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!


“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…)