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.
My apologies, I misspelled Episode 20 as ‘eposide’ in the file name generating a 404-file not found error. It is fixed on the site now and shouldn’t have impacted anything other than the direct download from the site…though it will still be Eposide20 🙂
British Telecomm wants to make sure your car doesn’t drive away without you…if you live in the UK. To this end they offer the BT Trackit system which, once installed, checks for a signal from an emitter you carry on you. If you and your signal are present, off you go. If your signal is absent then the location of your car is sent to the authorities and you are contacted with the lovely news that your car has wandered off without you.
Tim Warner mentioned this non-profit organization on this weeks episode and it looks quite exciting. In their own words, “SkyTruth promotes environmental awareness and protection with remote sensing and digital mapping technology.” They support environmental advocates, local planners and others through their remote sensing activities and have been doing so since 2002.
To learn more and to support their efforts check out their website at:
SKYTRUTH: using remote sensing and digital mapping to educate the public and policymakers about the environmental consequences of human activities
A recent editorial by Joe Francica at Directions Magazine discusses the impact of the “Google Phenomenon” on the geospatial software industry, and offers some interesting perspectives on how Google Maps and its competitors are already changing the business landscape and how traditional GIS and geospatial vendors must find a way to win the “struggle for relevance.”
A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 20
December 04, 2005
Main Topic: Interview with Tim Warner on Remote Sensing
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Main Topic: Interview with Tim Warner on Remote Sensing. News: Sky Dubai, MapServer Foundation, Landsat 5