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Friday, July 08, 2011

This just in from the Grassroots Mapping Community via reader Larry:

Hello mappers etc!
 
We've just launched the first issue of the "Grassroots Mapping Forum", our new community research journal/archive/zine/map, where we hope to share ideas, techniques, and stories from the Grassroots Mapping community. (For those of you who don't know, we are a community of activist cartographers who use DIY tools for civic science -- we take aerial photos using kites and balloons of things like the BP oil spill.)
 
The front of every issue, which is essentially a giant printed map, will depict a Grassroots Mapping site -- the first one is of an island in
Wilkinson Bay, Louisiana, with oil residue along a wetlands coastline. It is printed on a single 22.75x35" sheet, folded down to just over letter
size, and includes a full color reproduction of a grassroots map along with essays, illustrated guides, and interviews on the reverse.
 
You can find out more, and purchase the first issue here for $17 shipped.
 
If you're interested in supporting Public Laboratory's work, consider buying 3 or 4 and giving them to your friends.
 
The first issue of the Grassoots Mapping Forum was sponsored by DevelopmentSeed, creators of
MapBox, and we are looking for sponsors for future maps. If you're interested, please get in touch.
 
Jeff & the Public Laboratory team
 

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/08 at 11:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

India's Remote Sensing Data Policy Year 2011 [pdf] gives access to high resolution satellite photos, to all public and private agencies who will use them for social development. Commercial use is also permitted, provided companies are cleared by a high powered committee.

The sense is that the new procedures make access easier. Another change: it seems organizations other than ISRO may be able to launch and manage imaging satellites. The new policy updates one from 2001.

- IBNLive

- NDTV (details changes)

Gambia is learning about epidemiology.

Five days International Training Course on “Spatial Epidemiology” methods and application in Global positioning system (GPS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) was recently ended at the ITC in Kerr Serign. The training was organised by the US department of Agriculture in collaboration with the ministry of agriculture, Animal Health and Production Services Department. The training brought together participants in different countries in the sub-region, who deal with animal health and production services.

Foroyaa

Kenya is opening up its data stores.

Kaburo Kobia, Project Manager for Local Digital Content at  Kenya ICT Board, says  the  data released on the portal includes the national census, geospatial information on health and education and statistics on government spending at national and county level, information that will empower citizens and promote a transparent and accountable at government level.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/08 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Republican lawmakers have pulled the plug on the state’s landslide mapping unit, terminating a controversial project to assess which slopes in the mountains are landslide prone.

A team of five state geologists working on the maps are being laid-off this week, saving the state $355,000 a year.

- Smokey Mountain News

Indianapolis is latest city to get a mobile app to report issues that need attention to the city. It started as a Web portal last June.

The city of Indianapolis announced the new RequestIndy mobile app Tuesday morning. It allows residents to report problems and to request city services from the Mayor's Action Center.

- WXIN TV

The City of Austin has a new crime viewer, but it's not one of the national services I'd heard of (like CrimeReports.com). It does use SliverLight, though. It uses to be using a tool called RAIDS (free for law enforcement and the public) from Bair Software and built on Google Maps.

- Austin Chronicle

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/08 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Blackboard, maker of the dominant online learning platform among nonprofit colleges, has been sold to Providence Equity Partners, the company announced on Friday. The announcement prompted hand-wringing from campus technology officials and reassurances from Blackboard that there are no significant changes in the offing.

The company also owns the Angel platform used for all course (residence and online) at Penn State. The analysis suggest few noticeable changes save the equity firm working to make more money by focusing on products that bring in money and dumping those that do not.

- Inside Higher Ed

Gambia is learning about epidemiology.

Five days International Training Course on “Spatial Epidemiology” methods and application in Global positioning system (GPS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) was recently ended at the ITC in Kerr Serign. The training was organised by the US department of Agriculture in collaboration with the ministry of agriculture, Animal Health and Production Services Department. The training brought together participants in different countries in the sub-region, who deal with animal health and production services.

Foroyaa

The National Assessment Governing Board is hosting a webinar to share the release of The Nation's Report Card: Geography 2010, Grades 4, 8, and 12, July 19, 2011 at 11 am EDT. You can even submit questions before the event. One of the panelists, Roger Downs was my advisor at Penn State.

- NAGB via @barbareeduke

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/08 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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