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Thursday, March 20, 2014

The World Bank Group has launched the OpenDRI Field Guide (under CC) as a showcase of successful projects and a practical guide for governments and other organizations to shape their own open data programs. It's a compilation of work done as part of the Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI), developed by the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). OpenDRI started in 2011 and is now active in 20+ countries. Participants have mapped tens of thousands of buildings and traced urban infrastructure to provide more than 1,000 geospatial datasets to the public. They have also developed complementary apps.

- World Bank

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/20 at 05:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Military Battle Maps

MapofUs.org announced new maps on the free-for-personal use website: military battle maps dating back as far as 1775. The company is part of Genealogy Inc., based in Huntsville.the parent company of MapofUs.org. Sounds like a great resource for educators in history, geography and other areas.

Elementary Students Do Storm Planning

Nine Collins-Maxwell fourth- and fifth-graders in the talented-and-gifted program helped their town of Collins, IA do some detailed storm planning. They got some help.

Matt Boeck, the geographic information systems (GIS) coordinator for Story County, helped the students tap into assessor data on properties to assemble a map of Collins with a basic color code. Homes and other buildings with basements are shaded green. Red means no basement. And purple highlights unrelated structures such as detached garages.

The student created map and a letter requesting that neighbors speak to one another about sharing basements if a storm hits will be distributed to the town's 500 residents.

High School Drone Pilots

Students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program at Greenon are studying drones in a first of its kind program in the region. They use simulators to explore how an unmanned aircraft could monitor situations such as a natural disaster and a military crisis on the west coast. Analytical Graphics Inc. provides the software and students can receive certification on it if they choose to. The students have made models of their school and will produce a mobile app for emergency responders.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 03/20 at 03:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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