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!
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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.
As you know, I am all about the widgets. The newest widget on my desktop is the Planet Geospatial RSS widget which pulls from…you guessed…Planet Geospatial. James Fee was nice enough to create this widget for us all to use and it is quite handy if you just want to glance to see the new headlines. We won’t be creating an RSS widget for VerySpatial since I think the Planet Geospatial widget is a great one stop shop for all of your geospatial needs. As always you will need to download the Yahoo! Widget Engine to run the widget.
Wired News has an interesting article about the use of GPS as an aid in tsunami warnings. Researchers have suggested at least 2 ways in which GPS might give warning information: 1) GPS receivers can measure ground movement in real time, and they could also be used to measure tsunami-associated pressure waves in the Earth’s atmosphere. Either method, when combined with seismic-based warning systems, could help cut down the time before a warning can be issued and increase time for evacuation.