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An Inspiration

For all of those who have been following my blog, I am back from my exciting trip to India and had a blast! A quick update, this past summer was perhaps one of the most exciting ones I've had interning at RAEL for the CoolClimate team. I was so inspired by what I had learned that I just had to continue. So for the next couple of months I will be working on figuring out how to make all the amazing data RAEL has available online in a format that is easily downloadable. Hopefully, people will be able to simplify their GIS work that they do with data from RAEL!

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas --- A Book Review

Recently, I read How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein. This book started off as somewhat vague in my opinion and I thought to myself how can this be just about new ideas changing the world!? There must be something more these people do. And in fact, as I read through the book, I realized that the author was trying to draw the reader's attention to the fundamental reason why any change occurred.

GIS: Applying Zipcodes to the U.S. Map in ArcMap 10

I recently started working on a project trying to spatially place different data sets and connect them visually with their respective zipcodes. However, what seemed like an easy task became very confusing quite quickly. I started off with zipcode data from the US Census Bureau. You can find the data I was working with for zipcodes here: http://www.census.gov/geo/www/cob/z52000.html.

GIS: What is Geographic Data? How Is It Mapped?

"Normal" data can be thought of as the building blocks of information. In modern times, it is often information that is compatible with computers and its inner workings.

Geographic data is simply a collection of information that can describe objects and things with relation to space. Often this is done with x,y coordinates or longitudes and latitudes.

So what does this mean for GIS users?
Well geographic data is at the heart of what makes for interesting maps. Without this data, there would be no information that would need to be visualized and analyzed.

GIS: OpenGeo Simplified!

Maps...seem simple enough right? Well, not exactly. My previous exposure to maps was more or less restricted to the user side of things. Google Maps and Bing Maps were the only things I knew of in terms of online visualizations of spatial data.
     Google Maps and Bing Maps are web mapping services that allows for a simple base map to be available to the average      user of spatial services so that simple one-layer data can be seen.

Kamini Iyer - Open Geo CoolClimate Team

Bio and Research Interests
Kamini Iyer is the Open Geo Mapping Intern for the Open Geo CoolClimate Team at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) at the University of California, Berkeley. Her interests include climate change education through a variety of media as well as the human impact and role in climate change.

Outside of work her interests and activities include dancing, painting, and working with the non-profit Project RISHI.

Education
University of California, Berkeley B.S. in Environmental Sciences (2013)

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