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!
UC IrvineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s monster HIPerWall monitor – Engadget – www.engadget.com
HIPerWall – UC Irvine
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.
HOPEWORKS ‘N CAMDEN – Expanding the Futures of Youth
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
A website called Postini has maps that show the sources for spam, virus, and directory harvest attack activity (based on originating IP) for the past 24 hours.
So, if you want to see where it’s all coming from, check out the Postini stats page
Glenn over at GISUser spoke with Bob Samborski, Executive President of GITA, on the DOL funding workforce readiness. Mr Samborski outlined 5 key steps for conducting this study.
“1. Getting a grip on understanding geospatial and defining it
2. Communication and public outreach Ã¢â‚¬â€œ this approach will serve to identify what kinds of skills are needed for professionals. A number of partners will be used to help secure feedback and communication.
3. Development of a web-based portal to access curricula information. This will also serve to help explain and communicate to academia what they need to be teaching to better prepare students for careers in geospatial technologies.
4. Use the portal as a live test site. This will involve a live pilot project with a goal of replicating the effort based on the outcome.
5. Making the project results sustainable.”
For more information head over and read the full article at GISuser.com
The writing frenzy has ended for now, so on to the promised widget. The widget is for use with Konfabulator/Yahoo! Widgets (which must be installed before trying to use this widget). The WebMap widget allows you to search on an address to find a location and choose from existing map services, or a custom map service that you provide (widget preferences are accessed through a right click on the interface). The interface is very minimalistic with buttons to control pan and zoom functionality (for full details please read the README included). While this was my brain child, most of the work was done by Nate and Andrew (right click and choose about). This is the opening salvo, but there are more ideas waiting to be implemented.
Let me know what you think. Also, to find more OGC compliant WebMapServices to use in the widget head over to Mapdex to search.
Download WebMap widget
GeoRSS seeks to go beyond the x,y point location tag that currently exists in RSS 2 and leverage GML to support more complex geometry (lines and polygons). The overview sounds good with key ideas, such as linking related point entries into a line (their example was a kayak trip). They even seem to be attempting to implement a form of topology, but I may be reading too much into the document.
GeoRSS :: Geographically Encoded Objects for RSS feeds
This is a pretty cool project that I just read about via Wired. It is about mapping our world based on our perception of it, not just by physical coordinates. It was started only a month ago by Michael Baldwin, an English teacher living in Brazil.
You can participate in the project by going to CommonCensus.org and adding your address and answering a few questions.