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Friday, August 22, 2014

Using 3D to Track Flu

Speaking from her base in California, Ms [Lauren] Bennett [Spatial Analysis Product Engineer] said advancements in mapping technology could provide unprecedented insights into how influenza and other disease outbreaks spread in Australia and who is most at risk.

“For example, in the case of an influenza epidemic, we can now create 3D temporal maps of incidents to identify hot spots where the time of the outbreak provides the third dimension,” said Ms Bennett.

This is from a press release (though you'd not know it since it looks like a bylined article) from Esri Australia.

Where are the Blood Donors in Vancouver?

The Vancouver Sun has the answer (map at right):

Map shows the share of the population in each Metro Vancouver neighbourhood who donated blood in the past year. Large blue icons indicate the location of permanent blood clinics. Blue dots are temporary clinics. Click on a neighbourhood for more details.

United Way Using Story Map for Campaign

United Way and the Ad Council, in collaboration with the National Football League, have announced an extension of their successful LIVE UNITED campaign, including a new series of public service ads (PSAs) featuring NFL players promoting health and wellness, and ads showcasing the true outcome of United Way's work in local communities. The new campaign also includes an online interactive map that illustrates local impact stories from United Ways around the country.

The press release calls it a story map; it's built on Google Maps.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 08/22 at 04:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Census Mobile Quiz: Statistical Literacy of U.S. Population

The U.S. Census Bureau today released Census PoP Quiz, a new interactive mobile application that challenges users' knowledge of demographic facts for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The new app, which draws from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, aims to raise statistical literacy about the U.S. population.

I'd love for educators to let me know if this raises statistical literacy about the U.S. and how that fits into schools standards and goals.
 
GeoHumanities at Penn State

[Hélène] Huet, a doctoral candidate in the Department of French and Francophone Studies, is writing her dissertation on the works of and the relationships between some of the writers, publishers and illustrators of the Decadent movement in late 19th-century France. She found that the writers’ proximity to their publishers played a role in shaping their collaborations.

She did her research using ArcGIS but found author's locations via Google Earth.
 
ArcGIS MOOC Returns Sept 1
 
An updated version of the GIS Basics MOOC (enroll) offered by Pace University professor Peggy Minnis will start on September 1. The new version titled Desktop GIS (syllabus) will again focus on ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 but the course is now structured around three units across its 12 weeks. More at APB.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 08/21 at 03:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An updated version of the GIS Basics MOOC (enroll) offered by Pace Uneiversity professor Peggy Minnis will start on September 1. The new version titled Desktop GIS (syllabus) will again focus on ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 but the course is now structured around three units across its 12 weeks:

1. In the first unit, basic principles of mapping, sourcing data online, converting the data to a useable format and making a annotated map will be accomplished
2. In the second unit, new data will be created, addresses will be found, selections will be made, buffers created, GPS data will be collected and integrated with digital photographs.
3. The third unit will use some of the common extensions:  3D, Spatial Analyst and Publisher.

Students can obtain badges for completing each unit. Students completing the whole course including the creation of a portfolio will receive a certificate.

Learn more about the original course in a series of articles at Directions Magazine.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/21 at 03:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The patent Systems and methods for generating electronic map displays with points-of-interest information based on reference locations was granted yesterday to MapQuest. Today, rumor is the company is shutting down its Lancaster, PA location (where two of the inventors of this patent, at least, appear to work) and sending everyone to Denver.

Abstract

Methods and systems are provided for generating an electronic map display. In one implementation, a method is provided for receiving route information associated with a route having an origination point and a destination point, determining a location of a reference point along the route, assigning a spatial identifier to the reference point, searching for points of interest (POIs) in a search area associated with the spatial identifier, ranking, using a processor, the POIs based on distances of POIs from the location of the reference point, and providing POI information for an electronic map display, wherein the POI information is associated with one or more POIs and selected based on the ranking of the POIs.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/20 at 11:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Future of Maine

The Maine Futures Community Mapper (MFCM) is a web-based tool that helps Mainers: (1)identify locations that are most suitable for future development, conservation, agricultural uses, or forestry; (2) identify potential conflicts and compatibilities between different land uses; and(3) envision their future landscape under different possible scenarios of change.

The tool is very slick! (map at right)

Wyoming Primary: Find Your Voting Location and See the Ballot

Start by going here: http://fremontwy.greenwoodmap.com

Sadly, there are about 10 steps to get to the ballot. The good news: they are listed here.
 
Wisconsin's Traffic Fatalities Back to 2001

The feature rolled out Tuesday is the result of a partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Safety and the Wisconsin Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory.

The Google Map solution categorizes fatalities by  Bike,  Pedestrian, Speed, Construction Zone and Motorcycle.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 08/20 at 03:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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