The Vespucci Initiative will hold two one-week institutes again this summer. The first week (July 7 to 11) on VGI and Citizen Science will be held in Fiesole, just outside of Florence, Italy. The second week on Brain and Space (September 1 to 5) will be held in Lisbon, Portugal.
I have attended a Vespucci Institute before and I can wholeheartedly recommend going. The application deadline for the first week has just been extended until May 15, and there are some travel grants available.
Carson Farmer and yours truly will co-teach a one week professional training course on free and open source GIS this summer. From August 4 to 8, we will cover the whole GIS production cycle from cradle to grave and introduce the different open source tools available.
More information on the course and registration is available on the Hunter Continued Education website.
The folks at Conveyal have come up with Disser, a very useful command line tool written in Java that disaggregates numbers assigned to polygons based on more-fine grained geometries. The example they use in their blog post is disaggregating the number of people in a census tract using building geometries to get an estimate of the number of people living in a building. This can even be done based on combination of attributes of the buildings, such as the ration between total square footage and residential square footage (since people usually don’t live in offices or auto repair shops).
Dark Horse Analytics has two great posts about how to simplify charts and tables. This does not only make them visually more appealing, but also much more easy to read. These two animated GIFs show this quite convincingly.
Dr. Gong (PI) and yours truly (co-PI) have received funding from the University Transportation Research Center for an 18 month project entitled Integrating Real-time GIS and Social Media for Qualitative Transportation Data Collection. The idea is to combine trip data collected through an existing app with social media data collected from Twitter to analyze trip purpose.
CUNY Graduate Center by David Shankbone
For the Futures Initiative, the inaugural project (2014-2015) is “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education.” This position includes an ability to design a sustainable public, online, open, community sourced mind map, concept maps, excellent data visualization, GIS mapping, probably on the Commons in a Box platform. Knowledge of ArcGIS and its open source mapping cousin QGIS a plus. Other relevant skills would be ethnographic, journalistic, community organizing, and communication skills.
Excellent opportunity for graduate students.
Map via user Addicted04 on Wikipedia.
I knew that the area has to be pretty large, but it’s actually humongous. The search area for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane is roughly the size of Australia.
Dear Internet: A birthday message from your dad.