I have been bouncing around this week due to work and haven’t posted very much, but instead of filling up the page and RSS feed with a few notes all at once I am going to just touch on a few announcements in one post.
This article from Maurits Van der Vlugt at Directions Magazine discusses web services and some of the issues surrounding web services. His focus is on dispelling 3 “myths” about web services that can hamper innovation.
Check out the article at Directions Magazine
GISuser.com’s Flickr photo gallery has tons of photos of web mapping and GIS examples, including lots of Google Maps mash-ups and other themed maps. Most of the photo descriptions have links to the actual websites, so if you’re looking for a quick roundup of what’s out there, check it out.
The SSETI Express, a satellite designed and built by 100 students from 10 universities in Europe will launch from Russia on Thursday. The satellite is equipped with a camera that will take images of the Earth. Although the satellite is mainly a demonstration, the European Space Agency, which funded the project, sees this launch as the first step for the Student Space Exploration and Technology Initiative (SSETI) which will train European students in space science and remote sensing.
Another satellite that is launching with the SSETI Express is China’s Beijing-1 microsatellite, which is carrying the China Mapping Telescope. Its mission is to provide high-resolution imagery for mapping Chinese territory.
I just realized that we have not actually blogged James Fee’s Planet Geospatial. We mentioned it on the podcast, thought we had here…I was wrong. So…
Planet Geospatial is a web based RSS aggregator that pulls together all of the geospatial technology related blogs that James has uncovered (he offers up his OPML file for those of you using a software aggregator). This page acts as a great one stop for a variety of information sources.
Very pretty. They don’t mention geography, but U think the image on the monitors says enough!
John Krygier pointed us to Hopeworks, a program in Camden, NJ whose mission includes reducing the dropout rate and to create hope for the future. They attempt to do this by engaging students through web and GIS services. The site is impressive and the concept is great.
They also have a position open for their GIS Director, a great GIS and society position for those interested.
The NY Times online posted a new article on Google Maps mash-ups. For those of you still not really sure about what the Google Maps phenomenon is all about, it’s a good introduction and mentions some cool sites.
You can read the article here (NY Times online requires free registration to view their articles)
If you think it’s ambitious to map the entire earth, check out the Sloan Digital Sky Survey According to their website: “the Sloan Digital Sky Survey is the most ambitious astronomical survey project ever undertaken. The survey will map in detail one-quarter of the entire sky, determining the positions and absolute brightnesses of more than 100 million celestial objects. It will also measure the distances to more than a million galaxies and quasars.”
They have already made quite a lot of progress, and their SkyServer offers all kinds of images and other data, and other cool tools for just exploring their data or for school and research projects