I am thinking about putting together a series of 5 minute howto videocasts for beginners. These would be screen grabs and voice overs of common computer related activities in Geography such as GIS, RS, stats, and some scripting and entry level programming that could help steer folks in the right direction. What I would like to find out from our readers and listeners are two things:
1) what topics/activities do you think we should cover.
2) does anyone think they would like to submit a howto on a specific topic
If you have any ideas please email me at email@example.com and we will see how things go. I hope to have a demo episode of what I have in mind up by the middle of January though I don’t think we would go live until February based on the other things going on right now.
An interesting article from The Daily Times (Salisbury, Maryland) discusses the impact of rising sea levels on the Maryland coastline, including the submergence of numerous small islands and talks briefly about a joint project between the USGS and Maryland DNR that mapped portions of the coastline using highly-accurate LIDAR technology.
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.
Welcome to the GEODE Initiative!
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!