Cool GIS related jobs

MSN Lifestyle for Men has an interesting interview and picture of a “high tech rancher” who uses “A GPS unit feeds into Cox’s laptop, which uses GIS software to map the ranch’s 27,000 semi-arid acres and pinpoint the more than 100 pasture areas and water sources.” and “Digital hubs update Cox on weather and soil conditions. In development: a telemetry device to detect every bite taken by a cow as well as the type of plant being devoured.” A website for sustainable business has Green Dream Jobs which lists jobs like Urban Forestery. Of course, there is always the GIS jobs clearinghouse

Gnooks and Maps

More of a book mind map like you did in grade school, “Gnooks is a self-adapting community system based on the gnod engine. Discover new writers you will like, travel the map. of literature and discuss your favorite books and authors.” You can type in the name of an author and it will tell map out other authors that people read. There is also gnod music, movies, and a global network. The creator says that, “You might call it a search-engine to find things you don’t know about”. It’s like the ultimate form of browsing.

International Map Exhibit in August

I you are interested in showing off your cartographic products you might be interested in the upcoming 23rd International Cartographic Conference which will convene in Moscow, Russia the week of 4-10 August, 2007. You can submit hard copy or digital cartographic products to the Conference. Interested parties in the US must submit an entry form to Max Baber of Samford Univ no later than March 24. For those of you in other countries you can probably find your contact on the International Cartographic Association website.

Via a post on the AAG’s GIS Specialty Group listserv

Wonder How Much of This is Spatial Data?

Wired Magazine is reporting on a story that the amount of digital data moving around the world today is something on the order of 161 exabytes. Although the exact number (and methodology) might be disputable, it appears the research is in the right ballpark. Just to put that into perspective (using base 10 instead of base 2), one exabyte = 1,000 petabytes or 1,000,000 terrabytes or 1 billion gigabytes (again, slightly different in base 2). They even estimate we’re likely to hit slightly under 1,000 exabytes (or one zettabyte) by 2010.

They also estimate that 161 exabytes is in the same ball park as the total amount of storage available world wide! So go clean out your inbox, will ya? We need the space!