Month: June 2011

 

How the states originally got their stories

We have tweeted about and talked about and shown the History Channel’s How the States Got Their Shapes often since the original 2 hour special aired and have sat entranced as Brian Unger has taken us through the first six episodes of the season. BUT…we probably need to take a step back and make sure to give the credit of the shows concept to Mark Stein who published the book of the same name back in 2008. In addition, Mr Stein has just released How the States Got Their Shapes Too: The People Behind the Borderlines which, as the name suggests, looks at the people who were most influential in creating the borders in the US. In the mean time, while we take some time to read the new book, you can check out a presentation Mark Stein gave to the Library of Congress about the first book.

VerySpatial TV 45 – Jesse@AAG

Jesse’s presentation Reaching out to highlight Geography from the AAG ’11 in Seattle. The presentation focuses on how to use social media and new media to distribute information about Geography.

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6th Anniversary Contest – Week 3

We continue our countdown to our 6th anniversary with the following question:

Be sure to submit your answer to be entered into our drawing for an XBOX 360 with Kinect (4GB model) additional details are available at the contest page.

A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 308

A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 308
June 12, 2011

Main Topic: Recent conference highlights and trends

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    In the GIS summer time

    Pack your bags and your GPS, June – August are GIS Summer camp months! All over the world GIS themed summer camps, summer internships, and classes are taking place for everyone from kids to adults. The Harbor Discovery Camps, an interactive marine and environmental science program that teaches GIS among other skills is hosted by the New England Aquarium. This summer, the Hip Hop Scientist’s Summer Science & Technology camp in NC is focusing on the achievements of African Americans in robotics, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Washington College is offering a Geospatial Technology Summer Camp for students in grades 7 -12 where kids will make a 3D model of their local town and help preserve its watershed. If you wonder where traditional camp crafts like macrame and bead work have gone, you can always create a bead work map like the one created by Har­al­dur Thor­leif­s­son.

    For “big kids” or adults who miss going to summer camp, there are many GIS summer camp opportunities. GIS Taiwan is one of many GIS symposium going on this summer for undergraduate and graduate students. GIS Taiwan theme is global initiatives. Like many summer courses taking advantage of teacher’s being out of school during the summer, The WV GIS Technical Center is offering GIS in K-12 summer camp for educators in August. Don’t forget the biggest GIS summer camp of all the ESRI User’s Conference and Education User’s Conference.

    National Geospatial Technology Skills Competition heads to Round 3 at the Esri EdUC

    We have talked about the GeoTech Center’s National Geospatial Skills Competition a couple of times on the podcast during the first two rounds, including an interview with Amy Bullard outlining the competition. Round one was an online test, and those who scored at a certain level were able to move on to Round two. Those in Round two created a video highlighting a software based project. The fourteen videos submitted to Round two have been judged and six finalists are heading to Round 3 to present their project at the Esri EdUC in San Diego. Those finalists are:

  • Evan Maier from Central Piedmont Community College
  • Feather Stolzenbach from the Community College of Baltimore County
  • Felicia Glapion from Northern Virginia Community College
  • Nathanial Wigington from Monterey Peninsula College
  • Paul Giers from Central Piedmont Community College
  • Sarah Tucker from White Mountains Community College
  • If one of the finalists can not make it to the presentation the next highest rank runner up will be invited.

    The presentations are currently scheduled for Sunday, 10 July at 3:15 in Marina – Salon F according to the EdUC schedule.

    Good luck to each of the finalists and well done to all of those who have competed in the first 2 rounds!

    VerySpatial TV 44 – Science on a Sphere

    While in Seattle for the AAG’11 we took an afternoon to visit the Pacific Science Center where we came across a Science on a Sphere installation. SOS is a NOAA led effort to visual global activity and impacts on, well, a sphere.

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    6th Anniversary Contest – Week 2

    We continue our countdown to our 6th anniversary with the following question:

    Be sure to submit your answer to be entered into our drawing for an XBOX 360 with Kinect (4GB model) additional details are available at the contest page.

    A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 307

    A VerySpatial Podcast
    Shownotes – Episode 307
    June 5, 2011

    Main Topic: Human Computer Interaction and Geospatial

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    6th Anniversary Contest – Week 1

    We begin our countdown to our 6th anniversary with the following question:

    Be sure to submit your answer to be entered into our drawing for an XBOX 360 with Kinect (4GB model) additional details are available at the contest page.

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