Community Mapping Project in San Jose, Ca

A project will be getting underway this winter to map 19 poor and underserved communities in San Jose. This is the continuation of a community mapping project begun in 2003. Residents themselves, working with other groups, will be using GPS, handhelds, and digital cameras to survey their neighborhoods.

The hope is that results from these survey will continue to help city officials understand the conditions and needs in these communities.

You can read the full article at the Christian Science Monitor website

Via Geoplace.com

“data providers do hold all the cards just now”

Adena over at AllPointsBlog states “While we try to understand the implications of the new offerings [from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!], let’s not forget that geospatial apps run on data as fuel. And, just like gasoline, the price of premium data is still high.”

This blog entry ties in nicely with some of the discussions we had back in the first 5 episodes about the importance of the data in addition to the technology providing them.

Geodata Changes at Google

Missouri congressmen call for investigation of USGS mapping consolidation

The decision to close the USGS mapping center in Rolla, Missouri as part of its consolidation in Denver has prompted several Missouri Congressmen to request an investigation into the decision.

Among their issues, they argue that an internal committee and an independent consultant agreed that the Rolla location is more efficient.

This controversy has been reported in a number of places, and you can read a local Rolla news article here

So THAT’S how they did it……..

I was checking out the MapPoint magazine website this morning, and I came across this video from back in August. It the “real” story behind the making of Virtual Earth. You can’t go wrong with a dude in a butterfly suit.

It’s pretty funny, so check it out here

GIS Long Tail

James over at Spatially Adjusted comments on an article by Dave Bouwman that discusses the differences in the user bases between the traditional GIS software and the new web map interfaces. Summary…ESRI and other GIS software has a given user base that will never be satisfied with the minimalist capabilities that Virtual Earth or Google Earth have. At the same time most of the folks using MapQuest, Google Local and others will rarely need to conduct a network analysis on a trout streams to determine population migration (not that I have either). I would like to say that we have mentioned this in the podcast, but we have done enough episodes that I am just not sure. Head over and give it look.

Spatially Adjusted: Dave Bouwman on the GIS Long Tail