Although MapQuest has been largely left out of a lot of the discussion on the recent explosion of web mapping, they are still out there and are retaining a significant market share for now. An article posted today at the San Jose, CA MercuryNews.com has an interesting discussion of how MapQuest was a pioneer in online mapping, but has not really changed its business model yet to compete with the new entries from Google, MSN, and Yahoo.
Just a quick reminder that our first drawing will take place at the end of this week and will be announced on Episode 20 of avsp to be released December 4. We have added the option to scan and email your entry to make sure it arrives in time for the drawing, though you must still send us the physical postcard. All entries must be received by 11:59PM PST, December 1, 2005 .
If only we had four whole days of relaxation, that has to wait for about a month. The triptophan has worn off and traveling is finished and it is still Friday here. I have spent the last two days reading Krygier and Wood’s Making Maps, and I hope to have a review up sometime this weekend.
Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your day off and eat some more 🙂
I know that someone has already blogged this, but I can’t remember who…Either way, Mappr from Stamen Design offers up a flickr/map mashup. They tout themselves as “an interactive environment for exploring place, based on the photos people take.” I would argue they are exploring space, but that isn’t really the point. There are actually three or four themed maps that you can find if you wander the site for a second, but the front page is all about flowers. Check it out at Mappr! Where It’s At.
Where It’s At… Newsletter & Podcast is a great new podcast that is being produced down under. Their first podcast includes a couple of interviews including one with Michael Goodchild. The hosts and podcast (and related newsletter) are related to the Spatial Science Institute. I am excited to see how the podcast grows. Go to their website to download directly or check out iTunes to subscribe to the podcast.
Another GIS blog has found its way into my RSS aggregator: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) GeoBlog. This blog does a great job of the 2 things I think blogs are supposed to do:
It is a fairly new blog so you should be able to catch up quick or just jump in midstream.
A nice article at NYTimes.com (free registration required) highlights NASA’s World Wind viewer and the ten-terabyte satellite imagery archive that is available and now includes imagery of the lunar surface at a resolution of about 66 feet. Be aware, though, that World Wind requires a high-speed, broadband Internet connection and a computer with pretty decent performance.
You can download the free application from NASA’s World Wind website