Idaho State University history professor J.B. “Jack” Owens received a National Science Foundation award for a project titled “Understanding social networks within complex, nonlinear systems: geographically-integrated history and dynamics GIS.” About $1.3 million of the four-year grant will go to ISU, with about $471,000 to go to the University of Oklahoma and co-principal investigator May Yuan.
The project will focus on historical data from the first global age, 1400-1800, which will be generated through archival research, geographically-integrated data mining from digital files of historical documents and secondary works written by earlier historians, and data sets contributed by interested historians. Because the data will be made available to the project in different formats, the project will design a system to reorganize data sets into a common database format. The resulting database, the various software products, and documentation about techniques of analysis and visualization will be freely distributed through a project web site for use in research and classroom instruction.
- Idaho State University
NASA LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) INTERNSHIP PROGRAM – DEADLINE JAN 31, 2010
“The GIS Internship Program is open to community college, undergraduate, and graduate students majoring in the fields of geography, technology, and civil engineering with experience in geospatial technology or an interest in developing their skills in spatial data technology in support of NASA’s mission. A student majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), history, archaeology or any other major and demonstrating an interest in working in historical documentation and geospatial technology (GIS) will also be considered.”
- Oregon Spacegrant Blog
I had a little back and forth with the folks at Frostburg State about this grant from Frostburg State University Foundation:
Dr. Fritz Kessler of the Geography Department was awarded funds for a portable Global Positioning System (GPS) device to collect raw data which will then be used to map the local area. This research will look at how the use of such GPS devices coupled with specialized Web services are changing the way map-based information is produced and distributed by the novice cartographer. The collected data will use mapping services like Google Maps and Yahoo! Maps to create maps that can be shared across the Web. This mapping process will also be demonstrated in Kessler’s cartography classes as they study how the Web, GPS devices, and other mobile technologies have changed the field of cartography.
At first, Google Maps and Yahoo! Maps were identified as non-profits. Then as open source. I’m glad this is now straightened out. I wonder if one goal is to provide the collected data to a mapping service? May I suggest OpenStreetMap as a great place to share it?
- updated press release
- original press release
Foster kids in the Redlands area are getting a taste of GIS and GPS thanks to a program at the University of Redlands. Saturday’s program, timed to coincide with GIS Day, is part of the Partnership for Youth in Foster Care and is a collaborative program with the university’s School of Education and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. The students will use software and materials from ESRI.
- Redlands Daily Facts
The Institute for Health, Social, and Community Research (IHSCR) at Shaw University has been awarded a five-year research grant for $4,116,437 from the National Institutes of Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD). The grant will be used to implement The Shaw NCMHD Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) Project. Of note for geospatial folks: “The award will also develop the new Center for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and supplement the Health Services Resource Library within the new state-of-the-art research facility on Shaw’s campus.” Shaw is private university, affiliated with the Baptist church, and is the oldest historically Black college in the South. It’s in Raleigh.
- press release