Article: How cryptographic ledgers are helping geospatial researchers deal with information overload

Geospatial, Open Data

How cryptographic ledgers are helping geospatial researchers deal with information overload

Out of all the potential use cases of geospatial services, it could be that location-based real-time monitoring applications are the fastest growing. Some experts believe that these are expected to be the biggest drivers of the Earth Observation field in coming years, which could end up creating an unprecedented amount of data. Existing GIS solutions for long had to deal with increasingly large datasets, but this could potentially portend the creation of exponentially massive ones.

Computer industry representatives believe that blockchain-based solutions could be used to manage these geospatial datasets regardless of their physical size. Agricultural supply chain managers have been turning to distributed cryptographic ledgers to manage GIS data collected in that industry. Programmers might soon start to apply these to the observation industry, which has been one of the biggest information-creators in recent years.

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Article: HSR.health’s GIS platform helps target COVID-19 resources

Geospatial, Open Data

HSR.health’s GIS platform helps target COVID-19 resources

Resolution of the COVID-19 crisis has come down to how quickly governments can vaccinate individuals before more contagious variants of the virus evolve and spread. One platform playing a critical role in helping health care organizations win that race is a geographic information system (GIS) platform created by Health Solutions Research (HSR.health) and accessed as a cloud service.

The GeoHealth Platform HSR.health developed combines social determinants of health with social media data and estimated health care costs to surface potential hot spots. Created prior to the pandemic, the platform relies on a Health Risk Index model created using geospatial mapping software from Esri and open source Geoserver software for sharing geospatial data, HSR.health CEO Ajay Gupta told VentureBeat. “We wanted to track social determinants of health,” he said.

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Article: Empowering women in geospatial information technology – Nepal 2021 edition

Geospatial, Open Data, Open Source

Empowering women in geospatial information technology – Nepal 2021 edition

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is inviting applications to a theoretical and hands-on training on the use of Earth observation (EO) and geospatial information technology (GIT). This training is exclusively for women in Nepal who have completed a bachelor’s degree or are enrolled in a university-level curriculum.

ICIMOD has been organizing the “Empowering women in geospatial information technology” training under its SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative for the past three years. The training course, extended exclusively to young women from Nepal and Pakistan, and provides them with theoretical as well as practical knowledge in the use of EO data and GIT using real-world examples from the HKH region. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the fifth iteration of this intensive four-day course is being offered online to eligible women from Nepal.

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Article: A new tool hopes to uncover the lost ancestry of enslaved African Americans

History, Open Data
Isaac Granger Jefferson, Virginia (c. 1845)

A new tool hopes to uncover the lost ancestry of enslaved African Americans

I would give everything I own for the chance to interview Mary Jen Burton Jessie. My mother’s grandmother was born in 1875 near Aiken, South Carolina, 12 years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Without ever seeing a picture or drawing of her, I visualize a stocky build, prominent cheekbones, rounded shoulders. All physical trademarks courtesy of my maternal side.

And if I thought my mother Eloise got carried away by birthing 10 children, Mary Jen one-upped her. The 11 surviving children she and Henry Jessie created are half the leaves on part of my family tree I’ve been able to pluck and prune together since joining Ancestry.com back in 2018.

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Article: Launch of Innovative GIS Certificate Program Taught by SMEs

Geospatial, Open Data

Launch of Innovative GIS Certificate Program Taught by SMEs

Learn ArcGIS, Open Source GIS, and cloud on one EdTech platform – There is a new source for geospatial tech education that is exciting instructors and students, Bootcamp GIS.  A growing library of courses are being taught by Subject Matter Experts that demonstrate their real projects through online short courses.

There is a new source for geospatial tech education that is exciting instructors and students, Bootcamp GIS.  A growing library of courses are being taught by Subject Matter Experts that demonstrate their real projects through online short courses.  The platform gives students the flexibility to pick a single course, build a certificate, start classes when they want, and choose tiers of instructor interaction.

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Article: The fascinating world of GIS- An Introduction.

Geospatial, Open Data

The fascinating world of GIS- An Introduction.

Imagine it is 2019- you sit in your car and speak “drive me to work”. A map pops up on your screen showing you the shortest route, the live traffic, and even updates about roadwork in progress.

You then say “add stop- Starbucks” because who doesn’t love a good coffee in the morning, right? The map beeps and finds the nearest coffee shop; it almost accurately estimates your detour and time of arrival to work.

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