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The plan to close the USGS mapping center in Rolla, Missouri and move its operations to Denver has been put on hold after Missouri officials and legislators protested, and the decision will now be reviewed before any further action is taken
Not exactly spatial in the way the conducted it, but it is easy to see how it could be a significant variable in their work. The Census of Marine Life (COML) looked at over a 100 years of prices of seafood to infer impacts such as over harvesting of marine species. A great use of the historical record in an outside the box scenario. The detailed press release is available as a pdf from the COML website
On Friday, an article at NY Times Online reported that the original map delineating the legal boundaries of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been missing since early 2003. And, to make matters worse, there are no known copies, no digitized GIS data, no scanned image, nothing. The USGS made a new map, but it apparently differs significantly from the original. The last person known to have seen the map was quoted as saying he did not believe the map was stolen, but only a few people knew where the map was stored. In any event, the new map has already been used as part of a measure to open the ANWR to drilling.
Main Topic: Geospatial data dissemination. News: CommonCensus, GITA/DOL, Space Elevator Challenge, Planet Geospatial at SpatiallyAdjusted
Shownotes – Episode 14
October 23, 2005
Main Topic: Geospatial data dissemination
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John Krygier pointed us to Hopeworks, a program in Camden, NJ whose mission includes reducing the dropout rate and to create hope for the future. They attempt to do this by engaging students through web and GIS services. The site is impressive and the concept is great.
They also have a position open for their GIS Director, a great GIS and society position for those interested.
I will be heading to the Agronomy/Soils/Crop conference in Salt Lake City in a couple of weeks (which means we won’t be going to Applied Geography). I will be putting up posters while I am there, but if anyone is going to be at the conference, or just live in SLC, a meetup could be arranged. Email me if you are interested, if we put something together then I will post the info by Nov 5 and mention it in podcast 16.
An article on the use of podcasts in the classroom, primarily on their use in schools such as Duke and Perdue to act in support of classroom lectures. Fairly interesting.
While not really spatial, I thought Music Plasma was an interesing application for graphically showing relationships for data points. In this case, they’re pulling data from Amazon’s databases to show how certain bands “relate” to other bands, at least as far as Amazon’s customer habits are concerned. It’s interesting to remember that relationships beyond spatial ones can be shown using some of the more abstract concepts we see everyday in maps. Plus you can find really cool music you never heard of by starting with your favorite bands. That’s always cool.