While the use of GPS to track and route vehicles for corporations such as UPS and FedEx is nothing, it is always nice to see these technologies filter down to an everyday use.
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.
This is a potentially controversial Google Maps hack. Definitely will find its way into the news section of the podcast.
There are several other Geography related blogs out there. While some of these are listed in the BlogRoll on the right, below this is not a complete list. As I continue to get the site set up I will include a page of links to many of these blogs and sites. For now, here is a link to Engadget’s GPS blog. I go to Engadget a couple of times a day just to see what is new in the world of technology.
There has been quite a bit of research into semantic interoperability in web mapping. This extension takes this idea one step further and ties the semantics of the web to the map itself giving the user the ability to aggregate web information then viewing the information via Google Maps. I will try to do a review of this extension on the Podcast this weekend after I have had a couple of days to play with it.
A link to article about Virtual Earth from the folks who made Virtual Earth The Map Room: MSN Virtual Earth: Lessons Learned
Here is a link to an undated article on Geoplace.com that gives a short summary of the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission that flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavor in February 2000. The data processing has been completed, and the data is now available.
This is a feature article from Geoplace on the use of GIS and other geospatial technologies to help with conservation efforts to save mountain gorilla habitat in Africa