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Friday, August 29, 2014

Bay Area Jawbone wearer whose sleep were affected by the earthquakeFitness Trackers Identify Sleep Disruption During SF Earthquake

RE Sieber ‏@re_sieber  VGI & the quantified self: Fitness tracker UP shows spatial distribution of sleep disruptions near the earthquake
The blog post from Jawbone, maker if a fitness device shows that more people closer the epicenter were awakened.
 
Registries of Medically Vulnerable Citizens
 
The idea of keeping a list of community members who need extra help seems like a good idea. It can help track disease and aid response during disasters to be sure those individuals have transportation and access to needed medication and equipment. But, such registries are are rare says
 Ana-Marie Jones, executive director of Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters. An article in GovTech suggests best practices are still emerging.
 
Magpi Data Mobile Data Collection Tool for Health Data
Magpi, a leading provider of configurable, cloud-based mobile data collection and communication applications, today [Aug 25] announced the release of Magpi 2.0, making it easier and more affordable to create form-based mobile apps and outgoing SMS and voice messages. Magpi (formerly DataDyne) was founded in 2003 by two experts in global health and technology from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Red Cross. It’s the longest running data collection technology in international development and widely used in the global health and international development sectors.

Grant to Study Well-being of Children Exposed to Gas Drilling Impacts

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has received a new foundation grant to study the well-being of children in two states: Pennsylvania that allows natural gas drilling and New York that bans such activities.

Molly Martin, associate professor of sociology and demography at Penn State, is leading the project, supported by a $150,000 grant from The Russell Sage Foundation, a leading foundation dedicated to the improvement of social and living conditions in the U.S.  The researchers will review and analyze data from Pennsylvania and New York school districts located above the Marcellus Shale region, one of the largest natural gas reserves in the U.S.

The goal is to tease out other factors and determine the impact of drilling. GIS will be a key tool.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 05:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Google, too, is experiementing with drones. From the Google X team comes "Project Wing." Several media outlets reported today Google's experimentation with package delivery using their own drone design. According to the Wall Street Journal,

Google said a 5-foot-wide single-wing prototype from its Project Wing carried supplies including candy bars, dog treats, cattle vaccines, water and radios to two farmers in Queensland, Australia, earlier this month. Google's drones are 2½ feet high and have four propellers that move into different positions for different stages of flight. Packages fit into a gap in the middle of the wing. Google said it began test flights last year.

The demonstration in the video below was carried out in Australia because drones for commercial applications, of course, are banned in the U.S. For more information about the legal implications of operating drones in U.S. airspace, watch the webinar Directions Magazine conducted on the topic. But for now, see how Google and others like Amazon and Dominos Pizza intend to deploy fleets of drones:

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by Joe Francica on 08/29 at 03:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stanford Climate Story MapNew USC Certificates

The Spatial Sciences Institute housed at USC Dornsife has added two new certificate programs.

The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Leadership and the Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence offer GIST professionals additional expertise in their field.

CyberGIS Fellows

The National Science Foundation-supported CyberGIS Project has selected 13 projects led by 17 researchers across the United States for funding through its CyberGIS Fellows program, which supports the development of cyberGIS education materials and curricula. The CyberGIS Fellows will hold visiting appointments at the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will have opportunities to develop collaborations with these two interdisciplinary programs.

I'm still fuzzy on CyberGIS. The press release says it's "geographic information science and systems (GIS) based on advanced cyberinfrastructure." Esri's Dawn Wright offers this (Oct 2013):

At Esri, we understand cyberGIS to essentially mean GIS detached from the desktop and deployed on the web, with the associated issues of hardware software, data storage, digital networks, people, training and education. This deployment may involve an individual, isolated server, a broader enterprise scenario including connection to a universe of mobile devices, or an even more pervasive deployment in the cloud. With the advent of cloud computing coupled with web mapping as a new platform for GIS, there is an opportunity to reinvent GIS applications, as well as to extend the discovery and availability of spatial data and geospatial analyses. Cloud computing provides the potential for access to and publication of dynamic data, as well as the consumption of real-time information for analyses and modeling.

To me that sounds like, well, GIS.

Stanford Class Creates Climate Change Story Map for California

The story map, entitled Geographic Impacts of Global Change: Mapping the Stories of Californians [right], was developed as part of an undergraduate biology class by instructors Alexis Mychajliw and Melissa Kemp, under the guidance of Stanford biologist Elizabeth Hadly. Stories from a range of sources (including several from right here at KCET) are linked to hotspots on an interactive map of California, which mark as closely as possible the place where that story happened.

Undergrads collected the data and hope to expand the map to the rest of the country.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 08/28 at 05:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sarasota Capital Projects Map with PolygonsGGIM Standards Report

National Mapping Authority Perspective: International Geospatial Standards by Lead Authors Gerardo Esparza, INEGI, Mexico, Steven Ramage, Ordnance Survey International, Great Britain is available as a 26 page PDF download.
 
Sarasota Capital Projects Map Updated
 
The data map, “Projects in My Neighborhood,” shows residents what Capital Improvement Projects are going on in any area of the county. 
Apparently the old map which served the public for the last four or five years was just points, while the new one is polygons. The new map (right), built on Esri technology, shows the 40 or 50 high profile projects. Directions for access and use from the local paper:
How to USE THE MAP • Go to scgov.net • Services A-Z • Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Map • Click on the map icon • Type in an address or zoom in on an area • Click on a color-shaded zone and access the fact sheet.
Where Australia's Threatened Species Live

More than 1,700 new maps and data that local communities can use to find threatened species in their area have been published by the Department of the Environment.

The maps are PNGs but the raw data is available in, best I can tell, SDE features, shapefiles, GRID. The data are under a CC license.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 08/27 at 03:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Just a few months later and a few dollars more from my attempt, the Lion's Share paid off $2.4 Million to a New Hampshire man on Friday August 22, according to the Wall Street Journal.

-----  Original Post: June 5, 2014 ------

I was on an indoor location quest. While I’ll don’t indulge in gambling, much, I was fascinated by a story I read recently about a famous slot machine at the MGM Grand Casino. At the time, I was attending the HxGN LIVE event, the user conference of Hexagon that was held at the MGM. So, it was an opportunity to see how quickly I could locate the machine and perhaps beat the house odds.

The Lion’s Share slot machine has not paid out the jackpot for nearly two decades, which now sit at $2.38 million. It has its own Facebook page. There are sometimes waiting lines just to play it. According to an article in the Las Vegas Sun, it has reached legendary status and a cult following.  By Nevada Law, it can’t be removed until it pays out. The casino could remove the machine but it must move the entire jackpot to another machine, which it has no plans to do. According to the Sun, if someone does hit the jackpot, the casino owner is to be notified any time day or night to hand out the check directly.

So, I simply had to find the machine. But where to start? At first I simply wandered the casino but as anyone knows who’s been to a Las Vegas hotel, the whole intent of casinos is such that you never find your way out! With 2000 slot machines, it wasn’t feasible to blindly hope to stumble into it. And it’s not like there is a spotlight hovering over its location.

As indoor location technology advances, wouldn’t it have been nice if the casino had implemented beacon technology to help locate this slot machine. The MGM has an app of course but an indoor map to help gamblers find the Lion’s Share was not a feature.

Fortunately, the Sun article provided the proximal location and a helpful concierge pointed me in the right directly to refine my search. And there it sat, unobtrusive and at this time, looking pretty lonely. I sauntered up, inserted a few bills and promptly lost $20. I figured that if it wasn’t my day, any more of my hard earned money wouldn’t entice the Lion to release the jackpot from its money den. I snapped this photo, geolocated it and vowed to return to find it more easily next time.

by Joe Francica on 08/24 at 10:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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