GAW Day 1: Physical Geography

As I have mentioned before, I see Geography as a series of relationships and as we look back through the history of Geography we see three main areas that we can use as umbrellas for the broad aspects of Geography: cartography, human geography and physical geography. Physical Geography covers the relationships within the environment around us, a broad area to be sure, but an important one in our daily lives.
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Welcome to Geography Awareness Week at VerySpatial

This week we will be taking a look at five broad areas within Geography, beginning today with Physical Geography with the rest of the week as:

Tuesday – Human Geography
Wednesday – GIS Day complete with podcast
Thursday – Cartography
Friday – A round-up of the myriad of topics that we won’t be covering

We will have the first up later today.

avsp drawing/contest #1

As we have mentioned in the podcasts and show notes, we are hosting our first give away. We will be conducting a drawing on December 2, 2005 of post cards that you send in. Send us a post card, preferably one that shows your area of the world, with your contact information, especially email, to:

VerySpatial
PO Box 1026
Morgantown, WV 26507

All entries must be received by December 1, 2005 to be eligible. We will be giving away SWAG from the VerySpatial store. Winners will be announced on Episode 20 of the podcast on December 4, 2005.

Online Soil Survey: CA, AZ, NV

A couple of months ago I mentioned the role out of the NRCS’s Web Soil Survey. Today we bring you a localized soil survey page for CA, AZ, an NV out of UC Davis’s California Soil Resource Lab. While portions of the interface are very similar to the NRCS’s product, their site does offer some additional tools missing in the WSS.

If I understand correctly, they also used MapServer for the backend as opposed to ArcIMS for the map product, which while it doesn’t offer some of the features of ArcIMS/Server out of the box, it is stable and openSource so there is always room to grow.

Online Soil Survey: CA, AZ, NV | California Soil Resource Lab

Thanks to Dylan for pointing this out.

avsp GIS Day Podcast

SE03 will not be from the ASA-CSSA-SSSA conference since I didn’t get any usable audio (what I have is good content, just not good quality).

Instead we will be hosting our first avsp GIS Day podcast for release on the 15th or early on the 16th. We hope to cover a bit of an overview of what GIS is and have a couple of short interviews with geospatial technology professionals. We plan to keep it to our regular 30-35 min format to make it a viable tool for the classroom.

Podcast Bunker

We were accepted by Podcast Bunker to be included in their directory. Podcast Bunker, unlike most of the other directories, chooses podcasts based on the quality of the podcast. This makes me, as the sound person on the podcast, ecstatic of course.

What this means to you, our existing listeners, is that you now know about Podcast Bunker, so head over and take a look at some of the great podcasts they have listed.

ASA-CSSA-SSSA Day 3

This morning I sat in on THE session for geographers, it was on geospatial technologies and landscapes. A farily good session from my perspective. Today’s posters are fairly good as well…even included a few archaeological uses of soil (all from BYU). This afternoon was a little more quiet as I meandered through sessions, though nothing exciting. I had hoped to bump into a colleague that I like to harrass when I see her (she decided not to come to WVU when she was offered a position) but only her posters could be found, no sign of her. I fly out far too early in the morning and of course lose 2 hours going back east…weep for me 🙂