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Monday, April 23, 2012

Most Connected College Student in Philly and other GIS Competitions

Interact, a new geospatial social discovery application, is, first and foremost, about making connections.

To prove it, the application is scheduled to officially launch on Monday (4/23) and by Thursday Interact found Anthony Coombs, 32, will be giving away an iPad to the most connected college student out of five Philadelphia universities.

Yes, it's another of those "find people like me nearby" apps - but with "better" privacy. Top prize is an iPad.

- Tech Philly

Developer submitted nearly100 entries into New York City’s third annual Big Apps contest, which focuses on using public data for the public good.

NYCFacets, the project that won best overall application, looks to help Web developers grapple with the deluge of public data being released by city agencies. It can be difficult to find out what is contained within these data sets. So Joel Natividad and Sami Baig created NYC Facets, which identifies over a million facts about the data and creates ways for developers to search through it.

Yes, good metadata and search tools are key to use datasets. Second place was a "find me a" type of app - find me a public place to work. It's called Work+.

- NY Times

NASA announced a contest that launched Earth Day and runs until May 31.

To mark Earth Day 2012, we are for the second year in a row inviting you to create your own compelling video vision of NASA's exploration of Earth -- The Home Frontier. Submit your creation to us and a panel of judges will select the best submission, with a fitting award on the line.

The winner will receive behind-the-scenes access to the next rocket launch of a NASA Earth-observing satellite. The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), a joint project of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in January 2013. LDCM will continue the longest-running satellite record of Earth observations. The first Landsat satellite launched in 1972. The winner of the video contest will get a guaranteed spot on the NASA Social tour and viewing of the launch. These spots are typically chosen by a lottery system.

- NASA

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