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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Esri Communications writes:

Follow the Olympic torch’s journey around the British Isles enables you to do just that: Trace its progress day-to-day, and view Flickr photos of current and previous days’ events. The torch is currently in Wales, on day 11 of its 70-day journey.
by Adena Schutzberg on 05/31 at 08:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Here is a video of the U.S. Congressional hearing on H.R. 2168, the "Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act." The hearing was conducted on Thursday May 17 at 10:00 a.m. at the 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was conducted by the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

by Joe Francica on 05/31 at 05:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

All U.S. citizens are eligible to enter the "My American Landscape: A Space Chronicle of Change" contest. Winners will be announced on July 23 at a Landsat Program anniversary news conference in Washington, which will be carried live on NASA Television. The submissions deadline is Wednesday, June 6. It celebrates the 40th anniversary of the United States' Landsat Earth-observing program and winners receive customized satellite views of changing local landscapes.

To enter the contest, send NASA an email describing the local landscape changes you are interested in where you live, and what you hope to learn about them from Landsat's four-decades of observations from space. Scientists will review the Landsat data archive for the six areas selected and show the changes observed at the July 23 event.

More information on the contest and details on how to enter.  

- Tech Announcement (no, it was not a press release...and it was released the Friday before Memorial Day...)

Here's a contest you can help someone else win. The Youngstown Parks Department is vying for a chance to win $100,000 to help revamp Wick Park, a landmark on the city's North Side. The contest  "America Is Your Park" is sponsored by Coca-Cola and is based on online votes.

Among the improvements Robert Burke, Youngstown's Director of Parks and Recreation would like to see: "A G.I.S. system for the tree survey, surveying trees, new benches, revamp the sidewalk. Some of the sidewalks are in disrepair."

How can you help?

G to and click on the foursquare tab to earn Wick Park an extra 100 points. There is no limit to amount of votes that can be cast.


They Draw and Travel is having a contest for artists who make maps. First prize is $1000 and five second prizes are for $200.

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The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) is sponsoring the 14th Annual Student Dynamic Map Competition to promote cartographic excellence and innovation in this versatile medium. There are two categories: narrative and interactive. Students in certificate, grad or undergrad programs anywhere in the world are eligible. First place in each category receives $500. Submissions are due Sept 14, 2012.

- details

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/31 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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
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