Shutting Down a School for Ten Days to Profile Local Slums and other Education GIS News
The plan at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Deonar for the nine days after November 26, is no classes. Intead more than 1,700 students, 150 professors and staff members along with the director of TISS will collect data for a socio-economic survey in the slum pockets of M (East) ward of the city. This effort is part of the school's 70th year celebration.
The team from TISS will profile more than 230 communities in the area and list the number of hospitals and educational institutes in the area using the Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. “Our aim is to make a difference in the living conditions of the ward where the disparities are huge,” said Leena Joshi, project in-charge. A proposal for transformation of the ward has been discussed with chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan.
In a project that is part competition and part research study, George Mason University professors Charles Twardy and Kathryn Laskey are assembling a team on the Internet of more than 500 forecasters who make educated guesses about a series of world events, on everything from disease outbreaks to agricultural trends to political patterns.
They are competing with four other teams led by professors at several universities. Each differs in its approach, but all are studying how crowdsourcing can be used.
At stake is grant money provided by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which heads up the nation's intelligence community.
NGA is using academics at Washington University to gather data on Peru.
Being led by Professors Stewart Bruce (GIS), Aaron Lampman (Anthropology) and Andrew Oros (Political Science and International Studies), this unprecedented program will involve using open source software to obtain information regarding demographics, water resources, health-related issues, energy and food resources so that future problems can be anticipated in both scope and location in Peru.
Abu Dhabi's Education Council (ADEC) is looking to use GIS to better serve students and to teach them.
While ADEC is looking to introduce GIS in specific classroom and teaching functions, the applications it has developed play a more strategic role, said Aly. ADEC has developed a Master Plan application, to provide information around the ten year plan to redevelop Abu Dhabi's school infrastructure. The application, which is under ongoing development, provided information to parents and students on which schools were being shut down in the emirate, where new ones were opening, and how pupils would be allocated to new schools, as well as providing a planning function in plotting demand for new schools based on residential districts.