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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In its latest Multibrief e-mail newsletter, GITA president Talbot Brooks reports that with volunteer involvement the professional organization is alive and well.

SharedGeo (a 501 C3 non-profit in Minnesota), volunteers, and the GITA Board of Directors together have a plan to move beyond a "conference-centric model to one which better serves the professional educational needs of our individual and corporate members."

While no details were shared, the future will involve "new educational content on the website, webinars, opportunities to interact with GITA representation to bodies such as the GIS Certification Institute and National Geospatial Advisory Committee, exciting new research and best practice projects, and professional networking and discovery opportunities." 

But, the need for volunteers remains, in particular "to help with Awards, IT, Membership, Communications, Education, Governance, Finance, Research and Events Committees, including preparations for our 2013 Oil and Gas Conference."

- GITA NewsHub via GIS User

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/13 at 06:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Click that Hood is a game based on open data, built by Code for America’s 2013 Louisville fellowship team.You pick a city, then get a challenge to identify the polygon of a named neighborhood. The "easy" version offers only a limited number of options; the "hard" version has you selecting from all the neighborhoods. I tried Chicago (where I went to school) and didn't do too badly.

The best thing about this game? There's a blank tile for "Add your city" which links to a Google Doc that steps you through literallly, adding your city! I think doing that would be a great project for advanced high school or college GISers!

via @timoreilly

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/13 at 04:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Five University of Nebraska-Lincoln students for a fifth-place finish in an international technology competition. The team included geography majors and electrical engineers.

In the 2012 Smarter Planet Challenge, an international competition for college/university teams to create technology solutions, the team’s goal was to find a place in New Hampshire through a geographic information systems (GIS) analysis suitable for a wind farm and able to provide electricity to a nearby city with minimal cost and damage to the environment.

The project evolved from a team member's project but was tweaked to fit competition rules. The team splits $1000.

- Daily Nebraska

The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia on Friday announced a $2.5 million expansion of its online degree programs, including master's degrees in public health and public affairs and a bachelor's degree in educational studies. ...

Sixteen new online areas of study will be created, including graduate programs that provide certificates in geospatial intelligence, energy efficiency and nonprofit management. The expansion includes 25 new undergraduate online classes; more undergraduate degree programs that will be available online; and adding a dozen more online graduate programs that will offer either degrees or certificates to nearly 80.

- Examiner

The National Science Foundation's Advanced Technical Education Program recently awarded $899,870 to a consortium of colleges and organizations, including Thomas Nelson Community College, to train geospacial technicians.

The Expanding Geospatial Technician Education Through Virginia's Community Colleges, or GeoTEd project is a three-year effort to create academic programs and train faculty in the use of geospatial technologies.

The project will establish academic pathways — such as geographic information systems, global positioning systems, and remote sensing — at partnering community colleges.

- Daily Press

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/13 at 04:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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