News and Analysis
Monday, December 2nd 2013
Researchers at San Deigo State Unversity looked at tweets with the terms flu and influenza in them with 27k of 11 U.S. cities.
They discovered that of the 11 cities where tweets were examined, there was a "significant" correlation between tweets about flu and the rates of flu-like illnesses...
Wednesday, November 20th 2013
Environmental change, land-use, globalisation, and socio-economic contexts are all widely recognised to affect the transmission patterns of infectious diseases. Yet data on these disease determinants are often highly dispersed and difficult to obtain. ECDC [European Centre for Disease...
Thursday, November 14th 2013
A study from the University of Queensland published in PLOS Medicine shows just over 4% of the population is diagnosed with depression. The Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean are the saddest places, with 5% of the population being diagnosed. The data is from 2010.
Wednesday, November 13th 2013
Direct Relief, this year’s winner of Esri’s President’s Award, uses GIS, among other tools, to provide medical assistance to people around the world who have been affected by poverty, natural disasters and civil unrest. Just how do they use GIS in this global effort?
Sunday, November 10th 2013
Typhoon Haiyan (also called Yolanda) has hit the Phillipines killing likely over 1000 people. The crisis mapper communities have reacted fast and started to map the affected areas in OpenStreetMap.
Tuesday, November 5th 2013
Can identifying clusters of women who are likely to smoke during pregnancy or start prenatal visits later than recommended be a step toward healthy babeis? A study published in the International Journal of Health Geographics suggests yes.
Four spatial clusters of maternal smoking during...
Friday, November 1st 2013
Both TomTom and Garmin released earnings reports this week. And, despite personal navigation device demand dropping steadily worldwide, both are doing just fine, thank you. Why? In part because of demand for fitness devices.
I've been running "more seriously" for about eight years. Back then,...
Thursday, October 24th 2013
Directions Magazine hosts several webinars each month on topics ranging from technical (petabyte scale applications) to industry-specific (community health care).
Where can you find them and watch them on your schedule? At our Geospatial Webinars Vimeo Channel. There are currently 25 30-60...
Tuesday, October 22nd 2013
How are sensor technologies impacting geospatial data collection and use?
Wednesday, October 16th 2013
Lorraine Reitzel, associate professor of health in the University of Houston College of Education and a team of colleagues had a paper published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research (abstract, full text is no longer). It used "geo-mapping" to examine the challenges of quitting...