This is a feature article from the August issue of GeoWorld that gives an overview of open source GIS tools. Since I have to admit that I am not that familiar with using open source stuff for GIS applications, I thought it was a good introduction.
You can read the article on Geoplace
An article on web mapping’s significance in the future of the web over at Forbes.com.
Mapping The Web’s Future – Forbes.com
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Top spot or not is a site where you can vote on thousands of locations throughout the world. As usual, it uses Google Maps to display the locations. Check it out at Top Spot or not / Hands of Victory.
I have read about it everywhere, I mentioned in the podcast, now it is time to blog it. Google Earth has included layers pointing to National Geographic information, primarily multimedia. Another reason to while away time playing with Google Earth.
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During one of my “brain hurts” breaks tonight I came across this site. I came in originally through their map builder, which lets you create a map that shows the states you have visited. However, on closer inspection it is quite an interesting concept, kind of a travel guide wiki. The front page prompts you to 1) Find travel info, 2) Take it with you, and 3) Update it when you return.
World66 – Home
This is another in the line of UK sites we have pointed out this week. Voices maps recordings of interviews with British residents from England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Through these you can get a sense of the linguisitic and cultural differences as you move through the country. Some of the recordings include colorful langauge, but these should be marked.
This gives insight into the linguistic landscape of of the islands along with some cultural flair and aural and oral cartography.
BBC – Voices – The Voices Recordings
Hot on the heels of finding out about the GeoGraph project in the UK comes the “Your History Here . com – where’s your place?” project. This uses Google Maps to create links to historic information related to locations. Take a look.
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WildFinder is the World Wildlife Fund’s web
map-driven, searchable database on wildlife species worldwide, which was developed by ESRI and the private firm BlueRaster.
Check it out at http://www.worldwildlife.org/wildfinder/
The Register has an interesting article showing images garnered from Google Earth. I think the title is a tad sensationalist, but the article is interesting.
Google Earth threatens democracy
This is a plug-in for several PIMs that allow you to view the location of a contact within Google Earth. Download Squad
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