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
Geosoft has added Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data to its public server. Elevation data for basically the whole world is available at 90 meter resolution and the US at 30 meter resolution. I checked out the site, and the data is in the public domain and free to download.
Here is the link to their data server
I have been waiting to get my hands on one before I blogged this. Clearly I have one, a demo unit from ShaperTechnology, and it lives up to its hype. This is a 800×600, 1600 Lumens DLP projector that can project active stereo images at 120 MHz. This means that when used in conjunction with a stereo capable graphics card and a pair of stereo glasses & emitter you perceive the view in 3D. Traditionally, this would require a large $60k projector or the use of 2 projectors but the DepthQ is a portable $4k projector.
How is this related to Geography? Both in my research and at work we use a significant amount of 2.5D (surface based) geovisualization. By viewing a scene in stereo it allows for a more immersive experience than the traditional 2D views. Any kind of stereo can give this perception, but active stereo is often considered the best for many situations. The other stereo options are passive stereo, 2 projectors with a polarized filter, and anaglyph stereo, generally the red and blue glasses.
So far we have just been using the standard stereo in ArcScene, but we will test it with a few other apps, but I think it is pretty cool.
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.
Via Google Maps Mania
Opensourcegis.org is one of several websites offering an index of Open Source GIS related applications and tools. As of 9/9/05, the site had 196 projects listed.
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 GPS unit looks fun. A combination of GPS, MP3 player, with PDA functions tossed in. Though the price tag might be a little high.
GarminÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nÃƒÂ¼vi, $970 hand-held multi-function GPS – Engadget – www.engadget.com
Here is a cool UK website that details a project that “aims to collect a geographically representative photograph for every square kilometre of the British Isles” They bill it as a geography project for the people, since the photos are submitted, and apparently already have 30,000 grid squares covered.
Extraterrestrial mapping efforts continue 🙂
The future of Hubble may seem similar to that of Landsat 7, but it is still getting the job done. Archives are nice too…
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Hubble reveals new map of Pluto