Bime and maps

I came across an interesting demo video on YouTube today for a web-based analytics tool named Bime. While I haven’t had a chance to sit down and delve into the web app it seems to offer quite a few geo friendly tools including recognizing geographic data and the ability to create visualizations for both exploring data and presenting your results. This video focuses on their heat and graduated symbol map output options.

North Carolina GIS Conference

As I mentioned recently on the podcast I plan to attend the North Carolina GIS Conference on February 17 & 18th and I will definitely be at the Academic Assembly on Feb 16th. With that in mind if you woud like to have a chat while I am on site about a project you are working on (or presenting), a product you would like to highlight, or just to say hi I will have the mobile recording unit (not it isn’t a taser) so just shoot me an email. I will get back to you and arrange a time to meet and talk.

While I am interested in talking to anyone for VerySpatial, I am especially interested in talking to folks who are using remote sensing data for a research project that I working on to highlight earth observation data, research and related activities.

I hope to see you in Raleigh next week.

One of my favorite pre-SuperBowl commercials

I know this has already made its blog rounds, but after using it as a PSA in class this week I just wanted to share it again.

Just remember, while your in car navigation system is a wonderful thing…it doesn’t actually think, just a lot of math.

New free stuff from Esri

Today a couple of education and information materials came to my attention from Esri. The first is the third volume of the Essays on Geography and GIS, a volume of collected articles. This time around the Table of Contents look a little like this:

What Is GIS?
Geospatial Responses to Disasters: The Role of Cyberspace
Governance of the NSDI
What Is the Geographic Approach?
Kingston University London: 20 Years of GIS Education
Building INSPIRE: The Spatial Data Infrastructure for Europe
GIS in a Changing World
Getting to Know the Mapping Sciences Committee
Opening the World to Everyone

The other new item is a new 6 module Web Course titled Turning Data into Information Using ArcGIS 10. The web course was created to accentuate Geographic Information Systems and Science, Third Edition by Paul A. Longley Ph.D., Michael F. Goodchild Ph.D., David J. Maguire Ph.D., and David W. Rhind Ph.D. The course is made of:

Module 1: Basics of Data and Information
Module 2: Cartography, Map Production, and Geovisualization
Module 3: Query and Measurement
Module 4: Transformations and Descriptive Summaries
Module 5: Optimization and Hypothesis Testing
Module 6: Uncertainty

The spatial sound of the NY Subway

Treehugger has a an article that demonstrates the nexus of spatial technology, visualization, art, and travel. It was an interactive art piece crated by artist Alexander Chen turning the New York City’s MTA subway schedule virtual string instrument. In a more literal interpretation of virtual music, Wesleyan University hosts the World’s Virtual Music Museum which is a map of the origin of instruments in their collection, which is one of the largest in the world.