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Thursday, June 22, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: High Schoolers Map the Impact of Katrina on Crime and Collect Images on the Summer Solstice

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Articles and Resources

University of Minnesota: U-Spatial Prize Highlights Thought-Provoking Data Maps - University of Minnesota's U-Spatial, which supports spatial research as part of the Office of the Vice President for Research’s Research Computing unit, selected nine submissions out of 50 as winners of its 2017 Mapping Prize.

Inside Sources: Geography Increasingly a Priority for Schools, Employers - The article covers the American Geographical Society's vision for education and its support for APHG and AP GIS&T. There is commentary on open source vs. proprietary software: "In general, the availability of free or open source data platforms has not always been good news for the incumbents in other industries. Education publishing companies for example have been reeling in recent years from the competition of freely available or cheap web-based lesson plans. [Chris] Tucker [chairman of the board of AGS], however, does not believe that the same dynamic is at work in the geography space, saying that he thinks the public and private sides of the market are 'feeding off one another' as the sector continues to grow."

POB: Trends in Geospatial Education - A rehash of challenges in defining geospatial education by Linda Duffy, president of Apropos Research, an independent market research firm. I did not find an explanation of the difference between various credentials (licenses, degrees and certifications).

GIS Professional: Education Issue - The entire April issue of the publication focuses on geospatial education. The publication is a 36 page PDF which can be downloaded or read via Issu. (Disclosure: I'm a paid columnist for GIS Professional.) h/t @m0gould

Stanford Library Blog: Google makes 40 years of Earth observations available to researchers with Google Earth Engine! - Stace Maples explores the data and platform and how it can be used in education and research.

Programs and Courses

The Master’s programs in Human Geography at the University of Bristol is celebrating its 25 anniversary. Via press release.

The team behind gvSIG is offering a video-based GIS course using gvSIG Desktop. Users will learn of new videos and exercises via the vSIG blog. The course is for those with no GIS experience. It was written to use gvSIG 2.1 but the team recommends using current version, gvSIG 2.3.1. Students are pointed to the many gvGIS e-mail lists for support.

A new UW–Madison class will teach students how to fly UASs. The course, called “Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” is from the College of Engineering. Via UW News.

The University of Edinburgh's School of GeoSciences and EDINA want to help organizations "transition to a blend of open source and propriety software." Devised by the School of GeoSciences' GIS MSc Programme Director, Bruce Gittings, and EDINA's GIS Skills Trainer, Tom Armitage, the new QGIS course "is designed for those who already have a good grounding in GIS but want to take the knowledge they have of a commercial GIS package and apply it in QGIS." I wonder if the course would be effective for those taking the knowledge they have of a different open source GIS package to QGIS? A reminder: Open source software is commercial software. Via LinkedIn.

Community Mapping with Free Online Software and Simple GIS is a one-day workshop to be held Thursday, August 10 2017 at Salem State University. (The URL ends with "-copy-copy-copy"!)

High School

Vibriyogn Epuri, from Hammond (LA) High School student will represent the state in the National 4-H GIS/GPS Leadership Team at the Esri Education GIS and International User Conference in San Diego. Las week he presented a 30- by 40-inch map he created to show the impact of Hurricane Katrina on crime in Hammond. He studied GIS over the summer of 2016 at Clover College, a Louisiana State University AgCenter 4-H-based program and is a member of the 4-H Club at his high school.

Port Townsend High School (WA) offers a map on which to share your solstice photos, as part of its ConnectEd efforts. Like so many story map efforts, there is no "about" information explaining who created the map or why.

Quote of the Week
The map in question in the Quote of the Week

Joshua Stevens, @jscarto:
"Arizona so hot weather map almost runs out of colors"
No: "Design so bad, map maker runs out of colors" 


Terra Digita: Digital Approaches to Medieval Mapping
Cornell University
November 4-5, 2017
Sponsored by Cornell University and University of Rochester


The purpose of the Human Services 360 Project, an effort from four researchers at the University of Chicago, its Center for Spatial Data Science and Chapin Hall with help from the MetroLab Network is to help cities make sense of their contracts data to begin to address these fundamental questions and determine whether, how and where the social service infrastructure could be improved.

Speaking of the University of Chicago, its looking for responses to a survey exploring Education Needs in the Field of Spatial Data Science. The school is considering developing new programs in the field. As someone who graduated from the College the year the geography department was demoted to a committee, this is welcome news!

Robert Roth reports the first Cart/Viz entry for the updated GIS&T Body of Knowledge, is live! It's  by Travis White and titled  Symbolization & the Visual Variables.


Last week one of my colleagues shared this press release with me: Global MOOCs Market Outlook to 2022- Industry Analysis by Geography, Components, Competitive Landscape, Key Company Information-Growth Trends and Forecasts. 

It crossed her desk, I suspect, because of this list:
The major players in global [MOOC] market include
1. EdX
2. Coursera
3. Udacity
4. Udemy
5. Duolingo
6. Englishtown
7. Google Primer
8. Lynda.com
9. Codecademy
10. FutureLearn
11. Esri
12. IER
Just above the list was this text: "EU also play important roles in global market, with market size of xx million USD in 2016 and will be xx million USD in 2022, with a CAGR of XX." That's correct, the "XX"s are in the release. Esri and Duolingo, while fine companies are not MOOC platform players. Esri, like many universities, creates courses and offers them on a platform (Udemy). Duolingo teaches languages, but does not do so using MOOC methodology. I believe several others on the list are not in the MOOC "business," either.

Here's what it says on the "About" page at Orbis Research, the company behind the report noted in the press release: "The aim of Orbis Research is to provide privileged access to painstakingly undertaken research data by subject-matter experts from a variety of industries. This includes market trends, growth figures, new ventures, and forecasts, by reliable agencies." My sense is the press release, and the $3000+ report it advertises, are not authoritative.

If you want some authoritative information on the key MOOC platform players, worldwide, I'd point you to this article.