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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

AppleB(*$W) reports that Apple is advertising for ten new software engineer positions, all dedicated to working on various aspects of the Maps app.

The positions include the opportunity to work on user interface development, integration with other iOS services such as Siri and MapKit (the framework that allows other app to use Apple Maps), Turn-by-Turn navigation enhancements, real time maps display, road and points of interest labelling3D flyover and road rendering, as well as those will expertise with spatial algorithms. All are based in Cupertino and will be part of the team that is dedicated to improving the Apple Maps application. 

I thought some readers might be interested. You might get to work with Jaron Waldman from Placebase (DM coverage).

AppleB(*$W) via @cageyjames 

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/06 at 11:08 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thanks to grants from The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ®) and PetSmart Charities®, The Southeast Florida Spay/Neuter Coalition is receiving much-needed funding for costs associated with 4,600 targeted spay and neuter surgeries in an effort to reduce shelter intake and euthanasia of dogs and cats.

The key word here is targeted. Research and GIS analsyis determined that the highest number of dogs surrendered to shelters in Miami came from an area in Unincorporated Miami-Dade County near the Crossroads. Cats surrendered to shelters were highest  in an area of Hollywood.  The spay/neuter efforts will focus on these communities to encourage residents to have their pets sterilized, vaccinated and micro-chipped. The goal is reduce the number of unwanted animals born and help the pets in homes live longer healthier lives.

I will add that if you apply for a grant and ask for funds for such a project in general and are competing with a group that has a targeted geographic defined that will have the most impact, I'd give the funds to the second group. 

I hope the groups will keep accurate records to see if this targeted approach works and can be replicated.

- Broward News and Entertainment Today

image from Flickr, CC-BY-SA, by cj&erson

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/06 at 06:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The University of the Virgin Islands unveiled a state-of-the-art research center for geographic and spatial data Wednesday [1/29].

A $500,000 renovation of the annex that housed the business offices was funded by the Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and the National Science Foundation. ...

As well as providing new learning opportunities for students, the center will supply local and federal government agencies with data they need to update and create emergency response systems, disaster mitigation plans and watershed management plans. The data will aid local government planners in the creation of the street naming system and the maintenance of the sex offender registry, according to UVI professor Costas Alexandridis.

- VIrgin Islands Daily News

Two free training sessions on “Census Data Resources for GIS Users” will be offered by Texas A&M University Libraries at the Evans Library Annex, Room 116 A.

9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. a.m. Friday, Feb.15, 2013

9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. a.m. Friday, March 08, 2013

Open to students and faculty/staff, but you must complete a free Esri intro course and bring the certificate of completion to the session.

- Details

To help the growing community of GIS users in North Carolina, the Institute for Transportation Research and Education Research (ITRE) at North Carolina State University has partnered with eGIS Associates (eGIS), a recognized leader in providing Geospatial Services, to offer a variety of GIS Training courses. These classes will cover a breath of topics from beginner to advanced levels.
 

Most popular courses? Intro to ArcGIS and Intro to ModelBuilder.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/06 at 04:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

As part of the norwegian research project "Trygge Spor," more than fifty dementia sufferers have been using GPS for periods varying from several weeks to up to a year. The results show that localisation technology helps achieve an increased sense of security, freedom and quality of life, both for sufferers and their next of kin.

- press release

Nigeria, Pakistan and Afganistan have yet to erradicate polio. Geography and recordkeeping are a challenge, so the Gates Foundation is pilotng GPS use. In its annual letter Gates wrote:

To help address this, the program is piloting the use of phones equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS) application for the vaccinators to carry. Tracks are downloaded from the phone to a laptop at the end of the day so managers can see the route the vaccinators followed and compare it to the route they were assigned. This helps ensure that areas that were missed can be revisited so children are not left unprotected from polio.

Voice of Russia

New technology helps doctors link a patient’s location to illness and treatment is the name of WaPo's coverage of geomedicine. It addresses asthma inhalers with GPS embedded, Bill Davenhall's heart attack and the resulting Esri app, Loma Linda's efforts, social networks to better understand socieity impacts on health and more.

- Washington Post

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/06 at 04:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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