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New Journal : Religion and Society…

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I have to give a little shout out here to the person sitting at the desk across from me. Dr. Briane Turley has been involved, with others, in the creation of two very successful online journals (the Journal of Southern Religion and the American Religous Experience) and is part of the initial editorial board (and webmaster) of a third. The just released Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe will focus on just what the title suggests, however the editors are distinctly aware of the role Geography and geography (the discipline and the applications) will play in many of the submissions they will receive.

I would have to say that open online journals are one of the missing pieces in Geography right now. It is great to see innovation in this area continue to move forward in other disciplines.

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Windows Live Local beta

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So, I guess the other web mapping news would be the release of Windows Live Local in beta, which incorporates Virtual Earth. I played around with it a little in both IE and Firefox, and the navigation definitely has issues right now. The main new feature is the Bird’s Eye imagery for selected US cities. The images are actually quite nice. There have been a lot of comments in various blogs and tech news sites, so you’ve probably already seen a few.

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Google Transit beta

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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

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Associations/Groups – American Geographical Society

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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.

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A9.com – mapping at ground level

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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

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‘Podcast’ is Word of the Year

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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