Kids have strong opinions about school

and they should!

Amanda Ripley @ PopTech 2012 looks at why different areas perform as they do when compared using standardised tests. Her approach is well represented by the quote included in the Vimeo posting of the talk:

“Kids have strong opinions about school. We forget as adults how much time they sit there contemplating their situation.”

(Hat Tip: Scott McLeod @ Dangerously Irrelevant)

While this is an American talk focusing on the American situation, it makes some really interesting observations.

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Applied Geospatial

Better decisions using Geography

I like this non-technical explanation of GIS by ESRI Ireland for a few reasons, but especially for including the line:

“GIS allows us to make better decisions using geography”

As this, for me, is what is at the core of the discipline of Geographic Information Science and Technology.



Have you fleened your ogglefloggle recently?

Simon Sharwood from the website The Register has written about the online mapping problems caused by weak GPS and sloppy check-ins to social media services from smartphones:

“Next time you check in with foursquare or Facebook, please stand right outside the venue, make sure your smartphone has a very good GPS signal and describe the location accurately.

That’s the wish of the spatial data community, which is getting grumpy about user-generated spatial data.

To understand why…”

Click here to read the full article

Read the comments too!
Particularly if you are wondering about this post’s title…

spatial resources

Old Maps Online

Launched yesterday (Feb 29th 2012), Old Maps Online allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.

All copyright and IPR rights relating to the map images and metadata records are retained by the host institution which provided them and any query regarding them must be addressed to that particular host institution. Host institutions provide their own Terms of Use. Along with the links provided in the individual search results a general link to the maps section of the website of each host institution is also provided on the Collections page following each Collection description.


ZenGIS and the City of Dublin, Ohio

Brandon Brown observes that the users of GIS services

“want to be able to find without looking, understand without learning, and do it all fast.”

Which sounds about right to me!

The article contains selected Zen-based sayings that have been interpreted into strategies that his team follow in the quest for GIS communication enlightenment in their work at the City of Dublin.