Janine Benyus is the author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature and founder of Biomimicry 3.8. She recently spoke at the Geodesign Summit in Redlands, Califorinia where she discussed how nature and biological phenomenon might contribute to the design and sustainability of the built environment. Editor in chief Joe Francica discussed the concept of biomimicry and what geospatial professionals can learn from nature's problem-solvers.
From On the Media (NPR): A rash of state laws considered or passed in 2013 seek to rein in drone surveillance. They offer a patchwork of restrictions that seem to reflect the particular culture, or business interests, of individual states. Bob talks with Margot Kaminski, executive director of the Information Society Project and a lecturer at Yale Law School, who has surveyed the legal landscape and noticed a trend.
Lauren Hood works with Loveland Technologies, a company which developed a new way of mapping Detroit. They call it "blexting" – sending teams throughout the city to text pictures and descriptions of blight to a database. Hoods says in a few months, that data will be available as an app for anyone to access, or correct. Image: One of the tens of thousands of abandoned houses in Detroit via Wikipedia, public domain.
Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Dale Kunce, a geospatial engineer with the American Red Cross about how 900 people are lending a hand remotely by collaborating on online maps, through the OpenStreetMap network. Image: Editing activity to the OpenStreetMap for the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. (Pascal Neis resultmap)
There are all sorts of humanitarian and relief efforts that happen in hard-hit countries after disasters like Typhoon Haiyan. But not all disasters have equally damaging effects. The storm surge from Typhoon Haiyan reached as high as 23 feet and in some places sea water churned up by the storm far exceeded that. James K. Mitchell, a professor of geography at Rutgers University, joins The Takeaway to explain how storm surge makes natural disasters riskier. Image: Japan Meteorological Agency’s MTSAT-1R / Wikimedia Commons
Penn State’s Dr. Anthony Robinson closed the virtual classroom door on Maps and the Geospatial Revolution Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in August 2013. In this, the fourth in a series of conversations about the development of the course, we look at who participated and how, the successes and challenges, and the road ahead.