James over at Spatially Adjusted comments on an article by Dave Bouwman that discusses the differences in the user bases between the traditional GIS software and the new web map interfaces. Summary…ESRI and other GIS software has a given user base that will never be satisfied with the minimalist capabilities that Virtual Earth or Google Earth have. At the same time most of the folks using MapQuest, Google Local and others will rarely need to conduct a network analysis on a trout streams to determine population migration (not that I have either). I would like to say that we have mentioned this in the podcast, but we have done enough episodes that I am just not sure. Head over and give it look.
Shownotes – Episode 12
October 09, 2005
Main Topic: Geographic education in mid career and interdisciplinary shift in Geography
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Main topic: Geographic education ramblings. News: Census outsourcing, Digital Globe satellites, Google Local, Shapefiles in VE
The US Census Bureau has award a 6-year contract worth more than $500 million to Lockheed Martin for the 2010 Census Decennial Response Integration System (DRIS). They will also be working with IBM and several other companies. The press release didn’t go into too much detail, but it seems like the Census Bureau may be contracting most of the work for the next census, which would be a first.
You can read the article at GISuser.com
The Canadian Association of Geographers is the main professional organization for Geographers from the public and private sectors in Canada. They are active in disseminating geographic research and promoting geographic education. They have 14 study groups that focus on specific areas ranging from marine studies to diversity and 5 regional divisions. Annual membership includes 4 issues of The Canadian Geographer and 6 issues of the newsletter all for the first time member price of $84 and student price of $45 (all prices Canadian dollars).
The CAG holds an annual meeting in the late spring, apparently on the same dates, May 29 to June 2. The next meeting will be in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Check out the web page to find out more
Shownotes – Episode 11
October 02, 2005
Main Topic: Global warming
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We received an email from a Redmond employee who created a Virtual Earth shapefile loader. This has been pointed to by several sites including James at Spatially Adjusted. If I hadn’t been a slacker for the last week I would have already blogged it…
Spatially Adjusted: Putting Shapefies into Virtual Earth
This is an ongoing open source project based in the UK that I read about on Mappinghacks.com,
whose main goal is to provide free geographic data to anyone. openstreetmap was basically started because geographic data is not free in many countries, unlike sources like the National Map here in the US.
If you are interested in open source web mapping projects, check out openstreetmap.org
Wired has an interesting article/commentary about how online maps are changing the way we interface our entire lives. I think the next to the last sentance sums up the concerns nicely… “That’s the SimCity trap, emphasizing spatial relationships over more intimate, human considerations.”