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Sunday, March 12, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: Gerrymandering, HOTOSM Tackles Malaria, CC0 for Open Data

Resources and Articles
WaPo: This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see - nicely, spatially done. h/t @atanas

Esri: Esri Dev Summit Plenary  - Video from this week's event

Kenyatta University: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Kenyatta University GIS - Two more things you don't know: Stanford's Stace Maples just visited and the name of the person who wrote that article!

Tableau Blog: Shapefile Support in Tableau - May prove useful to some h/t @chadskelton

Trajectory: Beyond the Quantitative Approach - A Q&A with Dr. Peggy Agouris, dean of the College of Science, director of the Center for Earth Observing and Space Research, and professor of spatial informatics at George Mason University

Visualizing Data: The Fine Line Between Intent and Perception - Why a cool graphics showing pizza topping preferences went so wrong.

HOT Malaria Effort: The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is looking for volunteers to help wipe out malaria as part of the Missing Maps project. There's even a competition for Youth Mappers.


Northeast Geographic Information Society (NEGIS) invites practitioners, educators and students to its Spring Conference 2017 Thursday, April 27th at Warren Conference Center and Inn, 529 Chestnut St, Ashland, MA 01721. The theme "Beyond the Flight" addresses the complete GIS project cycle from data collection to project completion. The event closes with a panel on GIS education with participation from both industry and academia. All conference proceeds fund NEGIS scholarship program that benefits students in higher education studying GIS. Conference registration (discounts before April 13), call for papers and sponsors via Eventbrite. (Disclosure: I'm on the NEGIS board.)

For Students

Two smart people (Tom MacWright‏ and Pieter Colpaert) agree: "CC0 is the correct license choice for open data." See discussion on Twitter. Do you know what CC0 is?

KAMP GIS Scholarship is open all students attending full-time during the fall 2017 semester at a 2-year or 4-year higher educational institution in Kentucky in GIS degree program, with appropriate accreditation. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 4.

The AAG's Undergraduate Student Affinity Group is on Twitter: aag_usag.

The International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2017) being held in Washington DC, July 2-7, 2017, is offering Student Assistant opportunities. Current undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for support and participation as student assistants. Selected students will be able to work flexible hours and attend conference sessions and receive complimentary student registration and lodging during the conference. Deadline: March 31, 2017.

USGIF’s Young Professionals Group is offering its (YPG) Golden Ticket Program for GEOINT 2017. The Golden Ticket program is a chance for young professionals to gain free access to conference activities and attend exclusive events. Deadline: March 20. (In my world, a golden ticket is much harder to get!)

More REUs - this time on the east coast/west coast. The fellowships run June - Aug and focus on spatiotemporal domains (e.g., CS, GIS, Geosciences, etc.). Application review begins March 30 and runs until positions are filled. I noted one in Texas last week.