I haven’t blogged a mashup in awhile, but I saw this on GISUser and it’s a pretty cool resource: a Google Maps mashup of universities that have podcasts, webcasts, and OCWs (OpenCourseWare) available. So, if you want some free educatin’, check it out.
The state finals of the National Geographic Bee were completed last Friday, and each state winner will now travel to Washington, DC for the national finals. The winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, the second place finisher a $15,000 scholarship and third place a $10,000 scholarship. The winner for each state is listed at the end of the National Geographic News announcement.
Good Luck to all the winners!
Hugo at UNEP/GRID-Arendal was kind enough to share a press release on a project he is working with us. The focus of their center is to provide generally understandable representations of scientific information. Their new maps and graphics site is a clearinghouse of many of these representations that takes advantage of web mapping with some back-end GIS in addition to providing static graphics. Overall, this is a great resource and will probably be especially useful for the classroom.
Maps and Graphics at UNEP/GRID-Arendal
UNEP/GRID-Arendal Maps and Graphics library.
The winner of the 2006 Intel Science Talent Search is Shannon Babb of Highland, Utah, who won a $100,000 college scholarship for her project studying the impacts of humans and animals on the Spanish Fork River drainage system. Not only did she spend six months studying the drainage system, she also came up with recommendations for improving water quality. Shannon’s study is something physical geographers interested in hydrology do all the time, so maybe she will take her scholarship and use it to study geography!
Lowe’s, International Paper and National GeographicÃ‚Â Explorer have teamed up to award nearly $80,000 in grants to 32 schools in 15 states to help construct outdoor learning environments for science education. I think this is a really great program to give kids more opportunities to learn and get excited about science. If you’d like to learn more about the program, check out the Outdoor Classroom website
In case any of you aren’t on the ESRI Education email Newsleter, this is an item that of you may be interested in following. From the newsletter:
“SkillsUSA has partnered with the GIS industry to develop a competition program that will provide universities, colleges, and their students with a way to validate their geospatial programs and measure them against national standards…. By successfully passing an online qualifying exam (available in March and April) to test knowledge in GIS and remote sensing, students will be eligible to compete nationally and have a chance to earn national recognition and cash awards.”
Winners will receive cash and software prizes. I didn’t see anything specific about level of education, but as we find out more we will definitely share
mapz posted a link to an article titled “Web GIS in practice IV: publishing your health maps and connecting to remote WMS sources using the Open Source UMN MapServer and DM Solutions MapLab“, thatÃ‚Â comes complete with a tutorial.Ã‚Â The tutorial is a 14 page document that walks you through downloading the software, installing on a windows box, and getting a demo running.Ã‚Â Complete with lots of graphics and links to open source web mapping software.
mapz: a gis librarian: Step-By-StepTutorial: Open Source Web GIS
The Geographic and Land Information Society has announced their Annual GIS Competion for high schools, sponsored by ESRI. Basically, high schools submit projects to the competition by the deadline of March 15, 2006, and the winners will be notified by April 1st. Entry forms, rules for project submissions, and information on prizes can be found at the GLIS competition website. Good luck to the schools who enter!
The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science has made a draft of its GI S&T Body of Knowledge (that’s Geographic Information Science and Technology, BTW) available for comment. This document is part of their Model Curricula. Comments can be made on the associated discussion forum on the UCGIS site. While the document is lengthy at 115 pages there are many pages of bullets. The file is available as both a MSWord document for editing and PDF.
Download the GI S&T Body of Knowledge document.
This site offers a searchable list of over 1000 Geography departments from around the world. WVU is on it, is your school (or alma mater)?