Month: May 2014
Today is World Fish Migration Day 2014. It is a one day global initiative to create awareness of the importance of open rivers and migratory fish with over 70 organization supporters worldwide. It is also a very geospatial day because much of the outreach, education, and work being done is spatial. If you want to find an event going on in your part of the world today, they have an event map of World Fish Migration Day activities. Read More
It is that time of the year again, time to sit back and watch some super-smart youngsters rock our collective Geography socks off. Thursday night the finals of the National Geographic Bee will be aired at 7:00PM EDT on the National Geographic Channel. This year Soledad O’Brien steps into the spot of long time host Alex Trebek.
Here is a look at this year’s state (and territory) winners who traveled to DC for this week’s event.
Geospatial Niagara will be hosting a Geographic Education Town Hall next week to highlight the St John’s Declaration. The declaration is intended to advance geographic education for Canadians and is a initiative that was announced last year at the CAG/RCGS joint meeting.
The town hall looks like a great opportunity for people on either side of the border near Niagara Falls (and of course St Catherines where it will actually take place) to get together to find out what the panelists think about the declaration, geography education, and the geospatial profession. While the declaration is a Canada specific initiative, it mirrors the on-going conversations about spatial literacy you can hear from geographers around the world. If you know of similar conversations that are bringing geography/geospatial education to the streets let us know! We want to know what works best for sharing our love of spatial beyond those already sitting in the pews, so to speak.
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Massimo Vignelli, the Italian graphic designer who created the famous helvetica subway maps of New York City and Washington D.C, train stations in Italy, and other pared down cartographic designs, is gravely ill. Graphic design blogs such as Quartz, Creative Review, and Gizmodo are forwarding on a request by his son, Luca, Massimo Vignelli asking us to “Send a card to the man who put Helvetica on your subway map” A 2012 New York Times article, “The Subway Map that Rattled New Yorkers” describes the impact, controversy, and legacy that Vignelli’s System Map created, when it was revealed in 1972.
Vignelli has strong connections to cartography and design, among them, a long time friendship with Richard Saul Wurman, another New York City guidebook designer, whom he said was “on the cutting-edge side, where the fun is.” The documentary Design Is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli describes the life and careers of Vignelli and his wife, designer Lella.
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The June 2 deadline for the Esri Climate Resilience App Challenge is fast approaching. The challenge is open to geospatial developers, of all ages from the from the private sector and the general public, to create an app using the Esri ArcGIS Platform that conveys data on climate change risks and impacts in compelling and useful ways that help citizens, businesses, and communities make smart choices in the face of climate change.
The challenge is based on Climate Data Initiative needs outlined in the Climate Action Plan developed by the Obama Administration in June 2013. A new initiative in 2014, Climate.Data.gov provides resiliency data and tools on topics such as the vulnerability of the food supply and the threats to human health from climate change. Geographic map data for climate preparedness from different agencies has been collected and is made available via the geoplatform.gov and cliamate.data.gov. Several examples of existing flood and other tools are available for developers planning to enter the challenge.
Today, NASA, geospatial scientists, and people from around the world celebrate the first time that we saw Earth, in a now familiar view, from space. Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., the first American in space, took the famous photo from the Freedom 7 Mercury capsule on May 5, 1961. The Space Fellowship website and community discuss “The Pioneering Mercury Astronauts Launched America’s Future” . The Kennedy Space Center Historical Archive of Manned Space Flights gives a detailed mission objective for the Freedom 7 from May 5th. If you want to relive the moment, Extreme Tech provides a live video feed of Earth from Space, as part of the High Definition Earth Viewing experiment.
The Federation of American Scientists has an information rich remote sensing tutorial that states, “Before entering this Overview, ponder this slogan: REMOTE SENSING is the BACKBONE of the SPACE PROGRAM”. The backbone of modern remote sensing might well be education, innovation, and experimentation – Alan B. Shepard said that , “The first plane ride was in a homemade glider my buddy and I built. Unfortunately we didn’t get more than four feet off the ground, because it crashed.” Educators, citizen scientists, and hobbyists of all types are creating hands-on remote sensing and unmanned vehicle education that will inspire the next generation.