The University of Sothern California Spatial Sciences Institute this fall launched a Bachelor of Science degree in geodesign. The new major trains students in design, planning, geographic information science (GIS) and geospatial technologies. It also provides students with valuable skills that allow them to pursue professional careers and/or graduate study in one or more of these three fields and a variety of environmental areas.
The Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) at the University of Minnesota has produced high-resolution imagery and maps of the Antarctic and Arctic in unprecedented detail. Now the National Science Foundation-funded center has created a series of web-based mapping applications for viewing high-resolution, commercial satellite imagery mosaics of the polar regions.
Looking across a bountiful American landscape at Thanksgiving, we can see — in a virtual sense with the help of computers and a massive database of geographic names — that the names of many places around the nation remind us of key themes in the Thanksgiving tradition.
Surprisingly, the word “Thanksgiving” itself is found in only a handful of U.S. placenames.
What if an ambitious student wanted to rewrite a tutorial based on the software she’d used all semester on different GIS software? Could she get an affordable student license? It’s very likely, yes! Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg discovered that many GIS software vendors offer generous licensing to students.
The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) has a big project on its hands. It’s updating the 2006 Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS&T) Body of Knowledge. The new executive director, Diana Sinton, provides an update on the organization and the plan for the next iteration of this important resource.