Podcast delay

Howdy! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. We probably are (ask us later) since we are pushing this week’s episode (469) back to mid-week. It is mostly to do with a last minute schedule change I caused, but a little bit to wait and see what else hits by the Esri UC keynote on Monday.

As you might expect we had planned to run interviews from the Esri EdUC and UC for the main topics in 469 and 470 (and others). Even though we canceled our trip to San Diego this year in mid-June…I forgot to plan something for this week. Add in the last minute schedule change and it may lead to the rest of the July podcasts as mid-week releases. I guess we will find out together on the 20th.

We do have interviews lined up, so look out for conversations about the upcoming GIS-Pro conference, from Exelis VIS, and others.

One last note. As a fun bit of nostalgia, watch out on Sunday for Special Episode 72 which a retrospective that highlights the intros from our first 8 years of podcast anniversaries as we head toward our 9th anniversary. It is the beginning of our year long(ish) countdown, first to episode 500 in February and then our 10th anniversary next July.

Can’t make it to the Esri UC this year, but…

3165739586_6479857001_mWe are stuck on the east coast this summer and will not be at the Esri UC for first time since 2006. We hope to be back next summer for a 10th anniversary shindig, but for this year we are missing out on some of the great hallway and exhibit hall conversations we normally bring to the podcast.

If you are presenting or exhibiting at any of the number of user conferences this summer and you would like to talk about your project or product, please contact us at podcast at veryspatial dot com. We can schedule a phone, Skype, or Google+ interview for sometime in July.

When to Use an Interactive Map

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog article, “10 Maps that show how much time Americans spend grooming, eating, thinking, and praying”  presents some crisp maps using data from the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey.   The article is an interesting introduction to regional geography, but it is  sometimes jarring to find a website presenting spatial information that lends itself to interactive mapping as analog maps. After spending a few seconds clicking and rolling over states before realizing the data I wanted was presented in a table at the end of the article, the analog maps raised the important cartographic question of when to use an interactive map.

Interactive maps have become such an ubiquitous method for visualizing complex spatial information that geospatial professionals sometimes don’t ask if an interactive maps is always the best one. An article in a 2013 Journal of Spatial Information Science by Robert E. Roth explores the question of “Interactive maps: What we know and what we need to know“. According to Roth, “Cartographic interaction is defined as the dialog between a human and map,mediated through a computing device, and is essential to the research into interactive cartography, geovisualization, and geovisual analytics”.

An article in Scientific America, “The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens” asks How exactly does the technology we use to read change the way we read? but it could also explain why we sometimes expect a static, analog map to be interactive.  

Cornell Lab of Ornithology YardMap beta

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has introduced some very exciting backyard citizen science applications that utilize remote sensing data. One of them is The YardMap citizen science project funded by the National Science Foundation Information Education Program  or advancing informal STEM Learning (AISL), as it is known now. YardMap is designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments. It is also a great way to make your yard bird friendly.  So far they have had 8098 YardMaps drawn using the YardMap Tool.

 

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