I just received a heads-up about this event taking place on the Gulf Coast this week-end. The Coast Recovery Expo will be held this Saturday, January 28th from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi, MS. The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions is participating as a supporting sponsor as well as an exhibitor. There will be a number of notable guests including mayors from coastal cities, Attorney General Jim Hood, MDOT Commissioner Wayne Brown, FEMA Director Eric Gentry, and representatives from the Governor’s Commission on Recovery. There will also be over 70 booths including: SBA, FEMA, Gulf Coast Chamber, Hancock Chamber of Commerce, MS Contract Procurement Center, Coast Transit Authority, the sheriff departments from Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties as well as numerous private businesses, contractors, and service organizations. For more information, visit: http://www.1640wtni.com/.
Archives for January 2006
The CommonCensus Sports Map Project is an offshoot of the common census project that tracks sports fans across the US. Static maps for a number of sports are color coded to show fan areas. Of interest to me this week-end was the Clickable NFL fan map. Click on a map to draw a 200 mile fan area circle. Then a table is presented showing the breakdown of fans (from a sample) that turn up in that region. Of interest – the map I tested for the Seattle area shows SeaHawks were the #1 team (292 fans), followed by Denver Broncos, then Green Bay Packers. Interesting that Carolina Panthers were dead last with 1 fan in the sample! Note, common census sports fan project shows stats collected from some 16587+ fan votes and includes maps for NFL, NHL, MLB. See www.commoncensus.org/sports.php – static maps are updated every few days and online, clickable fan maps are always available. This innovative project enables sports fans to view sports fan areas and view maps from a variety of sports inlcudin NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, and NCAA… very slick and fun!
An interesting news item this week-end in the Locapoint DIY Map Service, a free online service to modify Google maps and easily place them on a blog or website. The free DIY service enables users to easily generate a customized google map with icons (bubbles) descriptions, and a pre-determined map scale and location. The service generates output an HTML code. Uploading the DIY Map on a blog just requires copying and pasting an HTML code. Check it out at http://www.locapoint.com/en/diymapHome.html
Think of it as an immersion week in geospatial sciences and marine biology in San Ignacio Lagoon, Mexico, March 6-12, 2006. The cost, $1,399.00 per person. This week long adventure is for both beginning and advanced GIS users, and will also be suitable for those with some experience looking to integrate GIS into their own conservation projects or professional work. The workshop will include 2 days of instructor led training covering an “Introduction to ArcGIS 9”, using ESRI training materials and taught by an ESRI authorized instructor. Participants will integrate these skills and perform exercises in an exploration of the Marine Data Model, and discover how data modeling is used in GIS. In addition, participants will work side by side with CERF’s graduate students and marine mammal biologists, collecting data on the distribution, behavior and ecology of gray whales occupying winter breeding grounds. The course will include data collection in the lagoon and the opportunity to learn how to use some of the tools used by marine mammal scientists, digital images, image processing software, CERF’s 10 year photo identification catalog, GPS units and underwater sonar tracking devices will all be incorporated in the field work sessions. Participants will contribute to CERF’s ongoing research projects, study the concepts of data modeling and management, learn and integrate the skills used in photo id cataloging, participate in behavioral monitoring of gray whale mothers and calves and learn the basic requirements for creating a working geodatabase for conservation planning. Additionally, those with ongoing projects or datasets are encouraged to bring their work with them, as we will have a Data Modeler and GIS Consultant on hand to work with these participants. For the full announcement – See also http://cerf.bc.ca/baja/whales.asp