This is a nice mix of the new finding the old. Satellite sensors are being used to find possible sites for further exploration in Egypt. The remote sensing data makes finding the sites easier than more traditional means of digging around. Thus far, dozens of sites have been found that span as far back as 5,000 years ago. While some of this may be going on in other parts of the world already, this is a first for Egypt. It will be interesting to see what these efforts can add to our knowledge of the ancient world.
The education session at 2:00, focusing on spatial thinking, was interesting with an array of topics starting with ones that were very school focused and moving into areas where Digital Earth concepts can support education. I am going to save the other presentations for the audio, but I do want to point out that the 4th presentation was given by the folks from Elumenati who are using Elumens spherical visualization systems for educational use tieing immersion and scientific visualization. He made a great point kind of off handed that I latched on to and that I can not agree with enough…you have to get beyond the focus on technology to look at the content.
Today we began with NASA, the Heinz Center, and a talk on the Polar Year. Good keynotes all, I, as may have been suspected, thought the NASA perspective was interesting, especially as the presenter has been at Ames for only a year. I had to meet someone, so I unfortunately missed the last presentation and the presentations after the coffee break on different uses of Virtual Globes in the real world for Mountain Top removal to the events in Darfur. This afternoon we are in break sessions that we will cover in today’s wrap up audio.
Keep an eye out for audio and videos on SpaceNavigator, WorldWind, The Carbon Project and others.
First day overview of ISDE5 including a short discussion of some of the keynote presentations.