Online mapping in China

Here’s a short article on online map resources available in China, from the English language online edition of the Shanghai Daily.

The 3D mapping features on Shanghai’s E-city government website were mentioned in the article, but I had a lot of trouble getting the English version page to load, so I will have to try again later I guess.

Still, it is interesting to see how online mapping is being incorporated into daily lives in different parts of the world.

Boston HyperMap Atlas with Google Maps API

We received the press release this morning for the Boston HyperMap Atlas from StrataVarious, Inc. which pairs Google Maps with the interactive HyperMap Atlas to link together the basic web mapping interface with an atlas that provides all kinds of information, from historic landmarks to government buildings, to hotels and shopping.

I checked the site out and it’s a pretty cool app. I especially like the historic map layer (since history is one of my specialties) Anyway, definitely check out this site.

StrataVarious, Inc. Boston HyperMap Atlas

Using GIS technology to help in gene research

METAFUNCTIONS, an interdisciplinary European Union project that began on Oct. 1st, 2005, is developing a data-mining system that can help identify relationships between sequenced genes and their environmental contexts. One part of this project is to use GIS functionaly, including the development of a “Genome MapServer”, to map and analyze the spatial characteristics of data patterns.

Precision farming using digital mapping

This is an interesting article from the online edition of Capital Press Agriculture Weekly discussing how farmers in Oregon are beginning to use digital mapping technologies in precision farming. By using accurate field mapping and overlays with information like soil type, the farmers can concentrate fertilizer application and track yields and productivity. It just shows again how far digital mapping technologies are spreading into so many industries that you wouldn’t normally think of.

You can check out the precision farming article here

GISuser.com photos on flickr

GISuser.com’s Flickr photo gallery has tons of photos of web mapping and GIS examples, including lots of Google Maps mash-ups and other themed maps. Most of the photo descriptions have links to the actual websites, so if you’re looking for a quick roundup of what’s out there, check it out.

First student-built satellite to launch on Thursday

The SSETI Express, a satellite designed and built by 100 students from 10 universities in Europe will launch from Russia on Thursday. The satellite is equipped with a camera that will take images of the Earth. Although the satellite is mainly a demonstration, the European Space Agency, which funded the project, sees this launch as the first step for the Student Space Exploration and Technology Initiative (SSETI) which will train European students in space science and remote sensing.

Another satellite that is launching with the SSETI Express is China’s Beijing-1 microsatellite, which is carrying the China Mapping Telescope. Its mission is to provide high-resolution imagery for mapping Chinese territory.

Via BBCNews

USGS Mapping Center Move On Hold

The plan to close the USGS mapping center in Rolla, Missouri and move its operations to Denver has been put on hold after Missouri officials and legislators protested, and the decision will now be reviewed before any further action is taken

Via Geoplace