Following the ever growing stream on the current WebMapping boom, James, over at Spatially Adjusted, had some thoughts to share.
This article from news.com.au that I picked up from SlashDot ties into a topic that we covered in the podcast this week…the concern over what high resolution aerial/satellite imagery is appropriate to release and what is not. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation is concerned about the easy access to information, in this case imagery, about sites that are considered sensitive. Check out the full article…or wait for next weeks podcast 🙂
Spatial multimedia (pictures, video, audio, etc linked to a specific location) has been a goal for many researchers over the last decade in order to link qualitative information to the more quantitative GIS information. Now with the explosion of web-based mapping it has become a simple task to create hyperlink this media to specific locations. This is just on the of the many examples of this.
I have the quick ArcReader example ready that I mentioned earlier this week on the podcast. You can download the file at http://www.veryspatial.com/download/WVU-Example.pmf.
To vew the file you will need to download ArcReader 9.1 from here.
This is only meant to give you a quick example. To see a great 3D mapping application check out Google Earth.
I will be testing out a couple of new themes and customizing them in the next few days to determine the one we like best. This shouldn’t have too much of an impact on the site since most everything is dynamic content. If you had formed a strong attachment to the original design let me know and I will consider going back to it.
There has been quite a bit of research into semantic interoperability in web mapping. This extension takes this idea one step further and ties the semantics of the web to the map itself giving the user the ability to aggregate web information then viewing the information via Google Maps. I will try to do a review of this extension on the Podcast this weekend after I have had a couple of days to play with it.
Here is an article from Directions Magazine on a new grant to the Geospatial Information and Technology Association and the Association of American Geographers to help “grow the geospatial workforce”
A nice little note on Geotagging.
The Map Room: Geotagging Roundup
Backstory: I bought Konfabulator a month ago…a great program that lets you use desktop widgets with Windows (hurry to Intel, Apple!)…
Action: Yahoo! bought the parent company 2 weeks ago and will be releasing the next version as freeware
Result: The company is refunding the purchase to anyone who bought the current version! So cool!!
Back to topic: I am guessing that Yahoo will tie a widget to Yahoo Maps…in fact it wouldn’t be too hard to tie a widget to Google Maps now…hmmmm 🙂
Go now and download Konfabulator and lots of widgets. Good stuff…uh-huh.
Near real-time tracking of the ISS and satellites at NASA – Science@NASA J-Track 3D