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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I just found this via on the ICA-OSGeo listserve. The question of a FOSS4G MOOC came up last week at the New York State Geospatial Summit and I said I expected to see a first one very soon!

The gvSIG-Training e-Learning platform opens its registration period for the "Basic GIS with gvSIG" MOOC in English, given by the gvSIG Association and GISMAP. This MOOC aims to show the use and potentiality of the open source software gvSIG in performing the most common operations during the workflow in a GIS environment. This Course is addressed to beginners as well as to skilled GIS users who want to learn how to use this software. It will start in November 24th, and it will last four weeks with an approximate participant's engagement of thirty hours during the whole course period. Course attendance is completely free of charge. Students who successfully complete the course and wish to receive the Certificate of Achievement, corresponding to 30 credits for gvSIG Certification program, will be asked for a contribution of 40 Euros.

For further information about topics, goals...: http://moodle.gvsig-training.com/enrol/index.php?id=98

You can register to the course from https://moodle.gvsig-training.com/login/index.php?lang=en? 

Here's what I dug up for those who are not up to navigating the Moodle platform and the two langauges represented.

Intro:

Welcome to the official gvSIG Association Platform Training.

This platform for Knowledge Sharing, was created to facilitate learning of open source geomatics technologies and, especially, of gvSIG products. Training without geographic barriers, and supported by the best professionals.

On this platform you will find the courses you need to learn in depth how to handle the different applications of gvSIG project, both at user and developer levels. The list of courses is regularly updated to gradually complete, with specialized courses on gvSIG and open source geomatics, all the different needs of the Community.

The scheduled courses are part of the training scheme that has to be completed to obtain official certifications. The path consists of a series of courses and training units that allow user to gradually advance in the knowledge of gvSIG application and, more in general, Open Source Geomatics or Geographic IT Applications.

Course:

Presentation:

The MOOC “Introduction to GIS” aims to show the use and potentiality of the open source software gvSIG in performing the most common operations during the workflow in a GIS environment. This Course is addressed to beginners as well as to skilled GIS users who want to learn how to use this software.

Technical requirements:

Computer with Windows or Ubuntu operating system.

ADSL internet connection.

Screen resolution of at least 1024 * 768.

1 GB of RAM, recommended at least 2 GB.

Web browser Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Chrome.

Goals:

  • Understand the basic concepts of a GIS.

  • Know how to load and classify a geographic layer.

  • Edit the attribute tables and obtain derived information.

  • Show GIS analysis by well-structured maps.

Topics:

Module 1: Introduction to main GIS concepts

1.1. GIS data format.

1.2. The Spatial Reference Systems.

1.3 gvSIG setup and preferences

Module 2: Working with geographic data.

2.1. Load geographic layers.

2.2. Define a vector legend.

2.3. Labelling procedures

2.4. Zoom and graphic selection

Module 3: Layers information: the attribute tables.

3.1. Import, edit tables and apply filters

3.2. Create new fields and expressions.

3.3. Join internal and external tables

Module 4: Show geographic information through maps.

4.1. Map basic elements.

4.2. Additional graphic elements in a map

4.3. Quick print and output formats

Methodology:

This course is 100 % distance learning under the Open Enrolment system. This course uses simulators, forums, video tutorial and chats as learning tools

Course fee:  

Course attendance is completely free of charge. Students who successfully complete the course and wish to receive the Certificate of Achievement, corresponding to 30 credits for gvSIG Certification program, will be asked for a contribution of 40 Euros

Duration:  

The Course will last four weeks with an approximate participant’s engagement of thirty hours during the whole course period.

Important dates:

Enrolment starting day: 23rd October 2014

Course starting day: 24th November 2014

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/28 at 05:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, October 24, 2014

During the last two weeks, there has been a flurry of news from the National Geospaial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) starting with new director Robert Cardill's intentions for the agency. Cardillo stated:

Our business has never been more complex. Our profession has never been more competitive. Our purpose has never been more important. We must embrace and engage the competition. In doing so, we will thrive because the depth and breadth of our analysis, expertise and customer service are unmatched.

I strongly encourage you to lean forward, take our analysis, expertise and customer service to new heights. If there are gaps in our understanding of any of these, we must close them. As we step out and step up, we will make honest mistakes. We will learn and grow from them.

My challenge to you is to build on what you have accomplished by seeing the mission, vision and strategy through a new lens — the lens of consequence. We must enable consequence for those we serve. Consequence is what the customer accomplishes with our work when our data and analysis are so persuasive that it can be applied to their mission at their decision points.

Read his full statement.

The NGA selected five companies to accelerate its Map of World:

  1. MapLarge Inc. was selected for its proposal to provide a unique, high-performance search, query and visualization engine that can dynamically render and visualize large high-resolution data sets.
  2. ImageMatters LLC was selected for its proposed linked-data strategy addressing the integration of object-based-intelligence with foundation geospatial intelligence.
  3. Boeing was selected for a proposal to demonstrate the workflows and processes for performing rapid data assessment.
  4. SRI International was awarded a contract based on its proposal to of a comprehensive user-generated content collection that demonstrates key modules and use cases for ingestion, analysis and dissemination framework.
  5. The DATA Inc. was selected for proposing a unique implementation approach of UGC to facilitate geospatial, temporal and thematic discovery through 3-D visualization that enhances end-user retention, recall and transfer of data.

The NGA released software to GitHub for gamification. According to the NGA:

The software gives awards or badges to users and operates as a standalone application or can be integrated with other Web-based applications to increase learning, processing and output. NGA’s gamification software also provides a customizable Web interface for displaying badges and a configurable rules engine that translates actions performed by users into awards, said Ray Bauer, an NGA information technology innovation lead.

Ebola

The agency made available public-facing website to assist U.S. and international relief efforts to combat the spread of the Ebola virus disease, providing unprecedented online access to its unclassified geospatial intelligence in support of lead federal agencies and partners.

by Joe Francica on 10/24 at 04:48 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

MAP: Chikungunya in the CaribbeanAAG Tackles Mental Health

Spearheaded by Beverley Mullings, Kate Parizeau, and Linda Peake, a group of geographers organized a series of sessions at last year’s AAG meeting on mental health issues, established a listserv (MHGEOG-L [at] lists [dot] queensu [dot] ca), and are now proposing to establish a standing committee of the AAG. The proposed Committee on the Status of Mental Health in Geography will conduct research into the scope of the problem and assess the policies of other organization and institutions, provide professional guidance to the Council, the AAG, and geography departments in terms of protocols and ethical issues related to mental health, and engage in advocacy and awareness-raising within the AAG and academic institutions.

I'm not 100% clear if the research has a geographic focus, but I'd think so.

LBS for the Doctor's Office

SITO Mobile Ltd. (OTC BB: SITO), a leading mobile media solutions provider, and Health Media Network (HMN), one of the nation's fastest growing digital Point of Care media companies, today announced a partnership by which Health Media Network will leverage SITO Mobile's mobile media platform to power a national location-based advertising network within physician offices nationwide. HMN helps to improve the communication between doctor and patient, with the goal of improving healthcare outcomes.

Yes, it's what you think. Per Joe Petrosino, Chief Revenue Officer of Health Media Network:

"Our partnership with SITO enables HMN to deliver relevant health and wellness messaging to consumers on their personal devices during a critical window of time in their health journey – from the physician's office visit through the treatment, purchase and therapy activation process."

I for one will use the time to catch up on back issues of Runner's World - in print.

Geospatial Analysis on the Distributions of Tobacco Smoking and Alcohol Drinking in India

It turns out patterns are not seen when data is analyzed at the state level. A new study looked at distributions of smoking and drinking at the district and post code levels. And, they found patterns! Correlation of the two practices make mean it's worthwhile for public health organizations to consider that working on lowering one may well affect the other.

Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/24 at 04:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NACIS Student Winner Profiled

University of Cincinnati geography student Nate Wessel’s new map is a bike enthusiast’s best friend.

And, the map [right] won first place in the student come petition at NACIS. Wessel is profiled in a university news article.

AAG Tackles Mental Health

Spearheaded by Beverley Mullings, Kate Parizeau, and Linda Peake, a group of geographers organized a series of sessions at last year’s AAG meeting on mental health issues, established a listserv (MHGEOG-L [at] lists [dot] queensu [dot] ca), and are now proposing to establish a standing committee of the AAG. The proposed Committee on the Status of Mental Health in Geography will conduct research into the scope of the problem and assess the policies of other organization and institutions, provide professional guidance to the Council, the AAG, and geography departments in terms of protocols and ethical issues related to mental health, and engage in advocacy and awareness-raising within the AAG and academic institutions.

I'm not 100% clear if the research has a geographic focus, but I'd think so.

More Green Near Schools, Students do Better

A new study led by Chih-Da Wu, a scientist at the National Chiayi University in Taiwan and a visiting scientist at Harvard's Department of Environmental Health, suggests that the kids at schools surrounded by greenery tend to do better in language arts and math.

 The study used NVDI data and focused on students in Massachusetts. And yes, other factors were accounted for, apparently.

Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/23 at 10:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

San Diego Geographer Looking for Influential Tweeters to get Emergency News Out

Official emergency messages from the county of San Diego in the future might be spread by the region’s most influential “tweeters,” San Diego State University announced Monday.

Ming-Hsiang Tsou, an SDSU geography professor, is compiling a list of 1,000 influential Twitter accounts based in San Diego, so emergency messages about evacuations, road closures and the like can be spread faster or targeted more closely to certain locations.

Top tweeters will be those who retweet the most news from the official city account and local news outlets.

“If we have 1,000 highly influential volunteers retweeting these messages, almost everybody in San Diego will get the message,” Tsou said.

I'm not sure I buy it. Who says the followers of these people are necessarily in San Diego? Perhaps Tsou is also looking at that with her NSF funding.

DigitalGlobe Helps Map Mongolia, Along with Mapbox

DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of global commercial Earth imagery and geospatial information, recently granted The Asia Foundation high-resolution satellite imagery for tracing in OSM. The new imagery is more recent and of higher quality than anything previously available to OSM editors, who will use it as a guide: adding roads, buildings, rivers, railways, and other features to OSM’s map of Ulaanbaatar. Mapbox, which provides a powerful and diverse platform for the creation of custom online maps, has processed the raw satellite imagery to prepare it for use in OSM and is hosting the resulting map tiles.

At right: Khan-Uul district shows a dense neighborhood butting up against the Tuul River. © 2014 DigitalGlobe

When Water Districts Collide

So, best I can tell, there was deal between a water district and a public utilities district that allowed them to share an Esri enterprise license. But then the deal was terminated, so each would have to pay it's own $27K. But, maybe a new deal will be made and the merger will again share a single license. The whole thing is going on in California...during a drought.

Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/22 at 03:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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