GAW Day 5: Applied Geography

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During our posts this week, we have talked about some of the main branches of geography, including physical and human geography, and the closely related discipline of cartography. For our final discussion, it seemed that Applied Geography would be an ideal topic, since its focus is using geographic research in an area of specialty and applying it to solve real-world problems. Applied Geography, then, can be part of any of the many fields and subfields of geography, from GIS to development geography to hazards research. (more…)


Sony’s DRM Damage Mapped

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Sony stepped into all sorts of trouble with thier copy protection scheme on CDs. Although they claim the damage is minimal, the folks over at Doxpara Research claim otherwise. Since Sony’s scheme calls home, the Doxpara folks figured there would an entry in DNS servers around the world showing the call home. Doing an analysis, they’ve identified 568,200 nameservers have been witnessed a phone back home to Sony’s servers.

The interesting part about this is that mapped it! There’s also a Europe and Japan. The site specifies how they mapped the data.

GIS turns up in all sorts of interesting places!


“The Codification of Humanity” – from the Trends blog

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I was catching up on some of the entries from the Trends blog and I found an entry about a video by Chris Oakley called The Catalogue. Just as Jesse’s post from Wednesday likened the rapidly developing technologies in location-based services to a real-life “Marauder’s Map”, this video uses footage from a shopping mall and department store to visualize how technology like RFID, real-time tracking, and value-added databases could be used to bring up real-time, personal information on a remote display in a security office or other location without a person’s knowledge. The video is speculative, but all the parts of the technology already exist, as Jesse pointed out previously. The Trends blog entry argues that “The Catalogue places the viewer into the position of a remote agency, observing humanity as a series of trackable units whose value is defined by their spending capacity and future needs.”


GAW Day 4: Cartography

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So far this week we have talked about the main areas of consideration in Geography (physical and human) and the modern technologies that underpin them (GIS Day). Today we look at perhaps the oldest portion of geography, cartography. While not all cartographers are geographers, nor are all geographers cartographers, there is a deep symbiotic relationship that exists. Cartography has existed in some form since the beginning of what we know as human civilization, from the earliest abstract interpretations of space to modern near-real maps and data. (more…)


Internet domain addressing control to stay with ICANN for now

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An agreement was reached last night, ahead of the UN World Summit on the Information Society, to keep the Internet domain addressing control under ICANN, which is under the nominal control of the US Dept of Commerce. A new group, the Internet Governance Forum, has been created to look at Internet issues. It has no binding authority, but gives other nations a place to discuss issues that have international significance

I think that while shared governance of the Internet is a goal to look forward to, there is no mechanism available right now to actually implement, so the agreement to me is the best thing for now.

Here are a few links to articles about the agreement that was reached




GAW Day 3: GIS Day – Magic in the Muggle World

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A little different than the rest of the posts this week, but here it is. Check out the podcast.

With only a few days left before the release of the 4th movie in the Harry Potter series, The Goblet of Fire, I thought it might be time to follow in Mapz’s lead and look at how an item from the magical world compares to our muggle technology. The Marauder’s Map is a piece of parchment enchanted by four rapscallions in their younger days at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which finds its way into the hands of Harry (thanks to the boundless generosity of the Weasley twins). This magical map is a detailed representation of the school: the different rooms, hallways, floors, and many of the objects within the school…all of these things AND a “real-time� tracking of the location and movements of each person (even pets!) within the school.

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Show notes for AVSP SE03 – GIS Day 2005

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A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – SE03
November 16, 2005

Main Topic: GIS Day 2005

Click to directly download SE03 – GIS Day 2005

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Music by Tyson Emanuel

In this special episode we are joined by Rick Lawson, WV ESRI rep, and VerySpatial friend Frank. The conversation covers what we think GIS Day represents and the importance of GIS education and the role of GIS as a profession.

GIS Certification Institute
Left to right: Frank, Rick, Sue and Jesse