Now that my laptop has returned from its journey to KY, I am catching up on most everything including podcasts. One of my standard suspects in MobuzzTV which is a dailiyish tech video podcast. On the Sept 14 they did an episode about mapping and mapping sites that was pretty fun to watch and even included mentions of the MapRoom and Google Maps Mania…woohoo. Check it out if you get a chance.
One of our listeners, Elaine, let us know about a radio series called Australia On The Map. The first program in this series, The Siren South, looks at early Dutch exploration and mapping of the Australian coastline. Since I am interested in historical geography, I am going to check it out as soon as I get a chance.
You can listen to or download the program from Australia’s ABC Radio National website
We haven’t done a promo swap since the very beginning, but I want to do more. If you are one of the growing number of folks who are starting to podcast about geography, or if you have been doing it for a while now, send us a 30-60 second promo of your show in mp3 format and we will play it in our web corner. Even if you do a show that isn’t geography send it in and we will play it somewhere in the show. Head over to the contact page for the podcast email address.
One of the cool sites mentioned when we interviewed folks from the SCGIS was the Conservation GeoPortal. The Conservation GeoPortal allows you to search metadata from other conservation researchers for data and information that is of interest. In addition to a metadata search there is also a map browser to look for data by location. Be sure to check out the portal.
A new addition to the geo video podcasting world is GISnation. I haven’t been able to find a related web page in the last 2 minutes, but I will keep looking. Until then you can check out the video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENmrfz1hYxY
I want to talk to these people!
Joe and Adena from Directions Magazine have posted what I believe is their first podcast. I agree with Glenn on the humor of discussing a webcast in a podcast, but humor is a good thing. Hopefully this won’t be a one time deal from Directions Mag and they will continue to podcast. It is at the top of my playlist.
As we have already mentioned Suzanne Rousie of SUNY Buffalo took home the gold in this years Skills USA Geospatial Technology Challenge, but what we haven’t been able to share with you was that Kevin Williams of the University of Arkansas took home the silver. This year there were only two medals given out, so congrats to the two medalists and better luck next year to everyone else who participated. It is great to see organizations like SkillsUSA working to support individuals and industry through competitions that encourage and challenge students.
The Amherst Bee yesterday announced that Sue Rousie of Amherst, NY is the champion of this years Geospatial Technology Skills USA challenge. This has not been posted on the Skills USA page yet, but we will be sure to update this post with the other medalists as soon as we can find out their names.
Penn State is offering a summer camp for 12-18 year-olds to give kids hands-on experience with GIS, GPS, and other geospatial technologies. The camp will be held from July 31st-August 4th at Penn State’s University Park campus. I think this is a great idea, and I wish we could get something like that started here. When we have hosted high school and middel school students in the past, they have really been excited when they can actually use GIS, even if it’s just panning and zooming around to find features or making simple maps.
If you’d like to find out more info, check out the camp’s webpage
I was looking up some domain names to register (I always look, but only own 2 domains) and thought of geography101.com. When I found it was taken I had to go see what great site had grabbed up that morsel of education goodness. I was definitely disappointed by what I found.
The URL forwarded me to maps101.com, another great domain name sure, but a login blocked web site that tauts that they are “The online learning program for teachers, librarians, students and parents, featuring thousands of maps, classroom activities, educational quizzes and more”. Unfortunately I will never know if this is true since there is not a single piece of information that can be accessed without logging in…other than subscription information that is.
With so many web companies realizing that in order to better monetize their products they have to loosen the reigns a little you would think more companies would take note. If you are an education oriented website with thousands of items, couldn’t you put a few out for people who stumble by to take a look? Even the Discovery Channel’s new education service/website (the name is escaping me) offers a few samples to get you hooked before you plunk down the cash to join. I am not suggesting that Maps101.com shouldn’t pay a few salaries, just provide a little content to help educate the masses AND lure the interested in for more.
Either way, if you are at an institution that has Maps101, leave a comment or send us a review to post so that we can know what it is like in the inner sanctum.
I should point out that they do mention a Free Trial option. But come on, we are on the web, who has the attention span to sign up for a free trial that doesn’t pop-up right away.