First Bird’s Eye imagery, now Fish-Eye views

Japanese company ALPSLAB has come up with a new function for zooming in to an area on its online mapping interface – a “Fish-Eye” view that acts like a magnifying glass being held over a particular area on the map without having to zoom the whole way. I tried it out (after taking several minutes to figure out how to engage it, since the site is in Japanese), and it’s a handy little way to get a closeup view without having to zoom the whole map. It does make it easier when you can see one area in closeup and still see the surrounding area at a coarser resolution.

Fish-Eye view from ALPSLAB

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New Poll, Old Poll

So today we start a new poll with the request “Pick your favorite name” as a way to get your perspective on what to call the spatial data that is being created by users as part of the Web 2.0 phenomena. The choices we give (which are not all inclusive) are:

  • Social mapping
  • Crowd source data
  • Volunteered Geographic Information
  • User generated data
  • Internet gunk
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    Earth Hour – turning out the lights to help the planet

    Earth Hour is nearly upon us. On this Saturday evening, March 29th, at 8pm (your local time), you just turn your lights out for an hour. That’s it, that’s all you have to do. What you do during that hour is completely up to you, but you’ll be joining people and organizations from around the world who are participating in this event to raise awareness about global energy usage and climate change.

    Cities around the world like San Francisco, Phoenix, Toronto, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Bangkok, and Tel Aviv are participating, as well as other organizations and individual people. So, if you want to join in raising awareness about helping the planet, turn out your lights for Earth Hour 2008!

    Via Hippyshopper

    Maps As Art and Fashion

    These cool artworks by a French artist living in London, Elisabeth Lecourt, show that not only can maps tell us where we are and help us find our way, they can also be a fashion statement. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find them anytime soon at your nearest Gap store, but they definitely give a whole new meaning to the idea of functional fashion….

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    Our Earth Day Contest – Question 1

    We introduced our Earth Day Contest in this week’s podcast episode, but for those of you who haven’t had a chance to listen yet, we will be asking three questions, one a week, until Earth Day, when we will pick a winner randomly from the entries with correct answers. You get one entry for each correct answer, and if you join our Facebook Group, you get an additional entry. All entries are due by 11:59pm Pacific Time on April 17th.

    So, if you answer all 3 questions correctly, AND join the Facebook Group, you can get a total of 4 entries into the contest. Without further ado, then, here is the first question and the possible answers, and Good Luck!

    Where is the recently opened Doomsday Seed Bank located?

    A. Cheyenne Mountain
    B. Grand Banks
    C. Spitsbergen Island
    D. Olduvai Gorge
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    Collaborative Landmark Directory

    OpenLandmarkI noticed OpenLandmark when I was looking at the mobile apps for the iPhone/iPod Touch. It is a beta site that is creating a directory of landmarks, currently focusing on a few cities, which are mostly major tourist destinations. It is similar to a few other projects out there, except that it seems to be a cleaner approach than the straight wiki map sites. The OpenLandmark page talks about geotagging, photographs, discovering and contributing and it seems fairly interesting as a beta though I want to see what happens after it has been around for a few months. I will check it out again the next time I am in one of the cities that have been built out so far.

    Open Landmark – Collaborative Landmark Directory

    3DNature software sale

    Just got an email that 3D Nature has a big software bundle sale going on at the 3DNature Online Store until the end of March. You may remember that we had the chance to talk to Chris Hanson back in January on Epis 129 & 130. The bundle includes SceneExpress and their SketchUp Component Library and either WCS or VNS. This really extends the idea that we continue to focus on in our own research of integrating GIS and virtual worlds. I didn’t see anything about the education versions of this, but you should check the 3D Nature website to see what the options are.