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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Open logoMapzen is an open source tool and services provider, not an app company. But this week it released an app. Why? To eat its own dogfood. (I've always loved that metaphor.)

We decided to make mapping app entirely from open source software and open data as a demonstration of the current state of open source mobile mapping and how it stacks up against its closed counterparts.

So what is it? First off, it's built on OpenStreetMap. And...

We named the app Open, because that’s what it’s supposed to be. It's not really that open yet—currently it’s available for use in North and South America, but we’re adding support for more places over the coming weeks. It's also only available for Android because you know, open platform. If you don’t feel like reading any amazing insights into how and why we built it, you can stop reading and go download it in the Google play store here, or if you prefer sideloading apps, the APK is here.

What's it do?

  • Show a map
  • Find you on that map
  • Find things around you
  • Get you to those things

- Mapzen blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/18 at 11:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, November 17, 2014

This is the first time, to my knowledge, the OpenStreetMap community has formally participated in Geography Awareness Week, know known as GeoWeek. Here's an update with details and plans for this week.

* There are now 29 events (and counting) across the US and globe

* The flag ship event is on Friday at NatGeo. They've made a press release on GAW widely, including OSMGeoWeek

* There are 6 remote mapping tasks, and 2 local tasks. We'll be generating animations and charts over the week, to track progress
* A set up of guides for event planners and participants 
* There's been a lot of chatter on Twitter already 
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/17 at 06:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, November 14, 2014

Part of Share Your View story mapSeveral souces point to an Esri hosted crowdsourced story map in honor of GIS Day. This from the University of Redlands Center for Spatial Studies Facebook page:

For GIS Day 2014, the Esri Story Maps group has launched a “Share Your View!” crowd-sourcing initiative. You’re invited to participate! The theme, “Share Your View!”, focuses on a seemingly local experience – the view from your window (or door). However, by placing these locations on the map, the application puts things in a broader perspective -- presenting a tapestry of views from all over the world. Visit the map linked below to submit your view and see entries that others have submitted.

(Update 11/18) Here's what Esri ask you to do via the pop-up:

What do you see out your window? Take a picture of your view — from your home, classroom, or office — and share it with us. What makes your view unique or different? Tell us what makes your place — your geography — special.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/14 at 03:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Heart Disease Risk By State: Men

US Heart Disease Risk Map

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at medical data of nearly 300,000 people ages 30 to 74, to estimate people's risk of developing heart disease over the next 10 years. The risk was calculated by looking at a number of risk factors, including high blood pressure and cholesterol, smoking habits, obesity and low consumption of fruits and vegetables.

The results showed a remarkable variation across states. People with a higher heart disease risk tended to live in the Southeastern states, and people with a lower risk tended to live in Northwestern states. [right]

Easy-to-Walk Communities Yield Better Health Outcomes

New study results from the University of Kansas to be presented this weekend at the Gerontological Society of America’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., bolster the adage that “heart healthy is brain healthy.” The investigation shows neighborhoods that motivate walking can stave off cognitive decline in older adults.

Amber Watts, a professor of clinical psychology and her team used GIS to measure walkabilty. 

Watts said easy-to-walk communities resulted in better outcomes both for physical health—such as lower body mass and blood pressure—and cognition (such as better memory) in the 25 people with mild Alzheimer’s disease and 39 older adults without cognitive impairment she tracked. She believes that older adults, health care professionals, caregivers, architects and urban planners could benefit from the findings.

Tracking Issues at Two Federal AIDS Sites Fixed

Two federal government Web sites that help people find AIDS-related medical services have begun routinely encrypting user data after years in which they let sensitive information -- including the real-world locations of site visitors – onto the Internet unprotected.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 11/14 at 03:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Map of GIS Record Attempt SchoolsWant to Host Your Startup on Campus?
Cayuga Community College announced Wednesday that it is approved to accept applications from businesses participating in Start-Up NY.

Available space in buildings on both of CCC's Auburn and Fulton campuses, in addition to college-owned parcels of land available to develop, could provide an eligible business with a location to begin tax-free operation.

Among the businesses invited to propose joining the New York State program: those in geospatial technologies.

More Discussion Options for GeoTech Center

The GeoTech Center has started an "e-mail group." My understanding is this is to be another tool for developing its Community of Practice. Now that I know what that is (from the MOOC I'm taking) I see how challenging it can be to create a valuable one.

Visualising Information for Advocacy

This free e-book sounds like a valuable resource for those teaching information visualization.

Visualising Information for Advocacy is a book about how advocates and activists use visual elements in their campaigns. In this 170-page book we explore how to influence issues using the right combination of information, design, technologies and networks. Through over 60 examples of visual information campaigns from around the world we show how they capture attention, present stories and take us on journeys through data.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 11/13 at 05:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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