A non-profit group in California “California Competes” is using GIS to look at community college enrollment rates per zip code. This site includes a PPT explaining the study as well as an ArcGIS Online map with all California Community College locations and zip codes looking at the rate of college participation. Good example of how GIS can be used by colleges.
NOVA-GMU Team Presents at ASPRS Conference. From L-R: Jessica Fayne (NOVA, GMU), Melanie Feliciano (NOVA), Matthew O'Donnell (NOVA)
A combined Northern Virginia Community College-George Mason University (NOVA-GMU) team won the 4th Annual ASPRS SAC GeoLeague Challenge. Four teams entered this year’s competition, representing the University of South Carolina, Murray State University, Virginia Tech, and NOVA-GMU. Teams used remote sensing, GIS, and other tools to address this year’s challenge, Mapping Ecosystem Services in Coastal Belize Based on Landsat Data. The results of the analyses will assist planners in Belize in dealing with challenges including balancing tourism and habitat, a fragile fishery, and rising sea level.
The combined undergrad/grad student teams worked through a grueling two-step process. The first step required submitting a scientific paper following the guidelines used by the ASPRS refereed journal. In the paper, teams described their solution, including background on the project, methods (algorithm development & mapping techniques), and graphic illustrations. The second step of the challenge was a 10-minute presentation followed by Q&A with the judges and the audience attending the national ASPRS conference in Louisville.
The prize included $250 for the NOVA-GMU Student ASPRS chapters. The team is now busy revising their paper. After final peer review, the paper will be published in an upcoming issue of ASPRS’ scientific journal Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing.
NOVA-GMU team members are all current or former NOVA GIS students, and include: Matt O'Donnell, Charles Moser, Jessica Fayne, Melanie Feliciano, Helen Plattner, and Sunil Bharuchi.
As the geospatial profession continues to expand, the demand for entry-level professionals with appropriate skill sets is increasing as well. In 2010, the Department of Labor published the Geospatial Technol-ogy Competency Model (GTCM) to help employers and educators keep pace with changing require-ments in the geospatial industry. The GeoTech Center, funded by the National Science Foundation, keeps the GTCM up to date by hosting workshops across the U.S. to deter-mine requirements for entry-level geospatial skill sets. In late October, the GeoTech Center and Northern Virginia Com-munity College hosted a two-day Developing A Curriculum (DACUM) workshop at USGIF’s Herndon, Va., headquarters. DACUM workshops consist of a panel of geospatial technology professionals whose experiences inform curriculum requirements for contemporary education in geospatial science and technology. The GeoTech Center has con-ducted eight DACUM workshops to date. The workshop held at USGIF was in support of national professional development needs, with ancillary benefit to USGIF’s developing Professional GEOINT Certification program. The panel at USGIF included nine young professionals employed by GEOINT Community companies and organizations, including the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Dewberry, BAE Sys-tems, and various federal agencies and environmental service firms. Workshop results were compiled into a research chart illustrating the required skills, tasks, and knowledge of tools and software for entry-level geospatial professionals, which have evolved substantially over the past decade
In collaboration with the US Department of Labor, the National Geospatial Technology Center (GeoTech) is updating the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) so that it can remain relevant for the geospatial industry. GeoTech is conducting this evaluation to determine what modifications are needed for the existing competency model. Over 200 participants completed a series of surveys addressing Tiers 1 - 5 of the GTCM. The results have been aggregated and provided to a panel of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for review. These SMEs are representatives of the many sectors of geospatial technology and will evaluate the survey results before making recommendations. Upon completion of this discussion, the GeoTech will distribute our findings to the larger geospatial community for an open discussion.
Tiers 1 – 5 of the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) are a comprised of the following:
Tier 1 - Personal Effectiveness Competencies
Tier 2 - Academic Competencies
Tier 3 – Workplace Competencies
Tier 4 - Industry-Wide Technical Competencies
Tier 5 - Industry - Sector Technical Competencies
The Registration for GeoEd'14 is now open. Please go to: http://geotechcenter.weebly.com/geoed-14.html . The Conference will be June 11th in Louisville, KY. Workshops will be June 9 and 10, this is only the registration for the conference, each workshop as they are posted will have their own registration page.
Stipends will be available for two-year college educators. For more information about the conference or the stipend please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Need a resource to help you spread "geospatial technology" across your campus? Show the use of BIG Data? Help non-geospatial thinkers to think spatially. This is a great, easy to use interactive website that can be used in any class to help students learn to think spatially. It is looking at the world from the perspective on the north pole so good for geography, geology, biology, earth science and even political science. Try it - http://ArkGIS.org World Wildlife Fund. The site allow students to create maps on different topics - and download or print them and it illustrates ways that data from different sources can be integrated.
Registration is open for the GeoEd'14 Conference and Workshops. You can register for the workshops and conference directly from our website this year. If you are interested in presenting a paper or proposing a workshop topic please click on the button on the GeoEd'14 page. Additional workshops and the conference program will be posted as they become available, so check back to learn more about the conference. GeoEd'14 Conference is located at: http://geotechcenter.weebly.com/geoed-14.html
Registration for GeoEd'14 is now open!
This year the Conference will be held on June 11th in Louisville, KY and the Workshops will be held on June 9th and 10th. Each workshop will have their own registration page. Click here to register to attend the conference or any of the workshops.
Stipends will be available for two-year college educators. For additional information about the conference or the stipend please contact email@example.com
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