New Daily Map Blog and other Education GIS News
Kenneth Field (of Esri) writes on the ICACA blog:
In 2014 we will be publishing a short daily blog post titled ‘MapCarte’ to showcase examples of map design that we feel represent some of the very best in classic and contemporary cartography. The intent is to build a repository of 365 maps that cover the breadth of cartographic practice to illustrate and emphasize the importance of map design. We believe there is no other similar repository.
Best I can tell you can find the posts at the link below.
My favorite part of this story about the EAST program doing a geocaching project? There is apparently no need to explain what ArcMap is. I'm not sure what that says about GIS, Esri or journalism.
The EcoCachers Environmental Tour started as a project to create geocaches and bring Eco-tourism into our local state parks. The EAST students learned how to create a completed map; how to use the Juno GPS units to plot the trails in Woolly Hollow and how to create a map using ArcMap. They also incorporated their map into posters that showcase their information.
In Rochester, NY up to $50,000 in grants was made available to projects in each for quadrants of the city. One winning proposal involved students and GIS.
The Northeast quadrant winner was the GIS Scholars Program. Voice of the Citizen funding will allow the program to add 5 to 10 more students to take part in after-school training in the operation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.
The students will create a mapping project designed to assist with crime prevention in selected areas. They will also collect data and identify crime rates through the mapping technology. The students will also create maps to plot variables surrounding crime such as property ownership, poverty, proximity to services and others. They will publish and share their results.