I have been bouncing around this week due to work and haven’t posted very much, but instead of filling up the page and RSS feed with a few notes all at once I am going to just touch on a few announcements in one post.
Some of you may have seen this site on the sidebar ads over the last few days. I had often wondered if anyone other than Kinko’s would offer large format printing. GeoPrinter goes one step forward to offer giant plot sizes and next day printing. If you know someone who doesn’t have a large format printer, but could use one, you might want to point it out.
METAFUNCTIONS, an interdisciplinary European Union project that began on Oct. 1st, 2005, is developing a data-mining system that can help identify relationships between sequenced genes and their environmental contexts. One part of this project is to use GIS functionaly, including the development of a “Genome MapServer”, to map and analyze the spatial characteristics of data patterns.
This is an interesting article from the online edition of Capital Press Agriculture Weekly discussing how farmers in Oregon are beginning to use digital mapping technologies in precision farming. By using accurate field mapping and overlays with information like soil type, the farmers can concentrate fertilizer application and track yields and productivity. It just shows again how far digital mapping technologies are spreading into so many industries that you wouldn’t normally think of.
You can check out the precision farming article here
This article from Maurits Van der Vlugt at Directions Magazine discusses web services and some of the issues surrounding web services. His focus is on dispelling 3 “myths” about web services that can hamper innovation.
Check out the article at Directions Magazine
GISuser.com’s Flickr photo gallery has tons of photos of web mapping and GIS examples, including lots of Google Maps mash-ups and other themed maps. Most of the photo descriptions have links to the actual websites, so if you’re looking for a quick roundup of what’s out there, check it out.
I still have a spot for a blogger or podcaster (or just someone who is interested in talking about blogs and podcasts) who plans to attend the AAG meetings in Chicago in March and who is interested in participating in a panel session on the use of these new technologies. If you are interested please email me at Ã¢â‚¬Ëœjesse at very spatial dot comÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
This is an interesting list of audio made available by MIT ranging over many areas of study. Check that out at MIT World on LearnOutLoud.com – Your Audio and Video Learning Resource.
If you would like to view some of the content as video head over to the MITWorld site at http://mitworld.mit.edu/.
The SSETI Express, a satellite designed and built by 100 students from 10 universities in Europe will launch from Russia on Thursday. The satellite is equipped with a camera that will take images of the Earth. Although the satellite is mainly a demonstration, the European Space Agency, which funded the project, sees this launch as the first step for the Student Space Exploration and Technology Initiative (SSETI) which will train European students in space science and remote sensing.
Another satellite that is launching with the SSETI Express is China’s Beijing-1 microsatellite, which is carrying the China Mapping Telescope. Its mission is to provide high-resolution imagery for mapping Chinese territory.