It has been over a year since I added to our posts about professional organizations for Geographers and geospatial professionals, so I wanted to start up again with an organization that helps to support the educational efforts that will yield the next generation of Geographers…the National Council for Geographic Education. The NCGE seeks “to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning.” They do this by supporting educators, facilitating communication and offering educational materials on the website. With its annual conference coming up in October to be held in Oklahoma City, the NCGE is continuing their efforts from a new office in Washington, DC (housed with the AAG offices) with a new executive director, Kimberly A. Crews. The council publishes the Journal of Geography and the Perspectives newsletter. For membership information, and to learn more about the NCGE, be sure to visit their website.
It isn’t exactly simple even on easy. Indiana gave me fits – it took me six minutes on the lowest level. See how you can do!
This is a great example of what ISDE5 is all about. SPOT Image in conjunction with partners ESRI, Infoterra, and Unesco is presenting Planet Action which is a participatory/educational site that:
aims to support projects all around the world whether from scientific or civil origins, bringing these communities as well as various industries together in an effort to foster awareness and coping strategies
and will focus on an array of earth observation ideas. It has a great subtitle of “Spot the impacts, engage in action.” We missed the unveiling on Monday, but there is a press event of Thursday so we will try to get an interview then. Head over to the Planet Action site to find out more on your own.
Just in time for the summer conference season and long flights, the iTunes 7.2 update has opened iTunes U, their educational portal for audio and video lectures, to the world at large. This portal includes quite a few topics that I think would be of interest to our listeners and readers including:
…to name just a few. If you have a long commute or are just up for a little continuing education, check it out. Please keep in mind that while you need iTunes to search and download, most of the audio and video are in standard formats so you can play them using most any media player (I’m still a fan of San Disk’s Sansa series of players). Also, if you aren’t up for iTunes U you can find most of these materials on their institutions websites, but I like me a good portal
First of all, yes, Oxford University Press does, in fact have a blog, and it’s pretty good. One of the features is Ben’s Place of the Week, where Ben Keene, the editor of the Oxford Atlas of the World, highlights a different place around the world with interesting little facts and a link for more information about each place. For example, this week’s place, Tsukiji, Japan, is home to the Tsukiji Market, a giant wholesale fish market where they sell over 400 types of fresh fish to feed the hungry masses of Tokyo.
If you have a spare minute, check out some of the places that Ben has featured.
Glenn and TheMap Room are pimping the upcoming book The Geospatial Web: How Geobrowsers, Social Software and the Web 2.0 are Shaping the Network Society where Sue and I have a chapter (14). We had a chance to read a few of the other chapters in the editing process and there were some good reads. Chapter 1 is available as a sample chapter on the books website at http://www.geospatialweb.com. If we get more than 1 copy we will give one away on the podcast.
The AAG is being recognized for its strength in wrangle a bunch of Geographers into a fairly cohesive unit.
The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is pleased to announce the five finalists for The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. … The award winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 following a best-practices workshop featuring participants from all five organizations.
It is great to see the AAG be noticed for its efforts. Congrats!
The New Climates project is a cool example of the use of New Media to create and disseminate artwork that explores the relationship between art, global climate change and networked culture. Contributing artists post short videos on subjects related to the theme of the project and, even though the site just launched, there are already some interesting contributions, including The Queensbridge Wind Power Project, that presents a hypothetical example of using windmills on top of a bridge in NYC, and N., which looks at the issue of warming in the Arctic through visualizations and sound bytes.
So, if you are interested in how New Media art can explore and inform issues related to global climate change, definitely check out New Climates.
The North American Cartographic Information Society has rolled out an online survey in order to gain and understanding of what the mapping community thinks about map design. The survey will be open through April 6, 2007, so if you have a few minutes to spare head over to http://www.nacis.org/map_design/index.html and share your thoughts on map design.
The results of the survey will be presented at the 2007 NACIS meeting in St. Louis and in Cartographic Perspectives, the journal of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS).