A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 23
December 25, 2005
Main Topic: 2005 Year in Review
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Main Topic: 2005 Year in Review
‘Tis the season to be jolly! We here at VerySpatial would like to wish you all a bunch of fun and some time off! (apologies to those of you stuck at work)
This is great for all of you who celebrate Christmas and have kids! I even remember watching the news breaks on Christmas Eve as NORAD tracked the sleigh across Europe and over the North Atlantic before I had to go to bed. While there isn’t an interactive map you can check out the website at http://www.noradsanta.org/
Adena Schutzberg over at Directions Magazine/AllPointsBlog has posted her top 10 for the geospatial industry. The obvious ones are in there (Google, MapServer Foundation, USGS) along with a few that are pretty interesting.
The GEODE (Geographic Data in Education) Initiative “is dedicated to the improvement of Earth and environmental science education through the use of data visualization and analysis tools to support inquiry-based pedagogy.” The have created two data viewers that are available for download: My World GIS (45 day demo version) and WorldWatcher. These software packages are intended to make the GIS user experience more approachable. Head over to their website and check out the software and the project in general.
MapMemo is a neat little desktop program that let’s you drag and drop any file on a map to create a location-based pointer to the original file. The problems with MapMemo? MacOSX only and if the default map doesn’t work for you then you have to generate your own and bring it in. I also would guess that the software uses pixel coordinates as opposed to a projected coordinate system, though I haven’t actually played with it so I am not positive. Either way, neat idea.
The Geographic and Land Information Society has announced their Annual GIS Competion for high schools, sponsored by ESRI. Basically, high schools submit projects to the competition by the deadline of March 15, 2006, and the winners will be notified by April 1st. Entry forms, rules for project submissions, and information on prizes can be found at the GLIS competition website. Good luck to the schools who enter!
That’s right! Our sooo cute new mascot needs a name! Just send us an email with your suggestion for what to name our bear, and Jesse, Frank, and I will choose the winning name. The person who provides the best name will receive one of our mascot’s litter mates and a matching T-shirt.
All email entries must be received by January 12th, and we will announce the winner on Episode 26, our half-year anniversary. So, send us your name suggestions today!
Although this has been blogged in one form or the other several times over the last few months, I think it’s an increasingly pressing issue. States are having real problems about what they can see on Google Earth. This really gets to the heart of the whole public/private debate. As the article points out, Google isn’t putting out there anything that isn’t available from other places in other forms. It also reminds the GIS folks that sometimes completely innocent intentions can be feared.