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.
HOPEWORKS ‘N CAMDEN – Expanding the Futures of Youth
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.
Newsday.com: Missed class? Try a podcast
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.
This weekend, NASA is offering its first Centennial Challenge, with $100,000 up for grabs. Ten teams will compete at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California in events related to space elevator development, including the Beam Power Challenge and the Tether Challenge.
The BBC news reports on a study conducted in the Brazilian Amazon by Brazilian and US researchers. While it is limited in details. the article discusses the use of different remote sensing techniques than have been used to calculate deforested areas to date. If anyone knows the journal article this is from please share in the comments.
BBC NEWS | Americas | Amazon damage ‘worse than feared’
The NY Times online posted a new article on Google Maps mash-ups. For those of you still not really sure about what the Google Maps phenomenon is all about, it’s a good introduction and mentions some cool sites.
You can read the article here (NY Times online requires free registration to view their articles)
It’s less than a month until Geography Awareness Week (November 13-19) and GIS Day (November 16). Already, ESRI announced last week that all 6 New England states and New York are participating in GIS Day. For those of you who may be new to working with geospatial technologies, GIS Day is an annual event that promotes GIS and includes events in schools, universities, and other organizations and has participants from around the world. If you or your organization haven’t participated or recognized Geography Awareness Week or GIS Day before, it’s a great event that can showcase how GIS, geospatial technologies and geography play a role in your work. So celebrate Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day!
Geography Awareness week info
GIS Day info
A resolution has been introduced in the US Senate to back the Bush administration’s efforts to stop the UN from taking some of the control of the Internet away from the US. It basically says that the Senate will support the US efforts in the negotiations in Tunisia, but at least they are aware of the importance of this issue. In this article from ZDNet UK, a couple of points were brought up that I didn’t even know: there have suggestions made that taxes be levied on domain names to pay for “universal access” and since 1999 UN agencies have thought about taxing Internet email. I know that people from other countries may not think that US control of the Internet is best, but given the current alternatives, the status quo seems like the best option.
If you think it’s ambitious to map the entire earth, check out the Sloan Digital Sky Survey According to their website: “the Sloan Digital Sky Survey is the most ambitious astronomical survey project ever undertaken. The survey will map in detail one-quarter of the entire sky, determining the positions and absolute brightnesses of more than 100 million celestial objects. It will also measure the distances to more than a million galaxies and quasars.”
They have already made quite a lot of progress, and their SkyServer offers all kinds of images and other data, and other cool tools for just exploring their data or for school and research projects