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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Apparently, some government folks in Bahrain took GIS training.

The training programme was executed by experts from (Tech Me GIS), which is a pioneering American institution accredited by the World ESRI Foundation and the training programme will consist of two training sessions , (Fundamentals of ArcGIS v10) and (Intermediate GIS Concepts v10).
I suspect some interpretation issues led to this description.
Geography for Life, 2nd is now available for purchase. ($23).
The Geography Education Implementation Project (GENIP) - a consortium of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE), the National Geographic Society (NGS), the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and the American Geographical Society (AGS) - has released a revised and updated version of Geography for Life: National Geography Standards(1994). The revised edition features restructured content and a new format. Each standard is presented through four components: an introductory essay; knowledge statements; performance statements and examples. 
The new “Global Flow of Tertiary-level Students” interactive map was published by the UNESCO institute of Statistics (UIS) in Canada last month. What does it show? Per Chiao-Ling Chien, researcher and analyst in the UIS’ Education Indicators and Data Analysis section:
...the perspective of rich and poor nations, of South and North, and of West and East, in terms of student flows. In particular, for instance, readers can see exactly where Canadian students pursue their education abroad and which countries are sending the most students to Canada.
And, the worldwide map can show that same information for any country via a dropdown menu.
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/06 at 06:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The headline is copied from the Huffington Post, which is soliciting input on an Ushahidi (CrowdMap) map. I appreciate that text above the map explains:

To submit a formal service request to your local government, use 311. For emergency assistance, call 911.

But the text of article notes:

We have added both debris and shelter categories to our Ushahidi map, and you can add your reports and make sure government agencies see the areas that need immediate attention.

My questions/observations:

What governemnt agencies are monitoring this map? What HuffPo staff? Anyone?

What does immediate attention mean? Should those request not go to local 311? Or 911?

The map by default runs from Nova Scotia to Tennessee. A comment requests DC reports be documented on a different crisis map. Confusing!

The "about" tab says "We are" monitoring Sandy along with HuffPo readers. If I use the Contact Us, who am I contacting?

There are 81 reports since 10/28.

Is this helpful?

Reminder to HuffPo: you own MapQuest.

- HuffPo

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/06 at 05:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The bottom line from a Penn State nutrition study (that included GIS):

The combination of being less sensitive to a bitter-tasting compound and having limited access to healthy nutritious foods strongly influences a child's risk of being obese. 

Researchers determined food likes and dislikes and the ability to taste "bitter" (PROP) among 120 4-6 year olds in New York City.

To examine the children’s food environments, the researchers used specialized software, called Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to map the number of establishments that sold healthy foods (fruits and vegetables) and unhealthy foods (high calorie, low-nutrient foods and fast foods) within a one-half-mile and one-mile radius around the children’s homes. They then divided children into two groups based on whether they had more healthy or unhealthy food stores within walking distance around their homes.

The results showed that neither PROP status nor the food environment, when considered alone, explained differences in children’s reported liking of fruits or vegetables or obesity status. However, the interaction between PROP status and the food environment did significantly affect children’s liking of vegetables and their body weights.

- PSU Live

The first large U.S. medical institution to get dissected by Google Maps from the inside out will be Mayo Clinic.

Street View tryke photos have already been taken and next up is indoor maps.  Mark Henderson, 

"They have our maps, they walk through our hallways and — I don't know how it happens — but it all matches up," [Mark] Henderson [division chair of Workstation Support Services and Information Technology at Mayo] said. Room numbers match the Google-Map room numbers. Water fountains on the maps really show up where they are supposed to be.

- Post-Bulletin

Per a study in Addiction, the closer you live to a bar, the greater the chance you could become a heavy drinker.

The study, conducted by a team of researchers in Finland, looked at more than 54,000 adults living in that country from 2000 through 2009, and discovered those who lived closer to bars or pubs were more likely to increase the average amount of alcohol they consume on a regular basis.

The researchers used GPS coordinates to determine the distance from each subject’s home to the nearest drinking hole and discovered that for each kilometer (0.6 mile) closer a person lived to such a facility, the likelihood he or she would become a heavy drinker increased by 17%, according to Reuters Health reporter Amy Norton.

- Red Orbit

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/06 at 03:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

IHS Energy Editorial API: The service provides daily updated information about markets for petroleum and other energy sources. It delivers news and analysis from the provider's industry experts covering activities in oil and gas, as well as electrical power generation and renewable energy and water supply. The provider's expertise covers exploration and production of fossil fuels, government energy policy and legislation, environmental effects, and risk assessment.

API methods support queries against the service for content matching specified keywords and/or for the newest available news and analytical reporting. The API provides mapping capabilities to integrate data from the service with external geographic information services (GIS).

Environmental Life Cycle Impact Assessment API: The service from the Center for Energy and Processes (CEP) in France provides estimates of environmental impact of photovoltaic (PV) technologies over their complete life cycles. It assesses impact of PV solar electricity technologies and installations based on a number of established computation methods. Calculations of cost and benefit over the life of an installation help to guide decision-making and justify the investment.

API methods support estimates of photovoltaic technology performance both at a geographic point on a map and within a defined area of interest (AOI). Life cycle cost and benefit are then estimated from the Ecoinvent database. Mapping data comply with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) protocol.

Hydro1K API: The service provides a digital model of terrain elevation and slope based on a database of terrain features compiled by the EU-funded MESoR project. Elevation and slope affect the efficiency of solar energy collection and electricity generation via photovoltaic (PV) power plants. In addition to the data service, a mapping function allows for interactive consideration of sites for solar power plants.

API methods support designation of an area of interest as a mapped bounding box or specific location. Returned data provide mapping data to represent elevation, slope, and other topological features.

NREL Solar API: The service provides data collected about potential and actual solar energy collection along with analytical services for evaluating solar resources. Mapping functions generate averages, both monthly and annually, for solar resources at a specified location. The toolset includes a mapping tool and performance data for photovoltaic (PV) arrays to support planning in light of the expected efficiency of solar electricity installations. Another tool calculates potential energy production and cost savings from PV arrays connected to conventional electrical energy grids. Its estimates describe hypothetical benefits of PV installations for individual residences and small businesses.

API methods support calculation of an estimate for solar electricity generation, measured as watt-hours per square meter per day, for a location specified as latitude and longitude. Methods also give estimates of efficiency for PV panels at a specified site. Another tool evaluates productivity and cost savings of PV panels feeding power in excess of local needs back to a regional electrical power grid.

Sound of the City API: Sound of the City is a map of user-generated sound data in the city of Luebeck. Participants install the application on an Android device to record, geo-tag, and upload noises (for noise avoidance) and sounds (soundscapes). The Sound of the City API provides public read-only access without login, while uploading data requires an API key. This is a REST API returning JSON, XML, or HTML formatted responses.

ForWhereIAm API: ForWhereIAm is a real-time, localized, short-lived information service that notifies users of announcements and deals based on where they are and what they are in the proximity of. The ForWhereIAm API allows the retrieval and rating of announcements being made by your business for a user's location. The API is available in a client-side flow or a server-side flow using Javascript or a variety of programming languages.

HelioClim API: The service provides estimates of solar energy potential for sites in Africa, the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, and the central part of the Atlantic Ocean. It refers to a database of solar radiation estimates based on images taken over a 20-year period by the Meteosat satellites. In addition to estimates of solar energy production, the data may provide useful input for climate studies.

API methods support submission of location coordinates to retrieve estimated values for solar irradiance there. Each request can specify either a single geographic point or multiple points. Separate services are available for the period 1985-2005 and 2004-2005.

Irish Rail Realtime API: Irish Rail is Ireland’s national railway operator, providing passenger and freight rail services. The Irish Rail Realtime API provides realtime station and train data including estimation of train times based on current train location. This is a REST API returning XML formatted data.

- Programmable Web

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/06 at 03:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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