Mapping the Plants at U of Hawai’i and other Education GIS News
An open source database and Google Maps/Earth power a solution for mapping and tracking plants at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Why not an Esri solution?
“Other colleges are making plant maps, but use Arc GIS, which has a hefty license fee and is not mobile friendly,” Ortiz said. “They are spending a lot of money on a program that is not accessible to all students and faculty. In order for the non-computer nerd to be able to figure it out or bother with the program, it needs to be easy to use and open source.”
Most administrators are not trained to use complicated systems like Arc GIS, so they might not know how to gain access or may not want to learn the program when making campus planning decisions. In addition, if anybody identifies a problem on campus, this program displays it to landscaping to get it fixed properly and efficiently.
Not sure I follow this logic, but then this an "opinion" piece:
UH landscaping is considering patenting this innovative process. Using the layers in an open source format can save universities a significant amount of money because less technical knowledge is required to input the data.
The Geojournalism Handbook is more of a blog than a handbook. It provides 11 mini-tutrorials on visualizing geodata and related topics.
Among the tools covered: MapKnitter, OSM, OpenRefine, Tableau, Ushahidi, Fusion Tables, MapBox....
- GeoJournalism Handbook via @mhaklay
Four WyomingView sponsored students presented their research about the urban heat island effect, image analyst bias and utility of indices to map water bodies in the recently concluded 2013 GeCo West Conference in Laramie, WY. WyomingView coordinator mentored these students on these projects.