GIS Across the Curriculum Webinar and other Education GIS News

For NITLE member institutions comes "Geospatial Learning and Analysis Across the Curriculum." The web-based  seminar runs Thursday March 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm EST.

A growing field that draws interest from nearly every discipline, GIS mapping brings research to life through visual, spatial, and content-rich depictions of data. Because GIS lends itself to so many analytical uses, being aware of its capacity and understanding its potential uses is valuable for 21st century scholars. How do you determine whether it might enhance your courses or research? Join NITLE Shared Academics as seminar leader Meg Stewart shares examples of geospatial projects, from the simple and straight-forward to the robust and complex. She will introduce the variety of applications, software and hardware that support GIS including those that are free and those that must be purchased. And Meg will help you begin an assessment of your needs and your institution’s resources to determine whether employing GIS would be a worthwhile investment. GIS is a powerful tool for teachers, researchers and decision-makers. But, for individuals and institutions interested in employing it in their work, it is important to make sure that your technological tools align with your mission. Whether you are interested in simply identifying existing maps for your courses, integrating geospatial mapping as a research activity for students, or evaluating how GIS mapping can support your research, this seminar will provide an overview of available resources and help you more efficiently evaluate which ones best suit your purposes.

I like that the even has suggested readings. Do your homework to get more out of it!

- details via @nitle (personal plug - I've always enjoyed and leaned a lot from my interactions with these folks)

The Spatiotemporal Innovation Center, a new National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Center with a presence at UC Santa Barbara, brings new perspectives to complex issues related to the natural and manmade world. About $2 million in funds is expected each year for five to15 years.
“The initial set of projects at UCSB is quite varied,” said Keith Clarke, professor of geography and the center’s co-director. “Jeff Dozier at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management will use satellite imagery to model and anticipate snowmelt in the Sierras. Geographer Krzysztof Janowicz will build linguistic models of how language relates to geographical objects. And my project will focus on developing methods to enhance human visual perception when viewing video.
George Mason is in it, too.
Among the parnters list on the site are NASA, Intergraph, MapStory, and Oracle. I do not see that company from Redlands listed, however.
Some New York schools are piloting a new app inspired by the events at Sandy Hook. It's called School Safety Response and is from a firm called GEOS. Cost? $8K to $20 per year.

The app allows school staffers to touch a red “SOS” button on their phones in crisis situations, at which point an exact GPS location is sent to an emergency-response center, where a team can listen to what’s happening live at the scene.

Once the button is pushed, other school staff with the app are notified with instructions such as “lock down” or “evacuate.”

- New York Post

Published Monday, January 20th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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