Spatial skills—those involved with reading maps and assembling furniture—can be improved if you work at it, that’s according to a new look at the studies on this topic by researchers at Northwestern University and Temple.
Everyone knows Andy Murray, the only man to win the Olympic gold and the US Open back-to-back. But what is he doing on a geospatial site?
It seems you can use spatial analysis to unravel patterns within a match that cannot be identified using traditional analysis and display techniques. 
See the Olympic Gold Medal match between Roger Federer and Andy Murray in an entirely new light: Using ArcGIS for sports analytics
(via Using ArcGIS for sports analytics | ArcGIS Resources)

Everyone knows Andy Murray, the only man to win the Olympic gold and the US Open back-to-back. But what is he doing on a geospatial site?

It seems you can use spatial analysis to unravel patterns within a match that cannot be identified using traditional analysis and display techniques. 

See the Olympic Gold Medal match between Roger Federer and Andy Murray in an entirely new light: Using ArcGIS for sports analytics

(via Using ArcGIS for sports analytics | ArcGIS Resources)

Designing Quality Infographics: Tips, Resources and Inspiration

Infographics are graphic visual representations of data and information. They come in extremely handy when you need to explain complex information, numbers or data rather quickly and effectively. Infographics are used worldwide from magazines to metro stations. A great infographic can render complicated information easily understandable and engrossing. However, infographics can be pretty hard to design since you have to gather together a lot of information and make it look good. In this article you’ll find some tips for designing outstanding infographics as well as some resources and inspiration.

 Data Visualization: Modern Approaches
Data presentation can be beautiful, elegant and descriptive. There is a variety of conventional ways to visualize data – tables, histograms, pie charts and bar graphs are being used every day, in every project and on every possible occasion. However, to convey a message to your readers effectively, sometimes you need more than just a simple pie chart of your results. In fact, there are much better, profound, creative and absolutely fascinating ways to visualize data. Many of them might become ubiquitous in the next few years.
(via Data Visualization: Modern Approaches | Smashing Magazine)

Data Visualization: Modern Approaches

Data presentation can be beautiful, elegant and descriptive. There is a variety of conventional ways to visualize data – tables, histograms, pie charts and bar graphs are being used every day, in every project and on every possible occasion. However, to convey a message to your readers effectively, sometimes you need more than just a simple pie chart of your results. In fact, there are much better, profound, creative and absolutely fascinating ways to visualize data. Many of them might become ubiquitous in the next few years.

(via Data Visualization: Modern Approaches | Smashing Magazine)

A fascinating, interactive ‘Periodic Table of Visualizations’

A fascinating, interactive ‘Periodic Table of Visualizations’

Ordnance Survey will be launching a new international organisation, Ordnance Survey International

The new organisation will be headed by Steven Ramage, former Executive Director at the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

In the past Ordnance Survey had provided its expertise to Australia. In 2010 Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, Director General and Chief Executive, Ordnance Survey, Great Britain was invited to investigate Australia’s current spatial capability in order to inform future spatial policy and capability developments. In her final report , Dr Lawrence made 22 recommendations, a number of which outline the policy and frameworks that she believes are necessary to maximize the spatial capability of Australia, taking into consideration Australia’s political and economic geography.   Dr Lawrence also recommended an implementation model to deliver these policies, and a governance structure that will ensure that the recommendations can be implemented and built upon, as Australia’s spatial capability evolves.

Supporting Steven in developing new overseas opportunities will be Carsten Roensdorf, a recognised international GI expert who will be located in the Middle East providing Ordnance Survey with a local presence and enabling Ordnance Survey International to build and strengthen relationships and to take forward business opportunities.  

(Source: ordnancesurvey.co.uk)

Participatory GIS (PGIS) and Public Participation GIS (PPGIS)
PGIS (Participatory GIS): PGIS is an emergent practice in its own right. It is the result of a merger between Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) methods with Geographic Information Technologies (GIT). PGIS facilitates the representation of local people’s spatial knowledge using two- or three-dimensional maps. These map products can be used to facilitate decision-making processes and to support communication and community advocacy. 
PGIS spatial analysis uses the functionality and data associated with GIS technology to explore community driven questions. In the process, local spatially referenced as well as non-spatial data are integrated and analysed to support discussion and decision-making processes.
A Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communications is available.
The Training Kit offers building blocks from which trainers can design and build their own workshops according to the training needs of their audiences. The Training Kit includes 15 Modules, each of which is comprised of a set of Units. 
http://pgis-tk-en.cta.int/

Participatory GIS (PGIS) and Public Participation GIS (PPGIS)

PGIS (Participatory GIS): PGIS is an emergent practice in its own right. It is the result of a merger between Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) methods with Geographic Information Technologies (GIT). PGIS facilitates the representation of local people’s spatial knowledge using two- or three-dimensional maps. These map products can be used to facilitate decision-making processes and to support communication and community advocacy. 

PGIS spatial analysis uses the functionality and data associated with GIS technology to explore community driven questions. In the process, local spatially referenced as well as non-spatial data are integrated and analysed to support discussion and decision-making processes.

A Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communications is available.

The Training Kit offers building blocks from which trainers can design and build their own workshops according to the training needs of their audiences. The Training Kit includes 15 Modules, each of which is comprised of a set of Units. 

http://pgis-tk-en.cta.int/

US transitioning to ISO metadata standard

In the United States, FGDC is encouraging federal agencies to transition to ISO metadata standard. According to FGDC, “ISO metadata should be considered an option now. It’s recognized that the transition to ISO metadata will be occurring over the next few years.” 

Please note that most NSDI stakeholders in US have long utilized the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM) standard, when there was little interest in data sharing beyond the US borders. Now the world has come to recognize that pressing environmental, political, health, and financial issues require international and, often, global perspectives.

The new ISO 19115-1: Geographic Information – Metadata – Part 1: Fundamentals is currently a Draft, and anticipated to be an International Standard in May 2013.

http://www.fgdc.gov/metadata/geospatial-metadata-standards