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January 24, 2013
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  Geography in Action 
  • Putting Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns on the map
    Many maps of Rio de Janeiro have excluded the city's shantytowns, known as favelas, causing a number of problems for residents. Among other difficulties, they have had a hard time completing job applications or directing emergency personnel. Now, however, efforts are under way to put these neighborhoods on the map. "For a community to be left off of the map is the equivalent of saying that the community doesn't matter," said University of Maryland assistant professor Jason Farman. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mapping the economy as Obama begins his second term
    President Barack Obama faces a different economic landscape than he did four years ago. This post features interactive maps that show state and local data that shape national economic indicators, such as unemployment and median household income, and it looks at demographic trends and how they will affect the U.S. for the next four years. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data

  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Internet usage and economic inequality in China
    China has recently announced that its Gini coefficient -- a gauge of economic inequality -- is 0.47, which is higher than a warning level established by the U.N. In addition to income, Internet use varies significantly across the country's regions. For example, Internet penetration exceeds 70% in Beijing but is below 30% in Jiangxi. The Atlantic online (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Andes glaciers melting at high speed
    A study reports that glaciers in the Andes mountain range of South America are retreating at rates faster than any in the past 300 years -- between 30% and 50% since the 1970s. At current rates of melting, small, low-altitude glaciers "will probably completely disappear within the coming decades," said lead author Antoine Rabatel. Among the areas likely to be most affected are the Santa River valley in Peru and the city of La Paz in Bolivia. BBC (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Applications 
  • GIS tool lets Calif. residents find their lawmaker
    California's Office of Geographic Information Systems has partnered with the state Legislature to create a Web application that lets users find their lawmaker by entering their home address. The app is part of a bigger mission to connect residents and government through location data. "GIS is one of the most transformative technologies that government can use, and one of my big pushes is just to get folks to start to use geography and taking a geographic advantage to approaching their data," said state GIS officer Scott Gregory. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3D city modeling has important part in urban planning
    Three-dimensional city modeling could show and animate urban features such as road networks and building heights, which could aid in reorganizing current city structures and help future decision-making, this article notes. Three-dimensional "simulations of cities have the potential to help engineers and planners anticipate natural disasters and population growth, and to better plan for them in a way that goes far beyond rendering cityscapes as if they were in a video game," Emily Badger writes. The Atlantic Cities (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Career mentors sought for AAG Annual Meeting
    The AAG seeks volunteers representing a range of employment sectors, career stages, academic and professional backgrounds, and personal perspectives to serve as career mentors at the AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. Career mentoring sessions provide an informal and supportive environment for students, job seekers and professionals considering new opportunities to learn about academic preparation, careers and professional development. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Registration is open for Early Career Workshop
    Graduate students and faculty who are beginning their careers in higher education may now register to attend the Geography Faculty Development Alliance (GFDA) workshop, which will be held from June 16 to June 22 in Boulder, Colo. The workshop, sponsored by the AAG, focuses on topics most relevant to faculty in the first years of their appointments. Topics will touch on issues of teaching and learning, diversity and inclusion, and active pedagogy. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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