SimplyMap Training at SCELC Vendor Day

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Geographic Research, Inc. is pleased to participate in the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium’s (SCELC) 12th Annual Vendor Day. SCELC members and librarians from other academic library consortia are invited to attend the event, which will be held at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, March 9, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Over 30 vendors will be exhibiting and demonstrating products. We’ll have an exhibit set up with information about SimplyMap, and will offer 3 SimplyMap training sessions during the day, at 11:40 am, 1:40 pm, and 2:30 pm.

Click here for more information on the event and registration. We hope to see you there!

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Men’s Health ranks America’s Top Cities for Recycling using SimplyMap

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Men’s Health conducted their first survey of America’s recycling habits, and used SimplyMap in their research.

Here’s how the editors explain their methodology:

To determine how well cities reuse their refuse, we started by asking them whether recycling is mandatory. Next we looked at how easy the cities make it for residents to recycle: No need to sort? Wonderful. Curbside pickup? Great. Then we added up the variety of materials that are recycled, giving bonus points to those places that go beyond paper, plastic, and glass. Lastly, we factored in the percentage of households that actually take advantage of the program their city offers, courtesy of SimplyMap.

SimplyMap’s ranking feature makes it easy to generate ranked lists of locations for any variable in the system.Whether you are looking for the wealthiest ZIP codes in your state, census tracts that spend the most on products for pets, or the top cities for recycling participation – it is all in SimplyMap!

Read the full article here.

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Men’s Health identifies most cell-addicted cities with SimplyMap

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Men’s Health magazine took a look this month at where our wireless habits are most out of  control. Their methodology includes the use of SimplyMap:

First, we crunched data from SimplyMap on the percentage of households that own cellphones, as well as the percentage that own a lot of cellphones, i.e., four or more. We also figured in the percentage of tireless texters (Experian Consumer Research) and the number of wireless carriers per capita (U.S. Census Bureau). We finished by looking at data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which tracks laws that ban calling — and texting — from behind the wheel.

SimplyMap’s ranking feature makes it easy to generate ranked lists of locations for any variable in the system.Whether you are looking for the wealthiest ZIP codes in your state, census tracts that spend the most on products for pets, or the top cities for recycling participation – it is all in SimplyMap!

Read the full article here.

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GRI Exhibiting at ALA Midwinter Meeting

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ALA Midwinter Logo 2009

The 2009 Midwinter Meeting will be held in Denver, CO, from Jan 23–28, 2009.

http://www.ala.org/midwinter

The exhibits will be held Jan 23–26, 2009 at the Colorado Convention Center, located at 700 14th Street. The Exhibits Opening Ribbon-Cutting will be held Friday, January 23, at 5:15 pm preceeding the All-Conference Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor.

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Geographic Research is proud to exhibit at this year’s conference. Please visit us at booth #2451 to enter our raffle to win a new monitor and see a demonstration of SimplyMap.

The American Library Association (ALA) is the voice of America’s libraries. Generally held in January, the ALA Midwinter Meeting draws more than 10,000 leaders in the library and information industry for some 2,000 meetings and events. About 750 exhibits feature the latest in books, videos, computers and other materials and resources available to millions of library users.

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Michigan State University Offers SimplyMap Training

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Michigan State University is offering their users a basic introduction to using SimplyMap. The 1.5 hour session will cover the basics of how to use SimplyMap to create maps and reports using demographic and business data. The training will be held on Friday, February 13, 2009 from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM in the Business Library.

MSU also offers a free online guide designed to help new users with SimplyMap. The online guide includes how to create maps and reports, mapping points of interest, exporting maps for use in MS Word or PowerPoint, and suggestions for how to cite SimplyMap. This detailed webguide is free to the public.

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University of Iowa Libraries: Add Informative Maps to Your Presentations

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Excerpt from University of Iowa Library blog:

In your marketing class, you may be developing a marketing plan for a pre-made meals restaurant specializing in vegetarian menus in Chicagoland. How do you learn where the highest percentage of people who purchase Boca Burgers live in Cook County?

Maybe you are working with an elder services agency in Des Moines and would like to provide computer classes for senior citizens across the state, but the question is where would be the best place to hold the classes?

The answer is in SimplyMap. SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application that lets you quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports, using the thousands of US demographic, business and marketing data variables.

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GRI sponsors ACRA Retail Analysis Competition

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Geographic Research, Inc. (GRI) is pleased to sponsor the fourth annual American Collegiate Retailing Association’s Undergraduate Student Retail Analysis Competition. This is the second year GRI has sponsored the competition, which will focus on a location analysis for Port of Subs sandwich shops. Student teams will compete by selecting a new site for a Port of Subs franchise store and developing a business plan to support their site selection, using SimplyMap to assist in the analysis. Winners will be announced during ACRA’s Spring 2009 conference, schedule in Las Vegas, NV in May 2009. The competition is co-chaired by Doreen Burdalski of Albright College, Carol Kaufman-Scarborough of Rutgers University and Hong Yu of Ryerson University.

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