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Thursday, September 8, 2016

GIS Education Weekly: Problem Solvers, Updated Cartography Books and the Class of 2020


The University of Georgia has a Community Mapping Lab. What's that? This video from late August explains the background as well as summarizing a few current projects.

The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education's Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education (AACE-SITE) has released tahe special issue on geospatial technologies in teacher education (open access!). My Esri colleague Tom Baker and Marymount University's Elizabeth Langran edited the issue.

John Krygier and Dennis Wood's third edition of Making Maps, Third Edition: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS is out. The new edition contains over 40 pages of new content, more than 35 new maps, and updated and expanded discussions. I confess I've not heard of this book. Via GIS Lounge.

"Following the feedback from customers specifically from the Geographic Information System (GIS) community, Microsoft today [Sept 7] announced that they are bringing back dBASE file support (.dbf) in Access for Office 365 customers. Users can now import or link to data stored in dBASE databases in Access. This new support for dBASE in Access 2016 is available to Office 365 subscribers." Via MS Power User.

Diana Sinton's latest article at Directions Magazine is GIS Jobs of Today: Only problem-solvers need apply. She offers some interesting insights into how to teach problem solving in GIS. Directions Magazine also has Esri's Joseph J. Kerski's profile of Bob Dulli. It's part of a series of GIS profiles called GeoInspirations.

Geo for All lead Suchith Anand of Nottingham University, will discuss "Open Principles in Education - Bridging Bridges, Empowering communities" in a webinar on September 22. He also shared a plea for the use of open software and education resources for Geography Awareness and other GIS education opportunities.


The University of Missouri College of Engineering was awarded a five-year, $12 million contract "to deliver a comprehensive data science education program that will provide cutting-edge analytical training for the  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency workforce" and potentially other members of the U.S. Intelligence Community. (press release)

In and Out of the Classroom

GISCI and other organizations are spreading the word that FEMA & USGS need help identifying water-damaged properties in Louisiana.

BCIT is looking for sponsors for student GIS projects (this does not mean money). "The BCIT GIS Practicum or Project offers a valuable opportunity for sponsors to play a role in GIS technology education while benefiting from the student’s knowledge and skills. There is no cost to the sponsor for a GIS Practicum or Project. Liability for students will be covered under the Institutes Coverage For Students On Approved Industry Project Practicums."

Mapbox is taking its show to universities. "This week, Sam, Molly, Angelina, and I represented Mapbox at the University of Wisconsin’s Cartography Lab Education Series Workshop in Madison. The series provides a regular forum for students, educators, researchers, and professionals in the community to connect, as well as share knowledge about working with mapping and GIS tools."


PennStateGIS has a new online geospatial education faculty member: Adrienne Goldsberry. Looks like she still needs to update her Twiiter profile!

The Future of Education

Inside Higher Ed reports that MIT will add human graders to its most popular humanities MOOCs. The fee to the student: $300.

EdSurge reports Salesforce donated $8.5 million to San Francisco and Oakland schools to support computer science education

Buzzfeed details how digital textbook providers (McGraw Hill for one) are charging for access codes for students to take quizzes and submit homework. I fear a paywall for maps might appear.

Degrees, Programs and Courses

Anthony Robinson at Penn State notes that Maps and the Geospatial Revolution will run again soon, but this time on the "new" Coursera platform.

EIAW uses ArcGIS Pro and Drone2Map
Esri's The Location Advantage and Earth Imagery at Work (EIAW) MOOCs started last week. Registration is still open for both courses. This is the first outing for EIAW. (We are very busy!)

Trajectory Magazine, from USGIF, covers new programs at USC's Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI). SSI has USGIF accreditation. What's new?
  • master’s degree in spatial informatics developed in collaboration with USC’s computer science department. 
  • Ph.D. in population, health, and place 
  • minor in human security and geospatial intelligence

Sign of the Times 

Andy Anderson (@geoobservatory) shared this image of the UMass class of 2020 forming, what else, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Glenn Letham, the new chief marketing officer at Geo Jobe reports "the Esri ConnectEd organization has adopted [Geo Jobe's] cloning tools to help clone content for some of their thousands of Educational user organizations."

heads up from Esri Press: The upcoming release of the 8th edition of Map Use e-book will be out on September 19 and the print book on November 7. It's one of my favorites.

Esri is celebrating Will.i.am's return to the Black Eyed Peas and his work in education including GIS. "This map show[s] how much each state spends per year to educate an elementary or secondary school student compared to the cost of keeping an inmate in prison." "At the request of the i.am.angel Foundation, Esri looked for published data on the topic of per-person state spending on education and per-person spending on incarceration. This map shows various aspects of that data, showing some interesting patterns."  More here. The new Where is the love? benefits his Foundation. "All artist royalties, and Interscope Records proceeds from the sale of “#WHERESTHELOVE” will be donated to the i.am angel Foundation to support programs focused on underserved youth like College Track and FIRST Robotics."

Esri announced that there's are four new new SpatiaLABS on search and rescue available. You can access them via this story map. They are last ones on the social sciences tab. Here's the link to the first one, in ArcGIS Online.

"The Arizona Ready for Rigor project team at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College received a 2016 National School Public Relations Association award of excellence in the internet/intranet website category for their comprehensive project page, the AZRfR story map. This story map details a grant-funded program and its impact on K-12 educators and students." Via ASU News.