Google Transit beta

Here’s is the latest beta in Google’s stable of mapping apps: Google Transit. It’s the same interface as Google Local, except it plots your trip directions using public transportation, and takes into account the time when you want to leave and arrive. Right now, the only available city on the beta is Portland, Oregon, but they are planning of course on expanding it to other cities.

Via Digg.com

Associations/Groups – American Geographical Society

The American Geographical Society is the oldest professional Geography society in the US. The AGS distributes two publications, the Geographical Review and Focus on Geography as well as providing lectures and consulting. According to the website “The mission of the American Geographical Society is to link business, professional, and scholarly worlds in the creation and application of geographical knowledge and techniques to address economic, social, and environmental problems. The Society’s work serves to increase geographical knowledge and the recognition of its importance in the contemporary world.” (Mission)

To find out more or to become a member visit the American Geographical Society webpage.

A9.com – mapping at ground level

Although a lot of the attention has been focused on Google Maps, MSN Virtual Earth, and Google Earth, Amazon’s A9.com subsidiary is continuing to map US cities in a different way – from ground level by driving and photographing every block in a GPS-equipped SUV to create a virtual tour of each city. So far, A9.com has 35 cities mapped and I have used the service a couple of times to get a feel for the area I’ll be staying in for a conference.

Check out the A9.com BlockView images, and see what you think

Via News8Austin.com

‘Podcast’ is Word of the Year

That’s right! ‘Podcast’ has been declared the Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary and will be included in next year’s update to the dictionary. It’s really a recognition of the phenomenal growth in the popularity and awareness of podcasting.

Via BBCNews

AAA Travel High School Challenge

AAA (American Automobile Association) will be sponsoring the 4th annual AAA Travel High School Challenge, a 3-part geography competition that kicks off with a 40-question online contest from January 9-17, 2006. The top 5 scorers in each of the 50 states and DC will compete in state finals, with those winners receiving a paid trip to Orlando, FL to compete in the finals in May 2006. The challenge is open to all US students in grades 9-12, and is offering more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes across the whole competition.

For information, check out the AAA website

Via Yahoo!