YouTube: Magical Van Gogh Exhibit - "Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings come to life at this magical exhibit located at Atelier des Lumières, Paris, France. Song 'Vincent' covered by Jim van der Zee." Via Ilkka Suvanto.
GoGeomatics: David MacLean – COGS GIS Instructor: Recipient GANS 2020 Award of Distinction - The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) presents its 2020 Award of Distinction to a true champion and pioneer of Geographic Information, David MacLean of Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. Congratulations David!
Eight Countries Offer Online Degrees - "Our goal was to identify countries which offer fully online degrees provided by accredited higher education institutions. For the purpose of this project, we excluded universities specially established to offer distance education i.e Open Universities across the world." And, there's a map!
Virginia Space Grant Consortium: New Award Supports Partnerships to Develop the Workforce in Virginia - "Faculty and students at community colleges across the Commonwealth will continue to learn how to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and collect and analyze geospatial data. The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is leading a statewide partnership to develop the geospatial technology and UAS workforce in Virginia. The new award of $561,977 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program is the fifth award to VSGC and partners targeting the technician workforce in these emerging technologies."
Penn State Geodesign: The program is now part of the Penn State Open Education Initiative. The first course to be available is "Geodesign: History, Theory, Principals." Via @Geodesign_PSU.
Weber State: CARES Funding Supports Students in Geospatial Programs - "Twenty Utah residents aiming to expand their employment opportunities amid the COVID-19 pandemic will gain a new skill set in geospatial technology at Weber State University this year – free of charge. ...With the support of $139,000 in federal CARES Act funding, Weber State’s Northern Utah Geospatial Technology Education Program (NUGeoTec) awarded each of the students a scholarship of about $6,200, which will cover their tuition, fees and supplies for the year. "
Mayo Clinic: Mayo creates new online map to track COVID-19 across the U.S. - "Mayo Clinic has created a new online tracking tool for the latest coronavirus date for every county in every state in the U.S. and Washington, DC." The maps are of raw counts.
University of Georgia: Smartphone GPS accuracy may affect contact-tracing apps - Krista Merry, a research professional at the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources published a paper before the pandemic that indicated phone GPS locations are more error prone near buildings. “In the end, we found on average it was 7 to 13 meters off—not very big. But in terms of COVID-19 and contact tracing, if you’re using an app that uses GPS to notify people that you’ve come in contact with, there’s error that’s being introduced there.”
TechCrunch: Google Maps gets a COVID-19 layer - The layer offers rates (rather than raw counts) and trends and is coming to iOS and Android platforms. Data comes from Johns Hopkins, The New York Times and Wikipedia.
EventsGeoTech Center: Virtual GIS Day - The National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence presents Virtual GIS Day 2020 on November 18, 2020. There are live activities, a contest and resources. For the contest: "Static maps entries may be produced using ESRI [sic], QGIS or another third-party GIS software platform." "Digital map entries may include those created with ESRI ArcGIS Online, Mapbox, or using a coding language (such as Java) to develop their digital map. Story maps are also accepted for this category." I wonder if these requirements could be opened up and simplified to encourage use of all sorts of tools. I'd love to see this: "Entries may be developed with any software tool or combination of tools. Static maps must be delivered in PDF and interactive maps via a URL."
Redo, since the link was wrong last week. Thanks to loyal reader Beth for letting me know!