I think it is safe for me to say that we are fans of Montgomery County. While I haven’t visited their offices myself, I know that Sue has along with other colleagues. They have been strong adopters of GIS, especially ESRI products thanks to working with the DC ESRI office. It is tough for something like this development blunder to happen, but at the same time, watching growth in the area from not so far away makes it not too surprising that it could happen. The problem is, as always, it is easier to ask forgiveness… find out what I am yammering about at GeoCarta: Plans Gone Awry
The European Space Agency has decided to extend the life of the Mars Express Spacecraft which is the platform for the radar sensor that has provided elevation and other information of Mars. For the full story head over to the BBC.
Data is data. Sure Google gives folks a great interface to view it, but aerial and sattelite images have been captured for decades. Archaeologists have found archaeological sites via aeiral photos since the 1960s, Roman Villas and all. Folks aware of remote sensing have been leaving things to be seen in images, for good and bad, for almost as long as RS has been around…ok rant complete. The start of Google Maps Messages?
If you want to know where to find anything about maps and mapping on the Internet, check out Odden’s Bookmarks. It’s a mapping-related links site maintained by the University of Utrecht Faculty of Geosciences that has a handy search function.
Link to it here
A British company is rolling out (no pun intended) a Pay-as-you-go GPS/Navigation system for cell phones. The vision is for it to be used by motorists in an ad hoc fashion to avoid traffic. What I think is interesting is all the computation is done back at the server end with the result pushed to the phone. They call it “off-board” navigation. I wonder if it could compete well with on all the time products like Onstar?
Via Piston Heads
This is a feature article from the August issue of GeoWorld that gives an overview of open source GIS tools. Since I have to admit that I am not that familiar with using open source stuff for GIS applications, I thought it was a good introduction.
You can read the article on Geoplace
IBM and Maersk (Danish shipping company) announced they are teaming up on a project to provide real-time wireless tracking for cargo ships, via a device attached to individual cargo containers. They’re actually going to start testing this fall.
Read the article here