Monthly Archives: August 2014
The Beyond Mapping Compilation Series of the 25-year run of the “Beyond Mapping” column by Dr. Joseph K. Berry in GeoWorld is finally “soup.” The nearly 1000 pages and more than 750 figures in the Series provide a comprehensive and longitudinal perspective of the underlying concepts, considerations, issues and evolutionary development of modern geotechnology, including remote sensing, GIS, and GPS.
- Beyond Mapping: Compilation of Essays and Activities in Geotechnologies.
The Series is organized into four online books (with hard copy options), each containing an Introduction, Ten Topics, Epilogue, and Further Readings with links to online support materials including additional online readings, color graphics files, instructor materials, and software for “hands-on” exercises that are cross-referenced to the topics.
Book IV — GIS Modeling: Applying Map Analysis Tools and Techniques (columns from 2007 to 2014). This compilation extends earlier discussions of map analysis concepts, procedures, approaches, applications and issues affecting contemporary relevance and future potential.
Book III — Map Analysis: Understanding Spatial Patterns and Relationships (columns from 1996 to 2007). This compilation develops a structured view of the important concepts, considerations and procedures involved in grid-based map analysis.
Book II — Spatial Reasoning for Effective GIS (columns from 1993 to 1996). This compilation encourages the reader to extend the historic role of maps telling us “Where is what?” to “So what?”
Book I — Beyond Mapping: Concepts, Algorithms and Issues in GIS (columns from 1989 to 1993). This compilation describes an emerging technology that goes beyond traditional mapping and spatial database management to new concepts and procedures for modeling the complex interrelations among spatial data of all kinds.
The resource is available here, and permission to use portions of the Beyond Mapping Compilation Series collection of columns for educational and non-commercial purposes is granted (and encouraged). Navigation within this tsunami of information is aided by five separate organizational listings of the individual Beyond Mapping columns, including a Chronological Listing of the nearly 300 individual Beyond Mapping columns (.html and .pdf), an Application Listing that organizes the columns by application areas (.html and .pdf), an Operations Listing that organizes the columns by operational topic/theme discussed (.html and .pdf), an Interactive Listing that can be searched/sorted by any word or phrase, topic, theme and application area (Word .doc), and a soon-to-be-published Combined Index of keywords and phrases covering all four books (.html; in progress; planned for Fall 2014).
–Joseph K. Berry
Esri Story Maps are useful for many things in education, for students and educators alike. These uses include giving presentation, exploring historical and current topics from local to global scale, for assessing student work, and much more, as my colleagues and I have been writing in this blog and elsewhere.
They can also be useful for quickly setting up and giving quizzes to test student content knowledge, spatial thinking, geotechnology skills, perspectives, and so much more. As a simple example, I created a quiz about the physical and cultural geography of Wyoming, shown below and accessible here. In this quiz, I provide two photographs that I have taken at two different locations in Wyoming. I ask students to match the photograph with the correct location. Four pairs of photographs are included, and to solve the quiz successfully, students must think about landforms, rainfall, land use, and human impact of the landscape, using the map, their own content knowledge, and by thinking spatially. I like this kind of quiz because the students get to play “detective” and look for clues, but also draw on their own knowledge.
I used the new Story Map Journal template to create this quiz, and was able to quickly post it online. Give it a try to see how well you do on your Wyoming geography! You can create your own storymap quiz here.
An exciting new 5-week online course will be offered beginning 3 September 2014 entitled Teaching Geography in the 21st Century.
Geography is usually considered as the world’s oldest discipline, pioneered by Eratosthenes in 250 BC, and has a rich tradition of scholarship and innovation. Yet Geography has always embraced new technologies, research practices, instructional methods, skills, and content. How can Geography be taught in the 21st Century, embracing its rich heritage and yet looking forward to emerging and exciting tools and perspectives? What content should be included? What skills should be developed? Furthermore, why should geography be taught in the 21st Century? Why is it relevant to the understanding of and decision-making in 21st Century society, the environment, and current events?
The course is offered through eNet Learning, whose mission is to provide high-quality professional development, content, and resources that support educators and student learning. I created this video to describe the course in a friendly, personal way.
This course is designed to build geographic concepts, perspectives, and skills for those teaching Geography and those teaching other disciplines who seek to use geographic principles. The goal is to enable and equip educators to teach the subject of geography in engaging and informed ways; to help educators and their students to understand why and how geography is relevant to 21st Century life. Population, land use, urban, economic, health, hazards, and other themes will be addressed. A focus will be on scale, systems thinking, critical thinking, time and space, and place, through an inquiry-driven, hands-on, problem-based format. The course includes pedagogical strategies and technological tools to teach conceptual foundations, skills, and geographic perspectives. Hands-on activities will offer deep immersion in several tools, including ArcGIS Online, which provides an easy-to-use, powerful platform for analysis and investigation.
Participants will be equipped to: 1) Identify, describe, and discuss urban, economic, land use, natural hazards, health, and population issues foundational to geography at different geographical and temporal scales. 2) Apply geographic principles to effectively teach geography with the geographic perspective, and 3) Understand how to incorporate geospatial technologies, including dynamic web maps, charts, and data, to teach geography.
If you are creative, passionate, driven to succeed, and ready to work for one of the world’s coolest software companies, Esri may have a place for you. The work that Esri employees do every day is changing our world and making a difference, and you can be part of that! Esri is a growing company, and as such, there are a number of entry-level and internship opportunities, as well as an Esri User Conference Student Assistantship program.
Whether you are looking to start your career or try something new, at Esri you will work in a unique environment where you’ll have opportunities to make lasting, significant contributions to shape our technology and support our customers. Our casual, collaborative, and team-oriented culture will allow you to spread your knowledge and talent to far-reaching ends of the business.
We are looking for recent graduates with degrees in computer science, GIS, geography, information technology, business, and other fields to fill positions throughout our company. We have ongoing needs for software developers, account executives, application developers, project managers, product engineers, analysts, and more.
But you’re still in school—that’s great! Esri also offers opportunities for students who are looking for some industry experience while continuing their education. During our 12-week internship program, students make significant contributions to the Esri community as well as to our products and customers. Our interns work alongside staff members of all levels, gaining true work experience on projects they assist with or even lead. Esri has a long history of giving students the opportunity to do real, meaningful work. Their contributions to the company continue to make an impact year after year.
Not looking for a full-time internship? The Esri User Conference Student Assistantship program may be just for you. Each year, students help staff members with a variety of operations including registration, monitoring technical sessions, working in the Esri Store, and other logistical efforts. The assistantship opportunity is a great way to network with GIS professionals and other students from around the world plus get the chance to attend the Esri User Conference with 16,000 other people!
By Katherine Desy, Esri Strategic Marketing Intern
Landscape map layers about our natural and human-made environments represent a rich body of content for teaching and learning. These layers are part of the ever expanding and ready to use Living Atlas on ArcGIS Online. These layers are from a variety of authoritative sources, and acquired, evaluated, processed, managed, and maintained by Esri. Hundreds of layers are currently available, including evapotranspiration, critical habitat, hydrography, soil characteristics, land surface forms, geologic units, oil shale basins, agricultural potential, and infrastructure, with many more on the way. These layers can serve as input to spatial analysis and for the creation of beautiful and informative interactive web maps.
To begin discovering and accessing the data, all you need is an organizational subscription to ArcGIS Online. After logging in, access “Groups”, then search on esri_landscape, then uncheck “only search in your organization.” You will see the groups belonging to Landscape; most of the data is housed in “Landscape Layers.” In the example below, I am analyzing the impact of potential floods on crop type and hazardous waste facilities in northeastern Iowa. I found 20 hazardous waste facilities in the 100 year flood areas according to FEMA’s FIRM database and in this study area, shown as colored circles in the map below. There were 45 total hazardous waste facilities in the area shown on the map, so 44.4% of all of the hazardous waste facilities are within the 100 year flood areas. This is the type of activity that invites students to solve real-world problems using critical thinking and inquiry while building literacy and skills in GIS and technology.
For more detailed instructions on accessing the landscape layers, see this blog post from one of my colleagues here at Esri. Give it a try!
Snap2Map is a slick new app for iOS and Android that will help spread the power available through geotechnology. With it, building a Story Map app is as easy as taking photos on a smartphone or tablet.
Snap2Map relies on a user having an ArcGIS Online Organization login with publishing privileges. After logging in, the user creates a presentation, chooses a basemap, takes photos or chooses existing photos through the device, and annotates them (title and/or description). Snap2Map will use a photo’s location info or allow the user to move it across the street or around the world. Photo sequence also can be adjusted just by dragging with a finger. When complete, Snap2Map sends the points, text, map, and photos into a new feature service in the organization (this is why publishing is a requirement), creates the map, creates the Story Map, and generates a ready-to-go outbound message with the address of the published and shared Story Map. At this point, the user can log into the account via a web browser and make additional modifications to the map, such as adding a GPX track or other context layer.
The beauty of Snap2Map is its simplicity, and the mantra of a bright educator who said “We need to reach in and grab people through their door, and bring them out through ours.” People love taking geolocated photos. It’s an easy extension to bring them to the next level, a story strung together in a geography. After that, the sky is the limit. Fieldwork and even mundane local trips will never be the same again.
With Esri’s ConnectED offer making ArcGIS Online Organization accounts available for free to any US K12 school, for instruction, many educators and kids will have a powerful way to begin working with geotechnology, thanks to Snap2Map.
Charlie Fitzpatrick, Esri Education Manager
ArcGIS Online has always provided an excellent means for students to communicate the results of their investigations, and for instructors to teach with. But those capabilities just improved with the recent addition of a “presentation” mode. Those who used the presentation capability within ArcGIS Explorer Online will find it wonderfully familiar. Those new to the presentation capability will find it easy to use. An ArcGIS Online presentation is a set of “slides” that can show different map themes, basemaps, scales, pop-up windows, and specific locations, and can include titles. However, these are far from static “slides”, because at any point during the presentation, the presenter can interact with the map, allowing for a richer and fuller presentation with the audience as questions are fielded and discussion ensues. The presentation is shared as part of the map, which keeps things nice and tidy; in other words, there is no separate “item” that appears in your ArcGIS Online content for your presentations. You and your users then have the capabilities, provided you have shared your map, to open your presentation.
I created a 2-minute video that provides guidance of these new capabilities using a plate tectonics example, and a 10-minute video that creates and delivers a presentation on watersheds, rivers, and real-time weather and streamflow. Give the presentation capabilities a try!
For information about other new capabilities in ArcGIS Online released in July 2014, click here.