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Take Home Exercise #1


Penn State GeoSpatial Revolution Project

Due February 5th, 2014

Episode 1

Navigate to the Penn State Geospatial Revolution Project Episode 1.  Watch Episode 1
(full version) while taking notes.  Then, answer the following questions directly in the web
boxes below based on information you obtained from the video.  Note:  It is highly
recommended that you 
first type your answers in a word document and save it.  Then, copy and paste your answers from the word document into this form and click "submit" at the bottom of the page.


1.  David Dibiase said, "Although some might call this device (in the car that tells you where to go) a GPS, that is not what it is." What is it?  What is the difference between "GPS" and your answer?  That is, what does the "S" in "GPS" really represent?

2.  Explain where all of the coordinates come from that are stored in a GPS?

3.  What provides highly accurate measurements of the earth and the features upon it?

4.  What formed the basis for the first TIGER files in the late 1980s?  What does the acronym "TIGER" stand for?

5.  TIGER was an impetus for what technological developments?

6.  What introduced people to the "coolness" of place?

7.  We are moving away from having to actually search for something, to what?  This new paradigm is bringing what two things together?

8.  Explain what USHAHIDI is?

9.  What is Crowd Sourcing?  What information does it provide and how can it be used?

10.  How has the Geospatial Revolution advance so dramatically in recent years?

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