The alphabet soup in the title is a boon for the open standards movement. The OpenGeospatial Consortium (OGC) announced yesterday that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has accepted the OGC Web Map Service (WMS) Implementation Specification. Now available as IS0 19128:2005, the WMS specification is currently a widely supported standard in modern geospatial products for serving and accessing information.
Read the full press release at OGC Press Room.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.