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Thursday, May 21, 2020

GIS Ed Weekly: Dataviz for Cholera and COVID-19

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Extent of the cholera epidemic in 1849
Twitter: James Cheshire of UCL captures where John Snow's map of cholera fit into the maps of its day. He starts, "Here's a lesson for COVID-19 dataviz..."

UCGIS Blog: Reflections from a Decade of Online Teaching - Karen Kemp reflects on her work at USC. "Bottom line: Don’t try to do everything perfectly all at once and don't overload your students. Design your course thoughtfully, make sure everything included will have value to your students and that they will understand why they are learning it. And, importantly, design your assignments so they are easy to grade and clearly written so that your students understand what you are asking them to do without needing extra (time-consuming) guidance." I could not agree more. Via @dianamaps.

FT: Where the streets have no name: why addresses matter - "Billions around the world don’t have one but they can be key in lifting people out of poverty" Author Deirdre Mask wrote “The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth and Power” published back in April. Via What3Words on LinkedIn.

AAG: The “Nation’s Report Card” on Geography Reveals a World of Opportunities - Michael Solem offers options on how "to use NAEP data and reports in ways that support the discipline."

Connecting the World with Maps: National Geographic offers lessons for K-12 students developed by Esri's Learn ArcGIS team. Via @GISEd.

On and Off Campus

SIU: NSF grant to assist in improving drainage flow path mapping - "Ruopu Li, an assistant professor, and Guangxing Wang, a professor, both in the School of Earth Systems and Sustainability, connected with Banafsheh Rekabdar, an assistant professor in the School of Computing to create a project that will model and map overland drainage flow paths widely found in agricultural landscapes." The grant was over $170,000.

The Salamanca Press (Buffalo Area, NY): SCCSD using GIS technology to deliver internet access to students - "Dr. Graham Hayes, a computer science teacher at the high school, used view shed analysis to determine which carrier could serve students without internet access."


NCGRE: NCRGE offers scholarships for online graduate degree programs in geography education. Deadline for the fall: July 15, 2020.

Programs and Courses

University of North Texas: UNT answering industry’s growing cybersecurity, geospatial data demands - "A new bachelor of science in geographic information systems + computer science debuting in Fall 2020 also will respond to a growing industry need and be a good fit for students looking to meld their interests in geography and computer science."

Inside GNSS: Massive Online Open Course on GPS Still Available for Those in Lockdown - and Those Who aren't - Frank van Diggelen and the late Per Enge's MOOC from 2014 is now available on YouTube. There are 65(!) videos.

Geographical Association: Leading a successful geography department - The organization offers a one day online course on the topic "aimed at current and aspiring heads of department" on June 10. Via @0mgould.

Microsoft Educator Center: Getting Started with Maps and Data in ArcGIS and Getting started with 3D maps in ArcGIS are two of the self-paced courses and learning paths related to Microsoft and apparently partner products. A tweet suggests this is a new addition, but the course pages suggest these were published earlier this year. Via @geogologue.

Michgian State: The geography department has a new website. Via LinkedIn.


WFLA: ‘She’s not a data scientist’: DeSantis slams fired DOH employee, says she was insubordinate - This is teachable moment for GIS students and practitioners. Esri wrote about Jones earlier this year.

MSUToday: Mother and son become Spartan alumni together - Demetrice (Dee) Jordan a dual doctoral candidate in the departments of Geography, Environment and Spatial Science and Environmental Science and Policy shared graduation day with her son, Ashton Jordan, who was earning his undergraduate degree in communications in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Meanwhile in Our Industry

MapInfo is Now Purple - Pitney Bowes sold its Software & Data business to SyncSort last year. And the new combination is rebranding as Precisely, with some very purple graphics. Read more from Enterprise times: Precisely why Precisely? and Spatial Source: Farewell Pitney Bowes, welcome Precisely.

Legado is Back - The company, once known as LightSquared, is back. The FCC is welcoming them. Others, including the DoD are wary. Read more from CNET: The Pentagon's fight to kill Ligado's 5G network.

More Commercial Remotely Sensed Data - New rules mean that more radar imaging, night-time imaging, and short-wave infrared imaging will be available. Read more from Breaking Defense: Commerce Slashes Restrictions On Remote Sensing Sats.

COVID-19 Mapping

APSU: Austin Peay team working on mathematical model to help university's transition back to campus - A multi-disclinary team including Mike Wilson from APSU’s GIS Center are working on a predictive model to determine what might happen on campus once students return.

University of Georgia: Map helps people locate COVID-19 resources - A team of volunteers from GroundBreakers, including students at the University of Georgia created a global COVID-19 Community Resource Map. GroundBreakers "is a global network of community leaders operating in 51 countries with an emphasis on local, grassroots efforts. GroundBreakers was co-founded in 2017 by Sebastian de Beurs and UGA alumna Rara Reines."

Clemson:  Clemson introduces interactive map to aid food insecure families during crisis - "Clemson’s College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences created the Food Access Map as part of its efforts to aid Upstate residents facing hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Pandemic puts Americans' patience, flexibility to the test - This opinion piece is from Jerome E. Dobson and William A. Herbert. "Geography-based quarantining slows the spread of the virus, but it must be articulated intelligently, implemented carefully, and explained respectfully, codifying the advice of public health authorities, not mere politicians." Dobson is one of the first columnists I read regularly, back 30 years ago.


Esri (GeoNet): Fun with GIS 268: GIS Club Kit "The Esri K12 team offers a free "GIS Club Kit" to any US-based group, formal or informal, needing short-term logins to ArcGIS Online for youth instruction. Kits consist of logins for adults, logins for youth, and a secure, private group inside the K12 ArcGIS Online Org. Users can create and save content, and choose to share within the group. All have access to Map Viewer including analysis functions, plus Scene Viewer, configurable web apps, Survey123, Collector, QuickCapture, StoryMaps, Dashboard, Community Analyst, and Business Analyst … more than enough to keep one enjoyably occupied, attentively learning, and creatively building for the future."

Esri Press: Lindsey the GIS Professional - The book has been published by Esri Press. I mentioned the book last March. Here's the press release from Business Wire; I was unable to find it on the Esri website.

Esri (GeoNet): 2020 Esri User Conference: Information for Educators and Students - Faculty and staff can read the detailed Q&A but I suggest students read this shorter post.

Esri (press release): Esri Provides Free Mapping Software for Women in GIS - Members of group  can access a free ArcGIS for personal use license.