Sunday, September 23, 2007

GIS internship in the Smokies

This internship is based out of Gatlinburg, TN. The primary goal is created FGDC compliant metadata for the existing park GIS datasets. Great opportunity to get some real-world experience and learn about metadata.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

RSS in plain english

In most of my classes, my students are required to maintain blogs to journal about their work in my classes. They also use their blogs to upload course work for me to review. Work like maps and data. In addition to the student blogs, I have a blog for each of my classes where you can find links to student blogs. My course blogs serve as a source of information for my students about the class. All of these blogs, I have just mentioned are only a start to the blogs and other websites we all try to keep up with every day. How do you keep up with all the new stuff put on blogs (and other websites) on a daily basis??? RSS of course.

Why is this important to GIS? RSS is important to GIS because it is one of the powerful ways we now get information and GIS is all about information. There are even specifications about how this is being used to pass around geographically referenced information through the web. This is called GeoRSS and more about it later.

First, I found this great video describing RSS and why it is so important on the web today. Check it out.

A big fat thanks goes to the guys at The Common Craft Show for doing such great work. Check out their site for a lot more!