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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Today, the U.S. Census announced their plans for release of demographic data captured by the decennial census. In the February and March, Census Redistricting data (P.L. 94-171) Summary File will be released that contains state population counts for race and Hispanic or Latino categories and state housing units by occupancy status (occupied units, vacant units). Details on the release of additional data can be found below (Source: U.S. Census Bureau).

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by Joe Francica on 12/16 at 05:30 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Former Macquarie Radio Network (Australia) CEO Angela Clark has launched Streetcorner and a map-based site,, built on the open source Ushahidi, well-known for its use during unrest and emergencies. The mapping information will be crowdsourced.

- The Australian

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/16 at 07:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This is the 11th site ( to use the OSM data. Also noteworthy:

- In addition to the introduction into the US, MapQuest announced the ability to report mapping errors on all open MapQuest sites.
- The new site also serves the growing number of schools and public service groups who have requested the ability to edit maps and reflect changes in their local area in real-time.
- Today, there are more than 320,000 registered OSM users worldwide, including a growing U.S. contingency

- press release vis MQ PR

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/16 at 07:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The title of the piece: “Technology can help improve economy.” It’s an audio piece, with transcript, from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The basic idea: use GIS to help draw business to the area. Mentioned:  Marshall’s Center for Environmental and Geotechnical Sciences.


by Adena Schutzberg on 12/16 at 07:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Five students have spearheaded a project to update the handicap access map at Brown. The map, a tool that helps disabled individuals navigate around campus, had last been updated in 2003.
The new map is the culmination of the students’ final project for PHP 1680I: “Pathology to Power: Disability, Health and Community.” The course is taught by Bruce Becker, professor of emergency medicine, and Sarah Skeels, teaching associate in community health.

There’s no mention if any geo technology was used to develop the map. I hope public health students run into GIS in their studies!

- Brown Daily Herald

Among those who are part of “a national team of medical researchers who plan to track the health of 100,000 yet-to-be-born American children for the first 21 years of their lives” Matthew Brampton, a geography professor from the University of Southern Maine. He and colleagues are part of the National Children’s Study which will be to track a total of 1,100 children in Cumberland County, the only county in northern New England selected as a sample site. Brampton had developed maps of Maine that helped insure a representative sample of local children will be in the study.

His maps show where the hospitals are, where chemicals have been spilled and even where licensed hunters live. Families of hunters may be more likely to eat wild meat, as opposed to only supermarket meat. “It’s almost like a detective story. You try to put all these pieces together,” he said.

He had help from state agencies and other USM faculty, as well as his students.

“It is one of the most interesting and stimulating projects I’ve ever worked on,” said Bampton, who has three young daughters. “The benefits of doing a good job are so huge, it motivates me in a way other projects don’t.”

Based on Bampton’s maps, researchers chose 11 areas, or neighborhoods, that offer a diverse sample of the county. They contain a total of 16,419 households and range from rural communities to more urban neighborhoods, including at least two in Portland.

- Press Herald

Researchers have concluded that satellite derived rainfall patternfrom MODIS NDVI and TRMM sensors can be used to predict plagues.

- 7th Space

Esri Food Desert app now online.

- via @joesephkerski

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/16 at 06:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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