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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Now in its 4th edition, the API Mashup Contest is the place where you can submit your API Mashup and win prizes along with mentorship to take your application to the next level. The last edition of the API Mashup contest saw more than 150+ applications submitted by participants from 35 countries. The last date for submission of entries is November 30, 2012. Check out our coverage of the winners of the 3rd edition.

Prizes include Kindle Fire and $5k of services for the developer.

- Programmable Web

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to use their STEM knowledge, their ingenuity, and their creativity to come up with an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community.

Prizes include $10K for the school and Galaxy Tabs for each team member.

- Verizon Innovative App Challenge via @josephkerski

Esri Ireland announced the winners of its Maps Make Sense contest (APB coverage) for maps made with ArcGIS Online.

  • Winner - Justin Gleeson - Feeling the Pinch
  • Equal Second - Garda Speed Zone Map – Gavin McArdle, NCG Maynooth
  • Equal Second - Whitehead Map – Simon Wheeler, Planning Service NI
  • Fourth - Wicklow Planning Applications – Paddy O’Flaherty
  • Fifth - Fish Abundance – Rachel Scott, Loughs Agency

The winning entries are online but you must have an Esri account to see them (boo!).

- News Release

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/24 at 05:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Nokia will change the wokplace of some 150 from the suburb of Itasca to an address in the Chicago Loop (downtown). The Itasca Mobile Phones Xpress Internet Services group, which works largely in cellular Web browsing, will now work alongside Nokia Maps workers, something Nokia believes is synergistic.

The 150 employees will leave the western suburb of Itasca and join 1,200 Nokia workers already in the Loop. Nokia is planning to hire another 100 people for technology jobs in Chicago. A company official said Nokia will soon be about 1,500 employees in the city.

Mayor Rohm Emmanual was invoved with bring the team to Chicago and not to another suburb or state. Nokia is working with local universities, including the Illinois Institute of Technology, to help educate its future workforce.

- Medill Reports

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/24 at 05:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

We are pleased to announce the establishment of first Open Source Geospatial Research and Education (OSGeoREL) Laboratory in the United States at the Center for Earth Observation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. The laboratory is one of the founding members of a worldwide network developed under the auspices of the ICA-OSGeo Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).


OSGeoREL at NCSU is led by Dr. Helena Mitasova and Dr. Laura Tateosian. The laboratory has an established program in graduate education in geospatial information science and technology using FOSS4G and extensive research in geospatial analysis, modelling and visualization with focus on natural resources.

Dr. Helena Mitasova is an Associate Professor at the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, OSGeo charter member since 2006, member of the OSGeo education and conference committees and Sol Katz award recipient . She has been actively involved in the GRASS GIS development since 1991 and together with Markus Neteler she has co-authored the first book about GRASS GIS.

Dr. Laura Tateosian is Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Earth Observation Her research interest focus is on visualization, human visual perception, computer graphics, geospatial sciences, non-photorealistic rendering, and human-computer interaction.

More details of the lab at

- OSGeo via @OSGeo

Manifest Destiny is a mapification of content from the original Wikipedia page Territorial evolution of the United StatesMichael Porath, Data Visualization Consultant and Bay Area based Swiss Information Scientist built it to make the content more interactive. He used lots of open source projects along the way. He describes the project as "The History of the U.S. Told in 141 Maps." It's offered under Creative Commons and I think Esri would describe it as a Story Map.

via @howardbutler

Yet another option to map Excel spreadsheets:

How to Build Maps for Free Using Microsoft Excel and

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/24 at 04:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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