Call for AAG panel members – New Media and Social Media for Geography

A decade ago we hosted our first panel on New Media in Geography at the AAG. I would like to revisit the topic this year in another panel that expands to include all of the ways that we informally publish/share information on the internet. There are many directions that the conversation could go, but I would like to focus on New & Social media:

  • in sharing knowledge/education
  • for presenting ideas
  • as a reinforcing aspects of the Geography community
  • Some of the conversation will inherently be historical in the discussion of growth, but hopefully we can get into use cases, best practices, and the always exciting anecdotes.

    If you are interested in participating please contact me via email (jesse at veryspatial .com) or on social networks @kindaspatial

    Heading to AAG in Chicago

    It is time, once again, for the annual meeting of the AAG. This year Sue, Barb, Frank, and I will all be wandering the halls to present, view presentations, interview, and just enjoy interacting with great geo-minded people. A few points I want to highlight:

  • If you would like to tell us about your project or product, contact us and we can schedule to meet at the conference hotel.
  • Our presentation schedule is
  • Hope to see you Chicago!

    USGIF 2015 Scholarship Applications Due by April 20th

    The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, USGIF Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students in fields related to geospatial science. The deadline for submissions is April 20th.

    VerySpatial interviewed the USGIF Director of Academic Programs, R. Maxwell Baber, PH.D. about the scholarships in 2009.

     

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    GIS DAY 15th Anniversary: Take the way back machine

    Take the way back machine to the first GIS Day in Spring of 1999. ESRI ARC News Online announced GIS Day 1999 Slated for November!  According to the press release, ESRI told users to “Get ready to learn more about GIS and geography. The National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and Esri are announcing the first annual GIS Day to be held November 19, 1999–the Friday of Geography Awareness Week (November 14-20, 1999)”.  According to Jack Dangermond, “The idea behind GIS Day is to create a single, worldwide event that effectively communicates the benefits and significance of GIS to the rest of society. There are about half a million GIS users in the world, but most of the public is unaware of this growing technology.”  It is difficult to comprehend that in the span of a little more than short years since that inaugural GIS Day, the world has experienced what Penn State calls the geospatial revolution significantly impacting the number of GIS users worldwide. Continue reading “GIS DAY 15th Anniversary: Take the way back machine”

    AAG2015 – Gail Hobbs Student Paper Competition

    Every year at the AAG conference many specialty groups host student paper/poster competitions. I strongly encourage you to check these out if you are student, or let a student know about them if you are not. Below is the call for submissions for this year’s competition for the Geography Education Specialty Group.

    The Geography Education Specialty Group (GESG) encourages students to participate in the GESG Gail Hobbs Student Paper Competition at the AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, April 21-25, 2015. Students at all academic levels are encouraged to present their recent geography education research in specifically organized GESG Gail Hobbs Student Paper Competition sessions. Students that present papers in the competition sessions will have their meeting registration fees (student member rate) refunded by the GESG. Additionally, up to two $100 prizes will be awarded to the best papers. In order to be considered, students should contact Dr. Herschel Stern by Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Submission and registration reimbursement details will be provided following initial contact. The final abstract submission deadline for the AAG 2015 conference is November 5, 2014. For any questions or for paper submission information, contact Dr. Herschel Stern at MiraCosta College, One Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056, hstern@miracosta.edu, (760) 757-2121 x6247.

    Can’t make it to the Esri UC this year, but…

    3165739586_6479857001_mWe are stuck on the east coast this summer and will not be at the Esri UC for first time since 2006. We hope to be back next summer for a 10th anniversary shindig, but for this year we are missing out on some of the great hallway and exhibit hall conversations we normally bring to the podcast.

    If you are presenting or exhibiting at any of the number of user conferences this summer and you would like to talk about your project or product, please contact us at podcast at veryspatial dot com. We can schedule a phone, Skype, or Google+ interview for sometime in July.

    Geographic Education Town Hall

    Geospatial Niagara will be hosting a Geographic Education Town Hall next week to highlight the St John’s Declaration. The declaration is intended to advance geographic education for Canadians and is a initiative that was announced last year at the CAG/RCGS joint meeting.

    The town hall looks like a great opportunity for people on either side of the border near Niagara Falls (and of course St Catherines where it will actually take place) to get together to find out what the panelists think about the declaration, geography education, and the geospatial profession. While the declaration is a Canada specific initiative, it mirrors the on-going conversations about spatial literacy you can hear from geographers around the world. If you know of similar conversations that are bringing geography/geospatial education to the streets let us know! We want to know what works best for sharing our love of spatial beyond those already sitting in the pews, so to speak.
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    Take a #GlobalSelfie with NASA on Earth Day

    GS_Web_EnglishCelebrate Earth Day!  by taking a #GlobalSelfie.  It’s remote sensing, it’s geospatial, it’s VerySpatial, it’s fun! 

    From the NASA website on EARTH RIGHT NOW.

    NASA invites you — and everyone else on the planet — to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day this year with the agency’s #GlobalSelfie event.

    The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science. Five NASA missions designed to gather critical data about our home planet are launching to space this year. NASA is marking this big year for Earth science with a campaign called Earth Right Now, and as part of this campaign the agency is asking for your help this Earth Day, April 22.

    While NASA satellites constantly look at Earth from space, on Earth Day we’re asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on Earth. Then post it to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.

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    Spatial Easter Egg Hunts

    Easter Basket with Easter EggsLocation-based technologies are helping Easter Egg hunts go high-tech with the assistance of geospatial professionals taking their love of spatial technologies into their communities.

    The funniest quote from an article in the Fairbanks News-Miner about how “To Hunt Easter Eggs the modern way, Fairbanks students grab GPS” is “When students in Kuntz’s multi-grade class raised the idea of holding an Easter egg hunt with their buddies, fourth-grader Tanja Gens volunteered her mother, Anupma Prakash, to lead it. Prakash is a professor of Remote Sensing Geology and Geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.”  The North Central Ohio Geocachers hosted a “Hunt Easter Eggs with GPS Units” event at The Crawford Park District. Danbury Park in Essex UK held a GPS Easter Egg Hunt for their Young Rangers.

    Some towns are holding GPS Easter Egg Hunts for fun and to increase tourism. Many of these are more challenging than regular Easter Egg Hunts. They charge per team and require teams to bring their own handheld GPS unit. The town of Ninety Six held a GPS Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Greenwood State Park. The Vermillion River Reservation in Lorain County held one. The Northern Life Canada found that the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area combined “Easter Eggs, GPS, and Nature” into an Earth Day EGG-Stravaganza. Even REI Outdoor Outfitters held a class on Family Geocaching: Easter Egg Hunt.