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Monday, December 03, 2012

Chatham Borough, NJ does not participate in its county's (Morris) GIS program. This week the county showed what participation might have meant for residents after superstorm Sandy. No word on if the the borough is in, but it sounds like a compelling argument. No word in the article about the cost to the borough.


Some part of Esri for some reason selected Bahrain and Venezuela as the "two leading countries in the world in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)." I can find no further information on the Web.

- Bahrain News

GIS Users of Northern Ohio will gather Dec 12 to disucss the "Current State of the Global Aerial and Satellite Industry." The session runs 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks Canalway Center, E. 49th Street, Cleveland. Free. 

- details via

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/03 at 04:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

On Saturday a Soyuz rocket carried Pleiades 1B into space. The French space agency is the lead and the French defense and intelligence services will be a key beneficiary, as will civilian users. The imageyr, with additional ground processing, will have a resolution of 50 centimeters, a bit less than 20 inches.

Along with its twin "A" the pair will provide 24 hour revisit times for all locations on earth by spring 2013. It is expected to rival the U.S. satellite imagery providers GeoEye and DigitalGlobe, which are expected to complete merger this month.

- Space Flight Now

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/03 at 04:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

You can in fact do that, but it'll cost you. I don't know anyone who has a $500 Sunnto Ambit GPS watch, but the latest version includes access to an "app store" where you can download and install apps such as predicting your marathon time or counting your hill repeats. The former uses your current pace and the distance yet to be run to estimate your finish time. You can even see the formula. The latter has you click a button at the top and from there on it counts how many times you reach that location. I'm guessing it's based on altitude, from the graphic.

Even more intrguing for the geeky athlete is a web-based tool to build your own app. Based on the apps above, I'm guessing it's a lot like write a formula in Excel and optionally, attaching an action to it, such as clicking a button or causing a beep for an alam.

It's an interesting idea, but the more I run (both in years and the distance I cover) the less tech I prefer. My constant companion these days is a Timex Ironman 100 lap count TAP watch. I love that (1) it can count 100 laps (for those looonnnngggg races), (2) I can stop a lap by tapping the face of the watch (no button pushing) and (3) the Indiglo mode that when "on" lights up the screen on every tap. I use the Indiglo mode regularly during fall outdoor evening track, when we run literally in the dark.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/03 at 04:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

But University of Chicago Doctor David Beiser says few people know where AEDs are located and there’s no central source to find them.

“At this point there isn’t one unified database of AEDs in the U.S.,” said Dr. Beiser.

So Dr. Beiser set out to create one for Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and students from U of C’s Lab School hit the streets.

The data are now on a Web map and a mobile app is planned. Yes, this is the Univeristy of Chicago with no geography department! The article provides no link to the map, nor could I find it on quick look.

- CBS Local

Dec 1 was World AIDS Day. The Atlantic took the 1990-2009 maps from the Guardian (from its 2011 coverage) and made an animated map. The Guardian's is interactive (you pick the next year you want to see) while The Atlantic made a single animated GIF. Both maps the same data: the prevalence of adults with HIV over the past 20 years, though never is titled, which I find troubling. Which map is more effective?

- The Guardian

- The Atlantic

Where you live could be a powerful determinant of what kind of elective surgery you get, even within a state or city, said a study released Thursday [Nov 29]. The authors of the Dartmouth Atlas Project said that could reflect less patient choice and more physician practice tied to local tradition.

The project used Medicare data from 2010, or in some cases averaged data from 2008-10, to look at rates of elective surgeries in the areas hospitals serve. 

- Augusta Chronicle

- press release

- reports

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/03 at 04:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a new set of way-finding maps, planters at the University of Colorado Boulder are more than decorative containers. The concrete vessels serve as directional prompts for people to navigate central campus.

New, detailed and universally designed routing directions are now available for 74 routes on campus. They are divided into "basic" for new user/visitors, "detailed" for those who use canes or guide dogs and "stair free" for those who travel with wheels. The text of the directions are dry, but very detailed using a variety of landmark types including visual and auditory cues. Best of all, they can be downloaded in text or MP3.

- press release

Karl Zimmerer, professor and head of the Department of Geography, received the honor of being chosen as one of six Penn State faculty members named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). New inductees are elected by the current Fellows in recognition of “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications that are scientifically or socially distinguished.”

- press release

I've noted before the proposed changes to the social studies standards (including geogrpahy) in the state of Nebraska. The state Dept of Education opened a survey for input on the proposed documents and recieved more responses than on other more mundane topics like math. In particular, large portions of existing geography standards were highlighted as “undergoing continuing revision or possible removal.” That prompted local geography advocates to bring in the big guns to advocate for geography. Among those sending input:  the National Geographic Society, the National Center for Science Education, the Association of American Geographers, the National Council on Geographic Education.

What's next?

Over the next week, the committees that drafted the standards will review the public comments and make further revisions. Then the board committee will take a crack at it. On Thursday, the state board of education will discuss it, and it is scheduled for a vote on Friday.

- Lincoln Journal Star

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/03 at 04:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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