Back in the fall of 2004 the BBC news site started a series called “Planet under pressure”. It covers alot of the important issues facing the world including global warming, pollution, and hunger.
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.
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 survey will continue to help city officials understand the conditions and needs in these communities.
You can read the full article at the Christian Science Monitor website
Since I am into historical geography and Historical GIS, I though I would change it up a little and showcase a nice site that uses ESRI’s ArcIMS to display GIS layers and historic maps of Shanghai, China. This project was done by a group at the University of Lyon in France
Check out Virtual Shanghai here
In the September issue of GeoWorld, Daniel Sui has a short article discussing the notion of a humanistic GIScience and how geospatial technologies can play a broader role in defining and representing complexe realities
You can read the article here
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.
This is, along with the discussion on data vs interface taking place on various blogs today, a nice lead-in to our podcast this weekend on ‘What is geographic information’. With the software that are being used and the data needs of today the maps abstraction, which can be tied to its art, has decreased. GeoPlace.com – Top News Stories
The environmental toll of Katrina is just staggering. The Washington Post features a pretty in-depth look at the fallout. Imagine not having reliably clean water for years! Click here to read (registration required, but it’s free)
The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, which conducts hazards and disaster research, is calling for proposals for Quick Response grants to study the impacts of Hurrican Katrina. The small grants, which average between $1500 and $3000, are to cover food, travel, and lodging expense to allow researchers to conduct short-term field studies immediately following a disaster. The website also has information about NSF funding to collect data about the impacts of Hurrican Katrina
Natural Hazards Center