As If You Don’t Have Enough To Do…Coursera Courses

According to the FAQ towards the bottom of each webpage, you can take the courses for free if you are not going for a specialization certificate.  There is an intro class to Python which starts May 22nd:

AND a data scientist track which includes R programming (April 6) and statistical inference (April 6):

Please let me know if you try any of these courses and if you would recommend them to other students!


Women Mapping the World Conference

Explore the role of women in the evolution of mapping and use of maps by women both in the past and today through a series of illustrated presentations by some of the leading experts in the field including Tanya Atwater, Annette Krygiel, Roberta Lenczowski, Letitia Long, Janice Monk, Kathleen Smith, and Judith Tyner. On Saturday, March 28, attendees may also enjoy a special tour of the extraordinary collections of the Geography and Map Division at The Library of Congress.


For more information, visit the website:

Critical Need! DHN Typhoon Pam in Vanuatu

Subject: DHN Typhoon Pam in Vanuatu –  Activation

March 16,  2014

GISCorps  is officially deploying remote volunteers in response to a Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) request from UN OCHA to assist with baseline and response data mapping for Typhoon Pam, a typhoon that devastated the island nation of Vanuatu on March 14, 2015.   GISCorps will be working on this task with MapAction (who are deploying to Vanuatu) and PeaceGeeks (who will be bringing in volunteers who are familiar with Vanuatu’s geography and language).

Softwares requested for this work include ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online,  and access to Skype and Google Drive documents. Volunteers are likely to also use additional tools such as Google Earth, Micromappers, and others.

Volunteer skills required (If you have one or more of the skills listed below – please join us):

ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Online

Experienced geo-location skills

Media monitoring skills for data mining.

Verification skills.

GISCorps volunteers will be coordinating online via Skype and Google Drive.

Estimated deployment timeframe: Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March, 22.

STEP 1: Please sign up for the deployment here and indicate your availability:

STEP 2: We will add you to the Skype chat window for the deployment and share the Data Scramble Google Doc.  Please check the Skype window for further instructions and to obtain tasks.

Deployment Leads:

Helen Campbell (ACAPS) –

Renee Black (PeaceGeeks) –

Heather Milton (GISCorps) –

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you very much for your time and we look forward to working with you!