A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 347
March 11, 2012
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It’s always exciting to watch real time results for any type of polling and interactive map are becoming more prevalent with each election. Several news sites have real-time interactive maps of the Kansas Caucus Results.
The Huffington Post has posted a real-time map of the Kansas Caucus Results. It’s at almost 30% reporting and hasn’t crashed yet. For any news map it is important to identify where the information is coming from and who designed the map. In this case the only map metadata I could find was this disclaimer, “Delegate allocations are tentative and might be adjusted later. Credits: Jay Boice, Aaron Bycoffe, Daniel Lee and Christian Rocha” . The comments section of the real-time article only has one criticism that not all of the candidates were broken out separately on the interactive map.
KMBC-TV has an interactive map of the Kansas Primary which appears to have been created using Microsoft MapPoint by Hearst Publications and the AP. Their interactive map includes all of the candidates. The Economist has an extensive interactive map of the Republican Nominations which provides results from the primaries/caucuses in each state and other information. There are probably more than ten different news sites with ten different ways of creating an interactive map to involve their audience in the excitement of the political process. It will be interesting to look into how many people leave an interactive map up on their computer screens to keep tabs on the polling.
I thought this was a particularly interesting article in the New York Times since the VerySpatial crew just returned from New York for AAG 2012. The Times sat down with some city planners and academics living in and around New York to try to figure out some of the urban dynamics of large cities. Currently New York holds around 1.6 million residents, with a surge to 3.9 million during the work day. As crowded as it is, that’s nothing compared to NYC circa 1910, which housed around 2.3 million permanent residents. So how many residents can New York hold? Well, the article never really answers the question because it depends on what kind of New York you want. Is it more residential, or large buildings? Do we make it bigger by adding land fills to create a Lower-Lower Manhattan, or do we leave the current geography intact? Ultimately, the article becomes a fascinating insight into urban planning and development, so check it out.
We’ve featured AirPano before on the site, but a set they’ve put up just took my breath away. They have a wonderful 360 degree air panoramic of Angel Falls in Venezuela. You can see these falls from the base on up to the top of the waterfall. The waterfall drops water nearly a half a mile to the ground. It’s just amazing. I really liked being able to start at the bast of the fall and virtually travel up via helicopter to the top. If you’re really interested in some of the details of the shoot, the link also has a bit of a pholoblog of the shoot and the area.
Unfortunately most of us won’t have the opportunity to see majestic sites like this in person, so effort
s like the AirPano project can really help us see our amazing world in ways never before possible. Not everything on the site is geographic (the ‘being a sandwich‘ one is kinda quirky), but the vast majority cover sites around the globe. Take some time to explore what they have – I think you’ll be blown away by the sites.
An article by Alan Boyle in MSNBC’s Cosmic Log discusses How Scientist’s Map the World’s Microbes. The Earth Microbiome Project is a project to collect and analyze microbial communities from areas around the world and map them to their region of origin. In the project website’s own words it is going to be a “massively multidisciplinary effort to analyze microbial communities across the globe”, which requires a large scale coordinated field work effort. However, creating an atlas of the unknown and often thought uncountable microbial communities will take more than large numbers of participants and time to analyze the data. In a refrain understood well by geospatial analysts the project is going to require more computing power.
The Earth Microbiome Project provides an information page for people wanting to be involved in the project including working with samples, analyzing data, or creating new types of analytical tools.
In observation of Dr Seuss’s birthday, here is a fun reading of Tish Rabe’s Cat in a Hat story “There’s a Map on My Lap!: All About Maps (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)” which I clearly need to add to my shelf (and as a standard reading for my intro classes).
via Got Geoint blog
Neil deGrasse Tyson was recently on The Daily Show and he backed Sue’s excitement about space (not to be confused with space) and the importance of a sense of exploration on the cultural trend toward STEM education. All and all, it is just an awesome interview/dialogue.