Mappr! Where It’s At.

I know that someone has already blogged this, but I can’t remember who…Either way, Mappr from Stamen Design offers up a flickr/map mashup. They tout themselves as “an interactive environment for exploring place, based on the photos people take.” I would argue they are exploring space, but that isn’t really the point. There are actually three or four themed maps that you can find if you wander the site for a second, but the front page is all about flowers. Check it out at Mappr! Where It’s At.

NASA’s World Wind now has Moon images

A nice article at (free registration required) highlights NASA’s World Wind viewer and the ten-terabyte satellite imagery archive that is available and now includes imagery of the lunar surface at a resolution of about 66 feet. Be aware, though, that World Wind requires a high-speed, broadband Internet connection and a computer with pretty decent performance.

You can download the free application from NASA’s World Wind website

Sony’s DRM Damage Mapped

Sony stepped into all sorts of trouble with thier copy protection scheme on CDs. Although they claim the damage is minimal, the folks over at Doxpara Research claim otherwise. Since Sony’s scheme calls home, the Doxpara folks figured there would an entry in DNS servers around the world showing the call home. Doing an analysis, they’ve identified 568,200 nameservers have been witnessed a phone back home to Sony’s servers.

The interesting part about this is that mapped it! There’s also a Europe and Japan. The site specifies how they mapped the data.

GIS turns up in all sorts of interesting places!


programmableweb is a pretty good website all about Web 2.0 and mashups, which of course are a big part of the success of the web mapping phenomenon of Google Maps, Virtual Earth and Yahoo Maps. The associated blog has a lot of good information, so I will be checking that out. There are also other resources including directories of mashups and a reference page for other resources on mashups and Web 2.0.

Online Soil Survey: CA, AZ, NV

A couple of months ago I mentioned the role out of the NRCS’s Web Soil Survey. Today we bring you a localized soil survey page for CA, AZ, an NV out of UC Davis’s California Soil Resource Lab. While portions of the interface are very similar to the NRCS’s product, their site does offer some additional tools missing in the WSS.

If I understand correctly, they also used MapServer for the backend as opposed to ArcIMS for the map product, which while it doesn’t offer some of the features of ArcIMS/Server out of the box, it is stable and openSource so there is always room to grow.

Online Soil Survey: CA, AZ, NV | California Soil Resource Lab

Thanks to Dylan for pointing this out.

Maplecroft maps

Over on the Digital Divide Network, they mentioned an online interactive map illustrating the digital divide. I went to the website, Maplecroft maps, and found a nice interactive mapping tool that has thematic maps for a number of environmental, social, economic, and political topics, including military expenditures, perceptions of corruption, climate change, and poverty. The interface is pretty straightforward, and users access information about each country via a mouseover. It’s a interesting project, and they plan to add more thematic maps in the future.
Maplecroft itself is a Canadian British consulting firm that helps companies address social, environmental, and ethical issues.