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Thursday, May 17, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: UB Celebrates 30 Years as NCGIA Site, UC adds Geo to the Core


Winning Moves: Game of the States - "Gamify your home or classroom with Winning Move USA's, "Game of the States". Kids learn all about the United States by racing their trucks across country buying and selling goods along the way. Players will become familiar with the 50 states..." I do not follow this part: "...learn STEM facts about each state!" What are STEM facts?

National Geographic: Archive - The magazine's archive of 6,000+ maps is not available to the public, but following the organization on social media will allow you to see one of the maps each  day. Via @mapdragons.

FOSS4G: Full academic proceeding and individual paper archive - The last five years of content (Nottingham, 2013; Portland, 2014; Seoul, 2015; Bonn, 2016; and Boston, 2017) are available. Via Charlie Schweik via Geo for All Newsletter.

Esri's Witold Fraczek created two story maps on ocean/climate/physical geography/sustainable energy:

University of Kent: Research shows how 'navigational hazards' in metro maps confuse - "Their results are consistent with what the researchers predicted: in planning simple journeys with at most one change, the route-coloured map scored the highest usability, while in planning complex journeys with multiple changes, the trunk-coloured map scored the highest usability." The study involved New York City transit maps.


NCGE:  Geographic Education Announces 2018 Award Winners (pdf) - HTML version available on LinkedIn.

Programs and Classes

Chicago Maroon: New SOSC Sequence Added, SSI Expanded - "The Spatial Analysis version of SSI [Social Science Inquiry, an option for the social science core curriclum] will focus on how space, location, and related concepts help to answer social science questions. The first two quarters deal with spatial thinking and analysis. In spring quarter, the course concludes with a capstone project. Students will work on a research problem tied to space, using concepts learned throughout the course." This UChicago grad is pretty stoked about this new option!

On and Off Campus

DePaul: GIS Mapping Course Leads to Purpose-driven Internships - DePaul's GIS for sustainable urban development course supported three Chicago projects related to economic development, housing policy and gun violence.

University of Redlands: Mapping Holocaust survivors’ journeys - "Students at the University of Redlands are using GIS mapping technology to retell stories of systematic persecution, courage, and resilience shared by those who survived one of history’s most horrific genocides." The students in question are in an English course.

University at Buffalo: UB marks 30 years as national hub for GIScience - "On May 11, university leaders and researchers will celebrate NCGIA’s 30th anniversary at a reception in Capen Hall. UB’s NCGIA site is one of only three funded by the National Science Foundation. The other two are at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Maine."

Industry-Related News

City of Raleigh: "Ask Alexa" About Your City of Raleigh Services - The skill answers these geographical questions noted below. How does Alexa do it? I'm guessing here, but I suspect it grabs the address from the owner's Amazon account and uses it to query against various spatial databases.
  • What is my trash pickup day; 
  • What is my recycling pickup day; 
  • What is my yard waste pickup day; 
  • Is this my recycle week; 
  • Who is my Council person; 
  • What is my CAC district; 
  • What is my police district; and, 
  • What is my Council district.

Chicago Tribune: Gap apologizes to China over map on T-shirt that omits Taiwan, South China Sea - Oops.

Government Technology: Map: FAA Selects 10 Cities for Drone Innovation Projects - "The Unmanned Aerial System Integration Pilot Program will give the administration insights into how it might relax drone restrictions in the future."

The Marysville Advocate: Google Earth co-founder files for state office - "Google Earth co-founder Brian McClendon filed on May 8 to enter the race for Kansas secretary of state."

Corporate Support of Education

Caliper: Maptitude Mapping Software Donated to UTDallas GIS Workshop - The software was donated to be used during a hands-on one-and-a-half day workshop in March.

GeoDecisions: The company sponsored three student attendees at PAGIS. Christina Anders is a recent graduate of York College of Pennsylvania. David Magill is attending HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. Holly Dalton is a graduate of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College.