This fun video shows what goes on down at the Globe Factory (I believe it is Replogle Globes) …..
Just as countries are spending increasing amounts of money and resources to map their territories using high-resolution technologies such as LIDAR, some, like Ireland, are devoting significant effort to map their undersea territory (and potential resources) as well. Beginning in 2006, the INFOMAR (INtegrated Mapping FOr the Sustainable Development of Irelandâ€™s MArine Resource) project has been focused on mapping Ireland’s bays and undersea territory using LIDAR, vessel surveys, and seabed sampling.
The INFOMAR website has a web mapping application with some of the vector data related If you would like to see examples of processed LIDAR data layers of some of Ireland’s bays in Google Earth, the INFOMAR site has several KMZ files available for download here.
Created with DHL shipping company and the help of GPS! It spans nearly every continent and shows a pretty elaborate path. While this might seem flippant, I think it shows an important intersection of technology and art. Anyone familiar with ancient maps can see the obvious art there, but I can’t say I’ve ever thought of art and GPS in the same sentence before!
There is a great website associated with the Festival of Maps that is taking place through February 2008. The site offers a chance to view sites via a map, search for specific content/events and browse by different map types. If you are going to Chicago in the near future definitely check out this great resource to plan your tour of sites participating in the Festival of Maps. Keep an eye out for a video episode in late November after we get back from the SSHA conference in Chicago.
In an article yesterday, PC Pro’s (a UK-based tech news site) Darien Graham-Smith comments on the upcoming release of TomTom’s “MapShare” technology (here’s my previous post), and predicts that its impact will be much more far-reaching than the fairly quiet launch announcement. He argues that this will break consumer SatNav systems’ reliance on commercial map updates, and allow “peer-to-peer cartography” to eventually lead to the end of professional cartographers – he goes so far as to say that Map Share is a “disaster for the cartographers.”
This is a debate that’s not just going on among professionals in geospatial technologies, but in many other fields as well, as Graham-Smith points out. We all know how the Internet has played a huge role in changing the way we interact with and access information of all kinds, including geographic information, and I don’t think anyone is crazy enough to try to predict with any certainty how this will all play out over the next decade. While I don’t necessarily agree with Graham-Smith when he predicts that this is the beginning of the end for professional cartographers, I do think that the next generation of geospatial professionals will work and interact in a very different world, and their experience and much higher comfort level with generating and consuming user-based content will also likely contribute to a changing definition of what it means to be an expert or professional, in terms of expert knowledge, content creation and the value of that knowledge or content.
More fun from our friends over at Strange Maps. As the post says, Tolkien didn’t create Middle Earth from thin air, it’s based upon real geography. In this case, as sort of stylized version of Europe. Then you put in on the map, it sorta makes sense I guess. Although I would have thought he would have made France be Mordor
The Federal Election Commission has released its own series of interactive maps on its website that shows the current status of campaign contributions for the 2008 US presidential election (although the plan is apparently to add House and Senate candidates in the near future), and breaks down the numbers by party and candidate. If you click on the circle for a given state, you can also see the breakdown by ZIP code. Interestingly, the Democrats have actually received more money in campaign contributions so far, $95.2 million to the Republicans’ $62 million. While I was browsing the site, I didn’t see an indication as to how often they will update the map, but I may have missed it.
In case you ever wanted to see the maps of Jules Verne’s novels, you can check them out here. The site has scans in various sizes for every first edition of Jules Verne novels. If you like old maps and science fiction, then give the site a look.
In another example of developing new ways to map and explore our experiences, New Media artist kanarinka has started a project called “It Takes 154,000 Breaths to Evacuate Boston.”
From the website: “In Spring 2007, kanarinka will run the entire evacuation route system in Boston and measure its distance in breaths. The project is an attempt to measure our post-9/11 collective fear in the individual breaths that it takes to traverse these new geographies of insecurity.”
Five runs have been competed so far, beginning on April 18th, and you can view each run on a Google Maps mashup on the project website (just click on Runs). There is also a podcast for each run. An exhibit from the project was part of the 2007 Boston Cyberarts Festival, and runs for the project will continue until 2008.
This project is an example of a growing number of projects and initiatives, like the BioMapping Project or SoundTransit, that are working to expand our understanding of how we experience the landscapes we inhabit by trying to map and record how other phenomena that we can perceive vary across space and time.
Christian Nold, the creator of the BioMapping Project (which made the blog rounds back in November for the Greenwich Emotion Map), is spending 5 weeks in San Francisco in his latest emotion map project. Using volunteers equipped with GPS receivers and polygraph devices, Nold maps their paths through various areas and records biomechanical data such as elevated heart rate or blood pressure. By combining these data with each volunteer’s personal account of what they experienced, Nold generates maps that show the changes in volunteers’ bio responses, as a way of gauging their emotional reactions as they experience various parts of an urban environment. One interesting point in the news article, is that Nold receives almost daily inquiries about the practical applications of his project for business and marketing.
We will be in the San Francisco area for ISDE5 at the beginning of June, so maybe we will be able to catch up with Christian for an interview if he is still in town.