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Monday, August 29, 2011

Under the guidance of [White Rock, BC, Canada] city arborist Aelicia Otto, this year’s students have been Simon Fraser fourth-year geographic information systems (GIS) major Jerry Mo; third-year UBC forestry resource management major Shane Jobber, fourth-year forestry major Laiyi Chow and Siew Law, who has her bachelors’ degree in forestry from UBC and is currently pursuing her masters in GIS at the University of Calgary.

The students see this experience as helping them get jobs once they finish school.

- BC Local News

Dr Yan Liu from The University of Queensland is looking at how disadvantaged communities are created. 

“In particular, we know little about how the supply of, demand for, and distribution of private rental housing has contributed to the concentration of social disadvantage,” Dr Liu said.  Dr Liu hopes to use her research to influence policy and improve outcomes for those who live in disadvantaged communities. 

- UQ News

I don't know Scott Dixon, PhD (though he is a fellow PSU grad) but he's doing a great job curating content for geography education on Scoop.It. He says of himself: "I'm an APHG reader & geography/secondary education professor in Rhode Island. I've taught in the public education system. I tweet @APHumanGeog and @seth_dixon I welcome all suggestions and appreciate follows, comments and sharing of resources!" Check it out.

- via twitter

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Mashable highlights the Foursquare map offered by the Wall Street Journal (which does not have a search by location tool on the page, but I guess does if you use a mobile device) and an app it embedded from WNYC, the local NPR radio station, which offers a serach by Zip Code. 

- Mashable

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, August 26, 2011

ZDnet's Social Media Blog devoted a whole post to Esri's social media map of the storms. It begins: has a really cool interactive map where you can view information about cyclones and hurricanes in your area. 

Of course there'll be no information unless there is a cyclone or hurricane in your area... and you may wonder what is... The rest of the post reprints the map source information Esri has on its "about this application" page. There is one valuable part: where Rich Harris explains the value of the map: "If you have friends and/or loved ones on the East Coast right now ..."

- Social Media Blog

Computerworld highlights the map, too but states its built on Flash; it's JavaScript per the commenters. 

- Computerworld

Greenwich (CT) Patch cites the map and its reources tab and notes the ArcGIS Online group set up for sharing information. It's great ArcGIS Online is mentioned, but I wonder if the general public is ready for that. I wonder how many Esri users are even using groups now. As of Friday night the group had 24 members several of whom work for Esri. I appreciate that they identify themselves as such in their ArcGIS profiles.

- Patch

I suspect the same sort of errors were in the early posts about Google or Microsoft's public mapping efforts; it's interesting to watch Esri work to move its products and name into the mainstream tech (and local) media.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/26 at 04:47 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Euroconsult, a Paris-based research firm, forecast in its 14th edition of the “Satellites to Be Built and Launched” report that the 2011 to 2020 timeframe will see orders for 1,145 satellites — an increase from 756 manufactured and launched between 2001 and 2010. This will total $196 billion worth of worldwide orders to build and launch satellites.
Government agencies continue to dominate the majority of spending on new spacecraft. Civilian and military agencies will acquire a total of 777 satellites, Euroconsult predicted. About 80 percent of those will come from the major space-faring nations: the United States, Russia, the European countries, Japan, China and India.

- National Defense Magazine Blog

- report

The remote sensing department at Boston Univeristy is what helped convince one prospective student to go there. She is currently an "Aspiring Archeologist and Science Journalist."

Boston University even had a department devoted to remote sensing, or using satellite imagery to study the Earth for various purposes, including discovering ruins. (And it didn't hurt that the head of that department was Farouk El-Baz, the famous astrogeologist!) Remote sensing archeology had fascinated me for a long time, because it would be a way to combine my interests in archeology and space travel. I found out that one BU professor, William Saturno, had even worked with NASA using satellite technology to look for Maya sites in Guatemala. After some e-mails and phone calls, Professor Saturno agreed to be my mentor if I was accepted.

- Huffington Post College

A new World War II computer game is working on realism.

In World of Planes detailed and huge locations are reproducing the real state of the countries participated in World War II. Satellite imagery has been used as well as maps of 1930th-1940th years to adjust them to the historical authentic state.

- Gamers Hell

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/26 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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