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Thursday, December 12, 2013

More Evidence for Geo Professional Development and other Education GIS News

While it is clear that geospatial data and tools are generally adopted by New Zealand’s forest industry, cost-related barriers prevent their widespread adoption. Interestingly, a lack of staff knowledge was also conceded an impediment to uptake, alluding to the importance of tertiary education in the geospatial sciences and continuing education for practitioners.

That's the consluion from a study of forestry industry GIS users in New Zealand.

- New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science (open access article)

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is behind a new student challenge related to GEOINT, the Where in the World Challenge. 

Teams (2-5 members) of high school, undergrad or graduate students (or a mix) can enter. The project, which will be judged by volunteer judges from NGA, involves the creation of a report “from the future” on the five best and five worst places to live on earth in the year 2025 based on ONE of the following criteria:

Overall best and worst places for all combined factors

Overall best and worst places for Water Resources

Overall best and worst places for Energy Resources

Overall best and worst places for Food Security

Overall best and worst places for Health

Overall best and worst places for Risk for Natural Disaster

A “place” could be a region, a country, a region within a country, or a large city.

The winners receive recognition, but no prize per se. Timing:

Registration of Teams Deadline:  February 28th

Deadline for Team Submissions:  May 15th

Winners Announced:  July 15th 

Challenge Webpage via Esri Higher Ed-L

Bad news from the Maine GeoLibrary:

On December 31st 2013, the GeoLibrary's GeoPortal will be taken offline permanently due to insufficient funds and changing technology needs. Funding for the Library has been reduced to nearly zero and so this service cannot be supported. The Board suggests that entities host metadata on their own sites and register them in a catalog such as If you have data in the portal that you would like to retrieve please do it by 12/31/2013 (that is just 16 days away)
- GeoLibrary-L
by Adena Schutzberg on 12/12 at 04:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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