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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

We are pleased to announce the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Laboratory at the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom. The laboratory is one of the members of a worldwide network developed under the auspices of the ICA-OSGeo Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

- press release

BBC Knowledge and Learning has commissioned Aardman Digital, the digital arm of Aardman Animations, to develop a suite of 21 online activities for a new geography section of its BBC KS3 Bitesize website.

Bitesize provides education support and revision materials for school-age students in the UK ...

It's not clear when the activities will be available or if they will be available to everyone worldwide.

- The Drum

The National Geospatial Technology Center and Jefferson Community and Technical College has a call for papers for a one day conference on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 with pre-conference workshops scheduled for Monday, June 10th and Tuesday, June 11th and post conference workshops scheduled for Thursday June 13th on the Southwest campus of Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, Kentucky. 


  • Educational initiatives in GIS, remote sensing and other geospatial fields
  • What’s the outlook for geospatial careers in the region
  • Current software development and applications for geospatial education

The event is free.

- Call for Papers, registration

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/15 at 04:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Federal Bureau of Investigation now hosts a map of unidentified bank robbery suspects. It uses geotagged security camera photos of bank robbery suspects and includes their nicknames for easier searching. While articles I read called the map a "Google Map" in fact it uses OpenLayers and you can choose between Google base maps and OpenStreetMap.

OpenLayers OSM FBI Bank Robber Map

In the context of recent mapping efforts, the FBI made a statement arguing the map helps protect local residents from gun violence. There's supposed to be a way for citizens to provide tips via the map/interface but I could not find it.

- Fast Company

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/15 at 04:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

With the California Legislature back in session, the California Technology Agency’s Office of Geographic Information Systems has launched a new geocoding tool to help Californians find their state legislative representatives. Using the California Enterprise Geocoding Service, in partnership with the Legislative Data Center, the site provides the user the ability to locate their legislative representatives based on entering an address.

Is the term geocoding in that paragraph too many times before its defined?


GIS and how things are measured are creating challenges in finding legal homes for sex offenders in Boone County, MO.

Initial calculations placed Lange just feet outside the required 1,000-foot restriction, sheriff's department Detective Jessica Jameson said, but the sheriff's department has since learned the GIS was calculating distances from the center of schools to the center of homes. That measurement was sufficient for Brown to reside at the Grace Ellen address, but that's not how Boone County detectives enforce restrictions. ...

For the past four years, detectives have enforced distances from property line to property line, Detective Andrea Luntsford said. That measurement started when the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office recommended it instead of measuring door to door.

County cooridinators are going to recalculate boundaries based on this alternative measurement technique.

- Columbia Tribune

Citing nearly two years of unsuccessful attempts at getting the county’s emergency response Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system fully functioning, Callaway County [MO] Sheriff Dennis Crane said his office was done with its deal with GeoComm at a meeting with GeoComm and county officials in the Callaway County Ambulance District Tuesday.

Server problems and cellular access in unincorporated areas contributed to the delay delivery.

- Fulton Sun

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/15 at 04:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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