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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A new coalition has formed to fight for geo-literacy. The Geo-Literacy Coalition responded the NAEP report, but didn't really offer any concrete paths forward.

The Geo-Literacy Coalition has been formed to advocate for improvement in geography, geoscience, and geotechnology education in the United States. The Coalition’s Founding Council consists of the National Geographic Society, CH2M HILL, Esri, and the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. They have joined together over their mutual concern about the unpreparedness of Americans to make decisions that require geographic knowledge and skills.  

- press release (via Matt Artz)

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by Adena Schutzberg on 07/20 at 10:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The European Space Agency is weighing in on LightSquared potential interference with the EU's Galileo constellation.

Analysis by the European Space Agency has found that signals from LightSquared’s network may cause “harmful interference” to the Galileo system, Heinz Zourek, head of the commission’s industry department, said in a letter today [Tuesday] to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski.

The commission also is concerned that LightSquared may affect navigation equipment on aircraft that operate in European and U.S. airspace, Zourek wrote in the letter, which was posted on the agency’s website. He urged the FCC to weigh those concerns as it considers final approval for LightSquared, which proposes serving 260 million wireless subscribers over a network of 40,000 base stations.

- Bloomberg

Connected Planet worked with Spirent (the folks who help test GPS and other chips - I did a podcast with Nigel Wright, vice president of wireless for Spirent a while back) and offers a reality check on the science of what's going on - written for the lay person. 

- Connected Planet

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/20 at 05:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The app, from ToyToyota runs on iOS devices (it's free) and gives the backseater the chance to follow the actual route of the vehicle, picking up items that appear along the route (Chinese restaurant, bridge, etc.). The backseat driver uses the phone's accelerometer to steer his or her own car behind the "Papa Car" gaining points that can be used to customize the players car. And, the points and custom cars can be shared via social media.

While this is very clever and I suspect kids will love it, they won't be looking out the windows to learn about the local geography, but will be heads down trying to capture the latest object or steer the most accurate route. That doesn't teach them geography in quite the same way.

Warning: very cute video below!

- Gizmag (includes very cute video)

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by Adena Schutzberg on 07/20 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

UCL's Muki Haklay tweets: "from 1st Oct I'm a Professor of GIScience." I guess that term is catching on.

via @mhacklay

Research funded by NASA at the Idaho State using GIS confirmed the unintuitive conclusion that grazing animals intensely on a small area of land is better for the land that more distributed options. The highly used land holds 10% more water.


- ISU News

Master’s degree candidates at the Technical University of Delft’s SpaceTech session for the academic year ending in June have registered a company that would provide mass-market access to satellite imagery and value-added services from a fleet of 12 optical and five radar Earth observation satellites.

The proposal, registered in the Isle of Man as Mobeo Ltd., was presented at the final SpaceTech symposium July 1 amid presentations by private- and public-sector space officials that showed a continued lack of consensus on whether satellite imagery should be distributed free.

The vision is to offer developers and API to access the data, against which they'd build "apps" as I understand it.

- Space News

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/20 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Gigwalk is a mobile crowdsouring tool available in eight U.S. cities. Those with work to be done (take a picture of a menu, confirm a placemat is in use in a specific restaurant, etc.) offer it up for a worker who gets paid a fee to complete the job or "gig." Microsoft will use the service to collect images to include alongside its Bing Maps results.

- VentureBeat

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