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Friday, April 11, 2014

Tackling Health Services Super Users with GIS

Speaking at the State Healthcare IT Connect Summit in Baltimore on April 2, Mike Powell, chief innovation officer of Maryland, said the state spends a lot of money on people who are hospitalized for conditions that could have been prevented. 
To curb those costs, Powell said Maryland uses data gathered by the state health information exchange and GIS tools from ESRI to help health system, Medicaid and public health officials identify trends and better target their limited resources.
Part of the impact has to do with a redefinition of Medicare "success" being based on health of the population vs. services delivered. Still, looking for and tackling local "problem areas" can be effective.
Boulder has Lowest Obesity Rate in the Country (Again)
The latest  Gallup/Healthways obesity study of U.S. cities is out. Boulder, Colo., has the lowest obesity rate in the nation, at 12.4%. It's held that title many times since the study began in 2008. The Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio are holds the opposite title: the most likely to be obese at 39.5%. I found lots of lists but no maps.
Mapping Marijuana Growers in Canada
This map suggests one of the challenges in managing medical marijuana growers: governments get post box locations, not growing locations on file.

This interactive map shows where the 12 licensed manufacturers are located. Many of the addresses here are P.O. box numbers provided to Health Canada, and they may not be the actual location of a marijuana grow-op.

I'm watching with interest as we move to medical marijuana here in Massachusetts.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/11 at 03:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Teaching and Learning Tools

MangoMap Offers QGIS Tutorial

MangoMap is online mapping solution so I think the newly announced series of tutorial videos for QGIS is just a marketing/lead collection effort (like the company's book). The first one is up and a new one is to be released each week. The first module is five minutes:

In this module we introduce the QGIS project itself, as well as explaining the user interface.

After completing this section, you will be able to correctly identify the main elements of the screen in QGIS and know what each of them does, and load a shapefile into QGIS.

Boundless QGIS Tutorial

Not to be outdone, Boundless offers a mini-tutorial based on San Francisco's open bikeshare data.

Developing Project-based Learning Modules with ArcGIS Online

That's what I think I'd call this asynchronous, professional development focused online course.

Developing Project Based Instructional Units Utilizing ArcGIS Online

a.k.a. Examining Your Environment through the Power of Data (EYEPOD) Advanced Online:  

About this Course

This 40 hour course is designed for educators who are familiar with and who have taught with ArcGIS. Note that this course is not designed for those whose primary goal is to teach GIS skills. Rather, it is designed for instructors of other disciplines who would like to add a geospatial perspective, project based instructional techniques, and the "power of data" to their existing courses. Although you will learn some ArcGIS online skills, the main focus for this course is pedagogy, or how to teach to improve student learning outcomes. Much of the course focuses on secondary educators, but it is adaptable to post-secondary educators as well. 

It was funded by NSF and used ArcGIS Online beta so some of it is likely dated. The videos (three) are about an hour each. The only date I could find was 2013. It's by Rubino-Hare, L., Manone, M.,Sample, J.,& Clark, J.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/10 at 03:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Wired reports that NASA is now placing source code on GitHub (yesterday we reported that the National Geosaptial-Intelligence Agency [NGA] had place code on GitHub). NASA has already made the code publicly available.According to the Wired report:

NASA will release a master list of software projects it has cooked up over the years. This is more than just stuff than runs on a personal computer. Think robots and cryogenic systems and climate simulators. There’s even code for running rocket guidance systems.

Even code from the Apollo 11 system is offered as open source. Care to go to the Moon?

by Joe Francica on 04/09 at 05:36 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Protecting ND from Unwanted Pesticides

Pesticide applicators can now use Global Information System (GIS) [sic] maps from North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) to locate sensitive application areas, such as certified organic acreage, beeyards and vineyards.

“NDDA is the only state agency maintaining these maps,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Putting the service under one roof ended some duplication and ensures that information on the maps is current.”

Sounds like other states should start creating such maps.

Hurricane Warning Maps

The National Hurricane Center's Potential Storm Surge Flood Map, which will be available at within 60 minutes of the issuance of a hurricane warning, will display just where flooding from the hurricane could occur and how deep the water could be in various locations.

It'll be a static map, but there's a plan to overlay it on Google Maps to make it more useful for navigation.

Frozen Pipes in Winnipeg

A CBC analysis of more than 190,000 Winnipeg addresses shows exactly where properties are in most danger of developing frozen pipes. Up until now the city offered a list of properties at risk, but this is the first time a map has been offered. I'm not sure why the CBC and not the city has produced it. It's Google Maps based.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/09 at 03:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

GISCI announced an extension of the contest deadline to April 15. Why? "Because of interest and an increased difficulty in map preparation with this year's Contest..." per an announcement.

--- original post March 3, 2014 ----

GISCI is running its 3rd annual map contest. This year participants will produce a high quality map of a portion of the U.S. National Bridge Inventory (NBI). Among the skills required: parsing and geocoding ASCII files and producing a map viewable on the web. First, second, third place and honorable mentions will be awarded. Also noteworthy:

The winning poster will be taken to the ESRI User Conference and submitted to the ESRI map book, if it was generated with ESRI products. 

Submissions are due March 31 in PDF.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/08 at 05:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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