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We had a small poster session for the departments in arts & sciences today. For this event I tossed together a quick blog/podcast poster that is descriptive rather than research based, though we had a couple of those up too. I was fairly happy with it for the 2 hours of effort I put into it so I decided to share it…well that and Sue said I had to :-). The pdf is about 34×46″ (yes, my poster printing mindset is left over from printing ArchE on plotters that enforced a 1″ border) and will cost you 1.7MB of download time.
This is the first of 2-3 columns I am going to write on how we put the podcast together. The column is primarily on the more technical aspects (equipment & software) where as the next one I will write more about the scripting that we should do for the podcast and some of the postproduction details after we have recorded but before we have posted the podcast. The third column will reflect our attempts to advertise the podcast and a little marketing to help defray the costs involved.
How we put together the podcast
Adena over at AllPointsBlog states “While we try to understand the implications of the new offerings [from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!], letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not forget that geospatial apps run on data as fuel. And, just like gasoline, the price of premium data is still high.”
This blog entry ties in nicely with some of the discussions we had back in the first 5 episodes about the importance of the data in addition to the technology providing them.
Geodata Changes at Google
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
China plans to launch 2 astronauts into orbit tomorrow in its second manned space launch.
Here is more from CNN.com
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
An article over at ScienCentral discusses the use of simulations to determine the probability of earthquakes along the California coast. More of a Geology topic, but interesting non-the-less.
ScienCentral: Earthquake Forecasts
Yahoo! has joined the podcast search community with there new Yahoo! Podcasts Beta. This works fairly well and looks like it is trying to be the Technorati for podcasts.
The US Census Bureau has award a 6-year contract worth more than $500 million to Lockheed Martin for the 2010 Census Decennial Response Integration System (DRIS). They will also be working with IBM and several other companies. The press release didn’t go into too much detail, but it seems like the Census Bureau may be contracting most of the work for the next census, which would be a first.
You can read the article at GISuser.com