Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Educational Engagement through Google Maps, Earth and Street View


MARCH 23, 2016


EXPL 3301


Educational Engagement through Google Maps, Earth and Street View


A decade ago the idea of being able to view your house, in an image capture by a satellite, on a phone, was pure science fiction. Yet now it is normal for a child to grow up knowing what their home town looks like from space. Since Google Maps and Google Earth were released in 2005, they have revolutionized how we view and explore the World. Along with Google Street View, these applications provide an an ever expanding global dataset of mapped streets, 3D terrain, satellite and ground level imagery.

More importantly they provide user friendly ways to view these data. Now anyone with an internet connection and web-browsing device can become an armchair explorer of Planet Earth.

Join us as John Bailey, the program manager for Geo Education on the Google Earth Outreach team demonstrates how Google’s Geospatial Tools can be used to navigate and tell stories about the world around us.

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Participate: Thunder Clap Tweet: Thursday, March 10th @ 4:00pm EST

Please participate this Thursday and encourage others as well… Thunder Clap Tweet: Thursday, March 10th @ 4:00pm EST

The #AAGmapathon will provide a 1st for all — a 3 day Mapathon @theAAG! @MapGive @GGSDepartment

(There is enough room here to add your own hashtag or twitter handle to the end if you want.)

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Management Analyst I – Fairfax County

Management Analyst I – Research Assistant
Job Announcement Closes March 18, 2016

EMPLOYER: Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
HOURS: 16 to 20 hours per week – this is an exempt temporary position not to exceed 900 hours/year
COMPENSATION: $23.54/hour, no benefits
Please submit resumes to:
Under direct supervision, performs professional-level analytic and technical work to assist with analysis, data collection and management, and research. Collects and analyzes economic, demographic and human services data. Accesses, extracts and compiles data in complex databases from both internal and external sources. Researches data and provides information for ad hoc requests. Employs a variety of computer software such as ESRI ArcMap for extracting, analyzing, modeling and reporting data. Designs and develops approaches for disseminating data and findings in accessible visual formats.
• Collects, updates, analyzes and prepares data for projects, presentations, publications and webpages
• Summarizes project results in presentations and written documents
• Designs and creates graphics and data visualizations
• Helps conduct literature reviews
• Uses GIS tools to perform tasks such as geocoding addresses, copying, modifying and dissolving features, selecting and extracting data, joining tables, changing map projections, and exporting data, layers and maps
• Creates maps and helps perform GIS density, network and spatial analyses
• Helps update and maintain databases
• Helps edit and proof statistical data
• Maintains emails and responds to information requests
• Other duties as required
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in economics, urban planning, geography, computer science, statistics or field related to the assigned functional area; plus course work in ArcView GIS or similar GIS software.
• Ability to pay attention to detail.
• Knowledge of demography and the characteristics of populations.
• Ability to use research methods to gather, analyze and interpret data under supervision.
• Ability to analyze statistical data and to draw sound conclusions.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Ability to use word processing and presentation software to prepare documents, and to use spreadsheet and statistical analysis software packages to store, manipulate, analyze and present data.
• Ability to use ESRI ArcMap to load, edit and display data and to conduct density, network and spatial analyses.
• Knowledge of constructing databases, developing normalized tables, and interfacing with different database systems such as Oracle, Sequel and Access data repositories.

Applicants must be lawfully entitled to work in the United States (U.S. citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization). The County does not sponsor Visas of any type. Fairfax County is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans’ status or disabled veterans’ status.

For more information about the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science at George Mason University check: