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Phoenix landscaping company conducts plant density study to optimize water consumption, tries mobile mapping to collect ‘Big Data’ quickly

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

By Don Talend

When the public thinks about landscaping, high tech doesn’t immediately come to mind. After all, this is work involving dirt, manual labor and plants. Mechanical engineering is represented in the form of a backhoe loader, for example, but that’s about as “technological” as the industry gets. Right?

Actually, anyone inside the industry would tell a different story. This is a field characterized by large inventories and a wide range of variables affecting product and service quality, starting with weather and soil. The convergence of these variables creates the need for a great deal of monitoring of growth. As a result, any landscaping company that seeks to be profitable over the long haul without relying on data for botanic maintenance decision-making probably should.

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Mapping Philanthropy: How You Can Use Data Visualization to Do Good

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

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Philanthropy is making growing use of the latest data visualization tools to analyze and share information. To hear about tools that your organization could utilize, watch this webinar on Mapping Philanthropy: How You Can Use Data Visualization to Do Good.

During this webinar, you would hear the Foundation Center’s George Ford and Jake Garcia discuss visual grantseeking tools and solutions. You would look at how grantseekers can use the interactive maps and charts in Foundation Directory Online – the Foundation Center’s grantseeking database for nonprofits – to identify prospective funders. Next, the webinar turns your attention to several data visualization tools developed by the Foundation Center and other organizations that showcase how the philanthropic community has responded to a variety of issues.

This webinar is appropriate for nonprofits and libraries wanting to know more about data visualization and grantseeking.

TEDxPhilly Talk by Amy Hillier – Mapping experiences and access to opportunity in cities

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

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A pressing issue for Amy Hillier: Why does the place of our birth and child rearing influence the amount of opportunities available to us as adults? Is there something we can do about this? If we could trace our experiences using modern mapping technologies – like GIS, GPS, LiDAR and others – to better understand our surroundings, our history and our future, what would be revealed? Hillier’s talk discusses how Augmented Reality technologies can be used to bridge geographic disparities and facilitate neighborhood change, allowing residents to redefine their space. Gamifying neighborhoods can engage kids with activities that lead to personal discovery, while also providing data on what Hillier calls “opportunity-shed analysis.”

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