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Monday, March 24, 2008

National Summit on Geospatial Technologies in K-12 Education

The National Center for Rural STEM Education will be hosting a National Summit on Geospatial Technologies in K-12 Education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA from 11 to 12 July 2008. This gathering will provide an opportunity for developers and teachers to share materials and approaches, for school districts to learn about the possibilities for GIS in the classroom, for researchers to connect to practioners, and for the GIS in Education community to get together and plan for the future. It will feature sessions dedicated to successful uses of these technologies in classrooms and opportunities to discuss the challenges of broadening the reach to more students.
A draft conference agenda and a call for presentations are available at http://www.isat.jmu.edu/stem/workshop.html
Presentation proposals are due by 18 April 2008 (decisions will be made by the end of April).
Travel support is available for a number of teachers from rural school districts. The conference fee ($50 - includes all meals) is very low and we want to encourage broad participation.
Please contact Bob Kolvoord (kolvoora@jmu.edu) with any questions.
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Bob Kolvoord, Ph.D.
Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Educational Technologies James Madison University MSC 4102 Harrisonburg, VA 22807
+1 540/568-2752 (o) -2768 (f)
kolvoora@jmu.edu

GIS Student Contest

Thought the GIS edu folks might be interested...


GeoWeb 2008 Conference - 1st Student ContestGeoWeb is the industry leading event focused on GIS and the Internet

Do you have what it takes to develop a piece of software or a solution to a theoretical problem to win our student contest?

If you do, then we want to hear from you, as this student contest open to all full-time students attending an educational institution anywhere in the world.

Students may submit a registration of an abstract of their proposal at any time (see http://geowebconference.org/students-academia/contest-information). Note that both registration and final submissions are due and must be submitted no later than May 15, 2008.
Develop software or solve a theoretical problem to:
Generate 3D models for Google Earth, Virtual Earth etc. from CAD drawings automatically.
To enhance position measurement inside a building.
Integrate Google or Virtual Earth with Second Life.
Generalize from large scale to small scale in 2D and 3D.
Generate GML (observations) from KML and KML (by styling) from GML.
Validate geography and topology automatically using a rule based mechanism.
To visualize the content of an ebRIM (OASIS) registry.
Develop visualization mechanisms for travelogues
Use wavlets to integrate geometry, coverages and observations.
Students may submit a registration of an abstract of their proposal at any time (see http://geowebconference.org/students-academia/contest-information). Note that both registration and final submissions are due and must be submitted no later than May 15, 2008.

Software submissions must include the following components:
One sentence description of your software.
Source code for the software (C, C++, Java etc).
Build files as required to create an executable program for one of (Linux, Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS). The build file must be executable automatically and generate an executable program with minimal input by the software judges. It should require very minimal effort on the part of the installer to create an executable program.Description of the functionality of the software.
This description should be limited to two typed pages (12 pt type), and must highlight the key points that you feel the software demonstrates that are advances over existing software technology.
Presentation (e.g. Keynote, Power Point etc) that you will give if your entry is selected.
Contest Submittals
Students must register at www.geowebconference.org by May 15th, 2008.

Contest Requirements
Contest entrants will be required to complete a registration form verifying their status as full time students and these details will be verified before any award is granted.

Costs
Please note that any costs associated with the submittal for this contest is at the expense of the student.

Selection Process
The selection of the contest winner(s) will be made by a GeoWeb committee consisting of leading figures in the GIS industry and will be notified by June 6th, 2008.

Prizes
Winners of the contest will be brought to the GeoWeb 2008 conference in Vancouver, Canada, and all legitimate expenses* will be paid by the contest supporters. A cash honorarium will also be provided.

*The contest supporters will arrange transportation to/from Vancouver, lodging and meals while in Vancouver, however reserve the right to refuse any expenses they believe are unreasonable.

Complete information on the student contest and conference may be obtained at www.geowebconference.org.

GIS Student Contest

Thought the GIS edu folks might be interested...


GeoWeb 2008 Conference - 1st Student ContestGeoWeb is the industry leading event focused on GIS and the Internet

Do you have what it takes to develop a piece of software or a solution to a theoretical problem to win our student contest?

If you do, then we want to hear from you, as this student contest open to all full-time students attending an educational institution anywhere in the world.

Students may submit a registration of an abstract of their proposal at any time (see http://geowebconference.org/students-academia/contest-information). Note that both registration and final submissions are due and must be submitted no later than May 15, 2008.
Develop software or solve a theoretical problem to:
Generate 3D models for Google Earth, Virtual Earth etc. from CAD drawings automatically.
To enhance position measurement inside a building.
Integrate Google or Virtual Earth with Second Life.
Generalize from large scale to small scale in 2D and 3D.
Generate GML (observations) from KML and KML (by styling) from GML.
Validate geography and topology automatically using a rule based mechanism.
To visualize the content of an ebRIM (OASIS) registry.
Develop visualization mechanisms for travelogues
Use wavlets to integrate geometry, coverages and observations.
Students may submit a registration of an abstract of their proposal at any time (see http://geowebconference.org/students-academia/contest-information). Note that both registration and final submissions are due and must be submitted no later than May 15, 2008.

Software submissions must include the following components:
One sentence description of your software.
Source code for the software (C, C++, Java etc).
Build files as required to create an executable program for one of (Linux, Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS). The build file must be executable automatically and generate an executable program with minimal input by the software judges. It should require very minimal effort on the part of the installer to create an executable program.Description of the functionality of the software.
This description should be limited to two typed pages (12 pt type), and must highlight the key points that you feel the software demonstrates that are advances over existing software technology.
Presentation (e.g. Keynote, Power Point etc) that you will give if your entry is selected.
Contest Submittals
Students must register at www.geowebconference.org by May 15th, 2008.

Contest Requirements
Contest entrants will be required to complete a registration form verifying their status as full time students and these details will be verified before any award is granted.

Costs
Please note that any costs associated with the submittal for this contest is at the expense of the student.

Selection Process
The selection of the contest winner(s) will be made by a GeoWeb committee consisting of leading figures in the GIS industry and will be notified by June 6th, 2008.

Prizes
Winners of the contest will be brought to the GeoWeb 2008 conference in Vancouver, Canada, and all legitimate expenses* will be paid by the contest supporters. A cash honorarium will also be provided.

*The contest supporters will arrange transportation to/from Vancouver, lodging and meals while in Vancouver, however reserve the right to refuse any expenses they believe are unreasonable.

Complete information on the student contest and conference may be obtained at www.geowebconference.org.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008