David over at the Surveying, Mapping, and GIS blog has posted a comment to SE15 and made a post on his blog regarding the MAPPS vs US case on Friday. Everybody I have talked to about the case has had something to say, so it is surprising that not more discussion is taking place on the blogs regarding a geospatial case that has made it to Federal Court…no matter what the outcome.
The AAG, UCGIS, URISA, GITA, and the GISCI have teamed up to create a rebuttal to MAPPS’ stance in MAPPS vs US. You can find the details or donate to support their legal costs at the AAG website. We are trying to get a few interviews from these organizations prior to the pending court date. If we get to talk to folks we will put up a special episode when possible.
Adena is blogging from the ESRI Federal User Conference, so be sure to head over to AllPointsBlog to keep up with what is going on in the ESRI world this week.
URISA has announced their first annual student paper competition. From the announcement:
Are you an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. student? Are you interested in a career using geographic information systems, information technology, geospatial technology, planning or community development? If yes, your writing and research should be recognized and shared with your peers. Submit a paper to the first annual student paper competition sponsored by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).
Head over to the URISA website for find out more. Oh and papers are due by April 2, 2007.
I’m not exactly sure how this plays out in less populated areas, but I like the idea. Placeblogger is an attempt to create blog/web communities in local areas. As the page says, “Placeblogs are sites devoted to a particular neighborhood, city, town, or region. They’re watercoolers for local discussion, a place to find out where to eat or a reliable plumber, or talk about the news of the day.” Right now, there is only six places listed for West Virginia and none in our specific area. Hopefully that will change if the idea takes off.
I really like the tagline though: “towards an annotated world with blogs, wikis, forums, maps…”
Over the last couple of days I have been reading Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen which can be found in the young adult section of your bookstore (why is it always on the opposite side of the store from Scifi/Fantasy). The thing that grabbed me was a dragon on the cover, but what sucked me in was the subtitle the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. Besides being a great rainy day read there is a strong geography undercurrent (the Cartographer of Lost Places is great) plus it is great for adult readers because of the allusions to classic literature throughout the book. There is some sample text available on the webpages.
Here, There Be Dragons
by James Owen
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
It’s great to hear that Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day are getting some TV promotion up in Canada. The Weather Network, Canada’s weather channel, is including references to GAW and GIS Day in its programming. It would be great if The Weather Channel here in the US could do the same.
Although this isn’t strictly geo based, I think the topic is important enough to anyone with information (A.K.A Data) to mention. The folks over at ars technica have an interesting discussion about a new report released by the Institute for Public Policy Research on Intellectual Property Law. I can’t find a link directly to the report itself, but their summary of what it says is pretty interesting in and of itself. Basically the report says that IP needs to move to a new model that includes consumers in the policy process. Knowledge is both a public good and a private commodity and perhaps we need to be thinking that knowledge is foremost the former rather than foremost the latter. The report was funded by some big IP players in the UK (BBC and the like), which isn’t a huge surprise that they would be interested. What I wonder given our recent talk with Ed over at the Ordinance Survey is how this might impact spatial data in the UK if their suggested model takes hold. Will that data become more of a “public good” as the report suggests?
As dorky as it sounds, this is a really neat time to be both in the political science and geospatial realms. It’s really fascinating to watch these debates play out in the private, public, and governmental arenas.
There is another podcast in the classroom space, and it is pretty interesting. Marion Mustoe of Eastern Oregon U worked with his class last spring to create audio responses to an assignment, which he then narrated and produced. His approach is a great way to show how different students will take different ideas away from the same assignment and still all be correct. If you get a chance head over and learn about the podcast (only 1 so far) and the mysterious bear on the dashboard (I guess PETA doesn’t get involved if they are of the teddy species [Ursus teddius])