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Thursday, April 2, 2020

GIS Edu Weekly: Universities and Students Build Coronavirus Maps and More

Teaching and Learning in the Time of Coronavirus

ASU Now: ASU geographers, urban planners bridge distance gap, build community - "On a recent Friday morning, nearly 30 Arizona State University School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning faculty, staff and students gathered for virtual coffee."

Mapbox Blog: 7 best practices for mapping a pandemic - This is from Kelsey Taylor, Senior Map Designer.

Data-Smart City Solutions (Harvard Kennedy School): COVID-19 Response: GIS Best Practices in Local Government - Author Matt Leger is a Research Assistant for the Innovations in Government Program at the Ash Center. Via @re_sieber who noted the maps have room for improvement.

University of Arkansas: Geosciences' Fred Limp Presents Training on Online Education to Archaeological Society - "He drew upon this experience in developing the lecture that was streamed live on March 26 and will be available for later viewing by all SAA members." Haven't heard of Fred Limp? "He and other faculty in the Department of Geosciences created the Arkansas Department of Higher Education-approved Online Certificate of Proficiency in Geospatial Technologies with a six-course curriculum."

Phil on EdTech: Revised Outlook for Higher Ed's Online Response to COVID-19 - Phil Hill is one of my go to people for predicting the future of education. I think demand for asynchronous learning will stay quite high.

High Country News: Land-grab universities - "Expropriated Indigenous land is the foundation of the land-grant university system." This was hard to read, but important.

Universities and Students Build Coronavirus Maps, Apps, Surveys and Dashboards 

UAB News: New coronavirus symptom tracker launches to improve disease tracking in rural communities across Deep South - "As the Deep South sees a surge in cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, experts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have created a symptom checker to identify hot spots where the virus is spreading. The new website, HelpBeatCOVID19.org, will provide public health officials insight into underserved areas based on the symptomatic data collected from the region and could help inform and enhance public health observation."

Carnegie Mellon University: Design Students Develop Interactive Coronavirus Map - Two juniors in the Design for Environments track at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design developed an interactive choropleth map & dashboard tracking the coronavirus outbreak across U.S. counties. "Jason Zhu and Miranda Luong (BDes ’21), along with NYU computer science student Justin Chen, recently discussed their work in Medium’s “Towards Data Science” publication and locally were featured in an article by Pittsburgh Current."

Thrive Regional Partnership: Regional COVID-19 Response Dashboard Provides Real-time Updates - "A Regional COVID-19 Dashboard has been launched that identifies the number of confirmed cases, deaths, and hospital beds across the greater Chattanooga region. The GIS (Geographic Information Systems) dashboard was created by UTC’s Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab (IGTLab) and is accessible via Thrive Regional Partnership’s website."

Fort Worth Weekly: TCU Urban Geographer Talks COVID-19 Impact - TCU professor Sean Crotty, who specializes in urban geography, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on Fort Worth.

TAMU CC: TAMU-CC Conrad Blucher Institute Maps COVID-19 Spread - "Data is being provided in two formats: an interactive GIS dashboard and downloadable static maps, which are posted daily on the institute’s Facebook page."

UNG: Faculty member researches COVID-19 responses - "Dr. Ali Mehran, assistant professor of Earth and geospatial science in the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (IESA), has developed a survey to understand how society's approach to the COVID-19 pandemic impacts community resilience."

CSUN: CSUN Creates Maps to Track COVID-19's Progress Neighborhood By Neighborhood in L.A. County and County by County Across the U.S. - Cal State Northridge geography professor Steven Graves and Danielle Bram built the maps, which are on the Center for Geospatial Science and Technology website.

USF: USF Libraries Offering GIS Data, Resources and Tools to Track COVID-19 - "A resource guide to GIS data, mapping tools, news and related information concerning Florida's response to the COVID-19 pandemic."

WVU: WVU launches online map of COVID-19 testing sites in West Virginia - "The Office of Health Services Research, in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, has launched an online map that shows all COVID-19 testing sites in the Mountain State from Newell to Bluefield and all points in between." The tech: Tableau.

Indian Express: Goa students make web app to keep track of Coronavirus cases - Five students from Dr K B Hedgewar High School, Goa, created the Minimalist Coronavirus Tracker. Via @geonumist.

Programs, Courses and Opportunities

NASA: Make a Scale Model of Landsat 8 - Printable model and instructions are provided. Via @shannonwhite.

Guerrilla Cartography: Call for Maps - The next crowdsourced atlas will focus on shelter.

NOAA: Introduction to Lidar - The new online course takes an hour and "provides basic information on lidar for managers and others new to the technology." Via Jamie Carter.

Binder: 10 tutorials on the ArcGIS API for Python: These are 10 Jupyter Notebooks in a binder from Andrew Chapkowski, the lead developer for the ArcGIS API for Python at Esri. What's a binder? A tool to "turn a Git repo into a collection of interactive notebooks."

Canadian Geographic: Can Geo Education launches new Online Classroom - "Canadian Geographic Education is announcing the launch of its new Online Classroom, created to support students in finishing the school year from home and to offer fun activities that families can do together."

Software for Schools and Students

Safe Software Blog: Announcing New Small Utilities and Education Subscriptions for FME - The education offering is aimed at those performing "student operations and facilities management" at universities, colleges, school districts, and other educational institutions with pricing based on the size of the student population that attends the institution. Safe provides software for teaching and learning to instructors and students for free.

Esri (press release): Esri Offers Students Free Access to Software for Continued Education through Coronavirus Closures - "Students will receive access to ArcGIS Online and over 20 apps including ArcGIS Pro, along with a library of lessons to continue their learning and complete courses. Access is available globally to students ages 18 and over." There's an evolving FAQ on GeoNet. Here's the short version: anyone (over 18) who signs up for a Learn ArcGIS account will gain the access described above until August 31.

Esri (GeoNet): ArcGIS School Bundle Continues - "The ArcGIS School Bundle will be renewed through July 2025, at no cost to users."


Yale News: Yale science and social science library has new endowment - and a new name - "The center, which will continue to be located in Kline Tower, will be renamed Marx Science and Social Science Library in honor of the Marx family’s support of Yale libraries." The library is the home of twelve research librarians, including the GIS librarian. "In recent days, for example, GIS librarian Miriam Olivares consulted with a School of Medicine team looking at the spread of COVID-19, with a graduate student mapping a forest trail, and with an economics department team doing research on urban rental markets."

Brandman University: “Women in GIS” Webinar in Commemoration of Women's History Month - Brandman University hosted a free webinar this past Monday: “Women in GIS: Social Justice,” with GIS analyst Sophia Garcia a GIS analyst for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, a Bakersfield-based nonprofit.

Northwest Missourian: Geography professor's sudden exit leaves extra classes for colleagues to teach - "After a geography professor unexpectedly stepped down from his University duties, three other faculty have taken up the workload."