Featuring a discussion of time in ArcGIS 10, ArcGIS Server, and other topics in Sue’s second overview of the Tuesday morning plenary session.
Our intrepid podcaster Sue is on the ground in Palm Springs to catch the highlights of the 2010 ESRI Dev Summit. This is the first part of her overview of the Tuesday morning plenary session.
We will have some representation at the ESRI DevSummit next week and while the focus will be on covering some of the presentations and getting an idea of what will be changing in the dev area in ArcGIS 10, there will be some time to catch up with anyone interested in highlighting their work. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts and work of the podcast contact us to touch base and make a plan to meet.
For all you students out there whose maps are greeted with a “That’s bizarre…”, I’ve got the perfect map challenge for you! Our reader Keith M. sent us a heads up about the Bizarre Map Challenge, a map design competition open to high school, college, and university students (only here in the US). The maps submitted by students are supposed to be “bizarre” in the sense of being out of the ordinary but still using real-world data, so thinking outside the box will pay off!
The deadline to submit your map is March 22nd, and you can find complete contest rules here
First Prize is $5000 and the top ten will all get cash prizes, so start designing those maps!
Clearly conference season is upon us at the VerySpatial virtual compound as we are buying tickets for planes and trains to get to various parts of the country. With Where 2.0 kicking off on March 29 in San Jose, we wanted to point out two things.
1) Early Registration has been extended until March 1, which means you can still save 30% of the regular registration price for the next week and
2) we still have a discount code (whr10vsp) that will save you an additional 20% off the early registration price.
Also, if you are an educator, student, or work for a non-profit you can save even more (40-65%) with some of the other discount codes. If you are an undergrad or a grad student you should check with your Dean’s office to see if there are any travel monies that could cover your trip, especially if you are already on the west coast.
As for our plans, Sue and I will be making the trip out to San Jose to learn about the technologies and ideas we will be sharing in the classroom next year (or even later this semester). But as we go, so goes the microphone and recorder (not the woodwind) so send us an email if you would like to talk while we are in town. We will be in sessions, but we always make time to talk to folks about any of the great projects that are being highlighted at Where 2.0.
Dan at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore emailed to let us know that GPS Adventures, a traveling exhibit all about GPS and geocaching, will be opening tomorrow, February 20th and will be running until April 18th.
GPS Adventures gives visitors an introduction to GPS technology and the basics of navigation in general, and offers some cool hands on experience. The exhibit is set up like a small maze, which the idea of simulating a geocaching event by having visitors explore 4 different environments, find a hidden cache and solve a puzzle in each area, and then use the code to enter each of 4 Satellite Rooms.
GPS Adventures is a great way to get kids introduced to GPS and the role it plays in our world, so if you can get to Baltimore, definitely check it out. For those of you on the West Coast, GPS Adventures will be heading to Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California after it leaves the Maryland Science Center in April.
I mentioned a while back that VerySpatial will be hosting a panel on Digital Media and Learning in Geography at the Association of American Geographers meeting in Washington, DC in April, but keep in mind that while we are many, there are that many more chances for us to get into trouble with microphone in hand. On that note we are calling out any Geographers or companies who will be at the AAG who wish to talk to us about your project, idea, plan, or product (or your favorite bunny slippers). These will be our standard gorilla style conference interviews that will be between 5-15 minutes long and will eventually make their way into the weekly show or our AAG roadshow coverage. We should be onsite each day for the conference but schedules do fill up so send us an email, tweet or phone message with your interest and we will get in touch with you before the conference to set up a time and place to meet and speak.
Also, if there are any #geoglobaldomination or tweetups during the conference (that are near the red line at least) expect to see us there.
A quick reminder that if you are planning a trip to San Jose for the Where 2.0 conference, you only have until Tuesday, 9 April, for early registration prices. Take advantage of not only the early registration discount, but also our 20% discount using the discount code ‘whr10vsp’.
If you are in education or non-profit you can save even more (up to an additional 65% for students) using codes on the Where 2.0 registration page. All of these discounts will still work after Feb 9th, but you won’t get the early bird discount.
For those of you who will be at Where 2.0 Sue and I plan to be there so be sure to say hi.
Since we’ve been giving a lot of attention to the upcoming Census 2010, I had to head over to Pembroke, NC this afternoon for Robeson County’s only stop on the Census Road Tour. The travelling setup features one of the Census 2010 vans and they set up a little booth with information and swag, and are there to promote the importance of participating in the census and to answer questions. Robeson County is a very rural county that has limited resources, so it is definitely one of the areas that could really benefit from an accurate count. The Census is really pulling out the stops to promote this year’s count, so if you see the Census Road Tour in your area, send us your pics or even video!
Sorry for the short notice, but I just found out about CrisisCamp Haiti, a crisis mapping volunteer event being held in multiple locations tomorrow, Saturday January 16th, which is going “to bring together volunteers to collaborate on technology projects which aim to assist in Haiti’s relief efforts by providing data, information, maps and technical assistance to NGOs, relief agencies and the public.”
For more information about CrisisCamp, check out the CrisisCommons Wiki. Here is a list of planned events. If you are near any of the CrisisCamp Haiti locations, head over and help out!