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Thursday, September 19, 2019

GIS Education Weekly: Using StoryMaps to Teach about UASs

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Pilot Online: Online map details history of the state’s former Rosenwald schools for African Americans - "...Preservation Virginia recently completed an online, interactive map of the state’s Rosenwald Schools — 382 of the more than 5,300 built in the South from 1917 to 1932." I noted a grant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to map the schools back in 2017.

The Guardian: Denmark frees 32 inmates over flaws in phone geolocation evidence - "Denmark has released 32 prisoners as part of an ongoing review of 10,700 criminal cases after serious questions arose about the reliability of geolocation data obtained from mobile phone operators, local media have reported." Via Thierry Gregorius.

CU Boulder Today: GeoLibrary Connects Colorado Through GIS Data  - University Libraries  launched the GeoLibrary, a site for accessing and discovering geospatial data about the state. Some of the data is available to all.

UT The Daily Texan: UT should make racial geography tour mandatory part of orientation - A Black Studies major argues every freshman should take the tour. Interestingly, there is no link to the tour in the article. I covered to tour back in February.

CBS New York: Parents Fuming, Say NYC Failed To Deliver On Promise Of GPS Tracking Of School Buses - Legislation passed last January mandated the city equip its nearly 10,000 buses with GPS trackers so parents could track students. Parent expectation were high.

Star Tribune: Geography is Destiny - Heartbreaking stories of families in Minnesota moving specifically to get money to care for physically and mentally ill members. This would make a great StoryMap.

GeoForAll: Now easy way of install QGIS on chrome books - Students in The Netherlands created a script to install QGIS on Linux-enabled chrome books. The title is from the post on GeoForAll; the instructions in a PDF (Dutch and English) are hosted on GitHub.

BTAA GeoPortal News (Big Ten Academic Alliance): New resources for writing citations - BTAA's GDP Metadata Committee offers a new guide to creating citations for geodata. The organization added a shortcut "Cite" button to all of its items in the BTAA Geoportal. Via Jim Lacy.

Business Insider: Bill Gates says where you were born is the biggest predictor of your success — and it's a glaring sign of global inequality - "In recent interviews, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has said the geography — where you are born — is the single biggest driver of your lot in life. Gender also plays a major role." The data is from a report from his and his wife's foundation.

Quartz: Geodesign is going to change the design world as we know it - Bran Ferron of Applied Minds articulates the argument. Via Adam Carnow.

VerySpatial: The folks from a VerySpatial Podcast relaunched VerySpatial TV. The latest episode is titled "Frank's Cartographic Pet Peeves." Via Nojopar on Reddit/r/gis. I'm not sure why that episode is not listed here but all five from this season are on YouTube.

On and Off Campus

Penn State News: University Libraries announces fall Maps and Geospatial Information Sessions - Sessions are on campus and available via Zoom to those off campus. I like this title in particular: "Launch Your Geospatial Projects: Foundations and Searching for Geospatial Data"

LinkedIn: Joseph Hupy, Assoc. Professor at School of Aviation, Purdue University is using story maps to documents work with UASs and will be assigning them to his students.

The Lion's Road (Southeastern Louisiana University): Vibriyogn earns computer certification - "Vibriyogn Epuri, a sophomore mathematics major, earned a Geographic Information Systems International Building Code certification in the summer of 2019." The IBC certifications, industry-based certifications, are Louisiana credentials.

Programs and Courses

Auburn: High-Tech and Business Savvy: A new Look at Forestry and Wildlife Sciences."The geospatial and environmental informatics degree is designed to apply multilayered geographic data across diverse fields including ecology, agriculture, business, geosciences, climate science, and civil engineering," [Dean Janaki] Alavalapati said."


URI: URI professor emeritus receives EPA’s Environmental Merit Award - "Peter August, professor emeritus of natural resources science at the University of Rhode Island, was presented with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Merit Award at ceremonies today in Boston. The award recognizes August’s outstanding contributions to protecting New England’s environment." Peter is a well known GIS guy in these parts; well deserved!

The Fountain (The Official SLCC Blog): Adam Dastrup Wins Award for OER Efforts in Geography - Via Adam Dastrup. I noted this last week. 


USGIF: USGIF to Host Series of Unique Geospatial Intelligence Events in St. Louis - The events are "highlighting the region’s vibrant and growing geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) community." Looks like there's lots of education (K-12 and university) opportunities, plus a job fair, tours and more.

CBS Chicago: What Is The Midwest? A New Exhibit Says It’s More Than Just Geography - The "'What is the Midwest?' exhibit begins Friday at the Newberry Library [Chicago] and runs thru [sic] December 31 and it’s free to the public." Worth a visit if you are in town!