Pennsylvania, US: Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU) is launching the Geospatial Revolution Project, an integrated public media and outreach initiative about the impact of digital mapping. On September 15, the first of the project’s four web-based high-definition video episodes will be released, accompanied by a website and free outreach resources, including videos, essays and discussion questions.
The outreach material will be posted to Teachers’ Domain, an educators’ online resource providing digital media for classroom and professional development throughout the world. Also, educational collaborators will share the videos with their networks and members. These tools will allow viewers to better understand and discuss the applications and impact of geospatial technologies, as well as the issues of privacy and security that they raise.
The first episode will cover the origins of geospatial information and the use of digital mapping in Haitian earthquake relief efforts.
Penn State Public Broadcasting engaged expert content advisers including faculty from Penn State’s online Master of GIS programme, which was named the 2009 Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program by The Sloan Consortium, a non-profit online education organisation.