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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The AAG, through the Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education (EDGE) project funded by NSF, announces a grant program to support outreach, professional training, and related activities aimed at improving [student] awareness of and preparation for business, government, and nonprofit careers in geography.

Twenty-four awards of $500 are available and will be granted on a competitive basis to support activities that address one or more of the following priority areas of the AAG’s EDGE project.

Examples of what activities might be covered is telling; I can think of probably a dozen people I know who should submit proposals:

  • Organizing a professional development workshop at an AAG regional or annual meeting;
  • Planning an outreach event in collaboration with a careers center on a school or university campus with significant numbers of underrepresented students;
  • Preparing a proposal for an undergraduate or graduate course, seminar, instructional module or webinar on professional development in geography;

Applications are due July 1 for acitivities planned for Sept 2012-July 2013.

- press release

Norman Oklahoma is putting "GPS radios" in its school busses. That way school officials can track them and hopefully adjust routes if tornados pop up as one did earlier this year while students were being dropped off at bus stops. One problem still remains that was not addressed in the $25,000 purchase:

But, 24 minutes after the release, the twister hit. The district says communication with buses was iffy.

I hope someone is thinking about that problem, too. It's unclear how these new radios work or how it will make them more likey to function when cell towers are down.

- News 9

- The Republic

Bigfork High School (Montana), its cave club and its GIS program are in the news again. GIS, last year only taught to high schoolers will now be taught to seventh graders.

Sadly, GIS software is still considering difficult:

“The software is very difficult to learn,” Rea said. “We try to break it down for them.”

Denny Rea introduced GIS to the Cave Club, who many met after a few students presented at Esri UC in 2010.

- Daily Inter Lake

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/02 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Now the Washington State Department of Agriculture offers tools on its website that make crop location information more accessible to farmers, agencies, ag groups and the public.

Perry Beale, senior crop mapping specialist, is the main developer of the WSDA's website tool.

"You can use the map to get a visual picture and download the data behind the map such as the section level data, county data and statewide data," he said. "Having the information available can help the producer manage his workload and know surface and groundwater issues."

It uses ArcGIS Explorer and one map has this intro/disclaimer:

ArcGIS Explorer Online is a rich client for using, creating and sharing ArcGIS maps online. ArcGIS Explorer Online requires Microsoft Silverlight and includes:
 
Support for reading and writing ArcGIS maps that can be used with ArcGIS.com, ArcGIS for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7 and ArcGIS Desktop.
Support for marking up your map with features and editing feature services.
Support for creating and executing pre-defined and parameterized queries.
The ability to include a presentation in your map and share it with others.
And much more...
NOTE:  This application will not work with Apple operating systems or iPhones. It requires Internet Explorer 6+ or Chrome 12+ or Firefox 3.6+ and requires installing the Microsoft Silverlight library on your computer. 
We at Ourcoumminities.org are dedicated to informing Massachusetts about what it means to invest in our communities and what could happen if we don't.
So, it offers  slick map of how much aid cities and towns are losing. And, local papers are writing about it. BUT, the map is not embeddable, so as much as Braintree Patch and others write about it, they can't embed it in their coverage. I encourage Ourcommunities.org to et on the embeddable band wagon!
 
 
Here's another important map story on migration (by KPCC) where the map is not embeddable!! 
 
- via KPCC
by Adena Schutzberg on 05/02 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Orange County, CA released the Request for Information on April 13. Questions were due by April 23 and final responses are due May 7.

GovWin notes:

The county believes that the cloud would increase the level of customer care in its GIS by creating easy public access to basic information related to the planning and decision-making process. The GIS is used for permitting, emergency response, navigation systems, and crime analysis and transportation logistics. It enables better access to and consistency of information provided to the public, county departments and other entities.

Deltek estimates the cost could exceed $2.5 million based on similar opportunities in size and scope.

- GovWin

- RFI

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/02 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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