Educator John Van Hoesen introduces StoryMap.js, “a stunningly simple tool for creating beautifully designed stories on the Web,” from the Knight Lab at Northwestern University.
Exemplar City is a model that municipal governments can follow when faced with a wide variety of challenges such as responding to a local emergency or crisis, mitigating economic impacts, dealing with workforce skill or capacity issues, or facing overwhelming infrastructure demands. This article provides the framework for pilot projects supported by the City of Huntsville, Alabama and three of the city’s non-profit economic development organizations.
What do a commuter taking a detour on the way to work and a youngster fashioning a bird out of a sheet of brightly colored paper have in common? They’re both depending on spatial cognition to complete a task. The trouble is that some of our beloved electronic devices could be a detriment to spatial cognition. Tufts University psychologist Holly Taylor and her colleagues study spatial cognition and comprehension. They tackle the effect of navigational aids on memory and whether learning the Japanese paper art origami can increase children’s abilities in all sorts of practical fields such as science, technology, engineering and math. In this interview she shares some of what they've learned.
Fundamental knowledge of the land and its resources is a basic need for effective government and a productive economy in any nation. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), celebrating its 135th birthday on March 3rd, serves our Nation by providing reliable scientific information that can be used in many different ways: to describe and understand the Earth; to minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; to manage water, ecosystem, energy, and mineral resources; and to enhance and protect our quality of life.
Last week in Tampa, Florida, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) convened the postponed 2013 GEOINT Symposium. The event drew close to 5000 attendees and over 270 exhibitors. Directions Magazine offers a recap of the event through numerous reports.