During our posts this week, we have talked about some of the main branches of geography, including physical and human geography, and the closely related discipline of cartography. For our final discussion, it seemed that Applied Geography would be an ideal topic, since its focus is using geographic research in an area of specialty and applying it to solve real-world problems. Applied Geography, then, can be part of any of the many fields and subfields of geography, from GIS to development geography to hazards research. Continue reading
I was catching up on some of the entries from the Trends blog and I found an entry about a video by Chris Oakley called The Catalogue. Just as Jesse’s post from Wednesday likened the rapidly developing technologies in location-based services to a real-life “Marauder’s Map”, this video uses footage from a shopping mall and department store to visualize how technology like RFID, real-time tracking, and value-added databases could be used to bring up real-time, personal information on a remote display in a security office or other location without a person’s knowledge. The video is speculative, but all the parts of the technology already exist, as Jesse pointed out previously. The Trends blog entry argues that “The Catalogue places the viewer into the position of a remote agency, observing humanity as a series of trackable units whose value is defined by their spending capacity and future needs.”
Head over to Geoplace.com for a nice article from GeoWorld on the relationship between GIS and Cartography by Tony Daniels and Kapil Chhabra, which fits nicely with Jesse’s post below.
(Note: The link above was broken, but has been restored – 11/18/05)
An agreement was reached last night, ahead of the UN World Summit on the Information Society, to keep the Internet domain addressing control under ICANN, which is under the nominal control of the US Dept of Commerce. A new group, the Internet Governance Forum, has been created to look at Internet issues. It has no binding authority, but gives other nations a place to discuss issues that have international significance
I think that while shared governance of the Internet is a goal to look forward to, there is no mechanism available right now to actually implement, so the agreement to me is the best thing for now.
Here are a few links to articles about the agreement that was reached
Although definitions vary, most agree that human geography focuses on the interactions between humans and their environment, and the spatial relationships that define and are defined by those interactions. Human geography has many sub-disciplines, from cultural geography to urban geography to historical geography and many others (Wikipedia lists 18 fields of Human Geography, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not even all of them).
programmableweb is a pretty good website all about Web 2.0 and mashups, which of course are a big part of the success of the web mapping phenomenon of Google Maps, Virtual Earth and Yahoo Maps. The associated blog has a lot of good information, so I will be checking that out. There are also other resources including directories of mashups and a reference page for other resources on mashups and Web 2.0.
If you’re going to be in the Washington, DC area this week, the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian is celebrating Geography Awareness Week with a number of activities. Check out their website for details.
This a short article on GIS from stuff.co.nz and features comments by Jack Dangermond of ESRI. Nothing earth-shattering, but it’s always interesting for me to see how GIS technology has a global reach.
I was waiting for my ride to campus this morning and I stumbled across a program on the History Channel called Battlefield Detectives. This episode was about the Battle of Hastings in England in 1066. But what was interesting was a discussion and demonstration of the use of GIS in historic landscape interpretation and reconstruction. It was pretty strange to see the GIS up on a monitor in the background and the closeups of aerial photos draped over terrain as the researchers explained how the reconstruction is generated. It’s next airing is today at 2pm, but I don’t know after that.
History Channel Battlefield Detectives webpage
Dr. Richard Aspinall discusses the role of Geography and GIS in an interdisciplinary approach to studying Land Use and Land Cover Change in an editorial in this week’s Directions Magazine. He argues that GIS and Geography are and will continue to be central to the study of land use and human interactions with the environment. He also discusses a new international program that will focus on these issues called the Global Land Project