AVSP: Live! show on July 15 in San Diego

As you may have heard, we are returning to the ESRI UC this year and will be recording our 4th Anniversary Episode (epi 209) live on Wednesday, 15 July at 5:00 pm. We are happy to announce that our friends from the ArcPad team will be joining us on stage to talk about ArcPad 8 and mobile GIS applications. At the show we will also be announcing the winner of our 4th anniversary contest and the final numbers of our Tweet4Trees drive. Frank will also be donating $2 for each audience member at the Live! show to the Tweet4Trees drive (check out recent podcasts for details and caps).

Did I mention there will be cake? Of course, the cake supply will be limited, but we will spread the goodness as far as possible.

See you San Diego!

New Poll – Favorite social media site

We are all bouncing around between social media these days to keep up with friends, make new connections, and generally expand our personal network. VerySpatial has become a Twitter and Facebook house (office?), but we want to know what sites you prefer. As always, we are asking you for your favorite, and since some of you flit between sites or apps like dragonflies I am sure it will be a tough decision, but you can do it.

Your choices are Facebook, Twitter, TheGISForum, Linked In, Ning, MySpace (admit it, some of you still use it), and other. If you choose other please email us the other social networking site.

As for the old poll, we are sticking with the featured content on the front page since there was a pretty wide margin (65% vs 35%) to stick with the current interface.

Fourth Anniversary tweet drive for trees

twitter-iconThis year for our 4th anniversary we have decided to continue to practice what we preach on the green front. Since the traditional gift for the 4th anniversary (of marriage, but we are using it anyway) is fruit and flowers we are going to go with a general flora theme. We are going to donate $1 per person following VerySpatial on Twitter at the time of our 4th anniversary episode to one (or more) of the ‘plant a tree’ initiatives out there (eg the Green Belt Movement, American Forests, Hike for KaTREEna). Every dollar seems to be a tree for most of these initiatives. Our 4th anniversary episode will be recorded live at the ESRI International User Conference on Wednesday July 15 at 5:00 PDT and Frank has said that he will also chip in $2 per person who attends the live show (I am saying that there will be a cap on that just in case an unexpected number of people show up, you know, to save Frank’s wallet).

What does this mean to you? Well in addition to your following us creating $1 for charity you will also be entered to win our 4th anniversary contest. Did I mention that the grand prize is going to be a shiny new netbook (Frank is shopping around now, check episode 200 for more contest details). If you are following us on Twitter you are already entered in the contest and worth $1 to a charity!

If you aren’t on Twitter, not to worry, you will have other options to enter the contest, but you won’t count toward our charity donation. A heads-up that we will be limiting the donation to $500 at most (we’re still grad students after all).

We would also like to offer some incentives to companies to match our donation. Please contact Jesse to discuss how your company can support our effort.

Moving to new server

Just a heads up that we may experience some down time over the weekend as our host will be moving the VerySpatial site to a new server. I have spent the last couple of days backing up the horrendous mess I call a directory structure (haven’t cleaned up since the new design went live) and I will be taking the last database snapshot on Friday afternoon before I send the all clear email. This won’t impact the MP3 version of the podcast since its RSS feed lives on a different server, but it may impact all of the other feeds depending on how long we are down.

Also, the Roadshow/Conference feed has been updated and works correctly once again. Interviews recorded at the AAG will be making their way to the conference feed once the site is up and running on its new server.

Where to find us at the AAG

In case you missed it, we are going to the AAG next week. We will be there in our podcast personas as well as for our day jobs (aka grad students). Here is a list of the papers we will be giving at the conference along with their details in case you were wondering. And yes, they are all on Wednesday.

  • Barbara MacLennan w/ Sue and Frank – U.S. Solid Waste Policy and Ethics of Place, 8AM in Capri 104, Riviera Hotel
  • Jesse Rouse w/ Sue – Building and experiencing virtual worlds, 3:50 in Skybox 212, Riviera Hotel
  • Susan Bergeron – Engaging the Virtual Landscape: Spatial Narratives and geographic knowledge in immersive virtual landscapes, 4:30 in North Hall N120, Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Frank Lafone w/ Evan Fedorko – Neogeography and Participatory GIS for Data Validation, 5:40 in North Hall N120, Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Oh yeah, and don’t forget to join us on Sunday afternoon for the AVSP Live! show. We hope to see a good turn out at the conference and we already have quite a few interviews lined up during the conference. As long as we can afford internet we will be uploading daily updates from the conference. Send us a tweet or an email if you would like to say hi at the conference.

    AVSP: Live! at the AAG 2009 in Las Vegas

    In just three weeks Geographers from around the world will be descending on Las Vegas for the annual Association of American Geographers. We will be attending and presenting at the conference (on Wednesday) and we will also be recording an episode of A VerySpatial Podcast live on Sunday afternoon, March 22 at 3:10pm. Everyone is invited to attend the live show in North Hall N110 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

    Last chance for the 3.5 contest

    This is your last chance to enter our most recent contest. You have until Thursday, 12 February at 23:59 PST to answer the four (4) questions. We are extending the time for you follow VerySpatial on Twitter to Thursday, 12 February to match the question deadline. The Grand Prize is a Flip Mino with 2 additional winners receiving VerySpatial SWAG. We will announce the winners in Episode 187 this Sunday.

    Good Luck!

    Contest Question 3

    Question 3 is up and ready for answering. The question this week is: What new photo-based 3D rendering technology was used to capture Obama’s inauguration ceremony?

    The third question can be accessed on the front page of the website. If you missed the first question you can still access it at http://veryspatial.com/about/anniversary-contest-jan09/. The contest is open to anyone however only US residents are eligible for the Grand Prize. Correctly answering each week’s question will give you an entry in the contest (1 per question) and following VerySpatial on Twitter before Feb 11 will give you an additional three (3) entries. Good Luck and be sure to come back next Tuesday for the final contest question.

    The Grand Prize will be a Flip Mino video camera for you to capture your geographic adventures.

    Contest Question 2

    The second question can be accessed on the front page of the website. If you missed the first question you can still access it at http://veryspatial.com/about/anniversary-contest-jan09/. The contest is open to anyone however only US residents are eligible for the Grand Prize. Correctly answering each week’s question will give you an entry in the contest (1 per question) and following VerySpatial on Twitter before Feb 11 will give you an additional three (3) entries. Good Luck and be sure to come back next Tuesday for the next contest question.

    The Grand Prize will be a Flip Mino video camera for you to capture your geographic adventures.

    Updating feeds

    I am updating the feeds on VerySpatial for the blog and podcasts. There seems to be some issues for those who have proceeded me in this endeavor so I will apologize for any inconvenience this will cause (for instance, I am fairly confident this will reset everyone’s download counts for the podcast in your RSS reader/podcatcher). I figure if I am going to break one thing I should go ahead and break ’em all in the same week (before Google breaks it for me).