The Growth Mindset and Learning GIS

If you have not yet run into psychology professor Carol Dweck’s thoughts on the importance of “mindset” in education, let me summarise the key idea. She suggests that students who believe that they can get smarter by taking on challenging tasks, even if they should fail to accomplish them, have a “growth mindset.” In contrast, she describes students with a “fixed mindset” as believing that intelligence is static and will not change significantly with effort. Students with a fixed mindset see failure as confirmation they do not (and will likely not ever) master the required skill. Dweck argues that students... (read more)
2018-06-18 05:33:39

Knowing What You Don’t Know

It’s been a rough week for an instructor who teaches in an online college sociology course. The instructor in question assigned a paper comparing social phenomena in two different countries. One particular student compared the use of social media in the United States and Australia. Subsequently, the instructor informed the student that Australia is not a country and gave the paper a failing grade. The news coverage of the story suggests the instructor and student completed several e-mail exchanges before the instructor agreed that Australia is both a country and a continent. The student in question even provided authoritative data... (read more)
2017-07-10 01:59:28

Skytec Joins Esri Startup Program

Skytec LLC, a leading Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Drone as a Service (DaaS) provider, has been selected to join the Esri Startup program as an emerging business partner. The three-year program is part of a global Esri initiative to help emerging businesses succeed by giving them access to ArcGIS software along with the services, tools, content, education and training they need to successfully integrate the ArcGIS mapping and location technology into their business platforms. A leading service provider in the rapidly-emerging UAS industry, Skytec delivers high-accuracy custom data visualisation and analytics for clients across a wide range of sectors... (read more)
2018-04-12 10:18:50

Global Mapper Available to Higher Education for Free

Blue Marble Geographics has announced the availability of an update to the Global Mapper Academic Curriculum. Comprised of a series of hands-on lessons, the full package of lab materials is available free of charge to schools and colleges using Global Mapper in the classroom. Developed by Blue Marble Application Specialists, the goal of this program is to streamline the deployment of Global Mapper within the academic community while introducing some of the fundamental principles of GIS, in a concise and understandable way. Institutes of higher education in the U.S. and Canada can install Global Mapper for instructional use at no... (read more)
2018-04-09 01:20:44

Copernicus Masters: An Important Innovation Driver for Earth Observation

Copernicus is Europe’s most ambitious Earth observation (EO) programme and provides full free and open access to data for the development of applications in a wide variety of domains. The Copernicus Masters awards recognise applications and ideas that are using Copernicus data to tackle important challenges faced by business and society. From 1 April to 30 June, Copernicus Masters participants can submit their innovative EO ideas for solving any of the 16 challenges offered by the largest number of world-class partners since the competition started. It is estimated that investments in the programme will increase to EUR 7.5 billion by 2020,... (read more)
2018-03-28 11:48:20

Big Earth Datacube Analytics Developed

The BigDataCube project has started to develop flexible and scalable services for massive spatio-temporal Earth Observation data. Project coordinator, Jacobs University Bremen, invited the joint research consortium, consisting of rasdaman GmbH (Bremen), CloudEO AG (Munich) and DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt). The 18 month project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, BMBF. The project will demonstrate integration of the innovative Earth datacube paradigm – i.e., analysis-ready spatio-temporal raster data – into commercial Earth Observation (EO) services as well as public cloud infrastructures. To this end, the worldwide leading European Datacube technology (in database... (read more)
2018-03-13 02:08:09

Global Water Quality Monitoring Tool Available to Public

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) with EOMAP have launched an interactive tool providing access to detailed global water quality indicators from an archive of Earth Observation and satellite data. The portal was developed to support the UN’s International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and is the first tool to combine high-resolution global coverage with a range of satellite measurements for monitoring streams, lakes, rivers and coastal waters. The IIWQ Portal includes a functionality to select different time periods dating back over the last three decades. Historic measurements are provided at... (read more)
2018-02-23 10:39:31

EuroGeographics Releases New Version of EuroGlobalMap

Forty five members of the Association for the European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities have contributed to a new version of EuroGlobalMap, which now includes fields for the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) within the updated transport theme, specifically links for railways (RailrdL) and road networks (RoadL). The latest release also includes updated information for the 1:1 million dataset's administrative and settlement themes. It is available at www.eurogeographics.org/form/topographic-data-eurogeographics. Angela Baker, Sales, Marketing and Channel Manager, EuroGeographics said: "As a result of these latest updates, three themes have been generalised from our more detailed products, 1:100 000 EuroBoundaryMap and 1:... (read more)
2018-02-21 10:33:48

My Adventures in the Agtech Start-up Space

A GIS Perspective on Career Opportunities in the US Agtech Industry.
In the following article, which is an adaptation of an earlier blog post, Todd Barr, an experienced geospatialist who is based in Fort Collins, Colorado shares his thoughts on the emerging Agtech industry; one which is embracing modern technology and skills in order to increase both efficiencies and bottom lines. The following is what geospatialists should, according to Todd, know about Agtech before deciding to pursue a career in the industry. Agtech and AgData start-ups seem to be all the rage right now. While searching on the job market recently (having finished an earlier contract), I decided to engage with... (read more)
2018-02-05 11:24:35

Egyptian Space and Satellite Plans Move Ahead

With a long-awaited law finally being approved by the State Council after passing through parliament, Egypt’s Space Agency is now being formed. Egypt has been developing a new space centre with some 100 acres set aside for work on the Misr Sat 2 satellite project and another 23 acres planned for other projects. Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, showed MPs a model satellite and said its components will be built by Egyptians at the new space centre, just east of Cairo. One of the other space-focused projects includes plans to launch a satellite with China... (read more)
2018-01-09 11:25:38
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