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Friday, January 29, 2010

From David Dibiase of Penn State’s Center for e-Education Institue: "You’ll be interested to know that the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration’s Occupational Information Network (O*NET) now lists five new geospatial occupations: "Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists", "Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists", "Geographic Information Systems Technicians",  "Precision Agriculture Technicians", and "Geodetic Surveyors". You can find descriptions of most of these new occupations by doing an "Occupation Quick Search" on "geospatial" at the O*NET site  (Geodetic Surveyors seems not to include the keyword "geospatial.")."

by Joe Francica on 01/29 at 08:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It seems like it’s been so long since I mentioned CNN’s Magic Wall, but now with Twitter’s geo API and some new tech, the tools was back with a geographic vengence on Wednesday night. (I did not see it; I don’t have cable.)

Using technology from software startup Crimson Hexagon, CNN presented a comprehensive breakdown of Twitter responses to the State of the Union, ranging from “Support Obama” to “Obama too liberal.” King, operating the Magic Wall, was able to drill down to show state-by-state reactions and highlight sample tweets from each state, as well as show a macro-view of Twitter users’ responses to the speech.

- Huffington Post

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 07:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The University of Redlands received a three-year, $250,000 grant from the Los Angeles-based W.M. Keck Foundation last month for a project called “Learning Spatially: Infusing Spatial Thinking into Undergraduate Education.” The project “looks at how geography and mapping and taking a spatial lens on things helps us understand religion differently, understand mathematics differently,” said Diana Sinton, director of spatial curriculum and research (and an organizer of the GeoDesign Summit - look for a Hallway Conversation with her, soon.) Geospatial has been used in philosophy, religion and history classes at the University.

- San Bernardino Sun

Washington University in St. Louis announced that its The Gephardt Institute for Public Service gave out its Community-Based Teaching and Learning Faculty Grants. The grants are intended to provide faculty members with financial support for curriculum development and implementation of community-based learning. Among them:

J. Aaron Hipp, Ph.D., assistant professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. The grant will enable students to provide local community agencies with mapping services through the course “Foundations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Applied Social Sciences.”

- press release

Two paid college internships in conservation for this summer are available at the Mohonk Preserve in New York State. Each internship runs for 10 weeks (June to mid-August) and provides a stipend of $3,200. Housing is available. The application deadline is March 15.

- Poughkeepsie Journal

Among the goodies found in Sébastien Caquard of Concordia’s research about cinema:

He’s found that Quebec represents 43% of the locations portrayed. Ontario (19%), Nunavut (6%), and BC and Alberta combined (3%) round out the rest of the nation, while Asia and Africa represent 12% and 8% respectively.

He’ll present more at the AAG meeting in Washington DC.

- Concordia Journal

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 06:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has a pilot program of just 42 bus stops with ID numbers to which you can text to find out when the next bus is coming.

“That’s not enough,” thought one developer. So, she [corrected, was “he,” sorry!] built a Google Maps app where anyone can find their favorite bus stop and print out tag to affix to the bus stop itself (using clear packing tape). It’s called CTASTOPID.

This is just another example of user generated geo-content!

Trivia: Chicago Transit Authority was the name of the band Chicago before it clipped it to just the city name. (I’m old - and I lived in Chicago for a few years during college.)

- Chicago Now

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Three geographers (Univ. of Kentucky and Oxford) compared the use of terms related to religions in user geotagged data, and then added the term “sex” to look for correlation. Interesting stuff - and ok for work.

- Google’s Geography of Religion


by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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