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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Kipal Sibal, the minister of Human Resource and Development of India, and the former minister of Technology and Earth Science, has introduced a pilot program in 33 schools in which to teach geospatial technology at the secondary and vocational level.  "We need to prepare our children for the 21st century, which is going to be a century of enormous challenges. Launching of these courses is also a step towards preparing the children for the challenges," said Sibal in an interview published in sify news. Does this savvy politician have vision or what? I had the chance to interview Sibal three years ago at the Map World Forum conference in Hyderabad. At the time, he was pushing to a more open data policy in India. I would say he is probably one of the single most influential politicians, certainly in India, that has pushed geospatial technology forward.


by Joe Francica on 07/21 at 05:18 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I was surprised at which questions were voted up, but was not surprised by any of the answers. There’s no plans for GIS for the Mac but rather support for iOS, for example.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 07/21 at 03:21 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In this series of short talks from the Gov 2.0 Summit, four pioneers of open geospatial data share their experiences in unlocking new possibilities through data. Andrew Turner, Bob Greenberg, Mikel Maron and Dave Warner are featured.

- IT Conversations

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/21 at 07:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In an exciting article in the Grand Island, Nebraska paper about a robotics camp where students used Lego Mindstorm to build and control robots was this last paragraph.

Besides robotics, the camp also is teaching kids about Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. The campers Tuesday went outside to map the locations of three targets on the Edgerton grounds. They will learn how cities use GIS information for everything from the locations of natural gas pipelines to the best way for emergency personnel to reach a room in a nursing home.

- Independent

Middle schoolers in Walltown, NC are participating in The Walltown Neighborhood History Project, a five-week summer camp Duke University historian Trudi Abel is leading at the Carter Community School on West Club Boulevard.

In the process, youngsters learned local history and used GIS and GPS technology, census data, digital maps, spreadsheets, cameras and statistics to open up the area’s past via an online map.

- The Durham News

Joppatowne High School, Maryland, offers a program of study in homeland security and emergency preparedness. Students in this program, with the first graduates in 2010, have the opportunity to study cyber-security and geospatial intelligence. Now word the school was selected as a national High Schools That Work (HSTW) Pacesetter School by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

- Dagger Press

The University of Redlands hosts a Geography Kids Camp this weekend. Fifth- and sixth-grade students “will explore their neighborhoods, the nation and the world using traditional maps and online computer applications. The workshop will feature use of ESRI’s ArcGIS Explorer Online.”

- Press Enterprise

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/21 at 07:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share offers a free app called 550 City Maps based on OSM. The maps cost $2.99.

- iTunes link via iPad Weekly

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/21 at 07:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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