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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"We have a GIS system, we have a waste water system, our water system, we have it also for solid waste. So it's just various things that just happens within public works on a day-to-day basis."

- Lewiston, Idaho Public Works Director Chris Davies explaining how the city runs for elementary school children, quoted on KLW Tv.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/29 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In what seems to be a May 2012 newsletter, TomTom pens an article highlighting the limitations of "open source mapping" While the article does not name any by specific maps, nor define what open source maps are, the discussion is clearly about OpenStreetMap.

Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/29 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Building on the existing strategic partnership between Microsoft and Nokia, today we’re announcing that Bing Maps is now using Nokia backend services for Traffic and Geocoding. With the goal of helping get places faster and get more done, here are the key things Nokia services will do for Bing Maps:

  • Bing Maps will now offer Nokia-powered traffic results in 24 countries.
  • Improved and expanded traffic information in the US, adding traffic fo side streets in addition to freeways.
  • Bing Maps will begin using Nokia geocoding countries, offering improved routing and directions.

- Microsoft PR which sends you to this blog post

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 12:43 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Students from Indian Hills Community College [Iowa] Geo-spatial Technology class worked with the Army Corps of Engineers at Red Rock. The group made six maps utilizing data from the Corps of Engineers, Mahaska County GIS Coordinator Brian Knudtson, along with data from the Iowa Geological Survey of the Iowa Dept of Natural Resources.

The purpose of the maps was to help better prepare for a hypothetical failure at the Red Rock Dam. Wanting to tackle a major project, the class saw this as a way to demonstrate the skills they have gained.

- Oskaloosa News

The U.S. EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. Student teams are invited to create an innovative green infrastructure design for a site on their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment. Winning teams will earn a cash prize, as well as research funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure.

Plan ahead: registration opens Sept 2012 with projects due Dec 2012.

- website

GeoEducation in Delaware, a subcommittee of Delaware Geographic Data Committee, sponsors an annual competition, which asked students to map an adventure in their community. Three eighth graders told the story of barrel No. 371's train trip from Norfolk to Georgetown and finally Lewes to take the win in their division. They won McDonald's gift certificates and their school recieved GIS software.

- Cape Gazette

The finals of the National Gegoraphic Geography Bee are tonight on the NatGeo Channel. Does this promote geo-literacy?

- NPR

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 03:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In the U.S. we are still waiting to see how we might use Geoplatform.gov, but in Singapore the Land Authority (SLA) not only has its own OneMap, but now it has beta tools for government departments and non-governmental organizations to collect data via crowdsourcing via that map. One of the first users is a cat-focused organization which uses the map to have people map stray cats to address the issue. SLA has added a business query tool that will enable online purchases. This is not a private company; this is the government of Singapore. 

- FutureGov

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 03:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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