VirtualEnvironments

eDuShi

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eDuShi is a 3D mapping site for the city of Shanghai, with a cool Sim City kind of look instead of using satellite imagery, and has a navigation interface simliar to other internet mapping applications. As you mouse over structures, text info popups up interactively (unfortunately I don’t read Chinese).  Although not photo-realistic, it is still a neat way to virtually represent the city of Shanghai and allow users to navigate around and get information about real-world features.

Via Geospatial Semantic Web Blog 

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IBM Archives

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IBM, one of the companies whose innovations have had a profound effect on the development of the digital world we live in, is also conscious of its own history and has been digitizing many of its historical corporate documents from a collection of over 300,000 photos, slides, negatives and transparencies. Some of them are now available for viewing at the IBM Archives website, including photos of IBM’s products, its early pioneers, and even its employees’ fashion through the years.

Via Kevin Maney’s Blog

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Show notes via e-mail

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Want to know what we are talking about in the podcast each week… Don’t want to rush to the blog to find out… Sign up for the show notes listserv. Send an email to shownotes-subscribe@veryspatial.com, no subject or content required. We began offering this back in October, but since we have so many new listeners and readers I thought I should announce this again. For those of you who are downloading the podcast directly, this might be of special interest since it will allow you to know when a new episode is available.

Events

Open Source Geospatial Foundation begins…

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Schuyler Erle over at MappingHacks.com has a round-up of Saturday’s activities in Chicago. The upshot is that we now have the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, OSGeo (eventually to be at osgeo.org). The organization will support several ongoing open source and free projects including MapServer, GDAL/OGR, PostGIS, GRASS, GeoServer, GeoTools, Mapbender, and Ka-Map to name a few. I will post more as more is announced (and as I continue to read the IRC log). I think this will be a great step forward that will build on the initial ideas of the MapServer Foundation.  Unfortunately, we had already finished the podcast for this week so it won’t be in the podcast news until next week, and hopefully we can drag someone for an interview on the OSGF once things have settled down.
Also noted on Spatially Adjusted, PerryGeo, Spatial Galaxy, SlashGeo and import cartography

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Spidy Tracer for real

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Anyone who has followed Spiderman knows about the Spidy Tracer – a device that Spiderman can throw at his enemies which allows him to trace bad guys wherever they go. Apparently somone at the LA Police Department is a big Spiderman fan, because they’ve started using GPS unit they can propel at cars to track their movements rather than engage in a highspeed chase. Way to go true believers!

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Geography on WikiMedia Commons

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GeoKeysWhile many of us are familiar with the Wikipedia project, there is a similar and related project to gather non-copyright or open copyright media on subject matter. There is a Geography category that has video and images that are fairly general, many of them human/cultural geography related. There is a Map category that, of course, has maps of different types. And, there is a Cartography category, that is a mix of maps and technical explanations including explanatory images of projections.

You can also search keywords to find interesting images that have been placed in other categories.

Navigation

TrailRunnerX

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TrailRunnerXWe received an email regarding an interesting free MacOS X tool for route planning for trail related sports (running, skiing, hiking, biking…)  Here is a quote from the developer:

TrailRunner is a route planning software for people who enjoy running, biking, hiking or skiing.  The software will import GPX tracklogs or tracklists from GPS receivers and then plot the data on maps. Within the map, TrailRunner can calculate routes for a given distance. You can even export directions as text to a classic iPod or as small NanoMaps to your iPod nano. TrailRunner is free!”

It is an interesting little tool which give will those folks who have never digitized a line a new experience.  Although their isn’t a library of trails on the TrailRunner webpage (that I could find) I am sure this will change as it gains more users.

Also mentioned on GISUser Blog

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New Location Based Services in Japan

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A company called Mapion has launched a new service that lets phone users point at a building, click, and find out what’s in that building.  If your phone is GPS and integrated compass enabled, you can wonder around the streets of Tokyo pointing and clicking all over the place to find out what’s in what building.  Pretty cool.

Via Engadet