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.
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
The decision to close the USGS mapping center in Rolla, Missouri as part of its consolidation in Denver has prompted several Missouri Congressmen to request an investigation into the decision.
Among their issues, they argue that an internal committee and an independent consultant agreed that the Rolla location is more efficient.
This controversy has been reported in a number of places, and you can read a local Rolla news article here
An effort is underway to map flood levels from Katrina from Florida to Louisiana to generate an atlas of the storm surge.
Check out the article at Wired.com
While we were at the Podcasting Symposium last week, we heard a presentation from the guy from ITConversations, which is an online catalog for audio presentations. They mainly cover IT related conferences and speakers, but some of them are relevant to geospatial technologies, and they are adding new links every day. You can check out the ITConversations website
David Rumsey’s talk on “The Past and Future of Mapping” listed on ITConversations is available here
An interesting online atlas project that has been around a while. Flash based, it links cartographic product with 3D models of features. Take a look at Theban Mapping Project
This is an article that shows the issues with GPS enabled street maps. The problems that Shanghai drivers face when buying ‘fake’ maps is the same everywhere. I disagree with their use of the word ‘fake’, inaccurate is more realistic.
Since I am into historical geography and Historical GIS, I though I would change it up a little and showcase a nice site that uses ESRI’s ArcIMS to display GIS layers and historic maps of Shanghai, China. This project was done by a group at the University of Lyon in France
Check out Virtual Shanghai here