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Friday, September 26, 2014

Liver Disease Prompting Emergency Room VisitsLiver Disease

Health officials have mapped out the places in England which have the highest rates of people admitted to hospital as an emergency for alcohol-related liver disease.

The North West and the North East were pinpointed to be the places with the highest hospital admissions, according to the map [pdf] created by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

Vaccine Mapping from Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter has a great investigation for which it sought the vaccination records of elementary schools all over Los Angeles County. They found that vaccination rates in elite neighborhoods like Santa Monica and Beverly Hills have tanked, and the incidence of whooping cough there has skyrocketed.

The research was covered by The Atlantic.

PSU Augmented Reality Game and MOOC Explore Epidemic
PSU researchers will run Moocdemic 2.0, a massive multiplayer epidemic game simulation, on September 29th. The free augmented reality based game has players use cell phones to detect, spread or even treat a virtual disease. It's the second outing for game and course.
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/26 at 03:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Orleans Schools on the Move

The Times Picayune continues to map the changes since Katrina.

With $1.8 billion of repairs and construction under way, New Orleans' public school programs are on the move. Here's the 2014-15 map. (Google Maps Engine, right) and here's a map of how many times a particular program has moved, created by Tulane's Cowen Institute using Tableau.

Bucknell in New Orleans

The school has a nice write-up of an integrated course many of us heard about at Ed UC.

To integrate such vast amounts of material into a compressed timeframe [a week in New Orleans], the trio turned to Janine Glathar, Bucknell's geographic information systems (GIS) specialist. "GIS is a tool that helps you synthesize vast quantities of information and put it into context, which is exactly what this course did with the city of New Orleans. It was a perfect fit," she said.

Mapping Cemeteries and Loving ArcGIS

Two University of Wisconsin-Platteville students are using special computer software to help map the East Side Cemetery in Dodgeville, as part of a summer internship with the Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission in Platteville. The project will continue through the end of October.

I like this quote:

"I love working with the ArcGIS software because it is very straightforward to use and there are many ways to represent the data, depending on what the audience wants to see," said Wiederholt. "GIS is an amazing tool that can be useful to someone in any career."

I hope these students have touched other GIS software before they graduate. 

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by Adena Schutzberg on 09/25 at 03:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Florida's Oil Spill Response

With a goal of more transparency, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, launched an interactive map complete with photos and descriptions of projects that have been completed, and those in the works or approved for funding, in the wake of the April 2010 [Deepwater Horizon] oil spill disaster.

It's in ArcGIS Online (image right).

Boston Solar Map

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched Solar System Boston last week. It shows a particular roof’s solar-gathering potential, as well as cost estimates for solar panel installation. The map was created in partnership with Mapdwell, a spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which created some open source tech for the estimates. The map is based nominally on Google Maps.

Tracking Urban Homeless Via GPS

Odense Council in Denmark gave 20 of its homeless GPS devices to carry for a week as part of a voluntary test project. Participants get hot meal tickets for their trouble.

The council wants to know where the homeless move about during the day so it can place coffee rooms and benches strategically and also let the council know where the socially vulnerable community can be found.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 09/24 at 03:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, September 19, 2014

Drilling Maps of OklamomaEven with Insurance, ERs are Popular

The ER is a popular place for Connecticut residents who have asthma. Why not go to a clinic if you have insurance (as more Americans do)? The answer is not geography or money directly, but quality of care, which relates to both.

The main problem, Lewis said, was lack of comprehensive services at the community health centers. When a patient needed an X-Ray, for instance, he or she had to travel to another center where they have the equipment. For someone without much money or a means of travel, the cost of taking public transportation to one, maybe two or three other centers was daunting.

UCSF Tapping Google Earth Engine to Prep Underserved Countries to Tackle Malaria

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is working to create an online platform that health workers around the world can use to predict where malaria is likely to be transmitted using data on Google Earth Engine.

Funding comes from a Google Earth Outreach grant of $100,000. Crowdsources Health and Safety Info Near Drilling Sites [above right] was inspired after listening to multiple groups of parents tell stories about sick kids and families living in close proximity to various oil and gas drilling, refining and energy operations. The maps aim to document health and safety concerns by residents all over the World in an effort to provide more transparency about the risks. This map serves as a platform for people to express their safety concerns about oil operations that may be jeopardizing their health and safety.

It has companion sites focusing on power plants, fracking, and oil refineries.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 09/19 at 03:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Geography World Record 2014OSGIS Presentations Available

All recordings from the September 2-3 OSGIS 2014 event, part of Geo For All are now available online.  The theme was “Building up Open Access, Open Education and Open Data for Open Science.” I don't see any index to the presentations but apparently audio and video are available. Via GIS Lounge.

Collaborative Mapping World Record Attempt

Esri UK, the Girls' Day School Trust and the UK Centres of Excellence will attempt to set a world record (unofficial) in creating a collaborative Map during GeoWeek (November 16-22). You can read more in a story map (right tool for the job?) or a website (right tool for the job). Via Esri Higher Ed List.
Funded Graduate Assistantships in Geography Graduate programs at the UNC Charlotte
The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) is now accepting applications for Spring 2015 entry into our Masters in Geography and PhD in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis programs. 
To be considered for one of our competitive Graduate Assistantships for Spring 2015 (which include a generous living stipend and in some cases tuition support), completed applications should be submitted to the UNC Charlotte Graduate School by October 1, 2014 although the Department will continue to review applications for admission after that date. For those interested in Fall 2015 entry, the priority deadline for admission and funding consideration is February 15, 2015.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 09/18 at 03:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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