General

Map-o-Rama! widget

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There is a Konfabulator/Yahoo! Widgets widget that uses www.maporama.com. I had a couple of the undergrads at the lab whip up a map service based widget back in July, but they didn’t accept it to that gallery due to one of the map services we were pointing to being down. That version is specific to […]

GeographyBlogs

ESRI Podcasts

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I guess ESRI has decided to join the fray with some of their existing audio/video content from the ’05 User Conference. This is analogous to IT Conversations from Where 2.0. I haven’t listened to any yet, but I think ESRI should speak to Doug Kaye of IT Conversations since he is already supporting quite a […]

Human Geography

Community Mapping Project in San Jose, Ca

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A project will be getting underway this winter to map 19 poor and underserved communities in San Jose. This is the continuation of a community mapping project begun in 2003. Residents themselves, working with other groups, will be using GPS, handhelds, and digital cameras to survey their neighborhoods. The hope is that results from these […]

General

“data providers do hold all the cards just now”

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Adena over at AllPointsBlog states “While we try to understand the implications of the new offerings [from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!], let’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 […]

WebMapping

So THAT’S how they did it……..

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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

GIS_Software

GIS Long Tail

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James over at Spatially Adjusted comments on an article by Dave Bouwman that discusses the differences in the user bases between the traditional GIS software and the new web map interfaces. Summary…ESRI and other GIS software has a given user base that will never be satisfied with the minimalist capabilities that Virtual Earth or Google […]

WebMapping

Putting Shapefiles into Virtual Earth

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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… Direct Link Spatially Adjusted: Putting Shapefies into Virtual Earth

WebMapping

OpenStreetMap – open source web mapping project

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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 […]

General

Online navigating changing our lives

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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.”