Usted habla espanol?

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If so you may be interested in the spanish speaking blog La Cartoteca. From the entries that I have ‘read’ (my spanish teacher would be sad) so far La Cartoteca seems to focus on cartography with some general geography and miscellaneous content for good measure. Alejandro Polanco Masa, the blog author also has another interesting blog called Technologia Obsoleta. Check them out if you speak spanish, or you can try a Babelfish translation if you are truly curious.


Updated links – did I miss your blog?

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I have spent the evening re-merging the links page and blogs&podcast page into links which will keep me a little less confused and make it more likely for me to update the list more than once evey three months.  That said, I used Planet Geospatial to pick up the few I didn’t already have in my bookmarks, but this is primarily a geospatial tech list, so I am sure that I missed some of the physical and human geography blogs out there.  If you have a blog, podcast or other interesting link you would like to suggest then make sure to contact us.


Posted on is a city transit guide site that features maps and directions from place to place using public transit, or a combination of public transit and walking. In addition, the site adds in a feature that we’re going to be seeing more and more of: local ads tailored to your route. It’s like Google’s Transit Trip Planner and, right now, New York is available as well as Boston and Washington, DC in beta versions.

Via Online Media Daily


Stardust capsule lands safely

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Early this morning, NASA’s Stardust capsule containing samples of comet dust successfully landed in the Utah desert. There are links and information on all the major media outlets, but it is exciting news and all of you who signed up to be volunteer analysts will now have plenty to analyze!



Press Release – January 13, 2006

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For information about this announcement, contact:

Jesse Rouse
VerySpatial, LLC
tel: +1-304-756-8125

A VerySpatial Podcast half-year episode featuring interview with Peter Morville

Morgantown, WV, January 13, 2006 – VerySpatial, LLC

VerySpatial, LLC is pleased to announce that we have reached the 26th episode of A VerySpatial Podcast, which features an interview with Peter Morville, noted author and information scientist. A VerySpatial Podcast premiered with its first episode on Geography and geospatial technologies in July 2005. The podcast is intended to be a weekly source of information that is supported by a blog accessible at A VerySpatial Podcast has continued to grow over the last half year and now reaches a global audience of listeners.

The featured guest for Episode 26, Peter Morville, is the author of Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become (2005) and co-author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-scale Web Sites (2002) both from O’Reilly Media, Inc.

The half-year anniversary episode is not the first interview with a prominent individual from the geospatial community as we have been joined in the past by Rick Lawson, of Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. and Dr. Tim Warner, a remote sensing specialist from West Virginia University. VerySpatial looks forward to continuing to provide news, discussion, and interviews on a wide range of topics related to Geography and geospatial technologies.

A VerySpatial Podcast is available for direct download from and can be subscribed to through iTunes and other podcast aggregators. More information is available at

VerySpatial, LLC is committed to providing information on Geography and geospatial technologies through audio and web-based technologies. Formed in 2005, VerySpatial, LLC is located in Morgantown, WV.


Did the Chinese discover America?

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The BBCNews website posted an article today about a Chinese map that, if authentic, may suggest that Chinese mariners visited and mapped the coasts of America before Columbus. Chinese characters on the map apparently say that it was drawn in 1763 as a copy of a map made in 1418. The map’s ink and paper are being tested to try to confirm the 1763 date, but the article notes that there is a great deal of skepticism regarding the map’s authenticity. Even if it can be traced to the eighteenth century, the only evidence for the original 1418 comes from the notation on the map itself.


Perspective mapping using Google and Yahoo!

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Google3DSliced bread may be nearing its end as the measuring stick for greatness, as new ideas are leaping onto the web for ways to use all of the AJAX and Flash goodness of Google and Yahoo!. Matt over at PlaceMap references a Japanese site that allows you to interact with Google Local in 3 dimensions. You start with a 45 degree perspective view, but as you pull out you move to the more traditional orthogonal view. You can spin the scene as opposed to panning, but I am sure they will add panning functionality as a Ctrl-click or something eventually (of course they may have already, but I can’t read kanji).

Matt offers up another perspective view using Yahoo’s flash maps, which, while it doesn’t offer the same navigation options, is very clear and just plain cool. The PlaceMap Project » 3D YMaps