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Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) website now live

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.

Dec 09, 2014 | Categories: Events | spowell

Guatemalan geoportal now available

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

Dec 08, 2014 | Categories: Events | spowell

Special Thanksgiving edition of "Maps and More" -- Friday, Nov. 21, 11 am - noon

"Maps and More" is a regular show-and-tell featuring hidden treasures from the Earth Sciences and Map Library. Please join us for a special Thanksgiving edition, in which we will join forces to create our own maps that show the origins of classic Thanksgiving foods.

Mapping Your Meal: the origins of your Thanksgiving feast

Friday, November 21, 11 am - 12 pm

Earth Sciences and Map Library Seminar Room

map of North American wild turkey range

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.

Nov 18, 2014 | Categories: Events | spowell

Geography through time: doctoral dissertation trends

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!

Oct 06, 2014 | Categories: Events | spowell

New free North Korea web map service

Screenshot of Daum North Korea map service As announced on the "Chosun Ilbo" English-language website, there is a new freely available map service that includes detailed information about North Korea's streets, buildings, and landmarks:

A new online map service gives a free detailed view of North Korea's streets, buildings and landmarks.

The map, released by South Korean portal site Daum, was previously only available to businesses. It was produced by the state-run National Geographic Information Institute, which says it hopes releasing the data will help organizations and private companies do research on North Korea.

It can now be accessed for free on computers or smartphones.

The website is only available in Korean, although Google Translate can help with some of the menu items. The map shows South Korea, as well as North Korea. The website URL is: map.daum.net

Sep 16, 2014 | Categories: Events | spowell

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