Each year the National Academies Press (NAP) publishes a full transcript of the President's State of the Union Address, interspersed with links to relevant NAP publications. While browsing through the transcript of President Obama's speech you can click on the linked titles to learn more about the issues and the science behind them. The 2015 edition highlights publications on topics ranging from climate change science to cybersecurity and America's criminal justice system, including the 2014 titles "Climate Change: Evidence and Causes" and "The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences."
The NAP publishes the reports of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council, in total over 200 publications a year. Almost all of the NAP publications are available for free download as pdf files. Search and browse for them at the NAP website: http://www.nap.edu/
The Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) opened their physical doors this fall, and earlier this week they launched their web home: bids.berkeley.edu. BIDS describes itself as,"[A] central hub of research and education at UC Berkeley designed to facilitate and nurture data-intensive science." The BIDS' goal is to: "bring together broad constituents of the data science community, including domain experts from the life, social, and physical sciences and methodological experts from computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics... [in] new and creative ways to engage and foster collaboration across these different research fields."
The new BIDS website contains information about the institute: who the fellows are, the research they are doing, and what resources they offer to the campus community. You can browse the list of fellows who offer office hours to disucuss your data-intensive research problems, or learn about upcoming events. The institute is physically located in 190 Doe Library.
Just recently the Geographic Institute of Guatemala launched a new web geoportal for maps of Guatemala. According to an article published by GIM International, the new service, "provides open access to more than 20 thematic layers on topics such as geodesy, vegetation cover, land use, geology, hydrology and road network, among others." Additionally, they report that, "The services use Geoserver and Geoexplorer, and were developed with support from the GeoSUR Program and PAIGH, with funding from the Eye on Earth Alliance."
A seamless topographic map base layer is one very nice feature of this new geoportal. Another is the "Identify" tool, which allows you to retrieve information about the active layers at the selected point. You can explore the maps online at http://www.ign.gob.gt/geoportal/index.html
We hope to see you there!
And be sure to mark your calendar for the final "Maps and More" of the semester on Friday, December 5th (same time, same place) for a Study Break session.
How has the discipline of Geography changed over time? David Kaplan and Jennifer Mapes - two professors from Kent State University - are analyzing geography dissertation titles from the past 125 years or so to explore this question. Inside Higher Ed posted an article a few weeks ago describing the professors' research and some of their preliminary findings. Keep an eye out for an early 2015 article on their research in Geographical Review!