Public Data Is the Future of Science Outreach

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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 […]

Can’t Decide What Free API to Use?

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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 […]

New Version of MapGuide Open Source

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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 […]

Calls for Free Spatial Data in the UK

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The Gaurdian has started a campaign to get the UK to publically release spatial data collected with taxpayer money. For those of you unaware, in the UK you pay for publically funded data, which just hampers mapping efforts inside the UK. They’re calling on the British government to follow the US example. I’m sure this […]

For Our Younger Listeners….. and Frank….

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There’s a pretty fancy kids geography newsletter that comes out four times a year.  It has all sorts of neat things to teach kids about geography and geographic concepts.  So sign up your favorite tyke to learn all she or he can about geography.  Remember, GIS experts aren’t born, they’re cultivated over time! And yes, […]