AllPointsBlog gets Dugg

For those of you familiar with the social bookmarking site, search Digg for “geospatial” (or just click the link) and you will see that someone dugg Adena over at I am definitely for this and think the community should try to see if we can get enough diggs to push this story to the front page (temporary home of the popular links).

If you are a regular Digg user, head over, sign-in and click on ‘digg it’. If you don’t have an account, sign-up (it is free) then digg the story.

Help us make THE list of desktop GIS packages

In a couple of weeks we are going to do an episode where we discuss what we think is important in a desktop GIS package and discuss many of the desktop GIS packages that are currently available. This is going to be the first monthly install of a multi-part series. Later we will focus on web mapping, remote sensing packages, object-oriented systems, developement options, etc, but this time we are focusing on stand-alone desktop GIS packages.

If you would like to help, please check out the list of commercial and open source desktop GIS solutions I have started. If you know of a software not on the list yet or if you have experience using some of the less mainstream packages please leave a comment at the bottom of the list page. We hope to discuss this on Feb 4, so please leave comments by then.

Note: If this is your first comment I have to approve it before it shows up on the page. We do this to keep the spam out.

Assessing the cultural value of farmland and open space

Art Rex, a geographer at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, is conducting research on using GIS as a tool in developing qualitative assessments of the value of farmland and open space that go beyond the monetary value of the land. By creating a database of other variables that might affect perceptions of a parcel’s value, Rex and othe researchers working with him hope to create a total value assessment tool to help local communities in the decision-making processes related to development.

Via The Mountain Times

Mapping Video Games

I personally find virtual worlds mapping an interesting niche in the mapping world.  Most world builders have no real training in any sort of geographic principles, so I find it facinating how they link various geographic regions together in world.  Here’s an interesting site that shows maps for vintage video games (and a couple of not so vintage ones too!)  I’m hoping we get to do a podcast in the future on virtual world mapping.

Mappy – Road Guide

Mappy is a European page that has quite a few interesting features that aren’t really available in its ‘states-side’ counterparts.  It does offer up the expected high-res imagery for a few larger cities and vector graphics for most everywhere in Europe, but it also has an interesting feature they call MappyMe (MappyMoi if you watch the French demo).  MappyMe allows you to maintain an address book that you can then use to create maps and routes, maintain a collection of routes, and send email invitations to friends in your address book that include directions from their address.  Head over to check out these and other features at Mappy.
Mappy – Road Guide

Wow….now you, too, can feel like Godzilla!

RFID floorCheck out this entry from the RFID in Japan blog. They have created an exhibition with a giant aerial photo of the city on the floor, with over 7000 RFID tags embedded in the floor beneath the photo. As you move the portable information display around the photo (they plan to add PDA-based support soon), the display gives you historical and cultural information about the position on the photo. I have to say, this is just cool……

Via Trends