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
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.
this story offers up some information on a drought in Africa 70k years ago found through soil cores. The story also offers up an interpretation that is related to our GAW discussion on human migration.
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Drought may have shaped history
Head over to engadget to see how your canine friend can have better gadgets than you!
PetCell GPS tracker phone for dogs – Engadget – www.engadget.com
The deadline for abstract submission for the 2006 ESRI International User Conference has been extended to January 6, 2006. For more information, see the conference webpage.
Glenn Latham has offered up a good write up of the intent of the MapServer Foundation that is a good perspective of the initial direction of the foundation at GISuser.com GIS, GPS, LBS, CAD, mapping news, jobs, software, data, community
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
So if you want to get the scoop on recent UFO sightings, check out ufomaps.comwhich offers summaries of UFO sightings reported to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC). Turns out there was a UFO sighting right here in Morgantown on Nov. 4th, and I missed it! The sightings are mapped in both Google Maps and MSN Virtual Earth, and cover the continental US.
Via ViaVirtualEarth and Boing Boing
Geospatial Solutions have made their 2006 Buyers Guide available. This alphabetical listing of companies ranges from data providers to software vendors. Give it a look.
2006 Buyers Guide – Geospatial Solutions
I first came across Jeff Thurston’s blog when I was doing a search on geovisualization and found the domain. This was well before we started VerySpatial over the summer, and I was a bit bummed that someone had laid claim to the domain so I wandered off. Since then I have gone back a few times, included the blog in my aggregator, but I have never read more than 10 entries. Why you might ask? 1) This is a great blog and I want to read it from the beginning and 2) I am a bit intimidated :-). The majority of entries would make for great columns in a magazine.
So today I ripped the entire site to my hard drive (sorry about the extra hits today Jeff) and will be reading it from the beginning.
I recommend that you take a moment and check out Jeff’s blog and make sure to go through his archives to find any of a number of gems that offer insight into the geospatial community.