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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: The New Master of City Analytics Degree


Visual Capitalist: Top Private Employers in Each State - The map makes clear that in 22 states that employer is Walmart. In other states it's a health care operation or a state university.

GI Learner is developing "a complete learning line to effectively implement geospatial thinking in secondary education." You can visit the pilot course materials from this page (click on "Acces  to the pilot materials of the course").

CIA: A Day in the Life of a CIA Cartographer - "Here is the story of a cartographer who found his dream job at CIA."

Ditch That Textbook: 10 sites for students with free time on their hands - Three of these have a geographic focus.

Press release: senseFly Teams Up with Esri to Host Free ‘Drone to GIS’ Webinar - senseFly is hosting a free educational webinar on how to employ senseFly drone data in Drone2Map  at 10:00 EST / 16:00 GMT+1 on Wednesday, November 29.

QGIS/ArcGIS Online Texas County Project - Josh Williams, aka @geteach, shared this site created for students. Each day he introduced a new challenge using Census data. Williams also hosts a blog.

U.S. News and World Report: Mapping the World's Most Most Popular Netflix Shows - "Nov. 21 marks World Television Day, commemorating the power of TV. This map displays the TV shows available on Netflix that are most searched for online in 88 countries, according to the HSI report."

Times Higher Education: The Global University Employability Ranking 2017 - Check out Wish list: skills that graduates need most for the digital age, a graphic midway through the long article. I think it's more valuable than the school rankings list. Via @0mgould.

Black Friday at Locate Press: Get 25% off all ebooks from http://locatepress.com this week using coupon code: thanks Via @shermange.

GeoTech and EdTech News

Bleeping Computer: Germany Bans Kids' Smartwatches, Classifies Them as Illegal Spying Devices - Germany's Federal Network Agency, the country's telecommunications agency, has banned the sale of children's smartwatches after it classified them as "prohibited listening devices."

Fredericksburg.com: Virginia will require computer science education in high school  - It's the first state to have mandatory standards. Via @audreywatters.

University Business: The drone zone in higher education - Unmanned aerial vehicles see an increased role in campus safety, security and marketing.

VCU Public Affairs: FLIGHT SAFETY - VCU researchers used a drone to map campus for intelligence and emergency planning efforts.


Esri’s Education Open House 2018 now scheduled for Friday, March 9, 9:00 am-3:00 pm at Esri’s campus in Redlands CA. College and university students & educators invited for presentations, demos, tours and career advising. Via @daviddibiase.

This past Sunday was World Toilet Day. You know what's used to locate new toilets? GIS.

Daily Times: PUCIT’s GIS Center holds inaugural alumni dinner - The Geographical Information System (GIS) Centre of the Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT) arranged the inaugural GIS Alumni Dinner at the PUCIT New Campus Lawns. More than 250 GIS professionals, academics, alumni, and students attended the dinner. The program began in 2001.

EcoRI: August Honored for Decades of Environmental Work - "Peter August, professor in the University of Rhode Island Department of Natural Resources Science, College of Environment and Life Sciences, was recently presented with the Peter S. Thacher Award at the annual meeting of the Northeast Arc Users Group." August has been a long time fixture in GIS education in the northeast.

Daily Titan: Digital humanities keynote speaker highlights the importance of geographic information systems - University of Nebraska-Lincoln doctoral student Christy Hyman, who studies 19th century American history using GIS, was invited by Cal State Fullerton’s Department of History and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to deliver the keynote presentation for the fall Digital Humanities Student Symposium.

And just one more from GIS Day, because cake. "Michelle Ellington and colleagues in Facilities Information Services baked the 2017 edition of their GIS Day cake in celebration of the event. You gotta love the Ops Dashboard on a tablet detail in the icing. This year's confection is representative of the campus mapping work they have accomplished with Collector." Via @mapsandrocks.

Programs and Courses

Old Dominion: GEOG 420/520. Marine Geography - Dr. Tom Allen introduced the course via this story map at the recent Esri Ocean GIS Forum Esri Imagery Education Summit  [oops - got my Forum and my Summit confused, my apologies!]. I think the story map makes a fine syllabus and course description. Via Dawn Wright.

Press Release: Students pocket cool million at UVM GIS lab while helping cities - "The University of Vermont’s Spatial Analysis Lab has reached a significant milestone. The lab – which provides Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, services to customers around the country – has crossed the $1 million threshold in wages paid over the last five years to the UVM students who worked there."

Geo University: Introduction to GeoServer - "A quick guide for setting up GeoServer and serving geospatial datasets as Web Services." The fee is about $20 from instructor Dimitris Bliziotis.

The University of New South Wales is offering a Master of City Analytics (MCA) degree. "Core courses include Programmable Cities, GIS and Urban Informatics, Digital Cities, Geodesign, Geocomputation and Urban Data Visualisation. A lot of courses and content will be based on open source technologies including our recently launch CityData platform which has been developed on Geocode." Via Chris Pettit at UNSW via Geo For All list serve.

On and Off Campus

Smith College Spatial Analysis Lab: Tofurkey Map - As it does each year, the Lab asks Smith students to note where they are headed for Thanksgiving and their favorite holiday food.

TV6: Students map local parks - "Calumet and Houghton high schoolers participated in the GIS Resources and Applications for Career Education, or GRACE program. The program trains students and teachers to solve community problems with GIS technology."