As Sue mentioned a couple of days ago, we have spent Monday and Tuesday in DC touring a few geospatial shops with a group of students to show them a glimpse into the ‘real-world’. I missed our visit to the Census due to the need for gas to get back to WV, but Sue said they showed off some of their plans for data collection in 2010. At the USGS we heard a little about their history, current efforts, and the NGTOC and the A76 outsourcing. Nothing new, but it is always interesting to hear news from those being impacted. We also hit EarthData and Montgomery County, MD.
Over on Kevin Jarnot’s blog, I saw a post about an April Fool’s little visitor on Google Earth. Sure enough, I checked it out and Area 51 in New Mexico has a little visitor. To see for yourself before it’s gone, open Google Earth and type in Area 51. To see where to look, check out Kevin’s post. Hurry before they’re gone!
Tomorrow (Wednesday) there will be a total or near-total solar eclipse that will be visible in parts of Europe, Africa, and South America (see this guide from MSNBC). For the rest of us, however, NASA and the Exploratorium will be offering a live satellite broadcast of the eclipse from Side, Turkey, starting at 5am Eastern US Standard Time Wednesday. Over 90 museums, planetariums and other sites around the world will be broadcasting the eclipse, and the video will be streamed live over the Internet via MSNBC.com, NASA, and other outlets. EclipseLive.com will also be offering their own coverage.
In a cool twist, the Exploratorium will be streaming the total eclipse into the virtual world of Second Life, the online virtual world game, where a developer has created a virtual version of the Roman-era ampitheatre where NASA will be broadcasting from.
So, if you can get up at that hour, or for those of you in Europe and Asia where it will be much later in the day, check out the eclipse without the danger of damaging your eyes!
We had a session devoted to Virtual Globes at the AAG Annual Meeting, and now there is going to be an entire conference sponsored by research centers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Arctic Region Supercomputing Center and the University of Colorado Boulder. The 2-day Virtual Globes Scientific Users Conference will focus specifically on the use of online Virtual Globes in earth sciences, and will be held in Boulder, Colorado from July 10-12, 2006.
Registration is free, but limited, and registration closes on June 9, 2006. They are looking for presenters, so if you are interested, check out the conference registration page for details.
An online only Podcast conference will be taking place April 21-23. Not much is clear so far other than it will cost $11 to “attend”, and presenter and exhibitor details aren’t available yet, but the idea is a good one.
We have returned and as you might imagine the podcast won’t be up until
Monday Tuesday morning. We ended up with more interviews in two days at the EDS than the five days of the AAG. Needless to say, be prepared for another onslaught of audio this week.
We definitely enjoyed the Dev Summit, but didn’t get to all of the sessions we would have liked because of scheduling, but it was suggested that audio and video from the keynotes and sessions might be available on EDN in the near future. As for the EDS in general, there are a few posts on the ESRI Dev Summit out on the geospatial blogs.
As the IBM keynote wraps up, the Microsoft keynote begins.
Brian is talking up Eddie Amos, Sr. Director, Developer and Platform Evangelism Continue reading
Well, the opening video is playing and we are getting started…
Briane has introduced Martin Nally, CTO, IBM Rational talking about GIS in Enterprise Applications. Continue reading
Sue and I
are sitting sat in the opening keynote at the ESRI Developers Summit (EDS) this morning, and we aren’t the only ones.Ã‚Â There were well over 600 people in attendance including many ESRI employees .Ã‚Â A couple of other bloggers are in Palm Springs also and once they have posted I will link to them here.Ã‚Â Since I am doing did this live, it is more stream of conciousness than a true outline, but it give you an idea of the progression of the keynote.Ã‚Â I have to say it is a lot easier to blog about a tech even than an academic one. :-)Ã‚Â Overall, it was a good opening session. We will do quick overviews of the sessions we attend throughout the day.
Brian Goldin starting the keynote and giving an overview of the EDS and speaking of community and building the dev community.
We are on the road again.Ã‚Â This time on our way to Palm Springs for the ESRI Dev Summit.Ã‚Â If you are going to be there keep an eye open for the microphone.Ã‚Â When we aren’t in sessions we will be in the Andreas Room interviewing folks or wandering the floor hitting people up for interviews.Ã‚Â We will be doing daily reviews at the EDS starting tomorrow night.Ã‚Â See you in Palm Springs.