If you thought your parents had uncanny ways of knowing what you were up to, check out how parents in Canada can now monitor their kids’ locations in near real-time on a map using Bell Canada’s Seek & Find which uses the embedded GPS capability of their cell phones and the Internet.
OK, it is late I probably shouldn’t blog just before sleep, but I figured I would forget this link in the morning. The Digg submission linked below is a person who found clouds on the aerial imagery when they were on Google Maps. They don’t say whether they think this is good or bad, but being sleepy I am going to assume they were incredulous at the least. My problem with this? One contracts for US government agencies the company flying the data is required to have the images be 85-90% cloud free for an acceptable product…satellite imagery, you hope for 60-70% cloud free if you are looking for something in a certain time range (if you aren’t picky about when it is usually easier to find cloud free data). So a couple of clouds in a commercial product that has little to no orthorectification (though pretty good georectification) isn’t something I would find note worthy.
Well that isn’t true, it gave me a chance to share you lovely people why a cloud isn’t a big deal.
So follow the link to see the cloud (it is quite a nice cloud in fact). Clouds on Google Maps
An interesting perspective on how a Google Maps news link might appear.
Here is a follow-up on the Australian security issue…now it isn’t as significant apparently.
An interesting article regarding Amazon’s street imaging in urban areas.
Here is an article from CNNMoney, talking about the implications of online mapping applications like Google Maps
Following the ever growing stream on the current WebMapping boom, James, over at Spatially Adjusted, had some thoughts to share.
This article from news.com.au that I picked up from SlashDot ties into a topic that we covered in the podcast this week…the concern over what high resolution aerial/satellite imagery is appropriate to release and what is not. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation is concerned about the easy access to information, in this case imagery, about sites that are considered sensitive. Check out the full article…or wait for next weeks podcast
Spatial multimedia (pictures, video, audio, etc linked to a specific location) has been a goal for many researchers over the last decade in order to link qualitative information to the more quantitative GIS information. Now with the explosion of web-based mapping it has become a simple task to create hyperlink this media to specific locations. This is just on the of the many examples of this.
I have the quick ArcReader example ready that I mentioned earlier this week on the podcast. You can download the file at http://www.veryspatial.com/download/WVU-Example.pmf.
To vew the file you will need to download ArcReader 9.1 from here.
This is only meant to give you a quick example. To see a great 3D mapping application check out Google Earth.