Ag Spatial Analysis online; Kirkwood Community College

I’ve known Terry Brase for years, having met him during iGETT.  If you are looking for an Ag-focused GIS course, or want to learn a lot about practical application of advanced GIS analysis, this is a great course for you.

Kirkwood Community College will be offering Ag Spatial Analysis as a 3 credit On-Line course taught by Terry Brase during the 2015 Spring semester. The course will begin Feb 16, 2015 and run to May 11, 2015.

The course will be an introduction to the analysis of yield data using ArcGIS. Basic tools and techniques for creating interpretative maps such as temporal analysis; statistical analysis; net profit; and suitability maps will provide a fundamental understanding of analysis concepts. The course is hands on using actual data in ArcGIS.

Students should have strong computer skills and introductory skills in ArcGIS. Participants will be provided with a student version of ArcGIS for use in class exercises.

The 3 credits is college credit and not just continuing education credit therefore people will need to register with Kirkwood CC to enroll. Call Kirkwood at 1-800-363-2220 for registration assistance.

Public Lab End of Year Closeout


Happy Holidays and Winter Solstice from Public Lab!
It’s that time of the year and the season of giving is in full swing here at Public Lab. Right now we are giving the gift of open source science with additional savings on DIY environmental monitoring tools. Our injection molded, rigid, plastic, one of a kindSmartphone Spectrometer is on sale for $40. This handy little device quickly and easily assembles to attach to your smartphone’s camera turning it into a mobile spectrometer. The perfect gift for a budding field scientist, student of molecular chemistry or for just bringing the family and friends together around the kitchen table or outside. (Coming soon, a Festivus Low Aerial Mapping Pole for the rest of us.)


Specials on kits including Spectrometers, Filters, and Balloon Kits
Use a homemade spectrometer to scan different materials and capture a substance’s spectral “bands of light” signature. Our DIY Spectrometers make it easy to capture and observe the spectra on your phone of many unknowns substances (like Grandpa’s Secret Eggnog Delight). Host a spirited spectral showdown to explore your favorite holiday warming liquor. The applications are endless.


Baloon Kits are now only $75 until the end of the year! That’s a full set ready to go, you just add the helium.


Katie Peek in 24 Dec 2014

Courtesy Benjamin Hennig, University of Oxford
Courtesy Benjamin Hennig, University of Oxford

Cartograms—maps distorted so that instead of land area, they portray another quantity such as population or electoral-college votes—have existed since the early 1900s. Benjamin Hennig has refined the technique, and he made this cartogram to show the planet’s most remote places. He calculated the travel time from each spot on Earth to the nearest major city, then grew or shrunk the land at those points accordingly. The most remote spots appear biggest, while the densely settled areas, such as Europe, appear smallest.

See all 15 of our favorite recent data visualizations here.

This article was originally published in the November 2014 issue of Popular Science, under the title, “Dawn of the Data Age.