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Social media or spatial media

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In this week’s podcast I tossed out a term, spatial media, to try to clarify our conversation. The discussion was partially prompted by the V1 article titled “Have Social Media and Mapping Linked with GIS-CAD and Geospatial Technologies?” My take on the article’s title was completely different from the article itself, which brought about, for […]

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Gulf Stream not Slowing Down

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Apparently Dennis Quaid was wrong… the gulf stream is not slowing down as some climate change models (and over the top eco-adventure movies) predict.  Apparently the belief this might happen is a victim of the age old measurement error.  Initial measurements suggested the slow down.  It turns out over a longer period of time, there […]

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Want Google’s Gigabit Network in Your Town?

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Looks like you’ll have to get in line with the other 1,100 or so towns that have applied.  Apparently there is a LOT of demand for 1gb fibre network.  The map at the link shows the spatial distribution of the towns that applied.  It shouldn’t be any huge surprise that the coasts seem to have […]

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California Bill to Blur Schools and Churches

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Ars Technica is reporting about a bill introduced by a California legislator about a month ago making it a crime to not blur out government buildings, including schools and churches.  The bill would make the punishment for non-compliance $250,000 per day and a minimum of a year of jail time for the company’s executive officers.  […]

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LA Times mapping Los Angeles neighborhoods

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As part of the Data Desk section of the L.A. Times website, the paper is unveiling a project to map the neighborhoods of Los Angeles, California. As described in an article discussing the mapping project, the purpose is to create a map that reporters can use as a reference for consistent information on the naming […]

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Data, data everywhere

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We received an email from long time VerySpatial friend Michelle about the release of the full library of Landsat data. We touched on the fact that Landsat 7 was freely available a while back, however you can now access the full 35+ years of Landsat 1 through 7. To access this data head over to […]

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Intuit Moves Quickbooks Into the Geospatial World

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Intuit is announcing a new geo-demographic feature at the Adobe Max Conference. It’s to be built on Flash (grrr), but it will allow even the most basic Quickbooks user to tap into geodeomgraphic information and their sales information. The app is a sort of mashup, as the Quickbooks data lies on the user’s machine, but […]

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OSMTrack – OSM data collection on the iPhone

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While looking through the new apps feed for the iPhone this morning I came across the OSMTrack app. OSMTrack is an application that allows you to use the iPhone 3G’s GPS to capture tracks and waypoints and upload them directly from the iPhone to the OpenStreetMap servers. Other than heading over and registering for an […]

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Marine Sanctuaries in Google Earth

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Ars Technica is reporting about a new layer for marine sanctuaries being added to Google Earth. To me, this is a perfect example of some of the issues Jesse, Sue, and I discussed in the podcast on data. More and more data – and much of it exceptionally scientifically rich, like this one – is […]

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Broadband Data Collection Bill Passed

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Ars Technica is reporting that Congress has finally passed the broadband data collection bill. As any good geographer will tell you, normally the first step in figuring out where you want to go is knowing where you’re at. That’s more or less the spirit of this bill. The fact of the matter is that we […]