Faculty and students from Washington College in Maryland presented at Geoint2010 about some of the projects they have going on. We had a chance to talk about how GIS and geospatial technologies are being used at their school.
I can’t add anything here to make this any cooler. A map. Made out of Lego. What else do you need?
This week we are highlighting some examples of media that can be used to emphasize Geography Awareness. Most are not quite as explicit as Gerrymandering a documentary that has made its rounds of the film festivals this year, but it highlights the interactions between Geography and other disciplines. I hope that it also talks about GIS since it is so heavily used in redistricting now…but I will have to wait until it comes out to find out for sure.
During this week’s episode Frank pointed out the use of general videos to show landscapes. Whether you are trying to highlight a metropolis or rural area there are generally videos that include these landscapes. Frank’s example is the use of a video from Ukraine that highlights a dog traversing a city.
During our conversation this week on Episode 275 we highlighted a couple of videos in our discussion of using media to highlight Geography. We will link to a few over the next few days, but I wanted to start with this great video Frank showed me a few years ago.
Mashable (perhaps one of the cooler sites I visit each day) has a nifty story about an artist who drew Google Maps icons as if they existed in the real world. It’s rather interesting to think about these big push pins existing in real life, or a pop-up box over a building. Take away the surprised looking people and I think we’ll have a pretty good idea of what large scale augmented reality is likely to look in the near future.
It’s a project we’ve been excited for ever since we first heard about it, and was great to be able to interview some of the Geospatial Revolution Project team, so it’s great to be able to post that Episode 1 is now live on the Geospatial Revolution Project website!
The full episode is jut over 13 minutes, but it’s also broken up into smaller videos via YouTube for those who can’t stream the whole thing. The team have also made the episode video shareable, so spread the word and to get you started, here’s Chapter 1 of Episode 1:
In order to investigate the idea of a social archipelago, the notion that our cities are “fragmented islands of social activity separated by large areas dedicated to commercial workplaces, flows of vehicles, residential sprawl or industrial sites.” Anil Bawa Cavia analyzed more than a million Foursquare check-ins in a number of cities and mapped those data as points to create a series of social activity density maps, which he calls urbagrams. By looking at the resulting maps for cities such as New York, Paris, and London, we can get a picture of the spatial distribution of social activity through Foursquare, and see where social activity is clustered and how the patterns differ from city to city.
One of the fun things I get to do in prepping for my classes is getting to look at all the amazing video resources out on the interwebs for Geography and geospatial technologies. While putting together my Intro to Mapping lecture, I remembered this great 6-minute video introduction to the National Map, including a little bit about the history of the USGS’s role in mapping the US, how digital technologies are changing mapping, and the development of the National Map and its functionality. Even if you saw the video when it came out back in January, it’s still a great reference for what the National Map is all about.