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Thursday, December 20, 2012

It’s time to clear your cache. Yesterday we added over 50 terabytes of new imagery from DigitalGlobe to the World Imagery map. This release includes 30cm imagery for the continental United States and 60cm imagery for large parts of Western Europe.

The cool part, I agree with James Fee, is the metadata tool.

With the Identify tool in ArcMap or the ArcGIS Online Content Viewer, you can see the resolution, collection date, and source of the imagery at the location you click. The metadata applies only to the best available imagery at that location. You may need to zoom in to view the best available imagery.

This blog post sounds so much like the ones from Google, Microsoft, et al. about imagery updates.

- ArcGIS Blog via @cageyjames

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/20 at 12:26 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The team that manages is well on its way to making the government data repository open source using a new back-end called the Open Government Platform, officials said during a Web discussion Wednesday.

I can't say I've heard of the platform, but Indian and US government folks built it and India and Ghana are already using it in beta.

- NextGov

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/20 at 08:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Public transit is the ultimate place location-based ads. People are in the city and clearly have access to transportation to other parts of the city. I study the ads on the MBTA with care. Here's the headline of one I saw today:

You expect more. You can find it here. (paraphrased, I confess)

The ad was for a school, in particular its college of arts and sciences. There was no mention of online education. The copy talked about how you wanted more from your career and could get it from the school. The image, best I could tell, was two students with goggles on working with a laser.

Was it from one of the too many colleges and universities in the Boston area? One of the public or private schools? One of the engineering schools that also offers arts and sciences? No. It was from Lehigh University. There was no mention of where that school is; it's in Bethlehem, PA, about 400 miles from here. I only know of it because I spent a summer there studying number theory between my junior and senior year's in high school. (Thanks National Science Foundation for sponsoring that opportunity and to Mom for finding it for me!) Lehigh is not represented well in Boston. I have one friend, Jacques, who went there. The school has a good reputation as an engineering school. 

So, why the ad in the subway train in Boston? And why was there no mention of Lehigh's address? Does geography matter that little these days? Or is Boston just enough of a place with a focus on education that simply getting the name out is valuable here?

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/20 at 07:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Delta College, a community college in Michigan will be offering a new GIS course winter semester 2013 and perhaps a follow up if there is interest.

Wendy Baker, associate professor of biology at Delta, was granted a sabbatical to take the lead in developing the two new classes but she won't be teaching them. The class is open to any student who has the computer prerequisite CST 133, or equivalent skills that must meet the approval of course instructor Anne Wooden. 

- Midland Daily News

Want to attend the GI_Forum 2013 - Creating the GISociety in July in Salzburg? Esri offers five stipends to young researchers.

Particular attention is paid to the submissions of young researchers both during the review process as well as through five ESRI digital-earth stipends helping them to cover conference and subsistence costs (full paper submission only). Stipends amount to EUR 400,- each, and will typically cover both the conference fees and accommodation during the conference. Stipends are available for full-paper contributions in English only. They are awarded based on the results of aninternational review process.

- details via @michael_d_gould

Esri also offers 15 scholarships to AGILE 2013. Priority is given to PhD students and covers  full conference registration and a maximum of 4 nights in a hotel.

- details

Maps created by MTSU students to show the breadth and depth of genocide in the world will be shown to members of the Tennessee General Assembly next year.
Dr. Patricia Boda’s cartography class used geographic information systems and manual mapmaking for the “Geography of Hate” projects that will be displayed at Legislative Plaza on April 1, 2013, the date the state commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Student maps covered Sudan, Rwanda, the Hopi Nation and hate groups in three Southern states.

- Murfreesboro Post

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/20 at 03:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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