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Using Balloon Kits to Capture Imagery and other Education GIS News

Friday, March 30th 2012
By Adena Schutzberg

 Harrisburg University student Steve Cline is using a balloon to capture imagery of a local island. The big issue in using these kits: helium shortage. Maybe it's time for kites!

- Penn Live

A new Kindle book (the authors refer to it as a manual) titled Gaining Competency With GIS: How-to Manual for ArcGIS Desktop Version 10 [Kindle Edition] offers help in gaining competency with ArcGIS. It references the ArcGIS 10 docs and I gather provides step by step instructions for tools and extensions. It claims to be based on the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) but refers to the that document as "Geotechnical Competency Model" throughout. I wonder if that editing error is in part related to an English class cited in the acknowledgements.

via URISA Digest

Students with the Paragould High School EAST Lab Program [AR] are using their computer knowledge to help Paragould Police monitor sex offenders living in the city limits.

"They are updating our sex offender zoning map," said Captain Greg Trout with PPD.


The University of Redlands has received a $75,000 grant from the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to develop a Spatial Decision Support (SDS) system that calculates and maps the potential impacts of energy projects on wildlife.

- press release

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