A quick interview with the Chair of the AAG Grad Student Affinity Group

I took a moment to sit down with myself to talk about the Graduate Student Affinity Group (GSAG) of the AAG.

Q: What is the GSAG…

A: The GSAG is an affinity group of the AAG that seeks to support Geography students in the AAG, and where possible, students at large.  We are about to enter our fifth year and our growth so far has been very promising.

Q: Who can benefit from the GSAG

A: We hope that everyone, at least in some way, benefits from the GSAG.  Among the AAG membership we focus on grad students, but these students will some day be professionals in the field and, of course, there are many undergrads out there now who will be going into grad school.  This cross-over means that we have members from each level of Geography.

Q: Is there anything you would like to point out for this years AAG meeting…

A: Yeah, I would like to encourage everyone to attend our sponsored panel session and our business meeting Wednesday night at 7pm.  We have had a nucleus of active members to date, and I think it would be great for others to become involved, both for the GSAG and for the individuals themselves.

Q: Thanks for answering questions for us today.

A: No, thank you.  We just want to get the word out.


OK, so I watch Everwood, but it is on hold while The WB shows this season’s Beauty and the Geek.  I am too lazy to delete the recording event on my DVR and this week I am glad I didn’t!  They had a challenge on the show where the ladies had to do navigate around LA using a set of street maps and with no help.  Funny stuff!  For those of you on the west coast…you should check it out.  This is definitely an example of how many people relate to Geography.

ESRI interviewed for FlashForward (podcast)

Adena over at AllPointsBlog points to an interview with ESRI staff members for the FlashForward Conference podcast.  As you might have guessed, the topic is Flash and related internet technologies, so it will be topical for the FlashForward conference and the Dev Summit…and for those of us who can’t make it to either.  Head over to the FlashForwardConference blog to download the podcast.

Open Source Geospatial Foundation begins…

Schuyler Erle over at MappingHacks.com has a round-up of Saturday’s activities in Chicago. The upshot is that we now have the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, OSGeo (eventually to be at osgeo.org). The organization will support several ongoing open source and free projects including MapServer, GDAL/OGR, PostGIS, GRASS, GeoServer, GeoTools, Mapbender, and Ka-Map to name a few. I will post more as more is announced (and as I continue to read the IRC log). I think this will be a great step forward that will build on the initial ideas of the MapServer Foundation.  Unfortunately, we had already finished the podcast for this week so it won’t be in the podcast news until next week, and hopefully we can drag someone for an interview on the OSGF once things have settled down.
Also noted on Spatially Adjusted, PerryGeo, Spatial Galaxy, SlashGeo and import cartography

Audio from the mainstream

Two new mainstream media audio programs leaped onto the scene today. OnPoint, an NPR program, hosted a program titled The Geospatial Web that covered the ubiquitousness of geospatial technologies, much of it mentioned on this weeks podcast and some that is planned for this weekends podcast when we look at Peter Morville’s Ambient Findability. BBC4’s Shop Talk also discuss Digital Mapping and Tracking which includes another group of geospatial technology experts.

Both of these programs can be listened to online on their respective websites and OnPoint can be downloaded as an mp3 from the iTunes podcast directory.
Via AllPointsBlog

States wary of Google’s Bird’s Eye View

Although this has been blogged in one form or the other several times over the last few months, I think it’s an increasingly pressing issue. States are having real problems about what they can see on Google Earth. This really gets to the heart of the whole public/private debate. As the article points out, Google isn’t putting out there anything that isn’t available from other places in other forms. It also reminds the GIS folks that sometimes completely innocent intentions can be feared.

The New York Times article

Via Digg

UCGIS Draft Body of Knowledge

UCGISThe University Consortium for Geographic Information Science has made a draft of its GI S&T Body of Knowledge (that’s Geographic Information Science and Technology, BTW) available for comment. This document is part of their Model Curricula. Comments can be made on the associated discussion forum on the UCGIS site. While the document is lengthy at 115 pages there are many pages of bullets. The file is available as both a MSWord document for editing and PDF.

Download the GI S&T Body of Knowledge document.