Open Access to State-collected Geodata

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I was pointed by Tim, one of our listeners, to a manifesto for open data access in the UK.  If any of you work in the UK regularly or have wanted to do work in the UK, you know that the Ordnance Survey’s data licensing is pricey.  This leaves some of us in the US with sticker shock since we have access to a wealth of inexpensive, if not free, data.   So if you would like to add your name to the list of those who are for open access to UK state-collected  geodata then head over and check the details.

Open Access to State-collected Geodata

BBC NEWS | Sea level rise ‘is accelerating’

Posted on Posted in Physical Geography

It has been a while since the BBC gave us something bloggable. This gem is definitely worth blogging and chuckling about. Sea level is rising…OK. The last 50 years moving at an accelerated rate…OK. But the fact that we have evidence of the Little Ice Age ending just before this study begins makes it all a bit amusing. Of course some of the ice captured in the arctic regions during this time would be released with the following warming in the mid to late 1800s.

I want to see more studies comparing the altithermal (you know, around 8000 BP) to the present sea levels.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Sea level rise ‘is accelerating’

Carbon Project Becomes ESRI Business Partner

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in GIS_Software, WebMapping

CarbonArcThe Carbon Project, which focuses on development of Open-Geospatial .NET applications, announced it has become a member of the ESRI Business Partner Program, and will develop interoperability extensions for ArcGIS. The first extension will be CarbonArc, which will enable seamless use of OGC services in ArcGIS. The first module, CarbonArc Lite, is already available for download from The Carbon Portal website.

Via GISUser

Landsat 5 has resumed operations

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Remote Sensing

Tim Warner here at WVU just forwarded us the good news that Landsat 5 has resumed acquisition operations for the continental US and international data acquisition will be coming back online in the next few weeks. Engineers were able to make adjustments to Landsat 5’s solar array to give it enough power to continue its mission. This is definitely good news for the remote sensing community.

The press release is available at the Landsat Mission website

Pleistocene Park

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in General, Physical Geography

A project is underway in Russia to return a portion of Siberia to the landscape and ecosystem that existed 10,000 years ago during the late Pleistocene. The initiative is led by Russian biologist Sergei Zimov, and is aptly dubbed “Pleistocene Park”

Already 20 square kilometers have been fenced off, and Yakutian horses, reindeer, and moose have been released into the park. Zimov hopes to import Canadian bison, musk oxen and eventually re-introduce the Siberian tiger once the large herbivore populations have been built up. has a piece on Pleistocene Park from May 2005, and the New Scientist (subscription required) just did a feature as well. The National Geographic article suggests that if Japanese and Russian researchers were ever successful in finding viable woolly mammoth DNA and actually reviving the species (yes, they are really trying), they would be introduced into Pleistocene Park.

Via BldgBlog

Most Earth-like Planet Detected

Posted on Posted in space (not spatial)

Continuing last week’s podcast “space theme”, CNN has this story about astronomers using new techniques to discover the most Earth-like planet found yet. From the story, “an international team has detected a cold planet about 5-1/2 times more massive than Earth — still small enough to be considered Earth-like — orbiting a star about 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer), close to the center of the Milky Way.” Now THAT’S remote sensing!

Ok, bad joke… but still exteremely interesting to those of us fascinated with space!


Posted on Posted in GeographyBlogs, WebMapping

Adena over at AllPoints Blog posted an entry on Platial, an online friend site which uses Google Maps and tagging to add information about place to a spatial location on the map. She links to an article in the Portland State University Daily Vanguard about Platial’s founder Paul Olsen. He likens Platial’s online collaborative atlas to blogging, “but instead of postings centered on people, Platial is a forum for information on places.”

Eyebeam R&D’s OpenGLExtractor

Posted on Posted in General, VirtualEnvironments

Want to add your favorite 3D game character to GoogleEarth? Eyebeam R&D’s OpenGLExtractor allows you to capture and re-use 3D geometry data in other 3D graphics applications, basically a “screen grab” for 3D objects. The example on Eyebeam’s OpenLab site shows a couple of mashups with Google Earth where 3D data was captured and imported. If you are interested in 3D development for virtual worlds and 3D mapping, check out OpenGLExtractor.

*Note* OpenGLExtractor runs as a plugin for Eyebeam’s GLIntercept, so you would have to have some familiarity with OpenGL programming to use it, but it is a free download.

Via BoingBoing