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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Yesterday the Color board of directors shared with employees the plan to shut down, thought it's unclear exactly when that will happen.

- C|net

And as of Oct 18 come reports that Apple has acquired the company.

- c|net

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by Adena Schutzberg on 10/17 at 09:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

AAG's Global Connections program can link U.S. high school classes/informal education programs (any subject) at the high school level with peers overseas. The classrooms in return can collect funds as they work on and collaborate with students across the globe on sustainability and related topics.

For every time that you complete three hours of online exchanges between classrooms, upload a MyCOE project to our online system and submit your evaluation about your experience with the program, you will receive $300. You must let us know how you prefer to receive the $300 (Personal check or Amazon gift card).  

Applying to the program means that you will: 
1. Schedule a total of three online exchange hours between your classroom and a classroom abroad (we will help you schedule these virtual meetings).
2. Upload a “MyCOE” student-led sustainable project to our online submissions system. Note: MyCOE projects must focus on sustainable development topics in your community. Each project much contain a project report detailing the project, a photograph depicting the project and a map (produced digitally or drawn by hand). In the "What can projects be about?" section below, we have included links to MyCOE themed pages-- here you will find sample projects, activity guides and other resources for your classrooms. 
3. Submit a brief written evaluation detailing your experiences with the program—What site did you connect with? How many students were there? What did your students learn from the exchanges? What did the students discuss? What difficulties did you have?  Etc. 

- AAG via GIS in Ed

Rutgers Continuing Ed offers a four class ArcGIS Course. You need to have the basics from an intro course to sign up for the $825 course called ArcGIS: Editing & Data Development. Here's the selling point:

SPECIAL OFFER! All participants in this course will receive a free trial of the ArcGIS 10 software. Practice and refine your newly acquired skills at home or at work for 1-year at no additional cost!

I wonder if that's via the $100 home use version or the one that comes with some of Esri's texts? Or via some other program? I hope potential students know there are many ways to gain acess to the software these days. 

- details via LinkedIn

James J. Spilker Jr. ’55 M.S. ’56 Ph.D. ’58, a School of Engineering consulting professor and central figure in the development of GPS, and his wife Anna Marie Spilker, a real estate broker and investor, have pledged $28 million to Stanford University.

The couple’s donation will name The James and Anna Marie Spilker Engineering and Applied Sciences Building in the Science and Engineering Quad – providing researchers with the facilities for atomic-scale research – and endow a professorship in the School of Engineering.

Do you wonder why the gift does not fund geo related facilities? Spilker already  co-founded the Stanford University Center for Position, Navigation and Time. Besides, GIS is doing fine at the school per Esri.

- Stanford Daily

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/17 at 04:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

European Alien Species Information Network API: The service from the European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) catalogs and reports on presence of invasive and non-native species within the European environment. It provides listings of animals and plants transplanted from other regions, such as fish carried into the Mediterranean Sea from other waters by ship traffic. It helps to track and map new and potentially invasive species within Europe.

API methods support search against the database for a specific species or for a region, with results in XML with options for mapping. Methods are complaint with standards such as OpenSearch, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and Taxonomic Databases Working Group (TDWG).

Insiteo Suite API: Insiteo is an indoor location mapping service that can be integrated with mobile applications and data collection services and aims to increase site profitability, data intelligence, customer experience and satisfaction levels. The Insiteo Suite of APIs is comprised of six APIs which can be used independently or together to create indoor mapping applications. The suite includes the indoor location, interactive mapping, pathfinding and navigation, geofencing, meet me, and lone worker protection API.

Afla.MD API: The service provides current reports from schools and educational institutions in the former Soviet republic of Moldova. It exposes lists and details of Moldovan educational institutions, accessible by name or geographic region, and provides performance scores based on data provided by the institutions. The service is intended to encourage review, awareness, and scrutiny of activities in schools within the country.

API methods support listing of schools and institutions by educational level and geographic location. For each institution, methods support access to details about infrastructure, language, student population, and finances. The API also provides scores by area of study and gender.

Brownbook OpenSearch API: The service provides listings from a directory of business organizations categorized by product offerings, including both goods vendors and service providers. Search access is provided in compliance with OpenSearch standards. Keyword look-up or programmatic integration provides listings for individual businesses providing a desired product.

API methods support access to the listings compliant with the OpenSearch format. Methods allow submission of a query term and and geographic location. The API returns a results list from the business directory local to the specified place and matching that term, with a link to view details for each business on the provider's platform.

FloraBrasil API: The service provides a catalog of plant species in Brazil with the goal of supporting documentation and conservation of flora across national, regional and local areas within the country. It is part of the Brazilian government's commitments under the international Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to support the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC).

API methods support access to a checklist of plant organisms by genus, species, and subspecies, with parameters for output language, data format, etc. Methods also support listings of categories of organisms, geographic locations, and related characteristics of the Brazilian environment.

Fulcrum API: Fulcrum provides cloud based data collection for mobile devices supporting the creation, deployment, and management of location based data collection applications. Fulcrum’s API provides clients with a RESTful interface for automating access to data and pictures, form elements, account setup info, and more.

PaleoDB API: The service provides a record of fossils found and documented, including their locations, the organisms represented, and their living environment at the time when they were alive. It compiles paleobiology information to document plant and animal life at specific points in space and time. Information about individual fossils and species is supported by broader taxonomic information.

API methods support HTTP GET requests for fossil occurrences documenting presence of an organism, or a distinctive part of an organism, identified with a location and timeframe. The API gives access to records compliant with the XML format of the Species 2000 Catalogue of Life to provide taxonomic, stratigraphic, geologic, and geochronological data along with records of particular fossils and organisms.

Eppraisal API: The service provides estimates of selling prices for homes and other real estate. For a specified property location, it returns a range of values from low to middle to high. It is available as a web form for individual submissions, a series of embeddable widgets, or via web service.

API methods support specification of a location as a U.S. Postal Service Zip Code. The API returns a median value along with most expensive and least expensive values, based on reported real estate transactions in the area.

FindPeopleFree API: The FindPeopleFree service provides information on persons and businesses located in the UK. Users can submit a city name or postcode, select a region within that location, and retrieve the names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons or businesses therein. This service can be accessed using either a web console or API. The API uses SOAP calls issued in XML format. The only requirement for implementing the service elsewhere is that users must provide credit to in the manner specified on the site.

- Programmable Web


by Adena Schutzberg on 10/17 at 02:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

NEURISA Day was Monday October 15 in Sturbridge, MA. The agenda included LiDAR in the morning, exhibitor speed networking before lunch, followed by tech trends and mobile tech in the afternoon. The attendees numbered just about 100 (it was a sell out) and fell into roughly equal thirds: local government, private companies and edu/non-profits. This first year of offering a special student rate netted six soon-to-be members of our profession.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 10/17 at 02:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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