Smithsonian’s problems, Peru’s glaciers retreat, and Sirius Satellite’s traffic radio in the news. AllPointsBlog in the blog corner. Main topic is who decides when the maps are right with guest discussant Frank joining us.
The Assoication of American Geographers is the main academic and professional organization for Geographers in the US. The AAG, which has been around for over 100 years, supports all areas of Geography and hosts an annual meeting each Spring. Within the AAG there are several specialty and affinity groups (for instance, I am currently the chair of the Graduate Student Affinity Group…more on that later) that support the wide range of of interests within geography community. The next meeting will be in Chicago in early March 2006, however anyone interested in presenting at the AAG must submit abstracts by October 13, 2005.
In addition to general presentations, most of the specialty groups have student paper competitions. Visit their respective web page to obtain more information on these and other opportunties.
I have always loved the Smithsonian and think it really is an amazing place, so I’m sad that things might be as bad as this article suggests. I think it reflects badly on us, aside from any other issues, when we can’t support our own national museums, which are also some of the most-visited attractions by tourists from other countries.
From Digg, this is a video and code sample to show how to add Google Maps to your own website. I haven’t actually watched the video, but sounds useful.
My brain is a bit dodgy at times. You see this is how it works:
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I heard about this on The Tech Teachers podcast. It is a great combination of education and geography (with some of those other disciplines mixed in). As usual, take a few minutes and check it out.
Intergraph’s GeoMedia 6 is the next in their line of products. In my opinion GeoMedia is probably the sad victim of ESRIs dominance. They had the better web mapping product for the longest time and they have had an interoperable system that doesn’t require an extension for years. If our updates are still coming then I will give a review once it arrives. If we aren’t receiving GeoMedia updates it is becuase I need to submit paper.
Here is an article about the NYPD’s new Real Time Crime Center, a technology nerve center that “gives detectives instantaneous information on homicides and shootings citywide, enabling them to identify and respond to emerging crimes.”
An article from BBC news describing the retreat of Peruvian glaciers. This is a great example of the conjoining of physical and human geography. Understanding how the retreating glaciers impact the sustainability of the local population.
Edward Mac Gillavry, over at webmapper.net, has a review of Mapping Hacks. I haven’t read it since I still haven’t finished going through it to write my own review. I tell ya, working on that pesky dissertation just keeps getting in the way. Head over to the review to find out about it well before I will actually get to writing anything up.