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Thursday, January 18, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: Many Indian Teens Can't Locate Their Home States

Education News

EdWeek: State Grades on K-12 Education: Map and Rankings - National average score is a C. The map needs improvement, too.

e-Literate: Top Hat Marketplace: What is it and should we care? - Phil Hill looks at Top Hat's pivot from classroom response system developer to content company. He includes how Demian Hommel, senior instructor of geography at Oregon State built his geography text. This is the same platform Chris Bone and Amy Lobben used for a text that embeds ArcGIS Online.

e-Literate: College Rankings Revisited: What Might an Artificial Intelligence Think? - Steve Lattanzi shares a less subjective ranking system. Many of the usual suspects appear in the new top 20, but a few others surface including William and Mary and Bucknell.

The News Minute: Many can't place their state on map, don't know how to subtract - Fewer than 42% of youth in India between 14 and 18 could point out the state they lived in on a map. That's per the Annual Status of Education Report.

For Students

Press Release: USGIF and RGi Partner to Offer $10,000 Needs-based Scholarship - "USGIF has partnered with Reinventing Geospatial Inc. (RGi), a USGIF Organizational Member, to offer a new award as part of the 2018 USGIF Scholarship Program. The $10,000 RGi Scholarship for Geospatial and Engineering will be awarded to an undergraduate who demonstrates financial need and is interested in or studying both the engineering and geospatial disciplines." The deadline for all scholarship applications is Feb 26.

Reddit: Let's Discuss: The evolution of GIS education - Individuals share their educational experiences.

On and Off Campus

UNSW: It's Google Maps for buildings: UNSW to launch new research centre - "Leading geospatial scientist Sisi Zlatanova is joining UNSW to head a research centre that will produce 3D digital maps of Sydney's buildings and infrastructure." She comes from the University of Delft.

SDSU: SDSU researcher develops program to more accurately identify land cover - "Geospatial sciences researcher Hankui Zhang has developed a program that uses Landsat satellite data to automatically categorize what’s on the ground and does so more accurately than other land cover products."

Courses and Programs

Cartography M.Sc. is a four semester Master of Science Programme of four universities in Munich, Vienna, Dresden and Twente. It focuses on a broad education in cartography and geoinformatics. Applications are accepted from now until May 31.

The University of Liverpool announced a new Geographic Data Science MSc. It's a full time 20 month program starting September 2018. There's a scholarship opportunity, too.

Industry News

Manifold 9 GIS is available from manifold.net at an introductory price of $345 through the end of January 2018. A Radian Studio license may be upgraded to Manifold 9 GIS for $125 through the end of January. The official announcement appeared on Dec 30, 2017.


Coming soon, per the UCGIS website:
  • (early 2018) TeachGIS is an online venue where expert and novice instructors of geographic information science and technologies (GIS&T) can share resources, ask and answer questions within a friendly and welcoming group, and learn from one another. 
  • (January 2018, for member institutions) GIS&T GeoProjects - USGIS program that provides students at its members institutions access to a collection of available "projects" to which they can apply their developing GIS expertise and talent. 

Quote of the Week
To defend the president, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security just said under oath that she does not know if Norway is predominantly white.
- Daniel Dale, @ddale8 on Twitter