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Thursday, June 25, 2020

GIS Ed Weekly: An Ethics Teachable Moment

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Visual Capitalist: Visualizing the True Size of Land Masses from Largest to Smallest - The sizes are nice but honestly, seeing the detailed shapes is pretty amazing, too! Check out Mali! Here's the graphic for download.

Education Dive: There's more to geography than just 50 states and their capitals - NatGeo, NCGE and a California teacher of the year address the value of and hope for geography's future in K-12.

Birds Eye View GIS: Experiences Teaching QGIS in the Time of COVID-19 - Kurt Menke discusses the ups and downs of virtual machines that didn't work as expected and how to manage online workshops with Zoom.

Good Jobs First: Mapping Amazon - This is one of the best story maps I've seen. Each panel pretty much screams Geography Matters!

JOSIS: Trustworthy Maps - Amy Griffin's paper is "worth a read - includes some nice examples discussing challenges in COVID-19 visualization" says @mapsOverlord.

Teaching QGIS: Certification and Running QGIS in the Cloud - The presentation from Nick Bearman from FOSS4GUK is available on YouTubeslides. Via @NickBearmanUK.

William & Mary News: Creativity, serendipity enhance CGA's pivot to online classes - "Shannon White came up with a variety of ways to continue GIS classes after in-person sessions were ended by the coronavirus."

Chicago Tribune: The best geography learning material - BestReviews offers an overview of materials and identifies three "best" products.

Flattening Earth: An ArcGIS StoryMap about projections aimed at kids.

On and Off Campus

WIU COVID-19 Dashboard & Map Hits 1 Million Views - Over time the team added more data to the dashboard. Is the information clearly communicated?

ECM Publishers: Girl Scouts digitize map of Fairview Cemetery, mark veterans' graves - "It helped, too, that their troop leader works in Geographic Information Systems."

Muncie Star Press: BSU students work with organizations to map county's food access - "During the spring semester, students studying geography at Ball State University were able to map out data on the local food system, finding out who was in need and where to find local produce."

Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel: 41 college students begin 12-week Maine government internships - "The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at UMaine administers the program that provides full-time, 12-week work experience to students who are Maine residents and scholars attending Maine colleges." Two are doing GIS!


URISA: URISA_Statement_Regarding_Recent_Events_in_Florida - About a month after Rebekah Jacobs was fired for not updating her state's coronavirus dashboard, URISA made a statement. "While all the facts have yet to be made public, we are concerned that the actions taken potentially put the public at risk and prevented a certified GIS professional from following the Code of Ethics that guides all GIS professionals working in government, non-profit and private sector positions."

Tom MacWright: Ethics in Geo - Says Tom: "#foss4g was cancelled so here's my talk as a blog post." There's also an active conversation in this Twitter thread. Suggestion: If you've not yet run into Ethos licensing, be sure to read the article.

Meanwhile in our Industry

TechCrunch: Mapillary, the crowdsourced database of street-level imagery, has been acquired by Facebook - The big news out of the gate is that the imagery data, previously only available for non-commerical use, will now be available for commercial use.

Bloomberg MapLab: A Global Map of Protests - Yes, there is a map of protests, but this is really just a note to remind readers that MapLab is now officially part of Bloomberg.

The Verge: Google opens Maps data to all game devs, which could lead to Pokémon Go rivals - Google opened up tools for a limited number of game developers to use Maps in 2018, but now they are open to all.

Meanwhile in Education

The Red and Black: USG to review all college and building names - An advisory committee will review all 26 universities in the Georgia system.

Cait S. Kirby: "Universities are pursuing fall in-person classes 'for the good of the students.' In this interactive story, you move through just one day of in-person classes from the perspective of a student." Kirby, a PhD student built it using Twine and it's very insightful and scary.

Vanderbilt: Active Learning in Hybrid and Physically Distanced Classrooms - A thoughtful essay with lots of links I need to check out later from Derek Bruff. (Hi Vanderbilt! I took my very first MOOC from you folks via Coursera!) Via SamR at Grinnell.


HamletHub: Sabrina Michael-Duncan of Danbury Inducted Into Geography Honor Society - "Sabrina Michael-Duncan of Danbury was among 20 Hofstra University students inducted into the Mu Kappa Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the international geographic honor society. The ceremony was held over Zoom."

Penn State: Purple Lizard geographer’s mission to aid outdoor discovery - "Cartographer parlayed Penn State degree, love of nature into business venture that's helping people social distance."

For Students

URISA: URISA's Vanguard Cabinet Announces the 2020 University Student and Young Professional Digital Competition - Abstract submissions are due on or before July 31. 

Programs and Courses

UMN: New Geography Ph.D. program begins this fall - "The first cohort of students will enter The University of New Mexico's doctoral program in Geography this fall, a new degree that will be offered jointly with New Mexico State University. This will be the first Ph.D. program in Geography offered at any public or private institution of higher education in the state."

USC: UofSC BDHSC investigators receive $1.25million NIH grant to develop data-driven strategies in fighting COVID-19 - "This two-year grant will support the team’s efforts to develop a database system via REDCap and a mobile application for collating surveillance, clinical, multi-omics and geospatial data on both COVID-19 patients and health workers treating COVID-19 patients in South Carolina."


Esri: Teaching with ArcGIS Notebooks - You will need to provide contact information to access a recording of the webinar.

Esri (GeoNet): Esri UC Education Events and Activities - A list (PDF) of suggested sessions for educators.