by Joe Francica on 02/07 at 08:08 AM |
The World Bank wants to launch a $1 billion fund in July to map the mineral resources of Africa, using satellites and airborne surveys to fill geological gaps across the continent where a lack of adequate data hampers mining investments.
The World Bank has committed $200 million to the five-year fund, and was meeting with mining companies and governments from sub-Saharan Africa who have expressed interest, a senior bank official told Reuters on Wednesday.
I heard about this on the BBC last night. Some suggest such a map is more like 'teaching a man to fish" than "giving him a fish" and argue such a map empowers those who own the land to get the true value of it from foreign investors or buyers. Others feel it's just another way for other counties to exploit the continents underground wealth more easily.
My gut feeling is that the mining companies will support the effort as its in their best economic interest.
Image courtesy NASA.
by Adena Schutzberg on 02/07 at 06:51 AM |
The OpenStreetMap community wants to increase the number of women participating in the OpenStreetMap community, and its setting aside fully 1/3 of its scholarships for them to attend State of the Map US, the two day event scheduled for Washington, DC April 12 & 13.
Men and women who are interested should get moving: applications are due Sunday, February 9. Each scholarship includes free registration and $500 towards travel and lodging.
- OpenStreetMap Blog via GIS Lounge
by Adena Schutzberg on 02/07 at 05:14 AM |
Research released last week online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (abstract, full text requires subscription) looked at food addiction. It used data from 134,000 middle-aged and older women who were part of the Nurses’ Health Study. About 6% could be considered to have a food addiction. As for geography:
Women from the eastern United States seem to have fewer problems with food addiction than those from the South or Midwest, although researchers don’t know why.
by Adena Schutzberg on 02/07 at 04:48 AM |