich Schultz has noted on LinkedIn the plan for a GIS program at competency-based Southern New Hampshire University starting next fall. Open source will be part of it. Schultz left Elmhurst, a private liberal arts college outside Chicago to join the online program at SNHU last year.

Amazon Puts Landsat Data on AWS; GIS Firms Use it

The news from Amazon:
You can now access over 85,000 Landsat 8 scenes through our newest Public Data Set: Landsat on AWS. The scenes are all available in the landsat-pds bucket in the Amazon S3 US West (Oregon) region.
Probably more interesting to educators is what Esri, Mapbox, Planet Labs and others have done with the datasets. You'll find what they've built at the bottom of this post.


GPS Day was March 25 per a press release.
GPS Day is an extension of National Surveyors Week, an initiative focused on key educational achievements and land survey awareness. National Surveyors Week is hosted by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and state surveying societies across the country. Download your National Surveyors Week Resource Kit.
While the date has passed, it's a good idea for GIS classes to consider surveying and vice versa on any available date.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Making a Generic Media Pitch Personal: GIS Edition

Pitching is Personal

Pitching a story to the media is part art and part science. Pitching, in general, says the dictionary means "to present … for consideration." I've seen a lot of pitches in my inbox. The vast majority are generic; the same e-mail is sent to multiple people in different positions at different publications with different beats (areas of coverage). One of my favorites had the salutation, "Dear Susan." I'm sure it was intended for Susan Smith at GIS Cafe!
Image "Zack Greinke" by Keith Allison
under CC BY-SA 2.0

The rest of the pitches I recall stand out exactly because they were personal. I act on pitches from people I know first; they are from people who've taken the time to form a relationship with me. The first time personal pitches, where the relationship is just beginning, require more consideration. I'm most likely to consider pitches that convince me they know who I am and that I will be interested in what they have to say. I met Elliot Cohen that way and not long after wrote about his company, CityMaps. That relationship has continued; I was just in contact with CityMaps president the other day because they were back in the news with a funding deal. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

GIS Education Weekly: American Sentinel Suspends Programs, GeoTech Awards, Women at Conferences

American Sentinel University Suspends Geospatial Degrees/Certificate

You'll find this note on the page for each of the four GIS degrees/certificates (example) American Sentinel University was offering until January.
Not accepting new enrollments in B.S. Geographic Information Systems as of Jan 9, 2015.
I contacted admissions and the official statement is:
We are not accepting any new students in our GIS programs, and we have not been told if we will offer these programs in the future.
Unofficially, it's my understanding the whole program is being shut down. The university started offering online GIS degrees in 2007.

State of Women in GIS As Told by Tweets at #DevSummit and #FOSS4GNA

Last week two groups gathered to talk about Esri's developer options and free and open source software for geospatial. Here's what Twitter offered about how women fared at each event.