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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jack Dangermond will speak at one of his alma maters, the University of Minnesota on April 10.

- UMN News

Red Orbit seems to be starting a series of lessons on weather. The first in on how mountains impact weather. The first lesson covers the mountains of the U.S. and their impact on climate and weather. Sadly, those two terms are not defined.

- Red Orbit

Focused on the best of America, Rand McNally has launched a short essay contest to discover what places across the country inspire young people. Students who enter the contest have the opportunity to win a $10,000 college scholarship and earn a trip to Washington, D.C.

The contest is open to 7th-12th grade students; there are prizes for teachers, too.

- press release

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is starting a master's degree program in the Earth System Science Department in the College of Science, the school has announced.

The first enrollments will be in August. The program will train master's level students in research applications at the decision-making level. The goal is understanding both Earth system processes but the tools to explore them including GIS, data analysis and remote sensing.


by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 03:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

While not strictly a medical type map, the 41 Percent NYC map of the last 10 years of abortions in the city is revealing. The map plays the data from 2000 to 2009.

- LifeNews

There is an imbalance between the rapid growth of cardiac catheterization laboratories, which provide percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures, relative to the growth in the overall U.S. population, as well as patients who experience an acute heart attack, or ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), according to a study presented March 25 at the 61st annual American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific session.

In this study, the researchers compared changes in U.S. PCI capacity and access during the last eight years. Using geospatial and statistical analyses of data from the American Hospital Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Census Bureau, they analyzed PCI capacity relative to population density and STEMI prevalence.

...Thus, the study authors reported that PCI growth is most rapid in the east, where capacity is already sufficient and the lowest in the west where PCI capacity remains the lowest. "Efficient and equitable STEMI systems require geographical balance, which highlights a need for changes in both policy and protocols at regional levels," they wrote.

- press release

One of Nigeria’s telecommunications companies, Etisalat has partnered with Esri to deploy Android based GIS apps to map polio risk areas and tracking of routes covered by Polio immunization teams during vaccinations in the country.

The app taps ArcGIS server, with data from the device's GPS. "Uploaded server information are used for map creation (risk mapping) and generation of automated reports, which can show the distribution of risk, success, activities, findings, and plans, for polio teams, program managers, donors, and other stakeholders." Funding is from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

- press release  [I let Esri know that Esri is mis-expanded in the press release.]
by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 03:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

FSA is seeking information on how integrated Web solutions can support FSA’s 2012-2016 Strategic Plan and the Obama Administration’s Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, according to a request for information published in

The plan is to run a pilot project in 2012 to explore the pros and cons including return on investment and ease of use compared to current solution. Right now FSA hosts its own hardware and maintains its own servers. Responses are due April 18, 2012. 


by Adena Schutzberg on 03/27 at 04:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a large infographic MapQuest shared a variety of stats related to number of routed miles in six months of 2011 (and its equivalence in moon visits, etc.), whether women or men use the service more (women do) and popular searches. There's also a map of the use of MapQuest on Black Friday. Most valuable numbers are at the bottom: how it ranks among other services.

- MapQuest Blog

Newly-released Android app ObscuraCam lets users pixelize faces and strip metadata from internet video.
It also strips out GPS data so citizen journalists and activists can protect themselves and/or those they cover. Of course, those simply concerned about personal privacy can use it, too. An earlier release suported just still pictures and a sibling will add in more data using the mobile device's sensors. The app is in the Knight New Challenge.
Telenav, Inc. begins offering its free Scout for Apps service, an HTML5, browser-based, voice-guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation service, to all mobile web and app developers. Optimized for iOS now, Android later.
by Adena Schutzberg on 03/27 at 04:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Bhutan will have satellite images of development facilities in each distric by year's end thanks to a three year project of its National Environment Commission (NEC). The Thailand minister of science and technology, Dr Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, visited in September 2009 to begin a technology relationship with Bhutan. The Thai government is providing US 9M for this project; it's not clear what the source of the imagery will be.


Serbia's Minister of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning Oliver Dulic will attend the presentation of a project to form a single geospatial data system. The project is a joint effort of the country and France worth €16 million.


India's Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) is mapping its assets. i suspect the company, rather than the press, know what's going on.

The network, called Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reference Programme (RAPDRP), involves putting its entire electricity distribution network on a Global Informatics System (GIS) — a derivative of the GPS — on a single screen.

- Asian Age

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/27 at 04:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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