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How GIS Can Help Reform Broken American Healthcare System
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USGS Funding Uncertain -- For Good Reason
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On 8/1/11, Jennifer W Harden <> wrote:

> Hi Christine

> We are in the process of working out internships for the Foothill program
> under our USGS volunteer agreement program. Unfortunately we're not going
> to offer a hire or contract owing largely to the budget status for FY12.
> If you're still interested in participating as a volunteer for this
> effort, please email me again and within a few days I'll figure out the
> order of folks rotating in to help. Our first choice is to rotate the
> student interns in first so they can get credit this fall quarter (you
> already finished your internship from what I see) and then add more as we
> get skilled at sharing the servers and overseeing the work.
> thanks
> Jennifer
> Jennifer Harden
> US Geological Survey
> 345 Middlefield Rd ms 962
> Menlo Park, CA 94025
> 650-329-4949 phone, 4920 fax
> Research Web page

     No, upon further reflection, I am not interested in "volunteering".

     But I will be sure to forward your message below to my Congressional representatives and encourage them to applaud the USGS on this spineless commitment to job creation during these uncertain times.

     I will also be sure to point out that if the Menlo Park facility of the USGS is still "getting skilled" at administering multi-user transactions against their geodata that your funding for FY12 probably should be in question.

     Enjoy your unlimited stream of bright-eyed helpers from Foothill.

Christine Bush

New California District Layers Do Not A Map Make
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      Thanks to the producers and host of KQED Forum for using my online comments regarding the California Citizens Redistricting Commission's work on air:

"It is actually a disservice to refer to these as 'maps'. What the commission has done is created new district layers. A map *should* have a legend that shows us attribute data about the various districts so that upon viewing a member of the general public can discern something about the logic for the drawing of these districts. All the commission has given us is GEOMETRY. It is left to those of us familiar with using census data and GIS to draw any conclusions on our own. I'm very disappointed with the product produced by the commission regardless of what the results are the product may be."


Webinar recording for Del Mar College
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Thanks to Dr. Phillip Davis of the GeoTech Center at Del Mar College for the invitation to share some ideas regarding open source GIS for educators as part of their webinar series.  The presentation was recorded and is available for public viewing online at the following address:

Thinking Outside the Shrink-Wrapped Box
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This is the description I've drafted for a webinar I'm presenting for the GeoTech Center at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday 2011/02/18 from 2-3 PM Central Time. This event is open to the public.  You can register here:

Open Source GIS for Educators:  Thinking Outside the Shrink-Wrapped Box

    GIS is no longer a skill set of primary interest only to government and industry. Indeed, many students and professionals want to use, create and publish geospatial information in a diverse range of fields. As the popularity of Google's mapping appliances demonstrate, this new generation of GIS users do not necessarily need (or benefit) from enterprise solutions. Yet sophisticated commercial products like ESRI ArcGIS and Integraph GeoMedia remain the primary focus of many GIS programs at the college and community college level. Christine Bush is working to grow awareness that open source GIS products offer a better educational and financial return on investment for both teachers and students. In this webinar, she will present a topology of open source GIS resources and briefly demonstrate their use.


MPICT Winter Conference 2011 session: OpenGeo for Educators
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I was happy to have a chance to make my case for open source GIS adoption in the classroom earlier this month at the MPICT Winter Conference in San Francisco. I'll see if I can do something about the video within a video problem near the beginning ;-)

Quora & QGIS
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I was recently invited to participate on a site called Quora, where anyone can post a question about anything and those with answers can share their knowlege.  For example:

Has anyone used QGIS, and if so, do you recommend that over other open source mapping software?  I'm interested to know if Quantum GIS is a better option to Google maps or something else to share data visually around sanitation issues.

My response:

Comparing QGIS to Google Maps is really apples and oranges. Google Maps is NOT a GIS application, it is an online mapping platform. QGIS will let you work with PostGIS which is a very powerful geodatabase extension for PostgreSQL. A GIS program, like QGIS, lets you ask spatial questions like which points fall inside of these polygons? I recommend QGIS, but I also recommend you try the OpenGeo Suite (Community Edition):

I can also highly recommend this book, which provides a good intro to both QGIS and PostGIS:

PostGIS Home:

N.B. QGIS is not a map server, so if you have data in hand and you're just looking to publish it online then Google Maps or KML for Google Earth would be an excellent choice. However, if you have a folder full of .shp files, you may well need to use QGIS to process them before your data will be suitable for Google Maps.


Feeds gcpMaps is watching
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I'm no longer including feeds from GIS Cafe because their feed is just too huge and biased -- towards press releases instead of news of interest to consumers and developers.  I welcome your feedback on other geo-feeds that might fit in nicely here.
  1. allpointsblog
  2. anythingGeo
  3. arcgisonline
  4. careersingis
  5. cartastrophe
  6. esri_news
  7. expertGPS
  8. freegeogtools
  9. freegisdata
  10. gearthtwitter
  11. geocomm_daily
  12. geocortexblog
  13. geo-jobe
  14. geoutreachtwitr
  15. geosar_blog
  16. geoserverblog
  17. gisuser
  18. gmapstwitter
  19. googlegeodev
  20. ijgis
  21. kelsoscorner
  22. kml_articles
  23. kml_projects
  24. latlongblog
  25. lindacarmel
  26. lookbackmaps
  27. manifoldnet_gis
  28. mapmeat_blog
  29. maptogether
  30. oraradaratom
  31. planetizenblog
  32. ppgis
  33. randommarkers
  34. SpatialRoundTbl
  35. sirf
  36. spatialkeyblog
  37. tatuk_gis
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PGIS video on Localisation, Participation, Communication
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FYI: "PGIS combines a range of geo-spatial information management tools and methods such as sketch maps, Participatory 3D Models (P3DM), aerial photographs, satellite imagery, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to represent peoples’ spatial knowledge in the forms of virtual or physical, 2 or 3 dimensional maps used as interactive vehicles for spatial learning, discussion, information exchange, analysis, decision making and advocacy."




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