The NASA DEVELOP Program is currently recruiting for the spring 2016 term. This is a 10-week paid contracting position open for current students, recent college graduates, and career transitioning professionals including veterans of the Armed Forces. Although the term is only 10 weeks, there are many opportunities to advance through the program to year-long contracts.
This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Our projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA’s Earth observations. Participants work in teams, with guidance from NASA and partner science advisors, to demonstrate to partner organizations how NASA remote sensing imagery can be used in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. DEVELOP’s projects are interdisciplinary in nature, so applications are welcome from all academic backgrounds.
Mapping the Difference Between Minimum Wage and Cost of Living
Tanvi Misra Sep 10, 2015
There’s no county in America where a minimum wage earner can support a family. The minimum wage peaked in 1968 at $8.54 per hour, after adjusting for inflation. The current $7.25 is far too low for the 3 million hourly workers who earn at or below that threshold, and certainly not at par with the wage hikes instituted by other countries with similar economic trajectories.
Here’s The Economist on America’s embarrassingly low minimum wage:
Given the pattern across the rest of the OECD, a group of mostly rich countries, one would expect America, where GDP per person is $53,000, to pay a minimum wage around $12 an hour. That would mean a raise of about 65% for Americans earning the minimum pay rate.
But while several states have higher local minimums (and some cities plan to raise them further), the U.S. as a whole is not where it needs to be. To visualize the problem, MIT has released a new tool called the Living Wage Calculator, which maps the difference between minimum wage and basic costs of living in cities and counties across America. The map shows that for most minimum wage earners, supporting their families is an enormous struggle.
To work the tool, you can choose three types of households: a parent with a spouse and two children, a single parent with one child, or a single adult. Once selected, the tool maps the difference between living wage (the cost of living required to get by) and minimum wage for this household. The darker red the county or city, the greater the difference.
Please click on the link to read on:
From the Seattle Post by Jack Broom
Aug. 28, 2015
Greg Tudor, 50, of Olympia, is one of seven such specialists working on the Okanogan fire complex. That’s the most mapmakers Tudor has ever seen at a fire, and he’s been doing this since 2003, first as a state Department of Natural Resources employee and now as a private contractor.
The mapmakers on the Okanogan fire are part of a 50-person incident-management team that also includes experts on fire strategy and fire behavior, as well as those who deal with the many needs of running a massive firefighting response.
“Everything it takes to put a small city together at a moment’s notice,” said fire information officer Bernie Pinieda.
As a mapmaker on wildfires, Tudor has seen his art go from producing hand-drawn maps on a wall to generating and sharing online fire depictions that crew bosses can load onto laptops or take with them on handheld devices. The maps show such details as fire perimeters, cleared fire lines, resupply points, threatened structures and more. Click on link to read on:
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From GIS Cafe
If you are interested in professional certification (and you should be):
The new GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam® for the GISP Certification is coming!
Des Plaines, IL (August 27, 2015) – The Exam date will be announced in the next few weeks and a signup procedure will be provided on the GISCI web site ( www.gisci.org).
The GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam® is based on a complete job analysis, guided by the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM), and informed by the GIS & T Body of Knowledge. The GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam® is open to all individuals interested in attaining the GIS Professional certification. GISCI will offer the Examto individuals independent of the application for the portfolio review process. This means that GISP applicants can start the certification process by completing an application and taking the examination any time prior to attaining the professional experience required for the professional portfolio.
Exam content will cover the following knowledge areas
- Cartography and Visualization
- GIS Design Aspects and Data Modeling
- GIS Analytical Methods
- Data Manipulation
- Geospatial Data
The exam will be administered by an exam delivery company providing test locations around the US. The Inaugural Exam will be offered by the end of 2015 and test preparation materials will be available on the GISCI web site several weeks prior to the initial examination date.
The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization, established in 2004, to manage and operate the most overarching professional certification program for the GIS Profession and to promote ethical conduct among GISPs. GISCI offers participants from the first years on the job until retirement, a positive method of developing value for professionals and employers in the GIS profession. GISCI has certified over 7,000 GISPs, worldwide, and the GISP is increasingly viewed as a preferred certification in job descriptions.
Its member organizations include the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), and the Geographic Land and Information Society (GLIS).
This is funny-please read by Matt Sheehan Web Map Solutions!!
“You must love maps”
“Could you make me a map?”
“So your job is map making”
“Talk to those guys down the hall … the map guys”.
Please stop calling me the mapping guy
Enough is enough. Seriously. I did not like it then. Today, I am even less tolerant. I am not a mapping guy. Period.
Don’t belittle me. Don’t label me. Understand me.
We can bring new insight to your organization. Can provide new ways to view and analyse your organizational data. We are an important (new) face in the changing world of technology. Give us a hug, tell us we are special, then allow us to dramatically change how you run your business
You can tell I have had enough. If you head up an organization and are not leveraging GIS across your organization. You aren’t properly doing your job. Seriously.
Now I have your attention
Let me tell you two stories.
Story 1: You know how it is when you fly and have 1 stop before you arrive at your destination? You get off flight one. Worry about how you get to your next gate , and how long it will take. Your kids would love some food, a drink, maybe a souvenir. But you are in panic mode: ‘Gotta get to my next gate. Don’t wanna miss the connection’. Then you congregate at that next gate desperate to get on the flight.
How bloody ridiculous.
Suppose instead you were able to use a GIS app to help guide you to your next gate. Your connecting flight representatives know you are on the way. The app tells you where you can find a sandwich for Johnny and snow globe for Lucy, en route. What a relief. A completely stress free experience. Using a location-centric solution.
Talk to Geometri for more information.
Story 2: When a child needs an operation, its high stress. Some kids, in early life need regular visits to the hospital. Doctors are on call ready. These might not be emergencies, but they are critical to a child’s long term well being. The doctors time is precious. One procedure, follows another. So what happens in a city like Washington DC with horrendous traffic problems. Kids can be late. That is a huge problem, both for the child and medical team. How do the hospitals adjust their schedule? To start one child ahead of their allotted time, another later?
This is a location problem. If we know one family is held up in traffic, and another arrived at the hospital early, we can adjust our scheduling. GIS Inc, are building a solution using ArcGIS.
Now don’t tell me that is not cool.
Did I mention mapping
In two stories did I mention a map?
No. These are two location-centric solutions. A map is certainly in each solution set. But neither Geometri nor GIS Inc approached these challenges from a mapping perspective. They looked at two problems and used location technology to provide a solution. This is our role as GIS experts. As a company we apply GIS to solve location based problems. Whether it be putting in place for customers the GIS foundations, or providing a configurable GIS solution set
So I repeat ‘Please stop calling us the mapping guys and gals’