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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Eastern Michigan University's efforts to increase links to China are paying off. The number of students from China tripled from fall 2007 to fall 2010 - from 31 students to 102 students.

The school has partnerships with four Chinese schools. And, the relationships yeild benefits in GIS, too.

Other CAS [College of Arts and Sciences] agreements include a graduate level program in Geographical Information Systems ( GIS ) and an undergraduate program for Chinese students to major in Computer Science and minor in GIS. 

- press release

Northern Oklahoma College Enid received a $10,000 grant from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to develop an outdoor classroom aimed at grades 6-12 and adult learners.

[Stephen] Glazier [director of counseling services] explained the project will use GPS/GIS technology to create a digital map of the Enid campus, including plants and trees. In addition to the virtual outdoor classroom soon to be available online, area schools and community organizations will be provided with a traditional, hands-on Outdoor Classroom booklet filled with botany and forestry activities that can be enjoyed on campus.
There is no indication GPS and GIS will be used in the learning, but I hope it will be!
Austin Peay State University has created the new Mobile Technology Center (MTC). This follows the university's iPhone app for faculty and students, one for Android, then one of the first courses in Tennessee on mobile software development. The APSU Geographic Information System (GIS) Center created the Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Kit (DMARK) to enable emergency responders to record damage assessments on their cell phones.
About a month old, the MTC is a partnership between the GIS Center, APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, and the Office of Information Technology, capitalizing on the skills and resources of these groups to support the interest in mobile technology.
Grant funded now, the plan is to get the center to be self-sustaining from other sources.
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/10 at 03:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Nokia plans to use signals from Russia's GLONASS satellite navigation network in its phones, along with GPS signals, as of next year. That's good news for Russia as it works to complete the constellation.

- Reuters

A victim in a MegaBus crash in New York State is suing the company. Among other complaints, the plaintiff argues that GPS would have prevented the accident in which the bus missed an exit and later ran into a low bridge. The company bans GPS devices from its busses.


ABI research reports that the Launch of Nike/TomTom’s GPS fitness watch and other promised products in the fitness GPS space will push shipments beyond the 10 million mark.

- ABI Research press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/10 at 03:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

If your a QGIS user, and you haven’t done so already, how about consider adding yourself to the QGIS user map at So far there are 604 user[s] mapped.

- Nathan's QGIS and GIS Blog

MTV has partnered with iCondom to release the iCondom iPhone app. The location based app will find the nearest location to purchase them; the data is to be mostly crowdsourced and contributors are encouraged to add key information such as if the store/machine is avaialble 24x7.

- Mashable

MASON CITY [IA] - The Mason City Volunteer Program is coordinating a large photography project in which volunteers will take photos of the exterior of various landmarks throughout the community, including, but not limited to, bridges, churches, recreation facilities and businesses.

The word crowdsourcing is not used; this sounds a bit more formal. The data will be added to the GIS and will be used for emergency response, among other things.

- Globe Gazette

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/10 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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