The RGS-IBG along with Wiley-Blackwell have released Publishing in Geography: A Guide for New Researchers. The 64 page guide is available for free both through an online viewer and a handy downloadable PDF version. The publisher suggests that their “aim was to create an accessible guide to showcase the best ways to publish, and to encourage new researchers to publish their research.” No matter what level of the publishing process you are at this might be a handy guide to look through. The document, as expected, focuses on formal publishing in print journals, but there are sections on electronic journals and the relatively new Open Access models that exist. The fact that the guide mentions these at all is promising in my view, but that’s just me
If you have any mild interest in genealogy, then check out this name checker application. You enter in your surname and it reports back to you the places in the world where your last name is most popular. Mine showed some surprising results – for a French last name, there aren’t any listed in any French speaking places! The US has the lion’s share, which wasn’t exactly unexpected. However, apparently there are a lot in the UK and Argentina. Who knew? If you click on the map and drill down, you can ultimately get to county level data (or equivalent) for much of the world.
Be warned, however, their data is questionable. They say the data comes from telephone directories or election registers from 2000-2005. However, there are no people listed with my last name living in the place I’ve lived for the last 8 years! So at least one data point is missing!
For those of you interested in modern Cultural/Political Geography goings on I would like to remind you of a podcast I pointed out last Spring…The Plaid Avenger Plaidcast. After a summer hiatus, class is back in session and the PlaidAvenger has once again donned his mask to provide his unique take on Geography. This podcast, which is intended to support a particular professor’s class on World Regions, provides some great background and insight into current events and provides a wealth of information in an amazingly digestible way for anyone. After getting the Plaid Avenger to attend the New Media panel at the AAG in Boston it is clear that John is simply a tremendous presence in the classroom and out and that Katie has her work cut out for her as an editor.
CHECK IT OUT!!!
At least the good people at Wanderlust would say. That site shows you the travels of famous journeys throughout the world. It’s kinda fun to trace the routes of, say, Amelia Earhart or Marco Polo and see where they overlapped. The site traces the routes at the world level, then allows you to zoom in for deeper views of specific places around the world. Its a nice flashy interface and a good way to explore geography and history and the journeys those created.
And it was really, really, really, really hard for me to NOT put a Journey song quote as the title instead of the Chinees proverb I chose.
Remember back in april we reported about Sensisphere’s new touchable display that’s in the form of a hemisphere? Well apparently the good people at Microsoft do (they got the idea from reading our blog, I’m sure of it ;)! Gizmodo is reporting that Microsoft is going to unveil a new spherical multi-touch Surface product next week at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2008. It should be immediately recognizable to pretty much anyone reading this blog how ultra cool one of these will be. Imagine one of these in every classroom!
Hopefully they’ll bring some of this stuff to the ESRI UC this year so we can check it out. You can bet I’ll be asking around the Microsoft booth this year to see what they can tell us about this product.
Urban and Regional Information Systems Association is a multidisciplinary group that has been around since 1963. In their own words:
URISA promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems.
The association supports this mission in many ways and is very active with several publications per year including their journal, newsletter and conference proceedings. URISA organizes several conferences each year such as their annual conference, the Caribbean GIS conference, GIS in Public Health and their new Leadership Academy series. While the organization itself is international in reach, it focuses on North America and has regional chapters throughout the US, Caribbean, and Canada. Perhaps the association is best known outside of its membership for its survey of the GIS profession which it conducts once every three years which has acted as a guideline for professional expectations and a metric for companies to consider when hiring. Membership isn’t too expensive and is especially reasonable for students and comes with subscriptions to URISA’s journal and newsletter.
If you drove anywhere of note in the US this weekend, you couldn’t help but note the uptick in gas prices yet again. If you were wondering where might be the best place to travel in the future, gasbuddy.com has a nice heat map of gas prices in the US broken down by county (there’s also a link for a Canadian version as well).
Of course if you’re just plain fed up with the whole gas price issue, you could look into immigrating to this Danish island. The island has converted itself to 100% renewable energy sources through a combination of on and off shore wind (my personal favorites!), solar, and biofuels. I’m sure you could get an electric car over there if you wanted to chuck fossil fuels completely!
If you’re not from the great mass of the middle in the US, some of these places mentioned in the news might be a bit obscure or hard to find. That’s why interactive maps like this one are so useful. If you’re curious about where the flooding is has been hitting the last few weeks, that map will help you track them. Most of the points feature an indication of historical river levels, projected levels, and current levels. A few of the points link to news items about that area. What would have been nice to see is an overlay that has the current weather forecast as well. While the map isn’t necessarily the most interactively useful, it does present a fairly accessible presentation of the data, which is always important.
EDIT: I’ve added the link. ‘Cause sometimes “multitasking” means “something doesn’t get done”.
I am not sure what a world map has to do with the food pyramid, but this video could have easily been a MyWonderfulWorld ad.
If you’ve been following the blog for awhile now, you’ll know that I’m all over alternative energy sources. I’d love to have a wind turbine for my house. Well the good people of Rock Port, Missouri have taken up the wind power challenge and gone 100% wind energy! The press release says they use 13 million kilowatts a hear and their fancy new wind turbines put out 16 million. Here’s hoping I can get my own turbine sometime so I don’t have to feel guilty about having four computers running in my house!