Proposal for AP High School Course in Geographic Technology

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) has recently submitted a proposal to the director of AP Curriculum and Content Development to introduce a new Advanced Placement Course into US High Schools: AP Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS&T). The proposal is currently under review by the College Board, who will decide on whether to introduce this new course. According to Caliper, a supplier of GIS systems, mapping and GIS applications give students the tools they need for a broader global understanding. In addition, industries are increasingly driven by big data, for which spatial analysis is ideally suited. Education in GIS... (read more)
2017-09-13 09:07:08

Over Four Thousand Students Participate in Virtual Field Trip

More young people than ever before are taking an interest in the geospatial industry; a record 4000-plus students recently took part in the LINZ-led virtual field trip. Students from more than 150 schools took a virtual trip online to the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, where they heard from geospatial experts, rangers and historians about how they are using location-based technology to support their work. The theme was to map my Waahi – Waahi means a place of historic importance. Each student chose a place important to them and learned how to visualise information about it – stories of... (read more)
2017-08-16 09:27:00

Geography Comes of Age

The editor talks to Dr Rita Gardner CBE, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and the Society’s head of education and outdoor learning, Steve Brace. Forget those Oxford PPEs if you want to rise to the top: focus on geography. This is the message from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). And if you’re looking for evidence in these times of fake news, what better example is there than the UK’s current Prime Minister, Theresa May, a graduate in geography from St Hugh’s College, Oxford. For those with less lofty ambitions and aiming to become a GIS professional,... (read more)
2018-11-29 03:17:38

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

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

Every GIS Student’s Nightmare - Finding a Research Topic

At conferences students ask me to suggest projects for course or capstone projects*, even after they have completed two or more courses (or years!) studying geospatial technology, science and use. Posts on a variety of GIS forums and discussion areas seek the same kind of help. How can educators and those of us in the field mentor students in this important part of their education? Why is Selection so Hard? Most of the queries I get are from undergraduates and masters students. In most cases, they can explore anything of interest that ties into GIS, geography and spatial analysis, in... (read more)
2016-12-22 02:59:57

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

What’s in a Name?

Who are we? Who are you? The constant churn and arrival of new technologies and inevitable trade and professional groupings means rebranding our industry and ourselves from time to time, says Adena Schutzberg. But just how important is it? As I write this in May, two geo-related events are in full swing. There’s the Imaging & Geospatial Technology Forum and what next year will be known as Xponential. The former is also known as the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) 2015 Annual Conference. The latter is currently known as Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned... (read more)
2017-04-07 02:33:24

Tolerating Ambiguity in Geospatial

There is ambiguity all around, says Adena Schutzberg. The trick is recognizing it, choosing a way forward and not being frightened to fail. Jeff Selingo, who writes about education, shared a terrific article on LinkedIn titled Wanted in College Graduates: Tolerance for Ambiguity. He argues that the “killer app” in today’s workplace is the ability to tolerate ambiguity. Said another way, it’s unlikely a new employee will get a clear set of expectations from a supervisor for a specific project, nor a recipe for how to get the work done. Instead, the employee will need to figure it out. That’s... (read more)
2016-12-22 05:47:24
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