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10 key facts about GIS certification
Five organizations, including the Association of American Geographers, lend their authority to the GIS Certification Institute to administer the GIS Professional certification, writes Sheila Wilson, GISP and executive director of the GIS Certification Institute. States including California, Montana and New Jersey have backed the certification, which is held by more than 5,000 people, Wilson writes. Directions Magazine
Scalability means GIS utility success for S.C. county
Scalability was the key concept when the Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission of Lexington County, S.C., began mapping its utilities six years ago. The project started with the sewer system, where survey-grade GPS technology was used to create a geo-database. From there, officials expanded and fully integrated the system to make it a one-stop shop for workers. A mobile Web-based application connects workers with the office and makes sure they have constant access to the latest data. CE News
AAG offers grants to improve careers in geography training
The AAG, through the Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education (EDGE) project funded by NSF, announces a grant program to support outreach, professional training and related activities aimed at improving awareness of and preparation for business, government and nonprofit careers in geography. Approximately 24 awards of $500 are available and will be granted on a competitive basis to support activities that address one or more of the priority areas of the AAG's EDGE project. Learn more.
AAG's MyCOE Rio+20 welcomes entries for sustainability showcase
MyCOE Rio+20 is accepting innovative, community-based projects created by students that address sustainable development challenges using geography, mapping or GIS. Entries will be made available for public viewing, and select projects will be showcased during the Rio+20 United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development in June 2012 and will receive special recognition and prizes. Learn more at www.mycoe.org.
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