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Have you checked out the awesome offerings in Coursera? You may know that Penn is a partner in this platform (known as a massive open course, or MOOC), providing free online classes (taught by Penn faculty members). Blackboard and Instructure (aka Canvas) are now trying to get in on the act, putting together MOOCs of […]

Fulcrum: Data collection for iOS

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Say your research studies spatial relationships – maybe it’s the neighborhood effects of vacant buildings, or the spread of an invasive species – and you need to collect data in the field. Traditionally, a project like that could require GPS units, cameras, notebooks, clipboards, and paper-based forms.  It’s a lot to lug around, not to […]

Mapmaking apps for Android

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Anyone can make a Google map, but if you want to start one in the field – surveying plants, buildings, people, public art – you need an app for that. Something that geolocates your field notes. Something that can yield a proper map without taking two semesters of GIS classes. Lucky for you, I’ve tested […]

Coming soon: Wrangling GPS / GIS apps

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UPDATE: Two articles in the series have been posted: Mapmaking apps for Android Fulcrum: Data collection for iOS Your smartphone is a powerful data collector. Photos, notes, videos… everything you create can be geolocated. So finding apps to create GPS-enriched data, export it, and produce amazing projects for class should be easy, right? Guess again. […]

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