Over on the Digital Divide Network, they mentioned an online interactive map illustrating the digital divide. I went to the website, Maplecroft maps, and found a nice interactive mapping tool that has thematic maps for a number of environmental, social, economic, and political topics, including military expenditures, perceptions of corruption, climate change, and poverty. The interface is pretty straightforward, and users access information about each country via a mouseover. It’s a interesting project, and they plan to add more thematic maps in the future.
Maplecroft itself is a
Canadian British consulting firm that helps companies address social, environmental, and ethical issues.
This morning I sat in on THE session for geographers, it was on geospatial technologies and landscapes. A farily good session from my perspective. Today’s posters are fairly good as wellÃ¢â‚¬Â¦even included a few archaeological uses of soil (all from BYU). This afternoon was a little more quiet as I meandered through sessions, though nothing exciting. I had hoped to bump into a colleague that I like to harrass when I see her (she decided not to come to WVU when she was offered a position) but only her posters could be found, no sign of her. I fly out far too early in the morning and of course lose 2 hours going back east…weep for me 🙂
Rand McNally has announced the release of MapEngine, their new web service that will feature the company’s proprietary mapping database. MapEngine is aimed at businesses, and Rand McNally will offer a hosted service or a MapEngine Server API that will integrate the web service into customized applications. This marks the entry of one of the biggest traditional print map-making companies into the world of web mapping, so it will be interesting to see if it is successful.
Rand McNally MapEngine website
As a big fan of multi-monitor displays, I took notice of the GISCafe press release announcing the new Matrox DualHead2Go external adapter. Now, you can have a multi-monitor display without installing a new video card, and the DualHead2Go is under $200. Jesse knows more about this hardware stuff than me, but it seems pretty cool.
UmmmÃ¢â‚¬Â¦yeah. So today, I skipped the morning, but sat in on a session in the afternoon on erosion and runoff (under the soil physics section – S01). I have only recorded on interview so far and it doesn’t sound great. We were standing in front of a poster (use of handheld hyperspectral sensors in recording soils information in a profile) in a room that was quite busy, 2 people talking right next to us, and, most importantly, recorded with the iPod. I will try to clean it up, but I will try to corner people in quieter areas. Another poster presenter I wanted interview was presenting on soil in subacqueous landscape, but I didn’t want to seem like a stalker.
Today’s posters were a little more interesting to me, plenty of geography, especially geostats, most of which were out of Florida, Sabine Grunwald’s lab I would guess since she was second author on a few. Tomorrow there is a session on geospatial tech and soils that will be attending. Til then.
Yesterday MSNBC.com featured a profile of GeographyZone, a website started by Roger Andreson that features puzzles, games and other educational resources to promote geography awareness. Although the site is not new, it’s nice to see geography education in the spotlight on a prominent news site.
I apologize to those of you who are having issues obtaining Episode 16 with iTunes. While this doesn’t seem to be a wides pread issue, until we can find a remedy to the problem please direct download Episode 16 from the avsp podcast page if your client gives you an error.
Earth Observation and Geospatial Technology for Civil Society…EOGEO is somewhat related to our topic of community mapping this week as their mission is to “provide rapid access to geospatial data content, tools, and services for NGOs, aid agencies, charities, and individuals via the internet and electronic media.” The projects the nonprofit is working on include:
These are just some of the web based projects included on the site. To find out more about the EOGEO efforts or how you can become involved or support EOGEO visit eogeo.org.
That’s right, a Google Maps mash-up of that classic of strategy games, RISK. Check it out here
I am skipping out on sessions right now, but I will head back in a few. Salt Lake City is still a nice town (I was here in March for the NRCS cultural resource specialists meeting). The conference seems a little smaller than I expected since it is three groups at one conference. I am use to the 4000 or more people wandering around at the Society for American Archaeology and Association of American Geographers conferences.
Also, there are a lot of posters, in fact it seems to be a 1:1 ratio between presenters and posters (I might do the math later if I get bored enough).