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Thursday, August 19, 2021

GIS Ed Weekly: GIS making communities better

Resources for teaching and learning

Science: ‘Mind blowing’: Grizzly bear DNA maps onto Indigenous language families - "A new analysis has found that the grizzlies here [in coastal British Columbia Canada] form three distinct genetic groups, and these groups align closely with the region’s three Indigenous language families." Via @sarahebourne.

Art News: How I Made This: Anton Thomas’s Pictorial Maps - A look at how the Melbourne-based cartographer makes pictorial maps.

Mapbox Blog: Explore WWII history in 3D with project '44 - "Project ‘44 helps historians, students, and families learn more about the wartime experiences of Allied troops in Europe using an interactive time-series map - now with 3D terrain for an even more immersive experience."

GIS in the community

Fox17: West Michigan woman hoping to 'map out' better community - Jessa Challa  of Cascade Township published a story map at the end of July featuring minority-owned businesses in the greater Grand Rapids area, broken down by what’s offered and by race.

Maui Now: Public Help Sought in Collecting GPS Coordinates on Bench Marks in Maui County - "The County of Maui’s Real Property Assessment, GIS Section, is requesting public assistance in collecting Global Positioning System coordinates on Bench Marks throughout Maui County." The effort is part of larger one organized by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Geodetic Survey. I'm not sure if benchmark is one word or two.

Bike Portland: Study suggests bike lanes do not lead to displacement, gentrification - "The installation of new bike infrastructure in neighborhoods does not lead to displacement of people of color, and low-income areas received more 'hard' facilities like buffered or protected bike lanes than high income areas, according to a new study published in July by Elsevier."

ABC (Australia) South Bay: Which way will paper maps go in the future? Cartographer says they'll still be crucial, even with GPS - Another is in the series of stories about "old fashioned" paper map stores. The proprietor of the map store observes: "Guess what? It's 2021 and there are still paper maps and we've got 14,500 different ones."

Science: Scientists map urban heat islands—and track how communities are affected - "New York is one of 12 cities participating in this year’s mapping campaign, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has run for the past four summers in dozens of cities. The teams record morning, afternoon, and evening temperatures on one of the hottest days of the year. The goal is to identify areas with the greatest need for measures—like installing green roofs, operating cooling centers, and planting trees or other vegetation—that are designed to mitigate the effects of the extreme heat."

El Paso Matters: Cross-border storytelling project aims to put women’s memories on the map - Fernández-Quintanilla grew up in Juárez and is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Kansas, where she researches public and digital humanities. Her storytelling project GeoTestimonios Transfronterizxs aims to map "the diverse and sometimes hidden terrain of women’s memories throughout the region.

Programs and courses

Potsdam: SUNY Potsdam Ranked #2 in Nation for Best Affordable Geographic Information Science Degree Program - The list of the 30 Best Affordable Geographic Information Science and Cartography Degree Programs for 2020 is from Affordable Schools. 

On and off campus

Potsdam: Beetlemania - "What started in 2017 as a GIS mapping project for Dr. Jessica Roger, an associate professor of environmental studies at SUNY Potsdam, what started as a GIS mapping project to locate purple loosestrife throughout the North Country, has expanded to include a solution for eliminating the invasive plants by inserting beetles into the equation."

UW-Eau Claire: UW-Eau Claire professor maps elevation for Olympics marathon course - "For the second time in the past three Olympics, UW-Eau Claire geography professor Dr. Sean Hartnett has produced an elevation profile map of the marathon course for competitors, coaches, media and fans."

Colortrac: West Virginia GIS Tech Center workflow advice: “Get the SOPs right” - The case study features the center housed at WVU.

UCF Today: A Summer of Hands-on GIS Field Work for UCF Researchers - "An associate professor led a team of UCF students and local K-12 teachers on two field projects this past summer to advance geographic information systems training and research."

Press Republican: SUNY students present beach trail findings - "The SUNY [Plattsburgh] students mapped out a potential new walking trail [along the city beach] and took note of the site's natural assets, logged its invasive and nuisance species, and kept track of lingering debris."

D'Youville College: Buffalo Teachers and Students Benefit from Grant-Funded D’Youville Summer Camp - "A summer camp at D’Youville helped students learn about the importance of Buffalo waterways while training teachers on how to use specialized geographic technology, thanks to a Department of Education grant."

Cambridge: Worsening GP shortages in disadvantaged areas likely to widen health inequalities - "Areas of high socioeconomic disadvantaged are being worst hit by shortages of GPs, a trend that is only worsening with time and is likely to widen pre-existing health inequalities, say researchers at the University of Cambridge."


The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium: 2021 K-12 Educator Grant - "The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium would like to help Minnesota K-12 Educators with funding needs related to GIS project/curriculum development, school events, and conference attendance." 

Meanwhile in our industry

Mapbox Blog: Precise and simple location with Mapbox Dash and What3Words for Voice and Text - "Mapbox Dash (turnkey navigation system) and what3words combine for a new feature -- voice integration that avoids those pitfalls [challenges of reading and speaking numbers and letters] and lets users simply speak or type three words instead." Via Howard Butler. Many people weighed in this announcement as Joe Morrison noted.

WHBL: Silicon Valley workers vote down union at SoftBank-backed Mapbox - In the end, 123 employees cast ballots against unionization, with 81 workers in favor, the Mapbox Workers Union wrote on Twitter.