Podcast Symposium coverage continues

The sessions have been great so far. It is being held in a high tech auditorium at Duke in the Fitzpatrick building. This is an academic perspective on podcasting with a few sessions on more hands on issues. The only downside so far is 1 guy who has been part of 2 panels that is just reading his presentation, without any discernable inflections…you know, like I sound on the podcast 🙂

To learn more or to listen to the symposium while it is going on head to the Duke Podcasting Symposium site.

NAVTEQ launches its Annual Global LBS Challenge

This competition challenges application developers worldwide to build innovative positioning technology and NAVTEQ maps. Global registration is now open and will close December 2, 2005.

The first prize is $50,000 cash and $100,000 in NAVTEQ map licenses

You can read about the contest at GISuser.com

or at the Challenge website here

via GISuser.com

Call for papers: Session on blogs and podcasts in geography

Over the last year blogs and podcasts have really come to the fore as great ways to disseminate information. While they do not take the place of traditional media for reporting and documentation, they offer a forum for more up-to-date or opinion based information. They also offer a web of information as different blogs link among themselves and to more traditional information sources to being relevant information to the broadest audience. This session will allow for the open discussion of the use of these, and related, technologies to support geography and geographic education. We are looking for individuals with any level of experience with blogs or podcasts from simply reading/listening regularly to maintaining and creating these media whether geography related or not. The format will be a series of short position presentations of 5-10 min followed by an open discussion. No abstracts are need since the session will be submitted as a panel. If you are interested in joining in please contact Jesse at jesse at veryspatial dot com.

Space Elevator

That’ s right, a space elevator. This is a serious effort from a number of groups to develop an elevator that could be used to transport stuff – and people – between the earth and space. Conceptually it is a 62,000 mile carbon nanotube composite ribbon that will use mechanical lifters moving up and down the ribbon. It has progessed to the point that LiftPort, one of the companies involved, completed a successful 1,000 foot test of the ribbon and lifter on Sept. 20th.

You can check out their staff blog here

Mount St Helens video

If you’re into volcanoes, the USGS is releasing a 20-minute video which gives a summary of activity at Mount St. Helens over the past year. Details of the release will be available after the news event today, which was scheduled for 10am PDT (1pm EDT)

Via Spatial News

Montgomery County, MD’s woes

I think it is safe for me to say that we are fans of Montgomery County. While I haven’t visited their offices myself, I know that Sue has along with other colleagues. They have been strong adopters of GIS, especially ESRI products thanks to working with the DC ESRI office. It is tough for something like this development blunder to happen, but at the same time, watching growth in the area from not so far away makes it not too surprising that it could happen. The problem is, as always, it is easier to ask forgiveness… find out what I am yammering about at GeoCarta: Plans Gone Awry

World66 – travel guide you write

During one of my “brain hurts” breaks tonight I came across this site. I came in originally through their map builder, which lets you create a map that shows the states you have visited. However, on closer inspection it is quite an interesting concept, kind of a travel guide wiki. The front page prompts you to 1) Find travel info, 2) Take it with you, and 3) Update it when you return.

World66 – Home

Keychain size personal GPS device hits the market

Yes, that’s right. According to the press release, this new personal GPS unit has full GPS capabilities, e-911, two-way voice speaker phone, and programmable buttons for one-touch dialing, and is the size of a key chain. However, it costs almost $500 and, after the first year, loos like you have to pay for the GPS services. Still, if money is no object….

Here is a link to the article:
http://spatialnews.geocomm.com/dailynews/2005/sep/16/news6.html

and the NOWTRAQ website

(Via SpatialNews.com at GeoCommunity)