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Thursday, January 31, 2013

John Smart, president of the Acceleration Studies Foundation, speaking at AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association)/USNI West 2013 in San Diego this week and argued "that the Navy could become an agent of change by organizing data collected by its numerous sensor systems and making it available to the public at large" in support of open, safe, lawful and sustainable seas. He described it as public GIS run as a public service.


by Adena Schutzberg on 01/31 at 07:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Black Duck, a company that offers tools to manage open source projects, selects the Rookie of the Year projects "based on a simple weighted scoring system that factored in 'project activity, commits pace, project team attributes, and other factors.'” This year a QGIS plug-in made the list of 10.

  • InaSAFE – produces realistic natural hazard impact scenarios for better planning, preparedness and response activities.

...InaSAFE is a project backed by the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency, the Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction and the World Bank. It’s a plugin for the open source GIS application Quantum GIS designed to help prepare for the impacts of floods, earthquakes, or tsunami. It crunches data from several sources, including scientists and local governments to model flooding and other scenarios, allowing governments and NGOs to make evacuation plans and other preparations.

Microsoft and Yahoo were among the winners.


by Adena Schutzberg on 01/31 at 06:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It's time again for Azavea's Summer of Maps, per Robert Cheetham, the CEO.

I am pleased to announce the 2013 Azavea Summer of Maps.  Summer of Maps offers fellowships to student GIS analysts to perform geographic data analysis for non-profit organizations.  We are going to match up non-profit organizations that have spatial analysis and visualization needs with talented students of GIS analysis to implement projects over a three-month period during the summer. 

Want to build your resume? These guys are tops in the biz!

- Azavea Blog

A partnership consisting of four Virginia community colleges, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program, based in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, has been awarded a grant of $899,870 by NSF to support community colleges in their effort to prepare more skilled geospatial technicians. ...

The project, administered by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, will establish academic pathways in geospatial technologies (such as geographic information systems, global positioning systems, and remote sensing). These academic pathways will serve as model programs for other community colleges nationally.

- Virginia Western News

SLCC [Salt Lake Community College] is a partner in the $20 million National Information, Security, and Geospatial Technology Consortium. Funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant, this partnership will help the College train people for new and emerging jobs in geospatial technologies. ...

Students enrolled in the grant receive: mentoring from industry professionals, career counseling, individualized academic counseling, specialized tutoring, and virtual internships.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/31 at 05:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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