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GIS Advocacy Links
ESRI - Basic GIS Overview
This ESRI video clip gives a nice overview of how GIS is used and what it is very generally.
Geospatial Revolution Project | A Public Media Project
From Penn State Public Broadcasting, the first episode of the geospatial revolution was released in September 2010. More is to come and it is quite interesting.
GeoTech Center: National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence
A good portal to find out information about the geospatial industry for students, educators and those interested in or in the industry.
GI S&T Body of Knowledge
From the UCGIS, this body of knowledge seems to lay out the elements involved in the geographic technology realm to prepare educators and students for careers.
GIS & Cholera
This video, produced by ESRI UK, is a great look at what we commonly call the 'first spatial analysis' by John Snow. Short, succinct and details spatial analysis concepts.
GIS Career and Education Awareness Website (GIS CAREER LEARNING MODULES)
Funded by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Program (NSF-ATE), this site has learning modules to help make clear the value of GIS skills, and the depth/breadth of potential for a GIS career.
Sponsored by ESRI, GIS Day is an annual celebration of GIS. Events take place around the world for this and you might want to check with your local organizations (municipalities, universities, companies) to see if there is a celebration in your area!
GIS in California Government
In a May 2008 speech, Gov. Schwharzenegger talked about increasing the use of GIS and leveraging it for the good of California.
GIS in the Classroom - KS3/4 Geography - Using GIS | Teachers TV
A 14 minute video about why one would use GIS in geography education. Recommended by Joseph Kerski of ESRI - thanks Joseph!
This site has information about GIS, GPS, cartography, and geography, including a forum, events page, job links, and a newsletter.
Map and Geography Round Table (MAGERT) - American Library Association
MAGERT is ALA's geospatial group and has been in existence for over forty years. The group provides publications and resources specific to maps and geospatial information.
My Wonderful World -- National Geographic
This site is oriented towards getting people (kids but it's really for anyone) up to speed on geography. The United States has a pathetic record of geography knowledge, and this site is geared towards helping to make that better. Not GIS per se, but critical nonetheless!
National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)
This national organization is dedicated to GIS advocacy and the adoption of geospatial information technologies.
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
The OGC is a "non-profit, international, voluntary consensus standards organization that is leading the development of standards for geospatial and location based services." They have listed standards, a newsletter, events and more.
UC Santa Barbara - Center for Spatial Studies - spatial@ucsb
Run by renowned Michael Goodchild and self described as: "Spatial@ucsb is an innovative university-wide resource and research center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Its mission is to facilitate the integration of spatial thinking into processes for learning and discovery in the natural, social, and behavioral sciences, to promote excellence in engineering and applied sciences, and to enhance creativity in the arts and humanities."
UCGIS - University Consortium for Geographic Information Science
This organization is focused on fostering multidisciplinary research and education, promote GIScience and analysis, and speak for the geographic information science research community.
Self described as: "A Very Spatial Podcast is your weekly source for information on Geography and geospatial technologies. Geography touches most things we do everyday, but we rarely even think of it. This podcast seeks to point out how it is filtering into our digital lives and daily lives."
YouTube - geographic information
So many videos here on YouTube regarding GIS, GIScience and geographic information in general. Explore away!