Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Here are a couple of posts on the topic ...
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Get the flyer here ...
Get the full schedule of events here ...
Get the list of presenters here ...
Get the GIS Day Cake Decorating Contest Information here ...
Monday, October 27, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Both are natural resource related positions.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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Examples of student work
- Assessment / Achievement
- Grants and Financial
- Student Information
- Professional Development
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
From there, we went to Indira Gandhi National Open Universtiy (IGNOU), a very large university with a major campus in Dehli. IGNOU has 1.8 million students (yes ... 1.8 million) throughout 20+ countries. We met with the chair of the School of Engineering and Technology, another professor in the School of Engineering and Technology, and a professor in the School of Sciences. This meeting provided an opportunity to discuss education in the 21st century for students in North Carolina, India and the entire world. The purpose of this open University is to 'reach the unreached'. They have a very similar goal the Community College in the United States has of working with non-traditional students.
* Reaches the entire country of India using a model of 48 Regional Centers. The Regional Centers cover all the states in India and take care of all admistration tasks including student advising and registration.
* 2000 Study Centers where various subjects are taught. These Study Centers work with other colleges and Universities in varied geographic locations to share/contract resources such as lab space.
* Vast distance learning initiative including their own TV station with 25 channels, FM radio stations and other ways of reaching students that are not on campus.
* 'Self-instructional material - many text books are written collaboratively by teams of faculty and other experts.
* Many courses are offered in several languages.
* Classes culminating with certificates, diplomas, Masters and PhD's.
* Just beginning to have first classes online.
Potential collaboartion between our colleges include opportunities to develop curricula that may be shared through learning objects. Other collaboration may include international collaboration between students and faculty on school work and projects.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tomorrow, we will be picked up at 7:30am and be driven to IBM to meet with the Director of Education for the country and then on to Indira Gandhi National Open University- IGNOU - for another meeting before flying out to Agra for the weekend.
Highlight of the flight for me ... GPS tracking of the plane all the way so we could see exactly where we were the entire time. I took a picture of the screen in front of me but it is pretty blurry. You get the idea though - we heade NE out of Neward towards Greenland and then across towards Moscow and down through Afghanistan and Pakistan into India.
Second highlight for me on the flight ... viewing the mountain range between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Not the northern Hindu Kush region we all know so much about thanks to Al Qaeda taking refuge there but impressive none-the-less.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Mapping Our World Using GIS: Our World GIS Education, Level 2 (Our World GIS Education) [Illustrated] - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/158948181X
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
|Job Title||Computer Programmer Analyst II (GIS Analyst)|
|Salary Range||$41,240 - $45,587|
|Job Location||Planning / GIS|
|Job Details|| |
Responsible for the implementation, development and maintenance of geographic information systems (GIS) projects and databases within an enterprise environment. An employee in this class is responsible for performing data quality assurance for GIS databases, automated application development, and provide technical assistance to both internal and external customers who use GIS technology. Work may also involve occasional presentations to users and upper management.
Examples of Work
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Minimum Education and Experience
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
August 18th is the first day of the semester.
We are offering the following GIS courses this fall:
- 4 sections of GIS 111 - Introduction to GIS
- GIS 121 - Georeferencing and Mapping
- GIS 215 - GIS Data Models
Call or email to get signed up!
pkennedy (at) abtech.edu
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Application deadline for fall internships is July 8and November 1 for spring internships.More information at http://www.vsgc.odu.edu/gisintern/.
Monday, June 30, 2008
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We are getting things nailed down for our trip. Looks like we'll be gone September 17, 2008 through September 27, 2008
So far we'll be visiting:
[The Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara is involved in incorporating spatial thinking and analysis into fields of study that range from marine biology to religious studies, and Director Michael Goodchild envisions a future where spatial thinking will be taught in high schools alongside history and algebra.]
"There’s been a democratization of GIS over the past couple of years," Goodchild
said. "It’s reached the point where everyone needs to learn it."-
Goodchild quoted in "GIS: Cops Favor New Kind of Plotting" in Miller-McClure Magazine
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Very interesting article on computer storage ...
read it... and look at the links below. Many have geographically based data and NCDS that gets a mention stores all their data right here in Asheville!
This one would fit one of our Computer Technology students well if they also got the GIS certificate ...
TWO YEAR DEGREE IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING AREAS: GIS/GPS, GEOGRAPHY,
COMPUTER SCIENCE, SURVEYING AND MAPPING, FORESTRY, ENVIRONMENTAL
SCIENCE, OR A RELATED DEGREE.
$30749 - $49880
Thursday, June 19, 2008
And this is a big deal for GIS folks. We teach that Eratosthenes was one of the first scholars to calculate the circumfrance of the earth, a basic measurement needed for mapping of the earth to occur. Now there are literally 100's of ellipsoids/spheriods that approximate the shape and the size of the earths surface. These ellipsoids have evolved over time as technologies have advanced and more accurate measurements of the earths shape and size have been made. What's amazing is how close Eratosthenes was to todays estimates of the circumfrance of the earth.
Depending on the source, it is thought Erathosthenes was between 10 and 20 % off of the 'actual' circumference of the earth. Although, we still debate about the 'actual' circumfrance.
Some reasons it is so amazing how close his calculation were:
- the well in Syene was not at 23.5 degrees (the Tropic of Capricorn) like he thought.
- his calculation of the distance between the well in Syene and Alexandria was not completely accurate
At any rate... it was neat to see this on http://www.wired.com/ last week. I just got the post up after starting on the solstice last Thursday.
Monday, June 16, 2008
It is all but official (no plane tickets booked as of yet) - we are going to India this fall.
As part of an iniative to better understand and prepare our community for working in a global economy, this will be the second trip (my first) to India. We will focus on building relationships and learning about the the culture to prepare for workshops we will conduct once we return for businesses and the community as a whole.
I will, of course, be documenting as much of the effort as possible here on this blog... and yes, you'll see a lot of maps and spatial information about the trip here ... as you can see below.
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On this trip will be:
Russ Yelton, Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures and Business Incubation on the Enka Campus of Asheville - Buncombe Technical Community College.
Pam Silvers, Chair of the Business Computer Technologies Department at Asheville - Buncombe Technical Community College.
Pete Kennedy, GIS and Computer Technology Instructor. GIS Certificate at Asheville - Buncombe Technical Community College.
Come back often and see how the planning for our trip is going.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Some nice featuresof MapWindow include:
- Create and edit shapefiles
- Projects data - even on the fly - sort of
- has many other vector tools like merge, clip, buffer etc ...
- Can connect to postGIS
- Plugin for exporting to kml
- accepts many data formats
- adding WMS layers
Some links from my presentation can be found here: http://geospatial.wetpaint.com/page/MapWindow+Resources
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Not long ago, Google was making statements about KML being the HTML of geographic content. Many people thought this was slightly (to say the least) arrogant and assuming of Google. One of my favorite GIS bloggers, James Fee over at SpatiallyAdjusted.com made a quick post about it here ==> Google you have got to be kidding, right?
James has 3744 people subscribed to his blog through an RSS feed (so his feedburner says) that are notified any time he makes a post about anything on the blog. This particular post about Google, KML and HTML prompted a lot of people to make comments about this post. This is where it gets good. The post above we are talking about has 43 comments made thus far. Scroll down and look at who wieghed in on the discussion with the 38th comment ... Michael Jones - the main in charge of Google Earth - official title - Chief Technology Advocate.
I think that shows how powerful a more interactive and collaborative world wide web can be ...
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I thought this was an interesting article on CNN ... about 4 headlines down this afternoon.
Hightlights of the story ... note the last one. Very interesting ...
- Google, U.N. team up to help pinpoint refugee movement
- Maps will aid humanitarian operations, help inform about refugee crises
- Special maps help track, give information about crises in each area
- Google considering stand-alone version of its mapping software for field work
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
This map utilizes BatchGeocode.com using the Yahoo maps API. I cut down the number of students for a trial run. Zoom in and click on some of the dots to get more information.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Below, you can see Asheville - Buncombe Technical Community College President Dr. Betty Young and C.P. Raúl Augusto Mendoza Alcocer Director General del ITSVA signing the MOU.
To learn more about our new MOU with ITSVA, see below!
Friday, February 29, 2008
Below you can see a short slide show of my part of the presentation to the ITSVA faculty, staff and students outlining how we will collaborate in the GIS area in the future.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
More information coming soon about the agreement signed yesterday between ITSVA and ABTech!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
In my GIS focus group, I met with Mario Rosado Balam and Renaw De Jesus Arleo Vivas from the state of the Yucatan Agriculture Department and Vicente Chimal Couoh from the City of Valladolid. The folks from the Agriculture department are using GPS in a program called Procampo where they are working with local farmers to keep them farming and not move to the cities. The city of Valladolid hopes to use GIS and GPS to map the infrastructure of the city - which is sorely needed. Through these projects we hope to offer students with international work experience through internships in Mexico and working online with our counterparts in Mexico. There will also be grade opportunities for training local people in using these technologies uing online and traditional classes through faculty exchanges.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
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While at ITSVA today, we learned a lot of general information about the school and toured the campus including seeing 2 new buildings not yet in service. Dr. Young also addressed the ITSVA faculty, staff and students with a short presentation about AB Tec. Monday we will start more focused discussion groups on how we can grow the relationship between our schools. I will be leading a discussion / demonstration /workshop on GIS with a group of students and faculty studying computer science. It should be lots of fun!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
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