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Friday, September 12, 2014

Florida Roadmap to Healthy Living

The Florida state Agriculture Department launched an online map (right) identifying "food deserts" and pockets of residents with nutrition-related health problems to help in response. Florida's Roadmap to Living Healthy is the first use of GIS to identify resource limitations statewide per commissioner Adam Putnam. It's build on ArcGIS Online and a two page PDF explains how to use it. Putnam has been pushing GIS for some time; I met him at the 2004 Esri Fed UC.

California West Nile Cases at All Time High

Orange County leads the state in reported cases, with 61, followed by Los Angeles County with 24 and Fresno County with 23. Here's a PDF map of cases by California county via the state’s West Nile Virus website.

Latest on Obesity in the U.S.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sums up the latest CDC data:

According to the most recent data, two states have adult obesity rates above 35 percent, 20 states have rates at or above 30 percent, 43 states have rates at or above 25 percent and every state is above 20 percent. Mississippi and West Virginia have the highest rates of obesity at 35.1 percent, while Colorado have the lowest rate at 21.3 percent. All 10 states with the highest rates of obesity are in the South or Midwest. Northeastern and Western states comprise most of the states with the lowest rates of obesity. Between 2012 and 2013, six states showed statistically significant increases in adult obesity — Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wyoming.

There are interactive temporal maps, too.

Investment in GPS-enhanced Inhalers

Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health makes a small device that fastens to an inhaler and uses GPS to report when and where the inhaler was used. The information is reported to an app, and the data can be accessed by healthcare providers, who might gain insights on how to treat the patient’s condition.

With its second round of funding the company launched in 2010 has now raised $27M in funding to date.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/12 at 03:03 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mapability ratingUSC Spatial Treasure Hunt

This year marked the first USC GeoScavenge, a Welcome Week event created by the Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI) housed in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

During the Aug. 22 event, students used smartphones equipped with a matrix barcode — or QR — scanner app to navigate their way across campus as they searched for 23 clues placed at different sites.

Using the GeoScavenge Map (accessible on a smartphone via a QR scan) showing the clue locations, participants had one hour to visit as many sites as possible. At the site of each clue, students had to find the QR code, scan it and submit the correct answer to the related question that popped up on their phone.

Map of Accessibility level of European Higher Education Institutions

On the 28th of August, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) celebrated the launch of MapAbility platform, a ground-breaking online map designed to inform disabled students about the accessibility level of European Higher Education Institutions. (image right)

Modern GIS in Port Clinton

Ryan Evarts teaches six grade social studies; at Port Clinton Middle School. They are studying GIS.

“Right now we are working with geography,” Evarts said. “We are learning about Geographic Information Systems. Today we are learning about modern GIS and being able use Google Earth on the iPads, and zoom in on different locations.” ...

“They’re finding different places in the world by using a modern type of topography and maps,” he added.

I wonder if they'll tap into ConnectED and ArcGIS Online. 

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by Adena Schutzberg on 09/11 at 03:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Longview Flood MapsLibrary of Congress Request input for Spatial Search Engine

The “geospatial search engine software solution” would let staff collect data in a variety of formats and sources, including geospatial data sets, digital images, text files, .xml, PDFs and other common file formats, the LOC said in a solicitation on FedBizOpps.

The ultimate goal: a

search engine software that can locate and manage geospatial information in and outside the library system and work with a variety of geographic mapping and analysis tools.

New Flood Maps for Longview Texas in AGOL

The updated maps, which can be found online at, show the differences between the previous maps and the ones approved this past week.
I'm not sure why links like this go the map gallery rather than the specific map.
Surrey BC Open Data
The City of Surrey launched its open data program today [9/9] as part of its commitment to an open, transparent and accessible government. The new Open Data Catalogue comprises more data sets than any other municipality in Canada, and will increase efficiency and productivity for staff and public by making the data available to everyone on the City website.
Surrey uses CKAN and FME behind the scenes.
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/10 at 02:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, September 05, 2014

Percent over 50 1990-2010CDC Geographer/Statistician to Join URISA GIS Hall of Fame

Potomac's Charles M. Croner, Ph.D. is a geographer and survey statistician extraordinaire — a U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) leader who will be inducted into the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association's (URISA) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Hall of Fame in New Orleans this September for significant and original contributions to his profession.

Croner's list of accomplishments include a number of "firsts." At CDC, he served as the founding editor of the bimonthly digAEital newsletter Public Health GIS News and Information. This pioneering 1994-2006 publication established the CDC as the lead agency for the timely dissemination of GIS and public health-related developments worldwide. Croner also provided leadership as the first Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) representative to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) where he "served with distinction" having guided HHS to member-status. In addition, he created CDC's first GIS Awareness Week, a Cartography and CIS Guest Lecture Series, the Public Health GIS Users Group and the Internet GIS Guest Lecture Series.

Housing for Seniors Not Keeping Pace with Need in U.S.

America’s older population is experiencing unprecedented growth, but the country is not prepared to meet the housing needs of this aging group, concludes a new report released todayby Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation. According to “Housing America’s Older Adults — Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population,” the number of people in the United States aged 50 and over is expected to grow to 133 million by 2030, an increase of more than 70 percent since 2000 (click to view interactive map). But housing that is affordable, physically accessible, well-located, and coordinated with supports and services is in too-short supply.
The map (above right) is an Esri storytelling swipe story map. I wonder why the legend is duplicated as it's the same on both sides of the swipe line.
Where and How Many AEDs to Place in Paris

A new method to predict the optimal number and location of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) was presented at ESC [European Society of Cardiology] Congress today by Dr Benjamin Dahan from France. According to the predictive method, Paris needs 350 AEDs located in public places for optimal prevention of out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).

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by Adena Schutzberg on 09/05 at 03:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Beyond Mapping Complication

All of the pre-2013 articles from Joseph K. Berry's Beyond Mapping column from Geoworld are now available in four online or print volumes.

The nearly 1000 pages and more than 750 figures in the Beyond Mapping Compilation Series provides a comprehensive and longitudinal perspective of the underlying concepts, considerations, issues and evolutionary development of modern geotechnology. 

There is a generous educational/non-commercial license.

More ISS Pics on ArcGIS Online

Dave MacLean from COGS (@DaveAtCOGStweeted this last week: 

650+ views of Earth from ISS: ; 100s of views from Earth of ISS: 

Gizmodo Australia provides details.

Map of Yale Owned Properties

The New Haven Register offers a Google-based map. It was not what I expected. I expected a choropleth map.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 09/04 at 03:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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