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Thursday, January 10, 2019

GIS Education Weekly: Open Data is Winning but not for the Reasons You Think

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Offaly Express: Offaly to feature in events marking the 'Year in Geography' - The Geographical Society of Ireland initiative, The Year of Geography, has begun. Offaly is the first county to be featured. "This initiative also involves geography teachers and other members of the Irish geographical community and aims to better illustrate what modern Geography is all about and to better highlight the work that geographers do." There's more information  on the Society’s webpage

Business Insider Australia: 10 'easy' geography questions that middle schoolers can answer, but are hard for adults - "INSIDER has compiled a sample test of 10 questions from topic areas that frequently appear in the Geobee, courtesy of the National Geographic Society’s free quiz – and they’re surprisingly difficult."

ArcGIS Pro videos: Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne from UVM shares "a playlist of 30 videos that cover everything from getting started to establishing domains to vector geoprocessing to image analysis" for those moving to ArcGIS Pro.

Apolitical: The first decade of open data has been a win — but not for the reasons you think - Two academics from the Harvard Kennedy school argue that "one unheralded benefit has been getting government to realise the value of its data."

National Academies: Data Matters: Ethics, Data, and International Research Collaboration in a Changing World: Proceedings of a Workshop - Free to download. Via Dawn Wright.

MassLive: Proposed Potco marijuana shop at The X in Springfield hits new snag - The snag? Geography. The proposed location does not meet the city and state requirement to be at least 500 feet from a school, according to a city legal opinion.

Directions Magazine: What You Need to Know about GISP Certification - The magazine partnered with URISA's Vanguard Cabinet to create a collection of podcasts, video, and resources about the certification.

Esri: E-Learning Planning Guide for Spring 2019 - A guide for educators from one of my colleagues.

On and Off Campus

Harper College: Harper charts new course with GIS program - "Launched in 2016, the GIS program at Harper offers instruction in the high-growth industry of geospatial technologies, according to Mukila Maitha, Assistant Professor of geography. Students get hands-on experience in cartographic design, spatial analysis, database design and implementation, and geographic computing devices." The college offers an 18-hour certificate that can be brought into a four year GIS program.

Nottingham Post: Meet the dyslexic geography teacher who quit her banking job - After graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2016 with a BSc in Geography, Alice Ferns struggled to know what to do next. After a stint in human resources at a bank, she's now teaching geography and inspiring dyslexic students.

St Louis Today: NGA signs new partnership with Saint Louis University for geospatial research -  NGA's agreement with St. Louis University, the terms of which were not disclosed, involves collaborating on geospatial research, training, and innovation initiatives. The relationship is part of the GeoSLU initiative.

University of Minnesota Duluth: Students enrolled in Visual Journalism during fall 2018 conducted research using online sources and archival materials to craft digital story maps. The result is a collaborative project with stories about Canal Park in Duluth. For each time period, a student created a story map, and then all the stories were assembled together in this Map Series.

UGA Today: Focus on Faculty - "Hilda Kurtz, professor of geography in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, taps into students’ curiosity in the classroom and beyond to create transformational learning experiences."

MSU: New project co-led by MSU brings Montana’s ecosystems to life through use of sound - "'Sounds of the Wild West' celebrates the Crown of the Continent, Upper Missouri, High Plains and Greater Yellowstone ecosystems through 25 sound recordings, five maps and nearly 30 images. The project is the result of a collaboration between Montana State University’s Acoustic Atlas" and the Esri story maps team.

Events

URISA Texas: Webinar Hit the Ground Running with Open Source GIS - Jan 22. The presenter is from Boundless (soon to be Planet Federal).

CARTO: Webinar Best Practices for Spatial Data Science using CARTO and Python - January 10, that's today.

FOSSG- NA: The North America Conference is in San Diego, CA April 15-18. Student tickets are $50.

Citizen Science GIS Teacher Academy: The Interactive Workshop for Florida Teachers (5th-8th grades) is the morning of February 2 at the University of Central Florida. Teachers must apply by January 18.

UCGIS: TRELIS - "The University of Maine in partnership with a consortium of universities, private partners, and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) invite women in the academic sectors of the geospatial sciences (GIScience, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and mapping sciences) to apply to participate in the 2019 TRELIS Workshop. TRELIS stands for Training and Retaining Leaders In STEM - Geospatial Sciences. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), TRELIS will develop leadership skills, career retention strategies, mentoring training, work-life balance considerations, and practical knowledge that can be passed onto future generations of women entering academic careers in geospatial sciences. TRELIS workshops are designed for women working in higher education in the geospatial sciences (GIS, remote sensing, cartography, and related mapping sciences)." The event is in June in DC; applications are due Feb 4.

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