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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

As their computers warm up and students log in, April Salas assures them, “We’re going to learn two new things today. What took me six months to learn in college, you’re going to learn in three days.”

Her geographic information systems classroom was about to embark on mastering the art of geocoding, and “joining” data using a leading GIS software program, ArcMap 10.

I'm not sure if the first paragraph or the second make me more uncomfortable. It really too her six months to learn geocoding? Why? And, will the students master the process of geocoding - aka pushing buttons - or will the understand the goal and the challenges along the way. I'm also disappointed this article makes no mention of Geography Awareness Week or GIS Day.

- Record Gazette

Duke unveiled a new online map Friday that includes 3-D models of 325 buildings across the campuses. The map also includes satellite views and traditional two-dimensional street maps and offers overlays that display details such as dining locations and parking permit requirements, photos related to the buildings and videos linked to specific campus locations. The map is fully functional on mobile devices.

- Duke Today

Tulsa Community College is hosting a treasure hunt for GIS Day sponsored by ERGIS and GISCI. I figured it was a geocaching-like hunt. It's not.

GIS Day is a free event that invites the community and students to learn about TCC’s GIS Certificate program, to network within the geospatial community and to discover GIS career options. The day includes a scavenger hunt in which participants will use GIS technology to find items, and there is a cash prize. For complete rules, click HERE.

That page describes three different hunts: beginner (find things), intermediate (find things and note lat/lon) and advanced (find things, take picture, make a map). There are cash prizes, too. I'm curious to see how that plays out in downtown Tulsa.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/15 at 05:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Per Wall St. Cheat Sheet  via DealReporter:

GeoEye (NYSE:GEOY) is claiming its sale process has been suspended, ...

Best I can tell that means sale of the whole comapny, not necessarily just MJ Harden which was apparently pondered for sale separately. The stock took a 6% dive after the news of the sale end came out yesterday.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/15 at 05:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In short, you rename your SSID (name) with a suffix (_nomap). Thus, "name" would become: "name _nomap."

It's noteworthy that Google hopes this will become a standard so that all organizations that sniff access points will ignore those so named:

Finally, because other location providers will also be able to observe these opt-outs, we hope that over time the “_nomap” string will be adopted universally. This would help benefit all users by providing everyone with a unified opt-out process regardless of location provider.

- Overview on Google Blog

- Gory Details on Help Center

Jon Mitchell at RWW doesn't like the way Google did this and thinks many people won't be able to figure it out, among other things.


by Adena Schutzberg on 11/15 at 05:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


US state Maryland’s governor Martin O’Malley will lead a delegation of business leaders and officials on a six-day visit to India in the first week of December to boost trade and investment with the country.

Among the companies he'll meet with: NIIT GIS (aka Esri India).

- Financial Express


The UK is ready for a map of charging station for electric vehicles.

According to the proposals, the NCR would be developed by POD Point – a UK-based chargepoint manufacturer - will be a publicly-accessible database of chargepoints across the UK. Alongside this, a new system – the Central Whitelist - will be created to make it easier for motorists to access each chargepoint without having to sign up to new schemes each time they charge in a different location.

New Zealand
How will New Zealand make its data available for sharing?
The partnership [Crown Research Institutes GNS Science, Landcare and National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research ] will use an open source information sharing system called Spatial Information Services Stack (SISS), which was developed in Australia. SISS systems can be built on top of any local database, allowing the sharing of information across disparate systems, and because it is a freeware solution the initial setup costs are relatively low.
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/15 at 05:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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