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Thursday, October 5, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: Is the world ready for a Location Intelligence Degree?


North Park University in Chicago has launched a bachelor's and a certificate in Location Intelligence within its School of Professional Studies. I was unable to easily determine from the website if the credentials were offered online or face to face. I see from Inside Higher Ed the degree is available fully online: "Students now can complete a bachelor’s degree in location intelligence entirely online, and North Park has four fully online graduate programs."

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a new professional master’s program in Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI). There's an article on it here.

The University at Buffalo (SUNY) has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGIA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

On Campus

Espatially New York Blog: Geospatial Science Education at the U.S. Military Academy - Sam Wear (a blast from my past at Esri Boston) discusses what's going on at West Point.

Newsminer: UAF groups map plans to aid Puerto Rico - The Geographic Information Network of Alaska and Alaska EPSCoR — Established Programming to Stimulate Competitive Research — organized a three-day Map-a-thon, inviting university students and members of the public to join in using online mapping technology to provide assistance to hurricane relief workers.

PhysOrg: Counting every person on Earth to eradicate poverty and empower women - The WorldPop research team at the University of Southampton, U.K., provides critical data for tracking the UN Sustainable Development Goals by counting every person on Earth, where they are and who they are.


Esri’s Dr. Aileen Buckley’s GIS in the Rockies 2017 Conference keynote, “Maps that Inform, Engage, and Inspire” begins at 3:40 in the YouTube video.

LinkedIn: Where will the new Amazon HQ be? Is your city on the shortlist? - Stewart Berry of Caliper walks through the analysis. I actually did the "hands on" version last week as part of a NEGIS Lunch and Learn hosted at Caliper. Very effective demonstration of the power of GIS and good data. Can your GIS do that?

National Academy of Sciences:  Envisioning the Data Science Discipline: The Undergraduate Perspective: Interim Report - "This study will set forth a vision for the emerging discipline of data science at the undergraduate level." Via @deepseadawn.

Reddit: Making GIS Appealing at a High School Career Fair - Ideas from the Reddit/GIS community.


Pitney Bowes is hosting a mapping contest. There are four categories ("Maps for Fun" "Maps for Society," "Maps for Commerce" and "Location Analytics") for maps built wtih the company's tools. There are two top $500 prizes and others for each category. Everyone who submits a map gets an LI360 t-shirt. Submissions due Nov 5. There is no student category, but it'd be interesting to take a map a student created in another package and have him or her try to recreate it with a trial copy of MapInfo. In related news, Pitney Bowes now has a community like Esri's GeoNet called LI360. The tag line: "The complete Location Intelligence and GIS Community."