22 July 2014

Bike paths improve health

Road.cc reports that a new study finds that people living close to bike paths get more exercise each week. It sounds intuitive, but each little piece of evidence makes it easier to convince decision makers that these small investments are worth it.

21 July 2014

Esri UC 2014

Last week, a massive horde of GIS experts, technicians, fans and "users" descended on San Diego for a week of GIS feeding frenzy at the Esri User Conference. If you missed the world's largest GIS event, here are a few highlights:

A summary of the plenary in which Jack said Geodesign is the thing
The US Commerce Secretary addressed the audience
Scientific data meetings at the US
Esri's new ArGIS OpenData
Minneapolis' ArcGIS site

15 July 2014

Most ambitious transit proposal ever?

Helsinki is proposing a system that, in 10 years, would result in a car-free city. the Helsinki TImes quotes a research as saying that "A car is no longer a status symbol for young people."  The Guardian details the plan explaining how mobile devices will help residents order transportation services.

11 July 2014

Better subway cars

Sophisticated new Russian trains use USB 3.0! (See photo 35)

When will the NY Subways upgrade to USB 3.0? Doesn't even seem like it is on their radar.

08 July 2014

Free global environmental data

When asked for free geospatial data, much of the time I am being asked about local data or something near New Jersey. However, more and more of our students are looking at national and international issues, particularly larger patterns or urbanization, climate change, and global food supply issues.

For those thinking big, I want to recommend the outstanding data resources at the University of Wisconsin's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (Disclaimer: I am an alum of the Nelson Institute). This is a great place to get FREE maps, data and models on a variety of environmental issues. It includes geospatial data for irrigated lands, a global land use dataset, and urban extent data for some of the fastest growing areas in the world in SE Asia. It also has maps that are part of the Atlas of the Biosphere.

It is a great resource and yet another reason to keep an eye on our B1G colleagues.