I know that I am behind on mentioning other blogs here, because Glenn over at GISUser.blogspot.com mentioned us before I got around to him. In this case there is more than one site to blog since Glenn has his own blog, but he is also “the founder & Managing Editor” of GISUser and other news/ezine sites. I know that both Sue and I have trolled the site regularly and I always point folks to this site as a great place to keep up with job listings.
In his blog he points out quite a few interesting tidbits, most of your standard bloggy lore, but it is joined by insight from a knowledgable industry insider and the contacts of an industry news representative.
The GISuser Blog – GIS & Geospatial news
I can file this under “new to me”. The government is taking full advantage of many of the geospatial tools that are out there. The newest that I have come across is the GeoMAC (Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination).
This site is a gateway to a standard ArcIMS viewer for viewing the locations of current wildfires. It seems to be a partnership between most of the land holding agencies in the governement for the US Department of Interior and the US Department of Agriculture.
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We had a small poster session for the departments in arts & sciences today. For this event I tossed together a quick blog/podcast poster that is descriptive rather than research based, though we had a couple of those up too. I was fairly happy with it for the 2 hours of effort I put into it so I decided to share it…well that and Sue said I had to :-). The pdf is about 34×46″ (yes, my poster printing mindset is left over from printing ArchE on plotters that enforced a 1″ border) and will cost you 1.7MB of download time.
This is the first of 2-3 columns I am going to write on how we put the podcast together. The column is primarily on the more technical aspects (equipment & software) where as the next one I will write more about the scripting that we should do for the podcast and some of the postproduction details after we have recorded but before we have posted the podcast. The third column will reflect our attempts to advertise the podcast and a little marketing to help defray the costs involved.
How we put together the podcast
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
Adena over at AllPointsBlog states “While we try to understand the implications of the new offerings [from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!], letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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
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
China plans to launch 2 astronauts into orbit tomorrow in its second manned space launch.
Here is more from CNN.com
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