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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Per a post on Facebook:

Northeast Education User Group Meeting planned for May 2 at the *new* Esri Boston Office. We're looking for presenters to share best practices for using GIS in teaching, research, or campus operations. If you've got a great story to tell, let me know.

The "new" office is in Middleton, but still up near the Ferncroft area in Danvers.

- Facebook

The name of Framingham State's new internship initiative is the Community/Hometown Organizations Internships and Cooperative Education, or "CHOICE" program.

Debuting this summer, the university- and state-funded program will provide dozens of paid positions within the town of Framingham and at local community organizations and nonprofits that normally cannot afford to compensate interns.

Some funding is from donations and there's hope organizations that benefit can provide some funding, too. Interns get course credit and there's a vision that every grad completes at least one intership before graduation. 

One of the CHOICE internships the town is planning to offer, for example, is a GIS position responsible for cataloguing Framingham's many public access roads.

"It doesn't take a full engineer to figure out, but it does take someone with discipline and training," said Halpin, who added the task is perfect for a college student.

So far as I know Framingham does not yet teach GIS, but I know there are geography classes. Way to go Framingham State!

 

- Metrowest Daily News

 Nicholls State University's geomatics program has signed a deal with Lafourche Parish to help update and maintain the parish's mapping systems.

The parish gets data updates and the students gain experience. The univeristy will host a backup of the data and the longterm vision is that the school, the only state one with a geomatics program, will work toward supporting more parishes.

Under the agreement, the parish will pay Nicholls $100,000 a year to help with its Geographic Information System, a catalog of detailed maps used to plan drainage, streets, construction, emergency response and other projects.

That's a lot of money; I'm glad the parish has it and the school can use it.

- Huouma Today

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/05 at 05:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

With an increasing awareness of the cost of healthcare and the relative costs of prevention and treatment, health data are more important than ever to making wise investments in healthcare services and infrastructure.  Healthcare professionals, politicians and ordinary citizens all have an interest in understanding the state of our health and contributing to solutions.

In late Spring 2012, we launched a free iPad app to help executives, health professionals and ordinary citizens visualize and understand the Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI).  With theHealth Indicators iPad app, anyone can view the indicators by region, state or county, comparing nearby areas and see trends by area.  The app also supports the classic ‘rollup’ functionality of business intelligence, grouping indicators by category and providing an overall assessment of the category for each region, allowing users to drill into each category to see specific metrics at various geographic levels.

We believe this app is a game changer for health data.  We've taken health data out of the monstrous databases, zip files or CSVs and put the data in a mobile GIS and applied informational design principles, allowing our users to quickly zoom to their area of interest (filter the data) and focus on what’s important.  A big “thank you!” goes out to Bill Davenhall at Esri for helping us ensure the app speaks clearly to a wide cross section of health users.

We launched the app as a corporate citizenship initiative, using our geospatial technology and mobile expertise to make health indicators data accessible to everyone.  We also hope it inspires Health Indicators on mapthe Health community to embrace the potential that geographic information has to improve the way we invest in healthcare, prevention and infrastructure.

 

Anyone with an iPad can download Health Indicators free from the Apple App store and take it for a test drive. The data are organized in categories to make them more accessible to ordinary people and to health care professionals.

Reprinted from the Critigen blog.

by Joe Francica on 03/05 at 02:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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