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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) has introduced a bill that would streamline federal bureaucracy dealing with map making. H.R 4233, Map it Once, Use it Many Times Act, would reform, consolidate, and reorganize federal geospatial activities.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 03/22 at 12:43 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Doug Richardson, Executive Director of the Association of American Geographers spoke at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government today. It was part of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project Seminar Series.

Richardson began with some opening remarks highlighting how science, technology and policy bring some limitations to the table. Science, he argued uses a "brittle" model that limits innovation. Technology moves rapidly and creates pressures that limit adoption (privacy and confidentiality issue have popped up recently, for example. Policy is limited because governments can be slow to value science and technology. 

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by Adena Schutzberg on 03/22 at 09:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The books include:

Practicing Geography (available early April)

Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment is a comprehensive new resource from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and Pearson, designed to prepare students for STEM careers in business, government, and non-profit organizations. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this project brings together members of the geography community to discuss workforce needs, expectations, and core competencies in professional geography, profiling the professional applications of and opportunities in geography today. Practicing Geographypresents dozens of geographers applying their knowledge, skills, and perspectives in communities, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, both domestically and internationally.

Aspiring Academics

Aspiring Academics is a set of essays designed to help graduate students and early career faculty get started in their careers in geography and related social and environmental sciences. Rather than viewing faculty work as a collection of unrelated tasks, Aspiring Academics stresses the interdependence of teaching, research, and service and the importance of achieving a healthy balance in professional and personal life. Drawing on several years of research, the chapters provide accessible, forward-looking advice on topics that often cause the most stress in the first years of a college or university appointment...

Teaching College Geography

Whether you are a graduate teaching assistant or the full instructor of a course, Teaching College Geography provides a starting point for becoming an effective geography teacher from the very first day of class.

- listing on AAG website EDGE program via AAG SmartBrief

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/22 at 09:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An e-mail from Point of Beginning (survyeing magazine) explains:

"NCEES is transitioning the FS and FE exams to computer-based testing (CBT)."

In English, and for non-survyeors it says:
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying is moving from offering paper-based Fundamentals of Surveying (FS, first exam heading toward LS) and FE (fundamental knowlege of engineering, first step if getting a PE) to computer based ones.

Like other tests we use in GIS, these will be taken at Pearson Vue centers. Keep an eye of that Pearson name; the company is working in every corner of education.

- POB webinar on the change on May 8

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/22 at 08:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It's spring - and time to capture aerial images before the trees bud! Lancaster County, PA is doing it with NGA and USGS (local paper). Summerland in BC is doing it on its own (local paper).

- various outlets

Governor Pat Quinn, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and Mayor Rahm Emanuel today unveiled Socrata-powered , the nation's first data convergence cloud that brings public data from the City of Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois into a single Open Data portal, for easy access by residents and businesses in the Metro Chicago area.

There is an API, but I don't believe you can download the data.

- press release

The USDA Forest Service's Eastern Forest and Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Centers recently unveiled a product that helps natural resource managers rapidly detect, identify, and respond to unexpected changes in the nation's forests by using web-based tools. ForWarn, a satellite-based monitoring and assessment tool, recognizes and tracks potential forest disturbances caused by insects, diseases, wildfires, extreme weather, or other natural or human-caused events. The tool, available at, complements and focuses efforts of existing forest monitoring programs and potentially results in time and cost savings.
by Adena Schutzberg on 03/22 at 04:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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