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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The race in space for commercial earth observation satellites was primarily for ever increasing spatial resolution. From the early days of Landsat’s 80 meter spatial resolution till today’s sub-meter accuracy on GeoEye and DigitalGlobe satellites, the demand for seeing objects on the ground more clearly was tantamount. Higher spectral resolution, however, took a back seat. But the next generation of satellites could change the perspective of users. While sub-meter spatial resolution will help you identify the class of ground-based objects, sub-classification can only be achieved by adding more spectral bands with narrower band widths.

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by Joe Francica on 04/18 at 02:35 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share, a leading source of online health and wellness information, today published a new visual interactive tool that analyzes county-level diabetes incidence and the overlap with average household income levels, poverty rates, and "food deserts" - areas where healthy, affordable food is unavailable. Using data from the US Census and the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Healthline has created the first multi-tiered tool to examine adult diabetes on a national scale in conjunction with relevant socio-economic factors.

Makati City in The Phillippines released a map  to both raise its level of health care and to  make the city a medical tourism hub.

Aside from locating hotels, tourist attractions and other entertainment spots in the city, the map also features the hospitals, clinics, spas, dental and eye care centers, aesthetic centers, and other health and wellness facilities that meet the international standards of the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) International, which is accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare.

Want to see the map online? I don't think you can.

Some 10,000 copies of the map—produced by healthcare management group HealthCORE—will be distributed free in all tourism establishments in Makati, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and in Philippine tourism and trade offices worldwide in a bid to boost medical tourism.

- BWorldOnline

- Inquirer News

There's another health tourism map his week, but this one is also aimed at retirees looking for a place near medical facilities.

Traveling 4 Health And Retirement releases 1st user centric medical resources map for easy and interactive navigation and discovery of the world's leading travel, healthcare, and retirement destinations.

The site was down when I tried to visit.

- press release

Michelle Obama and others (including a paragraph above!) talk quite a lot about "food deserts."

But two new studies have found something unexpected. Such neighborhoods not only have more fast food restaurants and convenience stores than more affluent ones, but more grocery stores, supermarkets and full-service restaurants, too. And there is no relationship between the type of food being sold in a neighborhood and obesity among its children and adolescents.

- NYTimes



by Adena Schutzberg on 04/18 at 03:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) has awarded Towson University’s Center for GIS (CGIS) two National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) cooperative agreement grants. The grants are intended to enhance the accessibility and delivery of geospatial data and services in Maryland. CGIS has been helping government, businesses, and non-profits gain cost-effective access to geographic information systems technology, more commonly known as GIS, since the early 1990s.

- press release

Two geographers researched how academic geographers view and use the Web. the conclusion:

In short, our findings suggest that while academic geographers may tend to agree that ‘web presence’ is a significant aspect of their day-to-day professional practice, this assertion means different things to different people. For some, crafting a useful web presence means posting an online CV, maintaining professional networks via email, and being able to find useful information online. For others, web presence is an amalgam of these standard Web 1.0 practices, overlain by a complex web of interactive Web 2.0 content production via social networking, blogging, microblogging and media uploading sites. Although we do not believe that age has a deterministic relationship with the adoption of Web 2.0 practices, our findings do suggest a relationship. The explanation of these differences is beyond the scope of this project, but do lend support to the idea that professional norms pertaining to web presence and online practices will continue to shift over time.

- pre-press version (pdf) accepted into the AAG The Professional Geographer

- Life After GIS blog via @michael_d_gould

NCGE has decided to extend the 2012 session proposal deadline until April 30, 2012. This will allow two (2) additional weeks for proposal submissions. April 30, will be the FINAL DAY proposals will be accepted.   Please note: The 2012 Early Bird Registration ends April 30 as well.  

- announcement via @ncge

- submission info

Ready for a truancy map of the UK? The Guardian has one.

- The Guardian

ABPmer’s specialist GIS consultants have teamed up with GeoData’s experienced GIS trainers to create a short course that uses real world projects to demonstrate how marine and coastal datasets can be used to support decision making.

It's based in ArcGIS 10 and will be held in Southhampton in May and August.

- Dregding Today

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/18 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Lawrie Jordan, director of imagery at Esri, and special assistant to Jack Dangermond, gave the keynote address at the SPAR International conference on Monday in Houston.

Jordon touched on more than a few GIS trends he is seeing, including the “convergence” of GIS and 3D imaging technology, an uptick in cloud computing, and a “stunning” increase in the use of mobile technology. 

- Spar Point Group

Esri data is behind Smithsonian Magazine's list of the top 20 small towns in the United States.

To help create our list, we asked the geographic information systems company Esri tosearch its data bases for high concentrations of museums, historic sites, botanic gardens, resident orchestras, art galleries and other cultural assets common to big cities. But we focused on towns with populations less than 25,000, so travelers could experience what might be called enlightened good times in an unhurried, charming setting. We also tried to select towns ranging across the lower 48.

Esri's ArcGIS Online is behind the maps in America Revealed, a new PBS series. I watched a bit of one episode - and it moved waaay too slowly for me to be engaged.
- via @JosephKerski who wrote on Twitter
 "America Revealed" PBS documentary that beginning 11 April; includes graphics using ArcGIS Online!
by Adena Schutzberg on 04/18 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield [MO] is commemorating its 150th anniversary this year - but defense officials say the civil war battleground offers timeless lessons in geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) -lessons that can be applied today. ...[NGA] Agents spend three days at the battlefield and almost like a Monday morning quarterback - they ask how things would be different if armies then had this kind of technology.


Dr. Charlette "Cookie" Watkins, a Director at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, spoke to Defence IQ about the power of GIS and social media.

The idea of using social networks of geospatial enthusiasts to assess large areas of the earth for academic reasons has huge potential in the future. The recent example that comes to mind is the National Geographic sponsored event to find Genghis Khan's tomb using commercial satellite imagery and an army of geospatial volunteers on the internet. They had a virtual workforce that could be quickly trained to look for and identify simple clues that more experienced analysts could take a deeper look at. This is only a glimpse of the power of the social environment of the internet.


Currently, two [NGA] Geospatial Analysts from Stuttgart, Germany are mapping out the terrain for African Lion 2012 in southern Morocco. AL-12 is a bi-lateral exercise between U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Africa, the Utah National Guard, and the Kingdom of Morocco. It's the 8th annual African Lion exercise in the country.

The 10-day exercise includes ground, amphibious and aerial training for approximately 800 Marines, 400 Army Reservists and 900 Moroccan military. It’s spread across four geographically varied locations, to include flat deserts, vast mountain ranges, and miles and miles of coastline.

-">DVIDS Hub

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/18 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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