Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) has just published six new data layers in the Landscape for Contributors group in ArcGIS Online. These layers contain information on hazardous waste sites, global human footprint, emissions, roads, population, and the world’s remaining wild areas. This data is free to use. Look for additional data from CIESIN in the Landscape for Contributors group in the upcoming months!
July 14, 2015
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/epa-has-new-tool-mapping-where-pollution-poverty-intersect-180955663/#l4kJfOZmx8QGVJLf.99
Open up the Environmental Protection Agency’s new EJSCREEN tool, click into the map and pull up your neighborhood. Are you exposed to higher then average amounts of particulate matter? Or are you close to bunch of Superfund sites ridden with hazardous waste? And how do those environmental factors overlap with the demographic breakdown of your block?
The maps are color coded to reflect different levels of pollution, with grey at one of the spectrum representing minimal levels of discharge to bright red at the other for the highest ones. For example, an area in South Seattle, which is in the 80th percentile for minority popluations, is also in the 80th percentile for ozone pollution, and the 90th for water pollution discharge. The map is splashed yellow and red in that neighborhood. The surroundings areas, which are less than 50 percent minority, have much lower rates of both kinds of pollution.
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By Meghan Karavidas, Esri
Walgreens, headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, is the largest drugstore chain in the United States. Stores are located within five miles of 75 percent of the US population, offering prescriptions, grocery and gift items, photo printing services and beauty products.
Walgreens built spatial analytics capabilities into their business processes using ArcGIS for Server. An Enterprise Location Intelligence team within the corporate strategy organization was put together to help with GIS-related projects in partnership with other business divisions throughout the company.
GIS has helped the company adapt successfully to changing market conditions and be primed to grow. The team helps to fine-tune store location and product mixes by understanding individual market needs. The result has been the first global pharmacy-led, health and well-being organization with a combined business operating in more than 25 countries and increased sales by 35%.
To learn more, watch the video.
The V1 Video team interviewed Chris Andrews, product manager for 3D at Esri, at the GEOINT Symposium in Washington, D.C.
Welcome to FirstMap Open Data!
This site provides the ability to search, filter, and download Delaware’s publicly available spatial data in a variety of formats including shapefile and KML. Select a category to see the data available, or use the search tool at the top of the page.
Is Africa bigger than North America?
Yes! In fact, North America, including United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland, could easily fit inside Africa with plenty of room left to add Central America, Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia too.
Most of the maps we use day to day distort the relative sizes of countries, making countries near the equator look relatively small and countries near the north and south pole look relatively huge. However, we can compare the true sizes of countries by using a different type of map.
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Secret Cold War Maps
A military helicopter was on the ground when Russell Guy arrived at the helipad near Tallinn, Estonia, with a briefcase filled with $250,000 in cash. The place made him uncomfortable. It didn’t look like a military base, not exactly, but there were men who looked like soldiers standing around. With guns.
The year was 1989. The Soviet Union was falling apart, and some of its military officers were busy selling off the pieces. By the time Guy arrived at the helipad, most of the goods had already been off-loaded from the chopper and spirited away. The crates he’d come for were all that was left. As he pried the lid off one to inspect the goods, he got a powerful whiff of pine. It was a box inside a box, and the space in between was packed with juniper needles. Guy figured the guys who packed it were used to handling cargo that had to get past drug-sniffing dogs, but it wasn’t drugs he was there for.
The Soviet Military secretly mapped the entire world, but few outsiders have seen the maps—until now.
Inside the crates were maps, thousands of them. In the top right corner of each one, printed in red, was the Russian word секрет. Secret.
The maps were part of one of the most ambitious cartographic enterprises ever undertaken. During the Cold War, the Soviet military mapped the entire world, parts of it down to the level of individual buildings. The Soviet maps of US and European cities have details that aren’t on domestic maps made around the same time, things like the precise width of roads, the load-bearing capacity of bridges, and the types of factories. They’re the kinds of things that would come in handy if you’re planning a tank invasion. Or an occupation. Things that would be virtually impossible to find out without eyes on the ground.
Given the technology of the time, the Soviet maps are incredibly accurate. Even today, the US State Department uses them (among other sources) to place international boundary lines on official government maps. To read more click on the link!!!
Great Opportunity!!! Deadline Wednesday July 22nd:
The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is a nine-month, unpaid eInternship. VSFS virtually connects U.S. citizen college students with State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Foreign Commercial Service, Foreign Agriculture Service, Broadcasting Board of Governors, and other US government agency domestic offices and U.S. diplomatic posts overseas to engage in digital diplomacy. Because these eInternships are virtual, students can have a flexible virtual work schedule during the academic year, allowing both academic and eInternship goals to be met.
The State Department is looking to American college students to lead the State Department and U.S. Government in conducting digital diplomacy and engage American citizens in its diplomatic efforts. A Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship is an opportunity to play an important role in advancing the federal government’s reach in diplomacy, development, journalism, trade, and agriculture initiatives. eInterns will act as citizen diplomats and will have the opportunity to connect with each other and work collaboratively with eInterns across the country.
The Department of State and the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of eDiplomacy encourage college and graduate students from all majors and backgrounds to apply to the VSFS eInternship program.
For more info click on the link above!
Remember that car beats exercise in chapter 4 of your GIS 200 textbook? Check out Oakland’s real-time crime map:
City of Oakland’s Real-Time Crime Map Advances Transparency
The City of Oakland, California, has taken another step toward offering citizens open access to public data by launching the Oakland Police Department (OPD) Calls for Service application. Built using geographic information system (GIS) technology on the Esri ArcGIS platform, the web app provides real-time crime data using an interactive map available from both OPD and city websites.
The new open data source is the latest technological upgrade for the city in an ongoing effort to increase public engagement and information sharing.
“We are committed to transparency, and the Calls for Service application is a tool that assists us in providing information to Oaklanders,” Chief of Police Sean Whent said.
The city’s Information Technology Department designed the app using Esri’s ArcGIS GeoEvent Extension for Server. The extension enables minute-by-minute access to information about crime that occurred within the last 24 hours, filtered through OPD’s 911 computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system.
“Through our partnership with Esri, the city’s IT Department built a robust, secure, and scalable GIS platform to achieve our goal of empowering first responders, city staff, and residents to leverage location-based services,” said Ahsan Baig, division manager, Public Safety Services and Business Applications at the City of Oakland.
Citizens can now map real-time data from Continue reading Oakland Real-Time Crime Map
This link via one of our students-thanks!!!