GIS Education News Weekly: Preservation, Addresses, Math

New Resource of Preservation of Digital Geospatial Data Resources

The Geospatial Content subgroup of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group recognized the need for introductory guidance on the challenges facing institutions regarding the collection, stewardship and preservation of digital geospatial data resources announced the release of the “Geospatial Data Stewardship: Key Online Resources” report (pdf).

LSU Addressing the Campus Building Address Issue

Louisiana State University is currently conducting a university-wide project that will result in buildings around campus receiving numerical addresses. To date buildings have names and numbers only, making them hard to find via GPS. The change will help local public safety and emergency responders as well as pizza delivery folks better support campus needs.

Math and Geo

A joint endeavor by GeoPhilly and the MathCounts Group featured 4 ten minute talks about how folks are using Math to solve geospatial problems and other crossovers. Sounds really interesting.


NatGeo Taps MapMOOC Student Map

How cool is this? A student (@johnbeales) in Anthony Robinson's Maps and the Geospatial Revolution MOOC last summer got pinged by National Geographic about of the maps made in that class!

Got an inquiry from @natgeo because of a map I made while in @A_C_Robinson's 1st #mapmooc

PCI Opens Center of Excellence in Bahrain

PCI Geomatics signed an Education Alliance agreement with Arabian Gulf University in Manama, in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The agreement was signed in late 2013 with the cooperation of GISTEC, PCI Geomatics’ exclusive reseller in the region. Under the terms of the agreement, PCI Geomatics will provide software licenses to support teaching and research conducted at the university.

UW Geospatial Summit

University of Wisconsin faculty, staff, and students are to coming together for the annual Geospatial Summit to discuss geospatial projects and initiatives. The 2014 Summit will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m. in the Pyle Center on UW-Madison campus.

Educators: Get a STEM Mentor

Applications are open for the MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program, supported by the National Science Foundation. It's 

designed to help colleges develop or strengthen technician training programs in STEM fields through mentoring, professional development opportunities, and technical assistance; to establish connections for colleges to identify new ideas and relationships through networking opportunities at program meetings and Advanced Technological Education (ATE) National Conferences; and to help colleges gain insight about support for building and sustaining new programs.

Several GIS educators have been participants.

Student Fixes University Map; Gets Arrested

A Utah Valley University employee and student was allegedly forcefully managed and arrested after updating an incorrect map inside a campus building. The map was upside down and Ginger Anderson, 48 made some corrections after another university employee did. Several days later university police came to her office, allegedly threw her to the ground and arrested her. An investigation by Utah County police say she was resisting arrest.

New Open Source Minor at RIT

Responding to student interest and a growing industry demand for workers with such skills, Rochester Institute of Technology is launching the nation’s first interdisciplinary minor in free and open source software and free culture.

Esri Maps for Office for Education Videos

Esri's Joseph Kerski has created a series of 3 new videos describing what Esri Maps for Office is, why it is useful in education, and how it can be used. 

GVSU Geography Students Present at State Conference

That's the gist of the news from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Here's the headline and subhead from the student paper.
Geography students share research results at state-level conference
Student tracks from recruitment success based on geographical location
The article goes on to describe two of the papers. I'm willing to give budding journalists a pass, but the this feature highlights how complicated it can be to explain what we do.
Student Scholarships to CalGIS
Students that live, work or attend school in Northern California can apply for scholarships for the April 14-16 CalGIS event in Monterey. Applications due March 18. You need to be a member of NorCAL URISA and the scholarship covers only registration fees.
PhD Funding Opportunity 

The Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training - My Life in Data, will train a community of PhD students with the interdisciplinary skills to address the challenge of digital identity and personal data for the 21st century.

Applications are due April 4 and the deal includes fully funded 4 year program plus stipend. Find details here.

Richmond, VA Local TV Pushes GIS Education for Jobs

This article and video from the local NBC affiliate address the market for and schools offering GIS. A quote: "J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College says one of the fastest growing job markets is in GIS technology, the technology used in applications like GPS and Google Maps."

SuperGIS Application Youth Award 2014

Supergeo Technologies announced the winners of the SuperGIS Application Youth Award 2014. The best application of the year is Taichung Metropolitan Park Tourism Guide, developed by a team from Nan Kai University of Technology. Using SuperGIS Desktop 3.2, it  allows the public to obtain information, route and an audio guide of Taichung Metropolitan Park.

Kent State Crime Mapping Grant

Researchers at Kent State University received a $474,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant to study urban neighborhood crime in Northeast Ohio. The two-and-a-half year study will combine the interviews with locals with knowledge of the local crime situation with GIS. Some interviewees with ride along in Google Street View type cars and provide insight into the landscape they see.

New Online Learning Options is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, design, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. It's got a subscription model. And you can learn GIS there. I found a course called Up and Running with ArcGIS.


Published Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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