Cartography

Grassroots Mapping for the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

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Recently we featured the Grassroots Mapping project, a community participatory mapping initiative from the MIT Media Lab, on the podcast, and now the Grassroots team has headed down to Louisiana to try to utilize their balloon-based camera system to acquire imagery and map the Gulf oil spill along the Louisiana coast. Their goals are not […]

EarthDay

Celebrate Earth Day – Enjoy Great Images of Our Earth!

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As I sit here STILL trying to fight off whatever cold/flu combo I brought back from AAG, I thought I would point out some great galleries of imagery of our Earth, from both government EO programs like NASA to private firms like GeoEye. Browsing through these galleries of amazing images of the Earth is a […]

GeographyAwareness

Directions podcast COGO interview

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Joe Francica over at Directions Media Podcast spoke with chair-elect of COGO, Geney Terry, about COGO, its membership, and its role in the community. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, but this is one of those conversations that I think will say a lot about the Geography and geospatial tech arena. […]

Data

Gulf Stream not Slowing Down

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Apparently Dennis Quaid was wrong… the gulf stream is not slowing down as some climate change models (and over the top eco-adventure movies) predict.  Apparently the belief this might happen is a victim of the age old measurement error.  Initial measurements suggested the slow down.  It turns out over a longer period of time, there […]

Cartography

Bizarre Map Challenge

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For all you students out there whose maps are greeted with a “That’s bizarre…”, I’ve got the perfect map challenge for you! Our reader Keith M. sent us a heads up about the Bizarre Map Challenge, a map design competition open to high school, college, and university students (only here in the US). The maps […]

Education

Popular Science Archive now online – and free!

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Yes, that’s right, 137 years of awesome issues of Popular Science magazine are now available online by searching the archive at the PopSci website. If you’re a science or gadget nerd, you’ll have lots of fun checking out the science frontiers of decades gone by, and even checking out the advertising and graphics styles for […]

General

Best US Government Blogs

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Ran across this interesting post: the best government blogs and why they’re the best.  With the exception of NASA, none of these have a direct geospatial tie.  In fact, all but one of them are CIO’s of their respective organizations.  It sorta makes sense it would start there, but I’d like to challenge anybody in local, state, […]

Events

GPS Adventures at the Maryland Science Center

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Dan at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore emailed to let us know that GPS Adventures, a traveling exhibit all about GPS and geocaching, will be opening tomorrow, February 20th and will be running until April 18th. GPS Adventures gives visitors an introduction to GPS technology and the basics of navigation in general, and offers […]

general

Geographic Wills

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According to the BBC, Eric Gordon Douglas from Edinburgh left nearly £11,000 for 20 towns around the world that share his surname. The Herald Scotland states that no one knows anything about their benefactor other than his name and home city. On the Rampant Scotland site you can find out “Is Your Home Town Named […]