GIS_Software

Laser-Scan’s new Radius Studio

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I know that Jeff at Vector One mentioned his interest in this product last week and today I received Laser-Scans enewsletter so I thought I might quote from it…

“Radius Studio acts as a spatial processing, analysis and compliance engine offering domain experts the possibility to create, review and refine business rules for spatial data across the web, without requiring developer skills.  It is a tool that can quantitively measure spatial data quality by analysing the compliance of business rules with the existing data sets.”

I was in contact with Laser-Scan to be an educational partner through work, but I didn’t feel I had the time to invest to make it worth their while.  I hate to get software and just have it sit on a hard drive unused.  As soon as I am in a position to use it though, I hope to try it out.  We used to have a license for lamps before I arrived at WVU, but the VAX or Unix box it lived on has long since been sent to surplus.  And now I am just rambling…

avsp

avsp music to date

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I have been terrible about giving credit to the bands we play in the podcast. This is mostly because I don’t usually decide what to include until we have finished recording and I am editing the podcast. That said, here is a round of the bands we have featured so far…

Physical Geography

“One Planet, Many People” – New Atlas using Landsat imagery

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The United Nations Environment Programme recently published One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment, using 30 years of before-and-after Landsat images for 80 sites around the world to provide “insights into the many ways people around the world have changed, and continue to change, the environment.”
It is hardcover, and looks really nice, but at $150 US and $20 US to ship to Europe, $30 US elsewhere, I don’t think I can afford it. Still, it would be a great addition to many libraries.

Via Landsat Project website

Addition:  As pointed out by the CCA blog the chapters are actually available for download from the book’s homepage on the UNEP website.

GeographyBlogs

ESRI Podcasts revisited

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For some reason we never got around to blogging this…ESRI has split its podcast offerings into two sections: Instructional and Speaker.  The instructional series is devoted to short overviews of specific topics while the speaker series higlights presentations from past conferences.  We have had both up on the Links page for a while, I just forgot to mention it here…sorry…my bad…I will be performing seppuku later today.

ESRI Podcast Feeds

General

Live in the SouthCentral US…Make some cash

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SkySiteEngadget points out a money making venture that they feel in perfect for geocachers…I think that we (geospatial professionals) are just as well suited (if not better) for the task. Space Data Corp utilizes balloon-based cellular systems to get signals out to the boonies. The balloons are at an altitude of between 80-100k feet, but what goes up, must come down and the electronics probably aren’t cheap.

Enter SDC’s SkySite program where they offer up rewards for returned platforms. They offer up the location on a first come first serve basis with a 48 hour exclusive window where only the first person has the coordinates, after that I assume they begin to add others into the mix with the spoils going to the person who recovers the platform. Last year they paid out $93,000, with the top earner taking home around $10,000, at $25-$50 a pop, that is a lot of tracked down balloons. Find out the details and full backstory at the SkySite website.
Cash-in on your geocaching skillz – Engadget

GIS_Software

GeoSpeech – Speech Integration in ArcGIS

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GeoSpeechThis seems like it could be a very useful tool for those of us who utilize spatial multimedia/Multimedia GIS in their research. This would be great, for instance, if you were using a tablet to capture oral histories or community comments so that you can attach comments to the places they are describing. The simple interface that allows you to capture geometry and sound to a geodatabase seems very convenient.
Richie’s Space: GeoSpeech – Speech Integration in ArcGIS

Physical Geography

Global Warming debate shifts to “tipping point”

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An article from the Washington Post online edition (free registration required) argues that, now that most scientists agree that human activity is causing global warming, the debate is now beginning to focus on the ‘tipping point’ or point of no return when we can no longer reverse the changes that are taking place. Determining when such a point may occur given the current rate of warming will be essential in figuring out what the necessary reduction in greenhouse gases will need to be to prevent the catastrophic outcome of unchecked global warming.

Via MSNBC