So far this week we have talked about the main areas of consideration in Geography (physical and human) and the modern technologies that underpin them (GIS Day). Today we look at perhaps the oldest portion of geography, cartography. While not all cartographers are geographers, nor are all geographers cartographers, there is a deep symbiotic relationship that exists. Cartography has existed in some form since the beginning of what we know as human civilization, from the earliest abstract interpretations of space to modern near-real maps and data. Continue reading
Beginning our cartography focus for the day…From the Shire to Mordor, you can find your way and get to know the landscape with the new Google Middle Earth. Includes a multimedia laden route showing the path of the fellowship.
Now if this was only real, it would be great
An agreement was reached last night, ahead of the UN World Summit on the Information Society, to keep the Internet domain addressing control under ICANN, which is under the nominal control of the US Dept of Commerce. A new group, the Internet Governance Forum, has been created to look at Internet issues. It has no binding authority, but gives other nations a place to discuss issues that have international significance
I think that while shared governance of the Internet is a goal to look forward to, there is no mechanism available right now to actually implement, so the agreement to me is the best thing for now.
Here are a few links to articles about the agreement that was reached
A little different than the rest of the posts this week, but here it is. Check out the podcast.
With only a few days left before the release of the 4th movie in the Harry Potter series, The Goblet of Fire, I thought it might be time to follow in MapzÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lead and look at how an item from the magical world compares to our muggle technology. The MarauderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Map is a piece of parchment enchanted by four rapscallions in their younger days at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which finds its way into the hands of Harry (thanks to the boundless generosity of the Weasley twins). This magical map is a detailed representation of the school: the different rooms, hallways, floors, and many of the objects within the schoolÃ¢â‚¬Â¦all of these things AND a Ã¢â‚¬Å“real-timeÃ¢â‚¬? tracking of the location and movements of each person (even pets!) within the school.
A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – SE03
November 16, 2005
Main Topic: GIS Day 2005
In this special episode we are joined by Rick Lawson, WV ESRI rep, and VerySpatial friend Frank. The conversation covers what we think GIS Day represents and the importance of GIS education and the role of GIS as a profession.
GIS Certification Institute
Left to right: Frank, Rick, Sue and Jesse
We have reached the mid point of Geography Awareness Week, GIS Day. We would like to thank Rick Lawson, the WV ESRI rep, for kicking it with us on the GIS day episode of the podcast. Take a minute to let us know what you are doing for GIS Day or Geography Awareness Week by adding a comment to this post.
GIS Day Podcast including guests Rick Lawson and Frank
Although definitions vary, most agree that human geography focuses on the interactions between humans and their environment, and the spatial relationships that define and are defined by those interactions. Human geography has many sub-disciplines, from cultural geography to urban geography to historical geography and many others (Wikipedia lists 18 fields of Human Geography, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not even all of them).
Geocaching is, of course, the activity where you go out and find caches based on a lat/long and a few hints (apparently there are now audio hint caches, as well). With such a large hobbie there has to be a podcast to join it, here are the ones that I have found:
I haven’t listened to any of them yet, but they have been added to my aggregator!
programmableweb is a pretty good website all about Web 2.0 and mashups, which of course are a big part of the success of the web mapping phenomenon of Google Maps, Virtual Earth and Yahoo Maps. The associated blog has a lot of good information, so I will be checking that out. There are also other resources including directories of mashups and a reference page for other resources on mashups and Web 2.0.