Call for participants – AAG 2011 session

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I am putting together a session on Geography outreach efforts for the upcoming AAG meeting in Seattle in April. The focus will be on how different people or organizations are approaching outreach in Geography including topics such as connecting with new communities, informal audiences, creating lesson plans, using technology to encourage understanding, or anything that […]

Urbagrams – Mapping the social city

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In order to investigate the idea of a social archipelago, the notion that our cities are “fragmented islands of social activity separated by large areas dedicated to commercial workplaces, flows of vehicles, residential sprawl or industrial sites.” Anil Bawa Cavia analyzed more than a million Foursquare check-ins in a number of cities and mapped those […]

Raster Challenge

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It’s time to put your raster skills to work in time to get a Nintendo DS for the holidays. Crafster, Cooking Mama, and Nintendo DS have announced a contest to create a pixel project of Mama. It is to publicize the new Crafting Mama game in which you are challenged to “Learn 40 different projects […]

Research or Teach…that is the question

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Apparently it has been a busy couple of days in the UK with the Business Secretary and Science Minister having a go at academic research spending and the shift over the last decade or two toward a research focus over teaching in universities. It is somewhat surprising that these direct statements haven’t been made before […]

Esri UC 2011 Call for Presentations now open

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That’s right, for all you Esri users out there, it’s already time to start thinking about next year’s User Conference. The Call for Presentations is now out over on Esri’s conference website, and abstracts are going to be due on October 15th. So if you’ve got a great GIS project or topic you want to […]

The State of Mapping APIs.

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Adam DuVander over at O’Reilly has written a decent summation article on the current state of mapping apis in the world.  It’s a short read and highlights some issues, but I think the more important take-away is the lack of cross pollination between geographers and internet mappers.  He doesn’t even discuss ESRI’s api, for instance, and it […]

Virtual Tourism = Real Tourism

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The Wall Street Journal has an article that highlights the money to be made in the convergence of real places and their virtual counterparts in games. Much like many seaside resort towns the beautiful Atami hot springs used to be Japan’s honeymoon spot but due to competition from Hawaii and Australia was experiencing a serious […]