If you want to see where news is happening, this Google Maps app, called News Map, links recent Reuters News stories to the locations where they take place.
Adena over at AllPointsBlog states “While we try to understand the implications of the new offerings [from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!], letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not forget that geospatial apps run on data as fuel. And, just like gasoline, the price of premium data is still high.”
This blog entry ties in nicely with some of the discussions we had back in the first 5 episodes about the importance of the data in addition to the technology providing them.
I was checking out the MapPoint magazine website this morning, and I came across this video from back in August. It the “real” story behind the making of Virtual Earth. You can’t go wrong with a dude in a butterfly suit.
It’s pretty funny, so check it out here
We received an email from a Redmond employee who created a Virtual Earth shapefile loader. This has been pointed to by several sites including James at Spatially Adjusted. If I hadn’t been a slacker for the last week I would have already blogged it…
Spatially Adjusted: Putting Shapefies into Virtual Earth
This is an ongoing open source project based in the UK that I read about on Mappinghacks.com,
whose main goal is to provide free geographic data to anyone. openstreetmap was basically started because geographic data is not free in many countries, unlike sources like the National Map here in the US.
If you are interested in open source web mapping projects, check out openstreetmap.org
Wired has an interesting article/commentary about how online maps are changing the way we interface our entire lives. I think the next to the last sentance sums up the concerns nicely… “That’s the SimCity trap, emphasizing spatial relationships over more intimate, human considerations.”
This free game uses Google Earth to play a kind of geocaching, where you launch the game from within Google Earth and follow the clues to various location checkpoints. If you find the envelope “hidden somewhere on Earth, you will advance to the Big Game.”
I haven’t played it myself yet, but I may give it a try in between actually trying to get my GIS work done.
For a basic tutorial, check out the Earth Contest website
Via Ogle Earth
ESRI is serving an ArcWeb Services powered Hurricane Disaster viewer on its website. It offers a number of data layers from before the hurricanes, such as population density and imagery, and several layers related to post-hurricane conditions. There’s even a layer showing the US Postal Services closed service areas. Nothing earth-shattering, but pulls together GIS layers to go with imagery.
You can check out the Hurricane Disaster Viewer