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.

Using GIS technology to help in gene research

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.

Precision farming using digital mapping

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 photos on flickr’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.

Final call for participants for blog panel at AAG

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 ‘jesse at very spatial dot com’.

First student-built satellite to launch on Thursday

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.

Via BBCNews