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Towson Gets NSDI Grants and other Education GIS News

Wednesday, April 18th 2012
By Adena Schutzberg

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) has awarded Towson University’s Center for GIS (CGIS) two National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) cooperative agreement grants. The grants are intended to enhance the accessibility and delivery of geospatial data and services in Maryland. CGIS has been helping government, businesses, and non-profits gain cost-effective access to geographic information systems technology, more commonly known as GIS, since the early 1990s.

- press release

Two geographers researched how academic geographers view and use the Web. the conclusion:

In short, our findings suggest that while academic geographers may tend to agree that ‘web presence’ is a significant aspect of their day-to-day professional practice, this assertion means different things to different people. For some, crafting a useful web presence means posting an online CV, maintaining professional networks via email, and being able to find useful information online. For others, web presence is an amalgam of these standard Web 1.0 practices, overlain by a complex web of interactive Web 2.0 content production via social networking, blogging, microblogging and media uploading sites. Although we do not believe that age has a deterministic relationship with the adoption of Web 2.0 practices, our findings do suggest a relationship. The explanation of these differences is beyond the scope of this project, but do lend support to the idea that professional norms pertaining to web presence and online practices will continue to shift over time.

- pre-press version (pdf) accepted into the AAG The Professional Geographer

- Life After GIS blog via @michael_d_gould

NCGE has decided to extend the 2012 session proposal deadline until April 30, 2012. This will allow two (2) additional weeks for proposal submissions. April 30, will be the FINAL DAY proposals will be accepted.   Please note: The 2012 Early Bird Registration ends April 30 as well.  

- announcement via @ncge

- submission info

Ready for a truancy map of the UK? The Guardian has one.

- The Guardian

ABPmer’s specialist GIS consultants have teamed up with GeoData’s experienced GIS trainers to create a short course that uses real world projects to demonstrate how marine and coastal datasets can be used to support decision making.

It's based in ArcGIS 10 and will be held in Southhampton in May and August.

- Dregding Today

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