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A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 85

A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 85
March 4, 2007

Main Topic: Serving geographic information, Part 1

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    “Wave Goodbye” by Steadman

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    Book Corner

    • by Kristen Kurland and Wilpen Gorr from ESRI Press
      ISBN: 1-58948-148-8 2006 338 pages $69.95
  • Also mentioned: GIS Tutorial from ESRI Press and the Talk to the Authors podcast from ESRI UC 2006
  • Main topic
    Discussion around serving geographic information including:

    • Hardware
    • Bandwidth
    • Data
    • Storage
    • External APIs

    We just scratched the surface, so we will revisit this again in the near future and bring other perspectives from the Dev Summit.


    This week A Very Spatial Podcast is sponsored by ESRI.

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    4 thoughts on “A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 85

    1. Hi, I’m the person that set up Oxford Archaeology’s wms/wfs server- and I’m really pleased that it has garnered attention from you guys, and others. One correction- Oxford Archaeology is nothing to do with Oxford University- we are a commercial archaeological unit.

      I was interested in your comment about archaeological data not being public domain in the US- well all of the work that archaeological units in the UK should be made public domain so we aren’t publishing information that isn’t already available elsewhere- we just happen to have put it on a map. This has caused some concern because of the possibility of looting, so we are looking at ways of obfuscating the data to make it hard to use the map to pinpoint sensitive sites exactly. We’re working on making more data available, eventually (we hope) with links to reports about the sites and what was found there.

      Anyhow, thanks for the mention!

      Archaeogeek (Jo Cook- Information Systems, Oxford Archaeology)

    2. What is the author of the book Odysseus’s Ithaca: The Discovery” has done.

      “I explained the simple meaning of Homers’s words, his primitive but correct orientation, conected the relevant episodes and the main story in the Odyssey and have located Ithaca- homeland of Odysseus towards the poet’s description on the one of the most enchanting and interesting places on earth.
      The home of this ancient mythological hero, one of the best known figures of human history, has finally beeen located”.

      Author: Berislav Brcković

      : The Discovery

      Author: Brckovic, Berislav

      Review Date: JUNE 02, 2008
      Publisher:BookSurge (63 pp.)
      Price (paperback): $23.50
      Publication Date: October 18, 2007
      ISBN (paperback): 978-1-419-67585-0
      Category: AUTHORS
      Classification: NONFICTION

      A Croatian lawyer offers a meticulously researched and exhaustively detailed identification of the present-day whereabouts of Homer’s ancient Ithaca.

      The location of Odysseus’s homeland, as described in the Odyssey, has long been a matter of debate for philologists, archaeologists and Homeric scholars. One easy conclusion to the argument is that the island currently known as Ithaca, located in the Ionian Sea just off the northeast coast of Cephallonia, was the mythological hero’s home. However, this island, known by locals as Thiaki, does not share topographical details with the Ithaca described in the Odyssey; while the island in the myth is low-lying and far to the west, Thiaki is mountainous and sits to the east of a larger land mass. Burrowing deep into the text of the Odyssey and creating a somewhat tedious inventory of Ithacan characteristics, Brckovic provides a convincing case that Erisos, the northern peninsula of the island of Cephallonia, is indeed the Ithaca to which Odysseus returned at the conclusion of the epic poem. The author assumes that Homer, despite mythologizing his Greek hero and his adventures, meant to reference an authentic landscape as one of the central settings of his narrative. Building off that assumption, Brckovic cites more than 100 lines of the poem that precisely describe the general environs of Erisos. Not satisfied with a concise argument, the author spends the second half of the book identifying exact locations in and around Erisos that inspired a dozen or so important locales mentioned in the Odyssey, including the Harbour of Phorcys, Raven’s Rock, the Hamlet of Laertes and the Hill of Nion. A generous use of color photographs and maps both current and historical support the thesis presented in this slim but thorough volume.

      A convincing, compelling argument compromised by a density of details.

      Copyright 2005 Kirkus Reviews

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