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
EarthSLOT uses a Google Earth like viewer called TerrExplorer by SkyLine. This is work based on an NSF grant by Matt Nolan at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Via Ogle Earth
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.
BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Fake maps fox Shanghai drivers
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
If you want to know where to find anything about maps and mapping on the Internet, check out Odden’s Bookmarks. It’s a mapping-related links site maintained by the University of Utrecht Faculty of Geosciences that has a handy search function.
Link to it here
In the September issue of GeoWorld, Daniel Sui has a short article discussing the notion of a humanistic GIScience and how geospatial technologies can play a broader role in defining and representing complexe realities
You can read the article here
This is another in the line of UK sites we have pointed out this week. Voices maps recordings of interviews with British residents from England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Through these you can get a sense of the linguisitic and cultural differences as you move through the country. Some of the recordings include colorful langauge, but these should be marked.
This gives insight into the linguistic landscape of of the islands along with some cultural flair and aural and oral cartography.
BBC – Voices – The Voices Recordings