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Friday, July 25, 2014

More info via various sources. Suggestion to Esri: It'd sure be nice if all of this information was on the MOOC home page.

Start date: Sept 3 (via Learn ArcGiS)

MOOC guest lecturers: (via @esrimooc):  

  • David Gadsden - Esri Nonprofit Program coordinator. Geographer. Humanitarian. GIS Professional and Advocate.@david_gadsden
  • Kenneth Field - Cartonerd mad about maps; @CartoJnl editor; Nottm Forest; drums; snowboards; views mine not my employers.@kennethfield

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by Adena Schutzberg on 07/25 at 09:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

bit of cancer map for irelandMap Pathogens in Man and Animal for Prevention

Researchers at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health are building the world's most comprehensive database describing human and animal pathogens. Called the Enhanced Infectious Diseases (EID2) database it maps the relationships between human and animal diseases and their hosts, disease-causing pathogens and the ways in which pathogens are transmitted can offer huge benefits when it comes to knowing what the disease risks are in a population or geographical area, and how best to manage and eliminate them.

Satellite Imagery and Big Data Tackle Disease in Senegal

An international research team combined high-resolution maps with advances in species distribution models to simulate the region’s riverine environment. That helped them locate the microhabitats where tsetse flies, which also cause sleeping sickness in humans, were most likely to be found. And that, in turn, allowed the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign to decide where to place poisoned traps to kill the insects, which was followed up by the strategic release of sterilized males to disrupt surviving flies’ breeding cycles.

Cancer in Ireland Varies by...Geography

A map developed as part of the Irish Examiner’s county by county report on the state of Ireland’s health has revealed wide variations in both the incidence and mortality rates for all the main cancer types.

What did they expect? (Image at right)

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by Adena Schutzberg on 07/25 at 04:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TomTom's Multinet-R platform promises to deliver faster updates to clients using a more narrowly constrained quality assurace process. The QA process will utilize faster validation leveraging crowd-sourced data. The objective is to get new data into the hands of clients with updates narrowed from quarterly to monthly and even daily. According to TomTom's second quarter report released today:

The development of our new real-time map-making platform will result in better maps at lower cost. The platform is scheduled to roll out from late this year onwards. Our new map is continuously releasable and processes sensor and crowd-sourced data from our own and customer applications in near real-time. Customers will experience all the advantages of a locally stored map, while receiving incremental updates. This puts TomTom in a leading position to master future map use requirements for Highly Automated Driving and pilots are in progress with our customers.

The data will be delivered in TomTom's proprietary format but will load easily to other relational databases.

by Joe Francica on 07/24 at 06:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Geospatial in Phys Ed?

Danielle Grant, a Potsdam, NY elementary school physical education teacher has been named the 2014 New York State Physical Education Teacher of the Year. She's high tech:

Grant uses pedometers, pulse sticks, GPS units, gaming systems, iPads, PowerPoint, the Sportwall, wireless mics and iPods with her students. “The children of today live in a technologically infused world. Using technology within the physical education environment shows them how they can stay connected and fit at the same time,” said Grant.

PhysEd could be yet another place to weave in geospatial technology and spatial thinking!

Wired Series on Map Projections

Wired Magazine has been doing a series on map projections since last July. Here's the archive. (image at right)

TSA Agent Does not Recognize DC as in U.S.

This news story is another way to highlight the challenging state of geographical knowledge in the U.S.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 07/24 at 03:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Introduction to GIS and Mapping starts this fall from the Open Online AcademyThe course page suggests it's either four weeks or eight; it's not clear.

Until recently cartography skills where hard to learn. Today, new technologies allow us to download geographical data, use cartographic open source or free software in any computer, or even do it online and store your maps on the cloud, publish them at your own site or print them for your fieldworks. Geographical data is complex. There are multiple formats and reference systems depending on where in the world it belongs and if it was created on a latitude and longitude system or UTM or WGS84. It is still not easy to find what you are looking for on the Internet and there are no meta search engines to quickly find it. Even when data is available, it is so hard to find it, and it doesn’t always match with other sources you have of the same territory because of the different reference systems. Every year, there is more mapping software available, as governments and other public platforms are releasing official geographical data. Collaborative data in software or apps allow sharing geo-referenced information. From freeware, as Google Map or Google Earth, to open source software as GIS (Geographical Information System) to manage complex geodatabase, and other online tools to create maps on the cloud. It is important to understand which are the best resources depending on what kind of map you are willing to do and why. In this course you will learn the most important geographical data resources, understand the data they contain, and be able to use it to create your own professional maps.

Assessments include multiple choice quizzes and a final peer-reviewed map project. It seems most of the software used is free or open source, but I found no list (since I didn't want to enroll...) Instructors Maria Ramos Sanz and Lara Vilar are from UNAUS Barcelona. Sanz provides the intro video, below.

OO Academy is "a New York based organization for online education in design and the related fields." Per the website, It offers "education that can help people at every stage of their studies and career." It launched November 2013; I'd not heard of it. The course portal launched in June of this year. The organization was founded by a New York architect and hence the courses focus on design and related topics. There was even a resilient schools MOOC/contestOOEd provides free letters of participation and paid certificates of completion. The rest of the business model is an upsell from the free MOOC.


by Adena Schutzberg on 07/24 at 03:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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