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Links to Useful Geographic Resources

Academic Info An independent set of geography-related links provided by Mike Madin.

Alexandra Digital Library Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, and NASA, Alexandria focuses on defining cataloguing rules and an interface that can be used eventually to access geospatially referenced materials of all types. Digital library projects like Alexandria promise to make such materials far more easily accessible for teaching and learning.

ARGUS Project Funded by the National Science Foundation and developed at the University of Minnesota under the leadership of Dr. Philip Gersmehl. The aim of the project is to have students learn to use the concepts and skills of geography by analyzing real-world issues in both historical and contemporary contexts. The ARGUS materials are designed to be used in secondary school social studies classes, teacher training courses in geography, and introductory college courses. The project is now being expanded to developing activities and readings for the entire world. The material is used in some introductory higher education courses.

Core Curriculum in Remote Sensing Like the NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIScience, this group creates authoritative, on-line hypertext handbooks built from chapters or modules contributed by dozens of authors. Edited by Professor Tim Foresman (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA).

CTI - Centre for Geography, Geology and Meteorology The aim of the CTI Centre is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of geography in higher education through the use of appropriate learning technologies and associated resources.

Cyber-Geography Research Cyber-Geography Research is concerned with the study of the spacial nature of computer communications networks, in particular the internet, the world wide web and other cyberspace. It is concerned with the measuring and mapping of the geography of cyberspaces.

DeLiberations DeLiberations is an electronic journal on both generic and discipline-based concerns regarding teaching and learning. There is a section concerned with geography in higher education that contains a developing list of key sources (including books and articles) on teaching geography.

DfES Geography Teaching Resource The Department for Education & Skills (DfES) has prepared a set of tables for use as a learning resource for students of geography. The data are drawn from the Employers Skill Survey of establishments in England, a large scale survey of over 27,000 establishments.

Earthworks Earthworks is an on-line database of career opportunities for geographers, remote sensing/GIS staff, environmental scientists, climate/atmospheric scientists, oceanographers, geoscientists, petroleum scientists/engineers, geotechnical engineers and hydrologists/hydrogeologists in the academic, water, upstream oil and gas, civil and mining sectors with particular focus on the UK, North America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa.

Electronic Resources for Geography A comprehensive set of geography links, provided by Lewis Armstrong (Abilene Christian University).

Fundamentals of Physical Geography An on-line introduction to physical geography by Michael Pidwirny (Okanagan University College, Canada). The pages include study notes and questions for each chapter, and a full glossary.
GeogNet GeogNet is a moderated email discussion list, primarily for the discussion of issues associated with teaching and learning in UK higher education. The list is moderated by Ian Livingstone (University College Northampton).

Geography Alliances of the National Geographical Society Fifty-four Alliances, with a total membership in excess of 150,000 teachers and academics, exist in all States and Territories of the US. Each Alliance is the energy center for local and statewide efforts to improve geography education. They achieve this by giving teachers the knowledge, skills and materials they need to make geography an exciting subject. Whilst the Geography Alliances have a secondary education focus, they provide a useful point of connection between that sector and university-based educators.

GeographyCal This consortium club is run from the CTI - Centre for Geography, Geology and Meteorology. The GeographyCal Club aims to develop saleable Computer Assisted Learning packages for undergraduate courses in geography (Healey et al. 1996; 1998; Robinson & Castleford 1996). Director: Geoff Robinson (University of Leicester, UK).

GeographyWeb GeographyWeb project team members create Internet-based instructional materials to enhance several undergraduate geography courses across the multi-campus University of Colorado. Led by Professor A. David Hill (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA).

GeoGuide Geo-Guide is a subject gateway to online information sources on Earth Sciences (including Thematic Maps and Geography) and Mining.

Geosource A general geography/geoscience directory with links to over 2000 Web resources including academic journals, forthcoming conferences and geo-organizations.

Go-Geo! Go-Geo! is an online geospatial resource and data discovery tool which allows for the identification and retrieval of metadata records describing data available within UK tertiary education and access to a comprehensive range of updated and reviewed resource information about news events, conferences, publications, free software and more.
Hands On! Project This US national project developed active learning modules on the human dimensions of global change'. The project focuses on the tertiary-level and modules were produced through a collaborative process that involved module authors, participants in summer workshops, and project staff at Clark University.

Information System for Los Angeles The Information System for Los Angeles (ISLA) is sponsored by University of Southern California. ISLA is being planned as an integrated digital archival collection for Los Angeles and its region. Like other collections, ISLA will contain textual sources (books, newspapers, theses, dissertations, and manuscripts), photographs, video, scanned maps, and demographic data. It will serve as a prototype of the types of digital collections that might soon be available for geography education.

Oddens's Bookmarks A Web directory for cartography and mapping, offering over 6300 links to interactive mapping services, maps and atlases, sellers and publishers, societies and collections.

Physical Geography Glossary of Terms A free ebook (pdf file) which can be viewed on Windows or Macintosh computers using Adobe Acrobat Reader. It can also be used on some handheld computers - details on the Web site.

Practical Skills in Environmental Science Practical Skills in Environmental Science (Jones, Duck, Reed and Weyers, 1999) provides a generic approach to skills drawing on the authors' teaching experiences in the University of Dundee. The book's main emphasis is on fieldwork and taking measurements and samples, but it also includes sections relating to basic laboratory procedures and to transferable skills, e.g. computing and study skills. Fifty-two chapters are grouped under eight headings: Fundamental Principles, The Investigative Approach, Obtaining Samples, Manipulating and Identifying Sampled Materials, Environmental Analysis, Analysis and Presentation of Data, IT and Library Resources, and Communicating Information. The authors believe that learning general strategies and skills can result in a deeper understanding of the underlying rational of methods, an approach which recognises the complex and integrated nature of environmental systems. The text was written before, but in anticipation of, the 'QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Earth Science, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies', onto which the topics covered are closely mapped.
Research Resources for the Social Sciences Provided in partnership with McGraw-Hill Ryerson, this site provides a set of links to several social science resources.

Resources for Earth Sciences and Geography Instruction A topic-based set of links for Earth sciences and physical geography, organised by Mark Francek (Central Michigan University). The sites are selected on the basis of image quality, ease of developing lesson plans, organisation, scope and format.

Scout Report for Social Sciences The target audience of the Scout Report for Social Sciences is faculty, students, staff, and librarians in the social sciences. Each biweekly report offers a selective collection of Internet resources covering topics in the field that have been chosen by librarians and content specialists in the given area of study.

Social Sciences Information Gateway (SOSIG) The SOSIG offers social scientists an aid by which they can quickly and easily locate quality networked information which is relevant to their education and research.

The Mining Company Guide to Geography The Mining Company provides sites for over 500 topics. The Geography site is expertly guided by Matt Rosenberg. This is an excellent resource for all geographers.

UNIGIS This is an eleven-nation network of universities, with headquarters at Manchester Metropolitan University. UNIGIS's purpose is to facilitate the co-operative design and delivery of distance learning in GIS at postgraduate level.

Uniserve Science Geography teaching resources from the University of Sydney.

Virtual Field Course The Virtual Field Course (VFC) is a generic virtual environment for the exploration of natural and human resources in the field.

Virtual Geography Department The Virtual Geography Department links the discipline worldwide using the Internet and WWW.


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