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AAG2015 – Gail Hobbs Student Paper Competition

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Every year at the AAG conference many specialty groups host student paper/poster competitions. I strongly encourage you to check these out if you are student, or let a student know about them if you are not. Below is the call for submissions for this year’s competition for the Geography Education Specialty Group.

The Geography Education Specialty Group (GESG) encourages students to participate in the GESG Gail Hobbs Student Paper Competition at the AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, April 21-25, 2015. Students at all academic levels are encouraged to present their recent geography education research in specifically organized GESG Gail Hobbs Student Paper Competition sessions. Students that present papers in the competition sessions will have their meeting registration fees (student member rate) refunded by the GESG. Additionally, up to two $100 prizes will be awarded to the best papers. In order to be considered, students should contact Dr. Herschel Stern by Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Submission and registration reimbursement details will be provided following initial contact. The final abstract submission deadline for the AAG 2015 conference is November 5, 2014. For any questions or for paper submission information, contact Dr. Herschel Stern at MiraCosta College, One Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056, hstern@miracosta.edu, (760) 757-2121 x6247.

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NASA, Big Data, and a Real World Jigsaw Puzzle

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NASA has posted two news items that illustrate the large amounts of data that they are generating. NASA| The Data Downpour is a  video describing how the GPM constellation turns observed radiances and reflectivities of global precipitation – falling snow and rain – into data products.  They detail this huge task in “GPM Mission’s How-to Guide for Making Global Rain Maps“. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight CenterPrecipitation Processing System (Greenbelt, Maryland)  is tasked with compiling remote sensing data from NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.  The  data set will eventually become one unified global data set.  A simplified version of a very exacting process, as any geospatial professional will tell you. (more…)

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Geospatial Professionals, Law, and Law School

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Geospatial technology is changing the legal environment in several distinct ways that have made the news recently. The first is the relatively new legal speciality of Spatial Law. According to GeoLaw, a Virginia law firm specializing in geospatial legal issues or Spatial Law, the rapid growth of geospatial technology has created the need for specialized knowledge of location based privacy, intellectual property rights in geospatial datasets, liability over spatial data, geo regulations, and national or other security issues.  GeoLaw maintains a Spatial Law and Policy Blog on Legal and Policy Issues associated with geospatial data and technology. It is the blog that you are directed to from The Centre For Spatial Law and Policy  which educates lawyers, businesses, government agencies, policy makers and others on the unique legal and policy issues associated with geospatial technology. Batchgeo maintains a map of top spatial law and policy stories around the world that the public or geospatial professionals can contribute, while it isn’t extensive it has current news for 2014. (more…)

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Of place and space – the VerySpatial book club

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unruly placesAs we have mentioned on the podcast a couple of times, we are kicking off a book club to focus on Geography themed books. We will focus on popular and trending books with an eye towards texts that are current and less expensive (under $20). We are using Goodreads’ group functionality to host the book club. We encourage you to go over and check out the group and join us.

Our first book is Alastair Bonnett’s Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies, which will be discussing through September. As this is part of VerySpatial you probably expect that we hope to have a conversation with each of the authors on the podcast. Our talk with Dr Bonnett and future authors will come out mid-month to give us time to chat about the book before and after the podcast. You can get sense of the book by listening to Dr Bonnett’s NPR interview from July.

We are already searching for future books, so let us know if you have any suggestions. If you are an author or a publisher, please let us know about your book so we can put on our list of potential reads. One thing we plan to do as we get a clear schedule (both for the discussions and future books) is to give away a few copies of the book we choose. To that end, keep an eye on the VerySpatial Twitter account later this week as we give away a couple of ebook versions of this month’s read.