Esri Announces Wiki for Education Users of ArcGIS Online
"A new wiki at http://esriurl.com/higheredwiki supports the ArcGIS Online education community" per a post on Esri's HigherEd-L e-mail list. The wiki seems to have evolved out of a dicussion of ArcGIS Online Coaching Points for Higher Education, a document discussed earlier this year on A Very Spatial podcastand noted on All Points Blog. To post one needs an account, but the wiki is open for anyone to read. Here's the "why" and "how" of the wiki:
ArcGIS Online is an evolving cloud-based GIS software as a service. It is updated several times a year. Educators and Esri staff need a dynamic medium to share problems and advice. This wiki supports the ArcGIS Online education community by providing such a medium.
We encourage education users to post the challenges they face as scenarios in the relevant sections of this wiki. Experienced ArcGIS Online users and Esri staff will respond with advice (i.e., "coaching points") that help users overcome challenges. To add your scenarios and coaching points to the wiki, simply create an account to gain editing privileges. The team that hosts wiki.gis.com provides plenty of online help.
Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke to Jack Dangermond, president, founder and CEO of the company about the accelerated uptake of GIS thanks to the cloud, this investment in content, the uptake by software developers, several high-profile White House initiatives, and the formula for success.
The recent approval by Bulgarian parliament to sign Cooperation Agreement with European Space Agency is seen as a great step towards the future development of geospatial industry in the country. Dr. Temenoujka Bandrova, President of Bulgarian Cartographic Association shared her thoughts on what the country should do next to meet the European geospatial expectations.
A geomática consiste na aquisição, análise, representação e gestão de dados espaciais, congregando as tradicionais atividades de topografia, cartografia, geodesia, fotogrametria combinadas com novas tecnologias, como o scan 3D, a deteção remota, sistemas de informação geográfica SIG e sistemas de posicionamento global por satélite GPS.
The flagship journal of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (P&RS) seeks a second Editor-in-Chief, responsible for optical remote sensing. Published by Elsevier B.V., the journal is one of the top ranked in remote sensing (impact factor 3.313 and 5-year impact factor 4.026). Due to splendid development over the past few years, a second Editor-in Chief is needed to work along with Editor-in-Chief Derek Lichti, University of Calgary, to further the journal’s aim to be a channel of communication for scientists and professionals in all countries working in the many disciplines of photogrammetry, remote sensing, computer vision and other related fields. The scope of the journal is extensive and covers sensors, theory and algorithms, systems, experiments, developments and applications. A list of topic areas can be found at: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/isprs-journal-of-photogrammetry-and-remote-sensing.
Manage the editorial process for papers submitted to the Journal in the area of optical remote sensing.Ensure high quality scientific content for the Journal, taking into account the Aims and Scope and the Elsevier's editorial policies.Work closely with the Associate Editors and Guest Editors who will report to the successful candidate.Work closely with the incumbent Editor in Chief on matters of the Journal's strategic direction and manuscript decisions (general philosophy, editorial speed, ethics and difficult cases).
What is real geoliteracy? Knowing where the Atlantic Ocean is or something else entirely?
A recent article in Canada’s National Post newspaper expressed dismay that despite the arrival of a globalized society, university students cannot locate the Atlantic Ocean on a world map.
My colleague and chair of Canadian Geographic Education Connie Wyatt Anderson wrote a response to this article, stating that this lack of geographic content knowledge is the result of decades of “the erosion of geography as a curriculum staple.” She called on parents, curriculum developers, education authorities, and educators to be advocates to return geography to its rightful place throughout the educational system.
The National Post article reflects something that we in the geography and GIS education community have become used to and frankly, rather tired of. We are now in the 30th year after the first of the dismal reports from National Geographic and the National Assessment of Educational Progress about geographic illiteracy. While I salute the Post for caring about geography education, these types of articles and reports about students not knowing where Alberta or Addis Ababa are interesting and well-intentioned, but I think are asking the wrong question.
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Redlands, California—Two of the nation's most authoritative mapping sources, the U.S. Geological Surveyand Esri, have partnered to put the rich tapestry of U.S. Historical Maps into the hands of everyone. Available in time for the Fourth of July and able to be accessed on all digital devices, the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer brings to life more than 178,000 maps dating from 1884 to 2006.
In the past, the USGS historical maps were available only as printed lithographic copies. More recently, the legacy quadrangles were made available as free, downloadable GeoPDF® versions as part of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. The USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer application allows users to access the historical maps as high resolution georeferenced images for use in web mapping applications, and features a timeline to easily select the desired maps.
"We are so pleased to see these historic topographic maps being made more accessible to the nation," said Kevin Gallagher, associate director of Core Science Systems for the USGS. "We recognize the fundamental role of government in acquiring mapping information and putting it in the public domain. At the same time, we recognize the tremendous benefits of the private industry adding value through innovative approaches to access and distribution."
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
JTI launch event - 9 July 2014, BrusselsEvent date: 09/07/2014Brussels
Public-private partnerships set up under the EU's new research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, will launch their first calls on 9 July 2014 in Brussels. The partnerships work in strategic areas such as medicines, fuel cells, air and rail transport or electronics. They represent an essential investment into Europe's economy and in a better quality of life.
They will launch calls for projects and partners at a stakeholder event in Brussels, which will be attended by the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso along with the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn as well as Commission Vice-Presidents Siim Kallas, responsible for mobility and transport, and Neelie Kroes, responsible for the digital agenda.
To mark an extremely successful first year of space operation for Landsat 8, the scientists and imagery experts at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center have selected 10 sets of images that demonstrate the broad range of changes on the land that Landsat 8 has observed in its first year and compiled them in a special collection — the Landsat 8 Yearbook.
State of the World's Forests 2014Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests
Across the world, forests, trees on farms, and agroforestry systems play a crucial role in the livelihoods of rural people by providing employment, energy, nutritious foods and a wide range of other goods and ecosystem services. They have tremendous potential to contribute to sustainable development and to a greener economy. Yet, clear evidence of this has been lacking. This evidence is critical to inform policies on forest management and use, and to ensure that the benefi ts from forests are recognized in the post-2015 development agenda, not only with respect to the environment, but also for their contributions to broader social issues.
This edition of State of the World’s Forests addresses this knowledge gap by systematically gathering and analysing available data on forests’ contributions to people’s livelihoods, food, health, shelter and energy needs. Crucially, the report also suggests how information might be improved and policies adjusted, so that the socioeconomic benefits from forests can be enhanced in the future.
A new book titled Flying for GPS published by Len Jacobson explores the beginning and development of the global positioning system and commercial air travel during his 50-year career. The book covers GPS’s evolution from large and expensive military gear to today’s tiny GPS chips located in most cell phones. Unlike many GPS chronicles, Jacobson’s book isread more
The European Union has set itself aggressive goals to reduce GHG emissions by 20%, increase renewables share of energy generation to 20%, and to reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2020. The EU seems to be on track for the first two goals, but the third remains a challenge. In 2020, the European consumption of energy is projected to be 25 trillion kWh. By 2040 it is expected to rise to 28 trillion kWh. In terms of primary energy consumption, buildings represent around 40%. In 2009, residential buildings consumed 68% of the total final energy use in buildings. Energy in households is mainly consumed by heating (70%), cooling, hot water, cooking and appliances. Gas is the most common fuel used in buildings.
I have blogged about the European SUNSHINE project before. The SUNSHINE (Smart Urban Services for Higher Energy Efficiency) project is focused on energy efficiency for buildings in an urban environment. It is a European Commission (EC) funded project that started about a year ago and is intended to continue for 36 months.
FEATURE HTML5 and WebGL Technology Enable 3D Visualization Natively
HTML5 and WebGL technology have enabled 3D visualization on web and mobile, bringing to the net a new native content type accessible to the entire Internet audience. CL3VER is a cloud platform browser based that supports 3D content and offers a new experience for the user that generate more engagement and allows direct audience interaction with content. 3D also permits to makes complex information easy, avoiding misunderstanding and more realistic representation.
INTERVIEW Interview: 3D Real-time Intelligence In Harsh Environments
Neptec Technologies Corp. is focused upon 3D - 4D real-time robotic vision problems in harsh environments like mining and oil and gas. The company has patented 3D laser scanner technology including patented obscurant-penetrating technology, which is intended to support operations in dusty and less than ideal visual conditions. 3D Visualization World editor Jeff Thurston interviewed Mike Sekerka, CEO at Neptic Technologies Corp. to learn about the products and how 3D and visualization play an integral role in product development and applications.
Interview: UK Surveyors Combine 3D Sonar, Lasers and UAV For Land And Sea Surveying Applications
SABRE Land and Sea Ltd. is focused on 3D laser surveying and mapping oil and gas infrastructure facilities on land and offshore. The company also provides services to the utility and mining sectors. Unique to this company is the integration of sonar data from offshore work, which can now be integrated with 3D point cloud data. Stephen Ball, CEO of the company has also been fascinated with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) which has directly led to his developing and marketing original UAV products as part of the company services. 3D Visualisation World editor Jeff Thurston interviewed Mr. Ball to learn more about the Aberdeenshire based company.