This is rather off the beat and path from our normal news, but I thought it was interesting given the National Geographic Society’s involvement. Apparently a National Geographic Society expedition has discovered a leather wrapped papyrus manuscript written in Greek in Egypt. This manuscript featuring what is believed to be the gospel according to Judas
This is kind of off the beat from normal geography stuff, but this guy in France who is 28 and is autistic has created a detailed city named Urville from his imagination. He has a detailed geography, culture, politics, history, and economics for the city, as well as a few hundred drawings of the city!
No, not the celestial type… movie stars! You can track movie stars in near real-time via a Google Map. While on the surface this might appear to be a normal Frank Fluff piece, in reality this is a rather grave development. It brings to the forefront the idea that people’s movements can be tracked an
Way cool for space nuts out there like me…. Google Mars!Ã‚Â It’s just like Google Local, except with data from Mars.Ã‚Â There’s a nice elevation dataset and some interesting visible data as well.Ã‚Â Of course you can’t search for pizza joints in the area, but hey, it’s a step in the right direction!
Geographic names databases are pretty important for search spatial data textually. Normally geographic names are published on a country by country basis. Cartography is reporting about this new service Geonames.org that collects the published geographic names of countries around the world and displays them on a googlemap. The data looks to be fairly up to
Ogle Earth has an interesting little piece on a project called OBIS-SEAMAP. This project tracks marine mammal, seabird and sea turtle data around the world. The really intersting thing about the site is that they make the exact same data they use available to the general public for download. The more expert GIS users can
Batch Geocoding Blog has a nice quick and dirty rundown of the differenences between Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, and MapQuest’s APIs. They hit the highpoints of what each offers and fails to offer. Yahoo and MapQuest have some very nice features like geocoding and route-finding that Google doesn’t have. Of course, there’s like a billion
Nasa is reporting this after that their Cassini probe has discovered what appears to be liquid water errupting “Old Faithful” style from the surface of Enceladus.Ã‚Â As everyone is probably aware, water is the key to life… As the director of the imaging program said, “… we have significantly broadened the diversity of solar system
Here’s a cool toy: a twenty four (that’s right.. I said 24) screen display of people playing Quake 3 on 12 Linux machines running (I just have to say it again) 24 screens! Perhaps even more interesting is the 9 screen display playing Warcraft II at 3840×2160 pixels. Notice there’s no bezels on the 9
Autodesk has announced a new version of what used to be Mapserver Enterprise – which was just Mapserver but then combined with Autodesk to be split into Mapserver and Mapserver Enterprise – but has now been renamed MapGuide Open Source (confused yet? I am!) This open source version is hosted by the Open Source Geospatial