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2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation Esri, HERE, DeLorme, NGA, USGS | Esri, HERE | Zoom to Legend Layers LegendOpacity050100LegendOpacity050100 Basemap gallery A Useful Data Set on Political Violence that Almost No One Is Using For the past 10 years, the CIA has overtly funded the production of a publicly available data set on certain atrocities around the world that now covers the period from January 1995 to early 2014 and is still updated on a regular basis. If you work in a relevant field but didn’t know that, you’re not alone. The data set in question is the Political Instability Task Force’s Worldwide Atrocities Dataset, which records information from several international press sources about situations in which five or more civilians are deliberately killed in the context of some wider political conflict. Each record includes information about who did what to whom, where, and when, along with a brief text description of the event, a citation for the source article(s), and, where relevant, comments from the coder. The data are updated monthly, although those updates are posted on a four-month lag (e.g., data from January become available in May). The same holds in South Sudan.

Vito Technology - iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and MacOS Educational Apps Stargazing guide Enjoy Stars Day or Night Now on Apple Watch! Star Walk is an interactive astronomy guide that shows celestial objects in the exact positions on the sky above you, providing detailed information about them. GIS Education Community Geography summer camp? I will be offering an exciting 5-week online course beginning 25 May 2016 entitled Teaching Geography for the 21st Century. You can register here. Geography Summer Camp: Online Course 2016.

Evaluating UAVs for Humanitarian Response The Humanitarian UAV Network is carrying out an evaluation of UAVs and related technologies for use in humanitarian settings. The related technologies being evaluated include cameras, payload units, image processing & analysis software. As a first step, we have created an evaluation framework based on parameters relevant for field-based deployments of UAVs by humanitarian organizations. Before moving to the next step in the evaluation—identifying which UAVs and related technologies to evaluate—we want to make sure that we’re on the right track as far as our evaluation framework goes. So the purpose of this blog post is to seek feedback on said framework. To recap, we are evaluating four distinct technologies: 1) UAVs; 2) Cameras; 3) Payload units; and 4) Image Processing & Analysis Software specifically for humanitarian use.

The NASA App for Smartphones and Tablets Astronomers are going gaga over newborn supernova measurements taken by NASA’s Kepler and Swift spacecraft, poring over them in hopes of better understanding what sparks these world-shattering stellar explosions. Scientists are particularly fascinated with Type la supernovae, as they can serve as a lighthouse for measuring the vast distances across space. “Kepler’s unprecedented pre-event supernova observations and Swift’s agility in responding to supernova events have both produced important discoveries at the same time but at very different wavelengths,” says Paul Hertz, Director of Astrophysics. “Not only do we get insight into what triggers a Type Ia supernova, but these data allow us to better calibrate Type Ia supernovae as standard candles, and that has implications for our ability to eventually understand the mysteries of dark energy.” The graphic depicts a light curve of the newly discovered Type Ia supernova, KSN 2011b, from NASA's Kepler spacecraft. Credits: NASA Ames/W.

The ArcGIS Imagery Book: A Geographic Rosetta Stone Imagery is Visible Intelligence By: Dave Grenley The next generation of imagery intelligence comes alive in The ArcGIS Imagery Book: New View. New Vision., published by Esri Press. It is now available in print, interactive PDF, and interactive companion website. The new book provides readers with a wealth of gorgeous, inspiring images and links to powerful web apps and maps that weave interesting stories about our planet and the issues we face. Growing the Commons as Meta-narrative? How about 'Growing the Commons' as a meta-narrative for a paradigm shift? Ann Pendleton-Jullian in her Power and Ecosystems of Change talk suggests that a new type of metanarrative is much needed to change the world. Something strategically ambiguous towards which to head despite our differences, and that would aggregate coherence from a variety of disparate micro narratives that shape events and build trust at the grassroots level. She talks about networks and how network architectures change power structures, and describes ecosystems of change as scaffold to aggregate different kinds of powers and mecanisms that are out there, and support the emergence of the new until it becomes strong enough. The idea of growing or expanding the commons as meta-narrative and the type of ecosystem of change that could support it are worth looking into. An idea I developed in 'Common-Sense Commons' as a guiding vision for a Self-Caring System & Thrivable World.

How to Download Sentinel Satellite Data for Free - GIS Geography Download Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 Satellite Data If you want to download Sentinel satellite data, then you’ve come to the right place. One of the most exciting developments in remote sensing at this time is the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Programme. Copernicus’ six Sentinel satellites collects comprehensive pictures of our land, ocean, emergency response, atmosphere, security and climate change to understand the health of our planet. Until very recently, this data has become available to the public at no cost

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