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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Jamie Lundine in a health geographer working with the Map Kibera Trust. Kibera, a settlement in Kenya that until recently went unmapped was featured in The Geospatial Revolution. The latest work involves mapping health issues and turning the mapping into action in Mathare, a slum in Nairobi.

Mapping the sanitation in situation in Mathare has been a process of continual learning. When we began the Map Mathare pilot project in December 2010, we employed a dynamic methodology to engage young people and the community issues in the approximately 20 villages in Mathare. 

- Health Geography

Matt Sparke is a geographer and professor of international studies at the University of Washington and also director of the new UW global health undergraduate minor.

He is co-author of Seattle Geographies, which among other things speaks to the city's leadership role in global health. That the authors argue that role stems from some world-class rioting in 1999 during a WTO meeting.


A recent study on medicating ADHD youth details which age groups are getting more or less drugs but it also points to geographic variation in the U.S.

The rate of ADHD prescriptions was significantly lower in the West than in other parts of the nation. Researchers aren't sure why. Two possible reasons could include more parents being reluctant to medicate their children, or school systems that handle kids with ADHD differently, [co-author] Vitiello noted.

- US News


by Adena Schutzberg on 10/04 at 06:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

 LightSquared's vice president of regulatory affairs and public policy Jeffry Carlisle threatened legal action against the GPS industry, in a vague way, on a conference call with reporters Monday.

- PC World

On Oct 1 (Sat) LightSquared's general counsel offered a statement (since corrected). It begins:

The GPS industry continues to claim falsely that it was caught off guard by LightSquared's network, but the truth is that it has known about the vulnerability of its devices for nearly a decade.

- press release

Trimble responds to LightSquared General Counsel Curtis Lu's latest statements by calling them "innaccurate."

- American Surveyor

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/04 at 05:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Pakistani provence of Sindh will soon have a GIS. The project has come to fore after efforts to create one began two years ago.

It was said that GIS is the most advance monitoring system in the world and will be very helpful for the poor people of the province. “The whole province can be monitored from its capital,” it was stated at the meeting.

It's not clear exactly how the monitoring notes above will be done.

- Pakistan Today

Finland’s defence forces have admitted having a secret list of all the places around the country where there could still be munitions left over from the Second World War.

There is no plan to make the information public; the plan is to slowly, discretely remove the ordnance.

- Ice News

Plutonium believed to have been released from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 11 earthquake has been detected outside the power plant site for the first time, it has been learned.

One of the spots found contaminated with the hazardous substance is 45 kilometers from the plant.

The good news? All the areas in which the plutonium was found are off limits or in the expanded evacuation zone.

- Daily Yomiuri

In Maharashtra state, India, there are two new additions to the census on poverty and caste data collection:

In a first, it will register exodus to and from the state, which political parties peg at 17-20% of the total population, and the growth of single women.]

- DNA India

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/04 at 05:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The The Earth Exploration Toolbook look like a great earth science and GIS tool:

To enable responsible decision-making in the future and to ensure the development of the next generation of scientists, students must develop the skills that enable them to explore scientific questions, assess the results of scientific research, and draw and communicate conclusions to others. These skills are essential as society faces science and engineering challenges, including the need to understand and respond to the impacts of changes in Earth's climate.

One way to help students develop these skills is to involve them in exploring scientific questions using the same data and data analysis tools that scientists use. The Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET, is a freely available online resource made up of investigations or “chapters” that help teachers and their students become competent data users (1).

- Science Mag

The [U Maryland] school of architecture recently received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, which will help allow researchers to create this interactive computer model that maps inventors across the state and connects them to potential manufacturers and agencies. Beforehand, many inventions were flying under the radar because manufacturers didn't know they existed — and project co-principal investigator Scott Dempwolf said he hopes this 3-D analytical tool will change that.

What started out as a golf cart has transformed into a mobile unit that will map points for the Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning System.

The machine, named Earth Rover, is a learning tool for students that can collect and survey points to create maps of potentially anywhere on the planet.

The Earth Rover recently completed its first successful test run on the campus of Texas State Technical College.

The article on the Rover goes on to compare it to the Google Car and notes how this impelementation can "using the example of a fire hydrant, the Earth Rover, with accompanying technology, can provide information about when it was installed, what brand it is, and its exact location." I suspect that refers to the database created with the rover, not the rover's technology itself. For now the Rover will do its work at the college, but there is interest from local municipalities to use it for data capture.

- Brownsville Herald

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/04 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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