CNET posted their review of MSN Virtual Earth beta, which you can read here
Their review of Google Earth beta back in July can be found here
CNET gives Virtual Earth a plus for its trip planning and search features, but gives the edge to Google Earth in terms of the quality of satellite imagery features and coverage. Their concluding remark: “Travelers looking for local maps, driving routes, and businesses will like Virtual Earth, but students and casual browsers will prefer Google Earth.”
Whatever your beliefs on the global warming issue, the recent spate of articles on the melting of Arctic ice and the warming of the climate in Alaska seem pretty scary. Satellite imagery is being used to show that the Arctic ice cap is shrinking at an alarming rate.
You can check out the MSNBC.com article here
Here is another at the London Times Online
This is a series of follow up conversations that Sue and I had during the Podcast Symposium held at Duke University.
An interesting online atlas project that has been around a while. Flash based, it links cartographic product with 3D models of features. Take a look at Theban Mapping Project
If you simply must know where it is day and night around the world, here are a couple of websites for you.
time.gov keeps the official U.S. time via atomic clock and has a feature which shows where the sun is shining and where it is dark when you click on a time zone. Check it out here
The second website, by John Walker (founder of AutoDesk), offers the Earth and Moon Viewer, which has the day and night feature, as well as views of the earth from the moon, and the day and night sides using satellite imagery. It is much more of a webmapping interface, with query boxes to change the view and type of imagery.
Check out the Earth and Moon Viewer here
So the conference is over and it turned out to be a great blend of academic and applied perspectives. The morning session was on the legal issues surrounding copyright issues that impact podcasting and the lunch session was a single presenter who dissected the word broadcast 🙂 and then touched on podcasting. We skipped out on the last session, podcasting and journalism, to start the long drive back. The folks at Duke were nice enough to show us their immersive environment/6-sided cave. Apparently if we had been good and stayed for the meet and greet on Tuesday we would have seen it. Again, check out the conference info and recordings at http://isis.duke.edu/events/podcasting.
Chris Ayres of the London Times has written a pretty funny article about the irresistible lure of in-car navigation devices and other digital navigation aids, and the chaos that ensues
Check out the article at the London Times Online
On Sept 25 a new GPS satellite was launched which was the first of eight new GPS satellites. More information is available via Telematics Journal
Via Engadget – Air Force launches new GPS IIR satellite – Engadget – www.engadget.com
We skipped out on the Triangle podcasters and the meet the speakers thingies, the hands on was fairly informative. Many of the things they talked about are the things I am trying to do and will hopefully have in place soon. I, of course, hoped that I would have our sound set up more or less to a good place by Ep 10 which ended up being a step back with the echo and noise in the room. If you are interested in watching the streams as it occurs or after it is completed head over to the podcasting symposium site.
I hope that we will have a special edition about the symposium put together soon. To keep it primarily in the pervue of VerySpatial we will try to steer toward location-shifting.
The 20th European Conference for ESRI Users will be held October 26-28th, 2005 in Warsaw, Poland.
For more information, check out the conference website