So – in my Do Some Good side of life:
So if you’re in Chattanooga or near it….or anywhere within driving distance – come on up.
Dear KSU Students, Alumni, Faculty & Geospatial Community,
Another GIS Day is nearly upon us in this dynamic world of spatialness!
Kennesaw State University is again hosting their Annual GIS Day and you are cordially invited to attend.
The event will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012 between 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Leadership Room of the Carmichael Student Center (2nd floor next to Card Services).
This year’s event will include many spatial festivities. There will be a Google Earth Limerick Challenge, faculty, student, and GIS community presentations, and a couple Google Earth related events. In addition to these presentations and challenges, the new GIS website will be unveiled. Additionally, GIS certificates and awards will be presented (including the Alumni Award and GIS Community Award) in addition to the many event gifts and prizes (such as t-shirts, GIS goodies, and the like). There will be customary food and drink available to all attendees, and free parking for those who RSVP.
Finally, there will be an informal post GIS gathering at Mellow Mushroom after the event for those attendees who wish to continue their conversations beyond the time on campus.
On Thursday October 11, 2012 at 5:30 I’m doing a talk at The Gear Closet . We’ll cover and little bit of everything about OpenStreetMap – and if the winds blow in the right direction we’ll have Internet and can edit the map.
One of the things I’m going to push at this meeting is the idea of mapping 1 square mile around your house. Maintain your neighborhood. I’m close to having done that currently and that’s about what you can maintain without a lot of pain – mine is painful because I’m in the trendy “Northshore” area of Chattanooga and people are bad about wanting to open up a unique art/knick knack/restaurant that is there and gone before I can even get there to map it.
At absolute worst you have to listen to me babble on about OpenStreetMap and then you can pick up some used camping gear. All proceeds from The Gear Closet go towards helping clean up creeks, streams, and rivers in Tennessee.
Be There:The Gear Closet 535 Cherokee Blvd Chattanooga TN 37405
There are times when things don’t plan out like I want…there are more times than not to be honest.
So I made a decision Sunday to come to Atlanta for the Spatial Plexus. Except on Monday I needed to be in Chattanooga for an Excellence in Education Award. So the plan became drive down to Atlanta – Back to Chattanooga – back to Atlanta. Silly – but it’s what I decided to do.
I found myself back in Chattanooga at 11:00 and reporting to the Awards Banquet. I was nominated because of the time I’ve put in at Red Bank High School making maps with the kids. The teacher and the students nominated me some months back. I had forgotten. One phone call, one video, and one reporter later I remembered. I really hate awards. Although it could be argued and evidence produced, I hate being singled out for much of anything. There were several categories for the awards ceremony – I feel into something like the “business volunteer award”.
…and I watched and felt guilty. John Champagne, county school bus driver, upon realizing there weren’t enough handicap buses for students went out and bought one and operates it out of his own pocket. So if you have a handicap and need a special bus, more than likely you are riding his bus for free. I have never so bad wanted to be a school bus driver in my life.
…Tracey Frazier from Brainerd High School. I am a Brainerd High School graduate. I graduated from there in 1989. It was a school that started out as the Brainerd Rebels back in the 60’s and when that was found to be too objectionable became the Brainerd Panthers. It was a school that over the years has become almost all African American. I liked the school. We had good teachers. They have good teachers now. I was one of probably 20 white kids that graduate in 1989 out of a school of 400. The minority majority is what I called it. She’s a band teacher who spends her time fighting a tide of apathy at a school where kids decide to fail and use every excuse to get there. I never took band – I wished I had.
…and I won award because I taught a bunch of kids to map. Meh. Anyway – look over the page. Skip me – read and watch the other videos. Teachers caring and doing something isn’t anything new – it was nice to see it recognized first hand.
I’m back in Atlanta. What a day.
So I babble on about OSM – but here is something extra cool.
OpenStreetMap is going for a Haitian Creole version of the Intro to OpenStreetMap Book that came out last year. From the website:
Hosting a translation workshop in Haiti. Anne Goldenberg who is well versed in the FLOSS Manuals methodology has volunteered her time to travel to Haiti and coordinate the workshop there. Working together with volunteers from OpenStreetMap Haiti the French version of the book will be translated into Haitian Creole. To support this we are fundraising for Anne’s transport costs, food during the workshop and other logistics. Just $2,000 will allow the translation of this book and more Haitians to contribute to their own map of Haiti.
Why get involved – it’s a good thing. I’ve been working with OSM for a couple of years. I still don’t edit as much as I should and I still make quite a few mistakes. Mapping is the ultimate truth telling exercise – if you can stick something on a map and show it to people – you are empowered. If you haven’t looked at the map in Haiti- take a look. A lot was done during the earthquake – more is still being done. Do some good. Donate.