, for your V-Day needs

We are only days away from the most significant of greeting card holidays…Valentines Day (aka Single’s Awareness Day). With that in mind everyone should be scrounging for a plan of attack for Thursday which SHOULD include some form of Chocolate. Whether you are treating your significant other, or yourself, you should aspire for a better chocolate than can be found at the grocery store. Check out Chocomap to find the chocolate shops in your area. This web based map can help you find the right chocolates for your desire.

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Creating memories using maps

I read a Momania article from last year called “Google mapping the ones you love” which explains how their family uses Google maps and other technology to help their “kids feel connected to their father when he travels for business”. So I went looking for other ways you can show someone they are very spatial ; Last February Google Maps API showed readers how to write Valentine’s Day messages on Google Maps. Geogreeting made me smile because it spells out Hello World! or any other message in buildings. The UK’s Ordnance Survey provides a quick way to find romantic locations such as Cupid’s Hill in Monmouthshire or Valentines Park in London. USGS has worksheet explaining how to use maps in creating your family history. Family oral history explains how maps can be used not just to document your family history but start conversations.

Jane Austen, Dickens, and Love

For Valentine’s Day, I went looking for maps of romantic novel worlds. I started by searching for Jane Austen and found this great interactive map of Dicken’s London. This Standfords site had a list of map references in literature. This led me to a really cool site for movie locations using google maps but still no Jane Austen. It did lead me though to this meet up for colin firth enthusiasts. I will continue my search for romantic literature and movie maps.

Advanced Polar Ship

According to the BBC, “European ship designers are currently working on what is billed as the “most advanced polar research vessel in the world” appropriately called the Aurora Borealis. They will use an advanced GPS system but are undecided between the European Galileo system, the Russian Glosnass or American GPS system. Many people might not realize how extensive and accessible Antartica research is for all types of fields and where it can lead you. The U.S. NSF Polar Program not only uses scientists and science assistants but also field support workers, military personnel, the media, and even writers in residence. Germany and some other countries have comparable programs. 2007-2008 was USGS International polar year and they have some cool maps and pictures on their site. In fact, they have a new satellite map which they think will revolutionize Antartic research and is available free to the public. If you go, don’t expect to be warm or to be an old-fashioned adventurer since the NSF said that is the only thing they don’t need.

US National Geospatial Advisory Committee Picked

The US Secretary of the Interior announced today he has named 28 people to serve on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee. This is a new committee for the Department of the Interior whose mandate is to serve in an advisory role on Federal geospatial programs. The Committee meets three to four times a year and they’re open to the public for comment. So if you’re a US citizen and wish to give some input to Federal geospatial programs in the US, the committee will serve as your outlet. The members seem to come from all players in the geospatial community, including federal, state, and local governments, non-profits, academics, and the private sector. The announcement just came out today, so I can’t seem to find a link on the Dept. of the Interior’s website.

UPDATE: One of the people in our comments was helpful enough to provide a PDF link to the full announcement, including the list of names. Thanks aaronr!

Library of Congress and Flickr team up to put photo collections online

The Library of Congress is going Web 2.0 by making some of its photo collections available online at Flickr. This is a really cool project that not only allows users to see these amazing photos, but the LOC is also hoping that the Flickr community can help them out by tagging, commenting, and even provide captions or notes for photos that may be missing this information. Flickr is also promoting this project and perhaps others by creating a new publication model called The Commons for publicly held photographic collections. The hope is that other institutions will join in the effort and add their photos. What an amazing resource this has the potential to become!

There are over 3000 photos already up in the LOC’s Flickr collection, including several series of photos from the 1940s and the 1910s. These photos are an amazing visual historical record that document the landscapes, lives, and events of American history from the local to national and events, and if you have some time you should definitely check them out and maybe even add your own tags and comments. And, if you know of any public photo collections that you would like to see online, spread the word about this project!

Question – did neogeography equal Spatial Science

I am trying to tease out a memory and am looking for help. Does anyone know if there were any texts or articles from the ’60s or ’70s that used the term ‘neogeography’ to refer to Spatial Science? In archaeology, positivism was referred to commonly as New Archaeology and I know that the term New Geography was used to refer to Spatial Science, but I thought (the tiniest inkling of a recollection) that I had seen the term neogeography used in reference to a past Geographic paradigm. If you have a reference that uses the term neogeography back in the 1900s 🙂 leave a comment or email me.

An Ode to Santa’s Other Helpers…

Twas Christmas eve twilight, when all through the lab
Not a creature was stirring, not even a tech;
The maps and routes were all planned out with care,
To help St. Nicholas get from here to there;
The mapmakers were huddled all snug at their desks,
While visions of flight plans danced in their heads;
Santa’s cartographer in his ‘kerchief, his aide in a cap,
Had just settled down for a well-deserved nap,
When out from the printer there arose such a clatter,
They sprang from their desks to see what was the matter.
Away to the monitors they flew like a flash,
And hurriedly checked out the North Pole weathersat.
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