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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate geospatial technology program in the U.S. can enter the CalGIS competition.

This competition allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in geospatial technology. One winner will be selected from the undergraduate level, and one winner will be selected from the graduate level. Winners will be recognized at the 19th Annual CalGIS Conference [2013] and asked to present their project. Each student may only enter the contest once.



Open to currently enrolled students (18 years or older) from undergraduate or graduate programs that offer courses, certificate or degree programs focused on geospatial technology in the U.S.

The rules are scarily like those of the GeoTech Center GIS Skill competition and involve a paper and a video. The big prize is an all expense (up to $700) paid trip to the April 2013 event in Long Beach. Materials (paper, video) are due Jan 28, 2013.


details (pdf) via GeoTech Center


Also in the "ed" space is a contest from NCGE and Maps101

Fill out the form below to set up a 30 day trial of Maps101 and get 2 free issues of Perspective, the official publication of the NCGE. 

During that time, tell us in a short video, email or blog post how Maps101 and digital content are changing your classroom for the better. Winners will be drawn by December 31st 2012 and announced in the February issue of Perspective

Two Winners will receive 1 year, single site school subscriptions to Maps101. 5 Runners-up will receive geography goodie-bags courtesy of and NCGE.
*Entries may be displayed by NCGE/Maps101 for promotional purposes.

I'd have STUDENTS produce the video, e-mail or podcast! I know absolutely nothing about Maps101 and the contest page only says: 

Maps101 is a comprehensive online resource that supports the common core and state standards in all of the social studies subjects. 

Oh, and it's a product of


- via @ncge1915


Perhaps you can help another geo group win a contest... this plea was on LinkedIn.

At Sparkgeo, we built a web application that helps communities remember their stories [ - I'd look at hit before I vote to be sure you think it worthy!]. We have been shortlisted in the Changemakers BC Ideas people's choice competition. From the 470 entrants, there are only 11 left and we want to be in the top three to win us $15,000 of funding to help deliver our platform to more communties.

We need your help! Please vote for us!

It takes just 4 clicks to vote:

go to
click vote
click the tick beside "landsongs" (It will go green)
click "connect by facebook"
Ding, you will have voted!

This is a super important effort. A story's power is in its telling. Help communities to remember their stories, so they are not lost forever.

Or you can vote directly here (requires city/e-mail address).

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 04:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

British software developers say satellite data, road and transport timetables are helping to make Internet travel-time searches more accurate.

While most search engines determine travel time based on straight-line, "as the crow flies" distances, that can yield unrealistic estimates of how long a journey will take, they say.

Two firms, iGeolise and Mapumental, say they are working to produce real-world results that are more relevant with, you guessed it, better data. Is that premise true? Do "most search engines" really use crow flies? I do not find that too often...

The two firms are looking to offer a for fee API to the likes of Google, Nokia, etc.

- The Guardian has the full story,  UPI, quoted above does a weak job summarizing

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 03:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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