The 2006 International LIDAR Mapping Forum will be held February 13-14 in Denver, Colorado at the Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown.
For information, see the conference website
Over on the Digital Divide Network, they mentioned an online interactive map illustrating the digital divide. I went to the website, Maplecroft maps, and found a nice interactive mapping tool that has thematic maps for a number of environmental, social, economic, and political topics, including military expenditures, perceptions of corruption, climate change, and poverty. The interface is pretty straightforward, and users access information about each country via a mouseover. It’s a interesting project, and they plan to add more thematic maps in the future.
Maplecroft itself is a
Canadian British consulting firm that helps companies address social, environmental, and ethical issues.
Rand McNally has announced the release of MapEngine, their new web service that will feature the company’s proprietary mapping database. MapEngine is aimed at businesses, and Rand McNally will offer a hosted service or a MapEngine Server API that will integrate the web service into customized applications. This marks the entry of one of the biggest traditional print map-making companies into the world of web mapping, so it will be interesting to see if it is successful.
As a big fan of multi-monitor displays, I took notice of the GISCafe press release announcing the new Matrox DualHead2Go external adapter. Now, you can have a multi-monitor display without installing a new video card, and the DualHead2Go is under $200. Jesse knows more about this hardware stuff than me, but it seems pretty cool.
I just finished an article on CNET.com by Elinor Mills that poses the all-important question – why are the route directions and locations often inaccurate. She posed this question to a TeleAtlas (a major data provider) executive, Michael Mitsock, and received this response – “It could be that the map is out of synch with reality.” I think I will have to try that the next time someone notes an error on one of my maps.
But seriously, it’s an interesting perspective from the viewpoint of one of the leading players in the market of providing geographic data for online mapping applications.
Check out the article here
As many of you probably already know, a number of projects have been underway to digitize books and make them available online. Google’s effort has probably generated the most recent publicity, due to copyright issues. Google has now released the beta version of Google Print, with only works in the public domain available in their entirety. However, many new works are listed in the search results, with cover images, table of contents, and even short excerpts available. The scans are so-so in quality, but no worse than your home scanner or a standard photocopier.
Microsoft is countering with a deal with the British Library to digitize about 25 million pages of content, with an initial scanning of 10,000 books.
Amazon.com will be launching their “Amazon Pages” program next year, which will let people buy individual pages as well as entire books.
It will be interesting to see how book publishers react. According to an article at marketingvox.com, Random House is already looking to negotiate deals to offer its book content for paid online viewing.
Researchers at MIT are utilizing the university’s newly upgraded wireless network to track wireless use on campus. They have developed electronic maps that track use across the campus, not only where people are logging in, but also what types of devices they are using. Using 3D mapping functionality, they can also distinguish connectivity in multistoried buildings.
Some of the maps generated by the research are being displayed in the school’s Museum. While their primary stated goal is understand use patterns to improve services, some of the other implications of the system are a little scary.