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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

And, just a week after the announcement the HERE app is available for iOS. But reviews are mixed.

- HuffPo

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by Adena Schutzberg on 11/20 at 05:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In celebration of GIS Day, Esri Canada and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) today announced a collaborative agreement that will advance the organizations' common goal of promoting geographical literacy. 


Working together will allow the organizations to plan, produce and promote complementary materials that will enable educators to further enhance student learning of Canadian history, environment, politics, culture and society, using both Esri's ArcGIS Online solution and the RCGS' Canadian Atlas Online tool.

In addition to contributing to and promoting each other's educational programs, the organizations will also extend access to professional development opportunities to educators in both networks. As well, they will jointly promote events that celebrate geography such as next year's GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week.

I wonder how they will measure their success?

- press release

It's time to plan for schools in Malawi.

emapsite’s international division will deliver a nationwide data capture and GIS project to help with the planning of schools across the African democracy’s 34 education districts.

The ten-month contract, awarded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, involves the linking of GIS resources with education data such as catchment areas, enrolments, learner-teacher ratios and classroom sizes.

- press release

The University of Philadelphia (new to me!) is tackling geodesign.

The university is also launching the first, full-degree programs in geodesign. The program will focus on collaborative design projects for communities and solving real world problems like global warming and disaster mitigation.


Philadelphia University’s M.S. in Geodesign was developed in response to the overwhelming demand for experts in the geodesign field. 

- Technically Philly

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/20 at 04:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Apps for Ghent API: The service provided by the city of Ghent in Belgium encourages open data sharing by companies and other organizations It seeks to make available operating information about a business such as location, hours of operation, product offerings, and prices. The service encourages interoperation and interaction by applications providing information useful to both residents and visitors.

API methods implement protocols of the Data Tank methodology to present open data about government and public services, health and social support functions, demographic information, jobseeking and employment, places of business, tourist attractions and festivals, etc. Returned data provide name and activities associated along with the location, expressed as latitude and longitude.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 11/20 at 04:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A new study shows that people who have had a head injury and have lived or worked near areas where the pesticide paraquat was used may be three times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. The study is published in the November 13, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Paraquat is a herbicide commonly used on crops to control weeds. It can be deadly to humans and animals. ...

The study involved 357 people with Parkinson’s disease and 754 people without the disease, all of whom lived in an agricultural area in central California. The participants reported any head injuries they had ever received with a loss of consciousness for more than five minutes.

The researchers determined participants’ exposure to the weed killer based on a 500-meter area around their home and work addresses, using a geographic information system (GIS) that combined data on paraquat use collected by the state of California’s Pesticide Use Reporting system with land use maps.

- press release

A two week class in GIS for experts and those in public health was held in Huye, Rwanda.

The course, which attracted 20 participants from seven African countries, is organised by the Centre for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing at the National University of Rwanda (CGIS-NUR), in collaboration with the University of Twente in the Netherlands and the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute (KIT).

There was no information on if attendees have access to software or computers in their home country, though I guess GIS experts would have some access. Those teaching confirmed the value of GIS in public health.

- All Africa

NPR offers a change in diabetes in the U.S. by state map based on the latest CDC figures. Note how this it not an animated map; that's kind of "out." Interactive maps are "in."

 - NPR via tcGSGIS

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/20 at 03:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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