Darren Platakis – Geospatial Niagara
In episode 13 of Everyday Geo, I learn more about the non-profit organization Geospatial Niagara. This NPO is founded and headed up by Darren Platakis who is in St. Catharines, Ontario where the legendary drummer, Neil Peart, for the rock band known as RUSH was raised and within view of the city of Toronto where the other members originated. Ahhhh the memories I have of listening to RUSH…. But I digress… However, Darren did send us a link to a map he created in Carto showing all the shows in a heat map that RUSH has done from 1968 to 2015 and includes their upcoming 40th anniversary (R40) tour. https://geospatialniagara.carto.com/viz/6ba6ec36-e0d1-11e4-8ed9-0e9d821ea90d/public_map
Darren explains the need in the area that led to him starting up Geospatial Niagara; a non-profit group that focuses on geospatial education, technology, support and develops resources for educators teaching students in the Niagara region. He also shares some of the interesting work done by the organization such as ‘TreeOCode Niagara’ the ‘Niagara Minecraft Project’ and the ‘Day of Geography’ they sponsor. You should really check out their website and project descriptions. The site and contact info are as follows:
Since I could not get a cheap enough license to play some RUSH as we head out of this episode we are going to go the route of Darren’s brother and jam on some accordion techno!! Just in case he is listening!
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NOTE: Sometimes doing recordings via VOIP, there can be some issues with audio. We have this case in this episode, but you should be able to enjoy just fine.
BONUS!! Great video of the group RASH! They combine the music of RUSH with the love of accordions and polkas!! LOL