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Thursday, October 18, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: Looking at Data Portals, U.S. Building Footprints and News Deserts


Open Data Inception puts open data portals on a map.
GIS Lounge: Awesome Public Datasets - A look at the Open Data Inception website.

NY Times: Where We Live: A Map of Every Building in America - Spend some time with maps showing almost every building in the United States. Afterward, see how some cartographers discussed its value.

CNBC: Here is a map of the 142 Sears and Kmart stores set to close - CNBC likes to map things that are closing. This would be a good starting point to discuss what other information could be added that would provide valuable context looking backward or forward.

Fast Company: Do you live in a local news desert? This map will tell you - "The map is part of UNC School of Media and Journalism’s new study about the country’s depleting local news coverage."

MassCue: GPS Loves GIS – Storytelling with Data - Ann Witzig, now retired from Essex Technical High School, introduces the geographic inquiry process and provides resources for other educators.

Forbes: Colleges See GIS Playing A Larger Role in Business Education - Esri's Marianna Kantor on GIS in business school. Please note, this is not earned media.


Shelbyville Daily Union: Lake Land College instructor receives prestigious award - "Lake Land College Geography/Earth Science Instructor Mike Rudibaugh, Charleston, has received a prestigious achievement award from the Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) for his groundbreaking work in geographic information systems (GIS)."

The Union: Geography professor’s photo gets published by the Los Angeles Times - The student paper offers a profile of El Camino College professor Matthew Ebiner, whose photos appeared in the Times.

Moms and Dads Today: Denfeld Student Takes Top Prize in Mapping Competition - A profile of the 2018 Minnesota and National Map (Esri K-12) Competition winner. Via Charlie Fitzpatrick.

On and Off Campus

National Geographic: An Atlas of Thinking: Mapping by Middle School Students - Harvard's Center for Geographic Analysis staffer Jeff Blossom shares some of his experiences as chief cartographer for the Out of Eden Walk project. He's visited schools across the northeastern U.S. to teach digital cartography.

GeoNet: GeoReads: Donate your Favorite Geography Book to Support Geographic Literacy - This is a lovely idea that encourages GeoMentors (and others) to donate geography books to schools and libraries. I'd recommend generous donors ask the librarians what they might need on their geography bookshelves. I reached out to a neighborhood private school some years ago that one of my geography professors attended as a child. The librarian was quick to note that the library needed a new globe and a new atlas. I was very happy to donate them with a plate noting they were in memory of a former student, Peter Gould.

Courses and Programs

The Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics at North Carolina State University’s Center for Geospatial Analytics is now accepting applications for Fall 2019 enrollment. Twelve fully funded graduate assistantships with $25,000 salary, benefits, and tuition support are available. The application deadline is February 1, 2019.

Esri's Earth Imagery at Work MOOC starts October 31. Registration closes Nov 14.

The LinkedIn ad above is interesting in several ways. 
  • The University of Redlands has 36K followers. 
  • The University paid to promote the Online MBA in Location Analytics on LinkedIn.
  • A student's question, posted in response to the ad, was answered by another university.