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Thursday, May 08, 2014

A report commissioned by Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) estimates the geospatial information industry contributed E69.3m to the Irish economy in 2012. In addition:

the use of geospatial information accrues annual savings of E82m in the public sector, time savings with an economic value of E279m, and competition benefits of E104m.

This is the first time the value of geospatial has been quanitified for Ireland and it puts the country on the fast lane as it further develops its government geospatial technology use. Says OSi Chief Executive Colin Bray:

Of particular significance are the efficiencies and savings geospatial information can provide for the public sector. This is important in the context of the Government's Public Service Reform Plan 2014-2015 which refers to an intention to improve public services through more efficient usage of geospatial information.

- Business World IE

- Full report (pdf)

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/08 at 04:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


Grant for Zombies

Leyden Credit Union awarded a $500 grant to Ryan Maicki from Hester Junior High in Franklin Park, IL. He was one of three recipients but the only one using it for geography.

Maicki will use his grant for his Zombie Geography project. Students will design a Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Settlement and will analyze map association with the Zombie outbreak and create different regions to warn citizens. Students will critique the physical characteristics of various regions, select location based on area and climate, and study resources. Human migration will be assessed as students describe local connections with the new settlement. Students then construct their settlements and discuss the impact that humans have on the environment. Once the apocalypse has concluded, students compare how different demographics changed the population as well as being introduced to different cultures that were still remaining and a plan to aid them in surviving.

Teaching and Learning Resources

QGIS Alabama Tornado Tutorial

Alex Walsh at offers a mini-tutorial on how to map tornado data from the Weather Service in QGIS.

Learning Progressions in Geography

NCRGE’s first project, GeoProgressions (, recently received funding from the National Science Foundation to build capacity for learning progressions research in geography. Popularized in math and science education, learning progressions were identified in the Road Map GERC report as having considerable potential for producing evidence of how students learn core concepts in geography across successive grade bands. This area of research also offers ample opportunities for geographers to forge interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in math and science education.

In the coming months GeoProgressions will produce a research handbook and sponsor a workshop to train researchers in principles and methods of developing hypothetical learning progressions related to thinking, communicating and learning with maps and geospatial technologies (with specific connections to the U.S. national geography standards). NCRGE will coordinate the future research activities by the participants, compile and synthesize findings, and issue reports through a research clearinghouse on the NCRGE website (

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