New Climates – a weblog art exhibition on climate change and networked culture

The New Climates project is a cool example of the use of New Media to create and disseminate artwork that explores the relationship between art, global climate change and networked culture. Contributing artists post short videos on subjects related to the theme of the project and, even though the site just launched, there are already some interesting contributions, including The Queensbridge Wind Power Project, that presents a hypothetical example of using windmills on top of a bridge in NYC, and N., which looks at the issue of warming in the Arctic through visualizations and sound bytes.

So, if you are interested in how New Media art can explore and inform issues related to global climate change, definitely check out New Climates.

Via networked_performance

NACIS Map Design Survey

The North American Cartographic Information Society has rolled out an online survey in order to gain and understanding of what the mapping community thinks about map design. The survey will be open through April 6, 2007, so if you have a few minutes to spare head over to and share your thoughts on map design.

The results of the survey will be presented at the 2007 NACIS meeting in St. Louis and in Cartographic Perspectives, the journal of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS).

Another perspective on MAPPS

David over at the Surveying, Mapping, and GIS blog has posted a comment to SE15 and made a post on his blog regarding the MAPPS vs US case on Friday. Everybody I have talked to about the case has had something to say, so it is surprising that not more discussion is taking place on the blogs regarding a geospatial case that has made it to Federal Court…no matter what the outcome.

Surveying, Mapping and GIS: MAPPS Lawsuit this Friday

Amicus Brief

The AAG, UCGIS, URISA, GITA, and the GISCI have teamed up to create a rebuttal to MAPPS’ stance in MAPPS vs US. You can find the details or donate to support their legal costs at the AAG website. We are trying to get a few interviews from these organizations prior to the pending court date. If we get to talk to folks we will put up a special episode when possible.

URISA Student Paper Comp

URISA has announced their first annual student paper competition. From the announcement:

Are you an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. student? Are you interested in a career using geographic information systems, information technology, geospatial technology, planning or community development? If yes, your writing and research should be recognized and shared with your peers. Submit a paper to the first annual student paper competition sponsored by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

Head over to the URISA website for find out more. Oh and papers are due by April 2, 2007.


I’m not exactly sure how this plays out in less populated areas, but I like the idea. Placeblogger is an attempt to create blog/web communities in local areas. As the page says, “Placeblogs are sites devoted to a particular neighborhood, city, town, or region. They’re watercoolers for local discussion, a place to find out where to eat or a reliable plumber, or talk about the news of the day.” Right now, there is only six places listed for West Virginia and none in our specific area. Hopefully that will change if the idea takes off.

I really like the tagline though: “towards an annotated world with blogs, wikis, forums, maps…”

Via Boing-Boing

US takes the 2006 Geography Cup

GC2006With a final score of USA 62 to UK 58, the 2006 Geography champ is Team USA. The US had 4 times more participants than the UK, but with 50,000 participants I have to think that the Geography Cup organizers have to be happy with the first year results.

Here, there be dragons

Over the last couple of days I have been reading Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen which can be found in the young adult section of your bookstore (why is it always on the opposite side of the store from Scifi/Fantasy). The thing that grabbed me was a dragon on the cover, but what sucked me in was the subtitle the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. Besides being a great rainy day read there is a strong geography undercurrent (the Cartographer of Lost Places is great) plus it is great for adult readers because of the allusions to classic literature throughout the book. There is some sample text available on the webpages.

Here, There Be Dragons
by James Owen
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
ISBN: 1416912274