Original Map of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is Missing

On Friday, an article at NY Times Online reported that the original map delineating the legal boundaries of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been missing since early 2003. And, to make matters worse, there are no known copies, no digitized GIS data, no scanned image, nothing. The USGS made a new map, but it apparently differs significantly from the original. The last person known to have seen the map was quoted as saying he did not believe the map was stolen, but only a few people knew where the map was stored. In any event, the new map has already been used as part of a measure to open the ANWR to drilling.

(Also blogged over at The Map Room and GeoCarta)

Space Elevator Games

This weekend, NASA is offering its first Centennial Challenge, with $100,000 up for grabs. Ten teams will compete at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California in events related to space elevator development, including the Beam Power Challenge and the Tether Challenge.

Via MSNBC.com

What are you doing for Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day 2005?

It’s less than a month until Geography Awareness Week (November 13-19) and GIS Day (November 16). Already, ESRI announced last week that all 6 New England states and New York are participating in GIS Day. For those of you who may be new to working with geospatial technologies, GIS Day is an annual event that promotes GIS and includes events in schools, universities, and other organizations and has participants from around the world. If you or your organization haven’t participated or recognized Geography Awareness Week or GIS Day before, it’s a great event that can showcase how GIS, geospatial technologies and geography play a role in your work. So celebrate Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day!

Geography Awareness week info

GIS Day info

Latest on the Internet control dispute

A resolution has been introduced in the US Senate to back the Bush administration’s efforts to stop the UN from taking some of the control of the Internet away from the US. It basically says that the Senate will support the US efforts in the negotiations in Tunisia, but at least they are aware of the importance of this issue. In this article from ZDNet UK, a couple of points were brought up that I didn’t even know: there have suggestions made that taxes be levied on domain names to pay for “universal access” and since 1999 UN agencies have thought about taxing Internet email. I know that people from other countries may not think that US control of the Internet is best, but given the current alternatives, the status quo seems like the best option.

Via Digg.com

Mapping the Universe

If you think it’s ambitious to map the entire earth, check out the Sloan Digital Sky Survey According to their website: “the Sloan Digital Sky Survey is the most ambitious astronomical survey project ever undertaken. The survey will map in detail one-quarter of the entire sky, determining the positions and absolute brightnesses of more than 100 million celestial objects. It will also measure the distances to more than a million galaxies and quasars.”

They have already made quite a lot of progress, and their SkyServer offers all kinds of images and other data, and other cool tools for just exploring their data or for school and research projects

Green Map System

According to their website, ” The Green Map System (GMS) is a locally adaptable, globally shared framework for environmental mapmaking.”

Basically, it’s a collaborative worldwide project that is collecting Green Map projects together on one website and also offers tips and examples on using Green Maps in local community planning and education. They’ve already got an impressive list of projects from around the world (though many are still in progress or just started)

If you are interested in environmental issues and how geospatial technologies can be used, check out Greenmap.com