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The White House Launches “The Opportunity Project”

Utilizing Open Data to Build Stronger Ladders of Opportunity for All

March 8th, 2016  Sensors& Systems

In the lead up to the President’s historic visit to SxSW, today the Administration is announcing the launch of “The Opportunity Project,” a new open data effort to improve economic mobility for all Americans. As the President said in his State of the Union address, we must harness 21st century technology and innovation to expand access to opportunity and tackle our greatest challenges.

The Opportunity Project will put data and tools in the hands of civic leaders, community organizations, and families to help them navigate information about critical resources such as access to jobs, housing, transportation, schools, and other neighborhood amenities. This project is about unleashing the power of data to help our children and our children’s children access the resources they need to thrive. Today, the Administration is releasing a unique package of Federal and local datasets in an easy-to-use format and accelerating a new way for the federal government to collaborate with local leaders, technologists, and community members to use data and technology to tackle inequities and strengthen their communities. Continue reading The White House Launches “The Opportunity Project”

GMU 3 Day Python Class

GIS 0280: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems


As an introduction to Python and the arcpy geoprocessing module, GIS 0280 covers basic python syntax, control statements, and the arcpy geoprocessing module, using ArcGIS Model Builder to build syntax, definition functions, handling exceptions and Python. Toolboxes will be discussed. During this three day course, students will learn how to create python scripts for automation, through classroom discussion and demonstrations, including guided and practical exercises. Extensive knowledge of ArcGIS is required (with experience working with Model Builder).

Prerequisite is GIS 0110.

May 14-16, 2015 (Thursday-Saturday)

  • Time: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Location: PW     Status: Open




Attention GIS Day Mapathoners!! Read This Article


From trough to table: mapping the food chain saves lives

Tracking produce prevents the spread of disease and tackles food fraud

Nearly half of global manufacturers say they don’t have any visibility past their direct suppliers – in other words, they don’t know what is happening in their supply chain. While they may audit first tier suppliers, they usually cannot see beyond them to their suppliers’ suppliers.

In the food industry, a meat packaging plant buys meat from a supplier, which in turn buys beef from multiple farms in an area. The packaging plant keeps records on its supplier, but does it know the cleanliness ratings and health history of those farms?

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Hospital Using GIS

Ipswich Hospital tackling growing A&E demand using data mapping tool

Trust analysing reasons behind A&E visits, travel modes, demand levels and average waits within specific timeframes

 Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust (IHT) is trialling a data mapping tool to predict accident and emergency (A&E) admissions so it can bring in extra staff for certain times and days of the week.

Thanks to data mapping software from US geographic information system (GIS) software firm Esri UK, the trust can analyse the type and level of demand for its A&E unit and pinpoint hotspots for certain diseases and admission methods.  The platform allows the hospital to understand the reasons behind visits to its A&E department and the level of demand by cases, average waiting time or mode of travel. It can then analyse these figures over specific timeframes.

IHT believes the software will help it to improve resourcing processes, for example allocating more staff for busy times, thus reducing pressure on resources. It hopes pinpointing areas for intervention in this way will save money while maintaining performance and clinical standards.

The tool, which is hosted on IHT’s on-site data centre, combines location, clinical and financial data analysis and feeds into long-term financial modelling. The front end appears as a ‘management insight dashboard’, Esri UK explained.

The software allows the hospital to try out ‘what if’ scenarios and move to a more sophisticated way of visualising and reporting data to the board, according to finance and performance director Paul Scott.

The R&D project, which started in spring 2014, “has demonstrated the huge potential of looking at demand from a population rather than individual attendance basis”, Scott said.

He also claimed that the initiative is the “first of its kind in the UK”. IHT thinks the Esri UK tool could put it ahead of other NHS trusts in terms of innovative uses of IT in healthcare provision.

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Help For Your Cable Bill?

Feb 14 – The Future of Broadcasting has Arrived: STRATXX Airship Successfully Broadcasts Digital TV Radio Over 100km of Land

19.03.2014 11:26 CEST

News Release:


Stratxx Holding AG has recently announced that it has launched a new tethered Airship: the “X-Tower”. The airship is designed to carry telecommunications and broadcast payloads.

The team recently carried out a successful longevity test on its unique X-Tower communications airship platform. The Airship successfully flew for the scheduled 23 Days while only using 20 watts of power. The airship broadcasted 12 digital television and two FM radio channels for the entire 23 day flight.

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Free & Open Source GIS???

An excellent recap from the 10th (!) free and open-source GIS conference (FOSS4G), May 2013. There is so much more than just proprietary geospatial software available. See the following URL for an excellent recap of the conference: http://reprojected.com/blog/2013/05/28/foss4g-na-2013-was-a-home-run/ (note: you may need to cut this URL and paste it into your browser bar)

Spatial Data Resources; Geospatial volunteer?

The American Red Cross web pages are a great resource if you are looking for a links to geospatial data warehouses–particularly data sets used in responding to disasters.  Check out the following for more info: http://maps.redcross.org/website/Links/ARC_Disaster_Links_Resources.html

Volunteer your geospatial skills at:  http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer/opportunities.  The American Red Cross also has internships and paid positions; some are for GIS professionals.  (Note:  the easiest way to volunteer with the Red Cross as a geospatial professional is likely to be as a GIS Corps member!)

“Building the World’s First GEO-MOOC” (Directions Magazine podcast with Penn State)

“On Feb 21, 2013 Penn State announced that it will join several dozen universities in offering massive open online courses or MOOCs via the for profit Coursera company. Among the Penn State MOOCs to be offered later this year is what is believed to be the first geography or GIS MOOC: Maps and the Geospatial Revolution. Its author, Dr. Anthony Robinson discusses the role of MOOCs at Penn State and the development of the first Geo-MOOC.”

Check out: http://www.directionsmag.com/podcasts/building-the-worlds-first-geo-mooc-an-interview-with-penn-states-antho/311753

Interested in taking the course?  Go to:  https://www.coursera.org/course/maps