Geographic Information Systems (GIS) GeoBlog

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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:

  • point to resources that you think are useful to others (yeah, he mentioned us today 🙂 ), and
  • dole out a little information on what is going on in your day-to-day that others might take advantage of
  • It is a fairly new blog so you should be able to catch up quick or just jump in midstream.

    Remote Sensing

    NASA’s World Wind now has Moon images

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    A nice article at (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


    NASA’s ISS EarthKAM program

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    I just read an article about a teacher in Maine who has had her students participating in projects based on NASA’s ISS EarthKam project. EartKAM is Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students, an education program that is centered around a camera currently mounted on the International Space Station. EarthKAM has actually been around since 1996 and has also flown on shuttle missions, so there is a pretty nice archive of images on the website. The images are taken by students themselves, who request specific areas via the Web. It’s a pretty cool program, and is a way to get students interested in geography and the applications of remote sensing.

    Check out NASA’s EarthKAM website


    GAW wrap up

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    GIS DayWell, today is the last day of Geography Awareness Week. I just wanted to offer up a couple of links for you to check out to see what happened this week. The first is which gives links to overviews of this years events. The other is the National Geographic Geography Awareness Week website.

    Check back Sunday for our GAW wrap up podcast where we give our spin on Migration: The Human Journey


    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!