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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I found this item on the MAPPS website (posted by John Palatiello) interesting. It details how the U.S. Small Business Administration defines a small business in surveying and mapping.

Breaking News: SBA Defines a Small Business in Surveying/Mapping as $14 Million

The Small Business Administration has announced today [Feb. 10, 2012] a final rule establishing a $14 million "size standard" or definition of a small business in surveying and mapping.
Read the notice in the Federal Register.  
As you will see, the comments MAPPS submitted were instructive and useful to SBA in reaching its final decision.
The rule is effective March 12, 2012.

- Mapps Blog

by Joe Francica on 05/30 at 05:28 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This summer, K-State (Kansas) Research and Extension Cowley County, in conjunction with 4-H, is coordinating technology opportunities for youth.

The Gear-TECH 21 camp features robotics, GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and GIS (Geographic Information Systems). The program is designed for youth entering sixth and seventh grades.  Camps will be held in Winfield (June 11-15) and Arkansas City (June 18-22) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is $20 and includes supplies, snacks and lunch.

- Winfield Courier

One of Bigfork High School's GIS students is going on in geosciences. He's profiled in the local paper and is quoted about his presentation of a geology map he made of the Bob Marshal Wilderness.

“Using ArcGlobe is exactly like Google Earth. I edited and mapped out the rock formation, every rock layer,” [Senior Shane] Parks said.

- Daily Interlake

Videos of presentations from the Spatial Plexus '12 Conference and Workshop "The Geospatial Approach to "Wicked Problems"" held Monday, May 21, 2012 at 7:30 AM - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM (ET) at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA are online. Keynote speakers include David DiBiase of Esri presenting "Ways Forward for Geographic Information Science & Technology”, Peter Folger of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) speaking on “The Geospatial Approach to Policy Issues regarding ‘Wicked Problems" as well as Peter Lea, from the National Science Foundation and Dr. Helen Parker from the DOL Atlanta regional office, both speaking on grant funding opportunities for geospatial educators.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 05:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The FCC said "no" to LightSquared's plan for wireless service in February. It then planned to cut 330 employees. In May it declared bankruptcy. But, at least some of its at one time 14 lobbying organizations are still working for the company. Lobbying was clearly important: The company spent more than $2.8 million on lobbying in 2011, nearlly four times 2010’s $700,000.

John Scofield of Shockey Scofield Solutions is still on the payroll, noting, "We have not and will not let up and expect to be successful in the end.”  Two lobbying firms and a PR firm ended contracts with LightSquared, but a source close to the company suggests it must keep up the fight since adversary Save Our GPS Coalition will continue to fight, too.

- The Hill

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 04:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Franklin County, MO has nailed down one part of its addressing scheme, the one related to "road name suffixes, descriptions and abbreviations. On the list are:

alleys, avenues, boulevards, branches, circles, courts, coves, crossings, drives, forks, lanes, loops, paths, places, points, roads, runs, spurs, streets, terraces, trails, walks and ways

While this sounds like a long list, there's a more complete one help by the Addressing Authority. And, assignments must follow defintions assigned in this document (pdf). They are kind of funny! The local paper says the change was made to help the GIS department, but standardized names helps in so many other ways, like say 911 response, that I'm disappointed that was not noted.

- The Missourian

Davis, CA has a new traffic map that includes historic data on the number of trips on individual roads, car and bike accidents, parking restrictions. Tech? ArcGIS Online but I could not get it to work on Firefox on Ubuntu. The other city maps are built on Google Maps. The data are under a creative commons license.

Davis Enterprise

Boone and Marshall counties in Iowa are discussing sharing the work and salary of Marshall county's current GIS director. While some point to the likelihood Marshall will not get its own work done, the director notes the way the counties do business is like "apples and oranges." It's not clear if the two counties use different software or even have two implementations. If nothing else, this arrangement suggests GIS professionals do need to be ready for anything.

- Times Republican

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 03:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Wisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA) Foundation, Inc. recently announced they are now accepting applications for their 2012 Damon Anderson Memorial Scholarship Awards.   They will be awarding several $1,000 scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic school year, along with a one year student membership in WLIA.  Recipients will also receive recognition and free registration to the 2013 WLIA Annual Conference in Lake Geneva.

I see nothing about where the student must live or where the school must be. I guess it'd open to anyone. Applications are due July 1.

- details via @Wiscmapper

On Location: organizing and using geospatial information is the name of a joint meeting between ISKO UKr (International Society for Knowledge Organization) and the BCS (British Computer Society) Location Information Specialist Group (LISG) held back on March 29, 2012. Now you can see the slides and hear the words of all the speakers including 1Spatial's Michael Sanderson and EDINA's Jo Walsh along with reps from the Environemnt Agency and Odnance Survey.

- website

The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers a number of free workshops for teachers that are Act 48 approved this summer. One integrates GIS.

One such course is a Wild About Orienteering program that will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6 and 7 at Southwest Region Office in Bolivar.
Participants can learn how to use a traditional map and compass, as well as GPS units for navigation. They are also introduced to GIS, the latest tool in wildlife research and mapping.
The workshop is designed to integrate mathematics, geography, technology, and science into working with and understanding wildlife and the outdoors, while giving teachers new tools to create interest in these areas and engage students.
Interested teachers are invited to contact Intermediate Unit 1 at One Intermediate Unit Drive, Coal Center, Pa., 15423. (No , I do not know why there is no website nor phone number.)
British Columbia High School grads from Vernon and North Okanagan-Shuswap school districts can get scholarships for studies in GIS at Okanagan College.

Four of the $750 awards are dedicated to Continuing Studies programs – two for students entering the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) certificate and two for students in the esthetician certificate program. Each of the awards will be granted as a tuition credit toward the program.

Students applying for the GIS award must be 2012 high school graduates who intend to register in the GIS certificate program in August at the Vernon Campus. Consideration will be given to students who demonstrate financial need, present career research in GIS occupations, and have community service contributions.

This is great! I hope students have run into GIS in their high school studies at some point, so the scholarships have some meaning.

- Vernon Morning Star

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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