Genius! Use any memory stick to play MP3s

VR3Listener Alex just emailed me about how he listens to the podcast during his drive time. He uses a $30 device, the VR3, that allows you to use any USB memory stick to hold your mp3’s while the device allows you to play them, move between songs, adjust volume, etc. It includes an FM modulator with 7 preset stations, so it may not work as well in larger cities but I can see how it would be great for road trips and out here in the boonies where we only get 5 radio stations anyway. I haven’t tried it myself, but for $30 bucks, someone is getting one for christmas, I’m just not sure who yet :-).

Imagery For The Nation

Keith at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority sent me an email (woohoo! I promise not to complain about it anymore!) about the National States Geographic Information Council’s “Imagery For The Nation (PDF)” initiative. The idea is to consolidate all the various ortho-imagery initiatives in the Federal government into one big batch. Then imagery can been taken for the whole US periodically that everyone can use. The eastern US is slated to get one foot data every three years while the rest of the US will get one meter resolution every year. That’s pretty cool stuff. NSGIC is running a survey (in the middle of the page to launch the survey) to see how geospatial professionals might use this data. The survey doesn’t take long and it will help get this initiative off the ground.

Thanks Keith! (Jersey Represent! Sorry, had to give a shout-out for my wife)

Maker Faire 2006

If you love to tinker with stuff, especially tech stuff, or find yourself strangely fascinated by the MythBusters, then the Maker Faire this weekend (April 22-23) in San Mateo, California is right up your alley. Organized by the creators of MAKE magazine, a popular tech DIY publication, Maker Faire is a chance to get together with thousands of other liked-minded types and watch people make stuff out of other stuff. In addition to all the techies, there are also students and educators who will be presenting their projects.

OGC Catalogue Services Specification – Request for Comment

OGC has put out a Request for Comment for a new candidate OGC standard. It is the Catalogue Services Specification 2.0.1 – ISO Metadata Application Profile. From the press release: ” Catalogue services are the key technology for locating, managing and maintaining distributed geo-resources (i.e. geospatial data, applications and services). With OGC catalogue services, client applications are capable of searching for geo-resources in a standardised way (i.e. through standardised interfaces and operations) and, ideally, they are based on a well-known information model, which includes spatial references and further descriptive (thematic) information that enables client applications to search for geo-resources in very efficient ways”

If you are involved with open source GIS development, and would like to learn more development of open standards for geospatial applications, head over to the OGC website for more information

Via GISCafe

Getting there is half the fun

The New Yorker recently ran an interesting article entitled Annals of the Road: Getting There that looks at maps and mapping technologies from a few angles including riding in a Navteq ground-truthing vehicle. A different perspective than what you normally get as someone in the industry and well researched. An interesting read, but be sure to set aside a solid 10-15 minutes since it is a New Yorker article :-).

Thanks to listener, and winner of our 1/2 year contest, Adella for the ‘heads-up’ and for sending Frank an email.