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The Wildlands Network and friends met this last week in Salt Lake City to discuss TrekWest year 2. We were graciously hosted by Black Diamond Equipment. There were about 30 of us from 19 different organizations along the Western Wildway, aka the Spine of the Continent. John Davis was there to share his thoughts on his 10 month human powered journey to promote wildlife corridors. The focus was on protecting wildlife corridors. Stay tuned!
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The summer and fall went by so quickly! Unfortunately this blog necessarily took a backseat to the actual work. Thankfully the holidays have given me time to reflect on 2013. Professionally it was a fantastic year filled with great projects. Below are some of the highlights, in no particular order.
a complete GIS curriculum based on free and open source (FOSS4G) software! Better yet the material are freely available to everyone. The curriculum consists of five courses:
that this material will entice people to learn about FOSS4G. Bird's Eye View will be offering instructor led online versions of these courses in the near future.
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The targeted audience is broad and includes:
The courses are aligned with the Department of Labors (GTCM). The GTCM was published in 2010 and will be revised in 2015. It describes the complete set of knowledge, skills, and abilities required by GIS professionals. When appropriate other FOSS software are also included such Adidas Originals Navy Shoes
Two and four year college educators and students
Secondary school educators and students
Community Health Maps Information on Low Cost Mapping Tools for Community based Organizations
Birds Eye View GIS
The TrekWest crew meeting at Black Diamond Headquarters
The vast majority of US based colleges and universities use a single vendor proprietary GIS software, making this series of courses very unique. In fact it is the first national attempt at a completely open source GIS curriculum. By their very nature of open source software, there is no marketing engine promoting them. This has slowed the adoption and overall use of open source GIS. One hope is Adidas Neo Summit Buy
The courses were developed via the National Information Security and Adidas Neo High Geospatial Technologies Consortium (NISGTC), under the leadership of Phil Davis (Del Mar College). Kurt Menke (Bird Eye View), and Dr.
Anyone desiring QGIS and open source knowledge and skills
GST 101 Introduction to Geospatial Technology
Kurt Menke, of Bird's Eye View, is contributing to a new FOSS4G related National Library of Medicine blog: Community Health Maps. The goal of the blog is to provide information about low cost mapping tools that can be used by community based public health organizations. Perhaps you seen the potential uses of mapping in public health, but are overwhelmed by the technology and/or simply too busy to pursue it. I hope this blog will facilitate the use of GIS mapping for those that fall into this category. I also hope to support those already engaged in mapping and enhance their community mapping initiatives, even if they may be using other tools. The blog will be a mixture of mapping apps/software reviews, best practices, and the experiences of those who have successfully implemented a mapping workflow as part of their work. Training materials developed in 2013 are also available.
TrekWest Meeting at Black Diamond Headquarters
Students in need of GIS skills
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