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Thursday, June 1, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: Personalized Geo Book for Kids, Free FME Home Use for Big Kids

Resources and Articles

Boston deals with "Move in Week"
Medium: Trash City - A story with graphs and maps (CARTO) explores how Boston endure's "move in week," the week when nearly 160,000 students return for the start of the college semester. By Jim Haddadin, a reporter for MetroWest Daily. 

Times and Democrat: Unique training: Claflin leads geosciences, geospatial intelligence project - "Local college students recently participated in training that not only taught them about geospatial technology, but also took them on adventures outside of the classroom. The geosciences and geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT, training is a three-year project at Claflin University [SC, an HBCU] funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation." The article uses the term "training" quite a lot.

Press release: New Personalized Road Trip Book Offers Solution to Children's Failing Education in Geography "I See Me! hopes to spark children's curiosity and imaginations [sic] with its new book that offers a fun and factual geographic exploration of the United States: My U.S.A. Road Trip." The $35 hardcover book includes a personalized driver's license and map. Purchasers can optionally upload a photo to be used in the book's illustrations.

Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond: The Executive Abroad - An interactive graphic of the travels of U.S. presidents and their secretaries of state. More from the Lab.

USC: Spatial sciences teams take top prizes in hackathon - It was an NGA hackathon.

The National Center for Research in Geography Education has completed the first year of a five-year NSF-funded project to develop a research coordination network (RCN). A report summarizes major activities and outcomes of the RCN from June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017.

NPR: Misspellings, Mapped: America The How-Do-You-Spell-Beautiful? - Google Trends maps the most misspelled words by state.


The University of Hawai‘i Maui College will offer Geographic Information Systems Summer Institute classes. There are five courses running from a one to several days. Prices range from $129 to $229. Anyone who completes three courses receives a certificate. It appears ArcGIS is taught; no other technology is mentioned.

U-Spatial announced its 2017 Summer Boot Camp, an intensive, five-day geospatial workshop held on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus from July 31st to August 4th, 2017. "Over the course of five days, participants will learn the fundamentals of Remote Sensing, GPS, LiDAR, Cartography, and more. Emphasis is on foundational skills in gathering, creating, managing, analyzing, and communicating spatial data. In addition to short courses, guest speakers will present on applications of geospatial tools and techniques." Requirements: working knowledge of GIS. Fee: $250. Application deadline: June 7, 2017

Federal Government News

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) reintroduced the bipartisan Geospatial Data Act (GDA). The bill aims to improve coordination, reduce duplication, and increase data transparency in the acquisition of geospatial data. Supporters of the legislation include the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, the National Association of Counties, the National States Geographic Information Council, and MAAPS.
Safe software now offers a free home use license for FME "to create proof of concepts, further your education, or simply just to have some fun." Only limitation: "Please note that this home use license cannot be used for any production or commercial purpose."