If you were to do a search for the Nairobi city slum of Mathare on Google Maps, you'd find little more than gray spaces between unmarked roads. Slums by nature are unplanned, primordial cities, the opposite of well-ordered city grids. Squatters rights rule, and woe to the visitor who ventures in without permission. But last year, a group of activist cartographers called the Spatial Collective started walking around Mathare typing landmarks into hand-held GPS devices. Or, read the blog: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/07/17/202656235/in-kenya-using-tech-to-put-an-invisible-slum-on-the-map Image from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MathareValleySlum.jpg) by Claudio Allia under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Creative_Commons).
Dr. Anthony Robinson of Penn State has pretty much completed development of the first geo-MOOC, a massive open online course titled "Maps and the Geospatial Revolution," which begins July 17. Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg spoke with Dr. Robinson in February, just after the course was announced, and in April after development began. In this third conversation, recorded July 7 at the Esri International User Conference, they discussed what might go wrong, how videos were captured, the methods of assessment and what a day in the life of a full-time faculty member will look like when 30,000 people are taking his mapping course.
The National Science Foundation selected Jefferson Community & Technical College (Louisville, Kentucky) as the new home of the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence, the National GeoTech Center, and provided a $3 million, three-year grant for its operations. Our editors interviewed Project Leader and Principal Investigator Vincent DiNoto about the Center's plans in the coming months and years.
Today, Pitney Bowes Software (PBS) launches the MapInfo.com portal, a website dedicated to product solutions. Is PBS re-launching the MapInfo brand and why now? Senior vice president of PBS’s Location Intelligence group, James Buckley, and Global Product Manager Rob Savage discuss the reasons for launching the portal as well as the new features in MapInfo version 12, the beta release of a new raster and grid handling capability, and their strategy for SaaS.
Dr. Anthony Robinson of Penn State is continuing development of the first geo-MOOC, a massive open online course titled Maps and the Geospatial Revolution, which begins in July. I spoke with Dr. Robinson in February, just after the course was announced. In part two of our conversation recorded April 16, he shares the challenges and opportunities after working with the Coursera platform, visiting with Esri education team, and contemplating how to assess tens of thousands of students.
As early as April 2014, NOAA will discontinue printing its lithographic nautical charts in favor of its increasingly popular digital versions, saving the organization millions of dollars in printing and updating. Directions Magazine interviewed Ted Florence, president of Avenza Systems, about the move to digital.