At this Saturday's Tyee Master Class, "Data-Driven Web for Beginners," [Hugh] Stimson will teach, in a small and intimate setting, the tricks of his trade to people who have never written a line of code and frankly don't intend to.
Among the tools to be used in the course by a staffer at The Tyee, the "independent daily online magazine":
Anyone (who sets up a free registration) can access to GIS&RS articles
from Taylor & Francis for free during the two weeks around what it calls National Geography Awareness Week. The publisher is in the UK...
This is a good time to ponder if we want to continue to support this model of publishing - the one which limits access the rest of the weeks of the year. That said, this is a brilliant marketing move for the publisher.
The American Institute of Economic Research just released its College Destinations Index, which ranked the best college towns in the country based on their academic environment, quality of life, and professional opportunity.
- Biz Insider
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/22 at 06:05 AM |
SkySat-1 from Skybox Imaging, "an emerging provider of timely high-resolution satellite imagery and full motion video" launched successfully yesterday from a Russian launch site. According to the report:
After much anticipation, Skybox Imaging (NSG: SKYB) of Mountain View, California today launched the company’s first satellite (SkySat-1) into orbit. The success of this launch on a Russian Dnepr vehicle led NSG Analysts to improve Skybox’s ranking from #12 to #7 on the NSG 100 index ... Skybox becomes only the fifth organization licensed to provide high resolution space-based imagery of Earth.
by Joe Francica on 11/22 at 05:42 AM |
The European Parliament on Wednesday approved €7 billion (US$9.5 billion) in funding to further develop and complete Europe’s satellite navigation programs, including the Galileo and EGNOS projects.
The funding will cover the projects from 2014 to 2020 and will be spent on completion of the satellite navigation infrastructure as well as the development of fundamental components such as Galileo-enabled chipsets or receivers in smartphones.
The coverage explains what EGNOS is:
EGNOS (the European Satellite Based Augmentation System) has been fully operational since 2011. It works to increase the accuracy of GPS positioning, making it suitable for safety-critical applications such as aircraft navigation. EGNOS improves the positioning accuracy of GPS to within three meters. In comparison, people using a GPS receiver without EGNOS can only be sure of their position to within 17 meters.
My only concern: I'm not sure readers will know that GPS is the U.S. global navigation satelite system (GNSS) constellation. Nowhere in the article does it explain that. Further, the title of the article is: "EU Parliament approves €7 billion to complete GPS projects." And, that's not quite accurate. Remember: facial tissue/Kleenex = GNSS/GPS = GNSS/Galileo.
- PC World
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/21 at 07:18 AM |
And, yes, he won a Bold Award! He was one of seven winners from the 19 finalists. As reported:
Joshua Campbell, a State Department geographer, won for building a process to create and share free geographical data.
And a shout out to the NOAA team, who also used geospatial:
David Wiley of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration led a team to produce Whale Alert, a mobile app to prevent endangered right whales from colliding with ships.
Here in Massachusetts we love our right whales...
It's fitting these were announced during Geography Awareness Week on GIS Day!
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I'm generally pretty blasé about awards, but this is an exception.
The Nextgov editorial staff has selected 19 finalists for Bold Awards from more than 180 nominations. The honors recognize federal employees who have taken risks to implement innovative programs that make government more effective.
Since this is someone I actually know, who is actually bold and disruptive, this is a big deal. I don't want to overshadow the other geo nominees. There are several; I just do not know them, nor about their work.
Joshua Campbell, a geographer and GIS architect with the State Department’s Humanitarian Information Unit, built a process for creating and sharing free and open geographic data. Imagery to the Crowd
has been deployed multiple times, improving the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance and public diplomacy.
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/21 at 06:26 AM |
Pinterest on Wednesday launched Place Pins, where content can be saved with a location and then laid out on a map.
And, yes, it's just what you think. There's a field to store the location of a pinned images. The comments to the announcement blog post suggest that only Foursquare locations are respected and all others (even images that are geotagged) must be re-geocoded. And, if you like you can presented your geo-located images on a map. The company notes that people already use the social media site to organize photos from vacations or tours of their hometowns. Now, they can organize them via a map (a new board can be a map board or apparently you can edit an old board to add-a-map, though there are those who report issues with that). The new feature rolls out on the Web, Android and iOS all at the same time.
The maps were built with the help of Foursquare, Stamen and MapBox, which is why they’re prettier than the usual Google or Bing Maps.
But, don't expect "ad-free" maps. If I understand correctly, partners like Airbnb, Yelp and TripAdvisor are also providing structured data that shows up on the maps. That'd earn the company some revenue, I guess
I was unable to view any maps in the Gallery offered in the blog post. I'm not sure if that's because I don't understand the interface, because I'm not signed in or because it's not working.
This is another way to document or plan that trip. And, I guess, it's another tool to build a story map.
Oh, and I have no idea if Pintrest knew it was Geography Awareness Week or GIS Day when they made the announcement.
- All Things D via @geoPDX see also: Pinterest Blog, MapBox Blog
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/21 at 05:47 AM |