Month: November 2005


Reminder: avsp Drawing ends today

Just a quick reminder that our first drawing will take place at the end of this week and will be announced on Episode 20 of avsp to be released December 4. We have added the option to scan and email your entry to make sure it arrives in time for the drawing, though you must still send us the physical postcard. All entries must be received by 11:59PM PST, December 1, 2005 .

Good luck!

European Takeover of the Geospatial WWW!

If only we had four whole days of relaxation, that has to wait for about a month. The triptophan has worn off and traveling is finished and it is still Friday here. I have spent the last two days reading Krygier and Wood’s Making Maps, and I hope to have a review up sometime this weekend.

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To those of you in the US…

Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your day off and eat some more ๐Ÿ™‚

Mappr! Where It’s At.

I know that someone has already blogged this, but I can’t remember who…Either way, Mappr from Stamen Design offers up a flickr/map mashup. They tout themselves as “an interactive environment for exploring place, based on the photos people take.” I would argue they are exploring space, but that isn’t really the point. There are actually three or four themed maps that you can find if you wander the site for a second, but the front page is all about flowers. Check it out at Mappr! Where It’s At.

Where It’s At… Newsletter & Podcast

Where It’s At… Newsletter & Podcast is a great new podcast that is being produced down under. Their first podcast includes a couple of interviews including one with Michael Goodchild. The hosts and podcast (and related newsletter) are related to the Spatial Science Institute. I am excited to see how the podcast grows. Go to their website to download directly or check out iTunes to subscribe to the podcast.

Christmas Shopping with Google Maps and Froogle

Google just unveiled its latest online mapping tool. If you use Froogle’s search to find products, the results will be displayed on a Google Map. I tried it out for our area, kinda cool.

Check out the new Froogle search here


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) GeoBlog

Another GIS blog has found its way into my RSS aggregator: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) GeoBlog. This blog does a great job of the 2 things I think blogs are supposed to do:

  • point to resources that you think are useful to others (yeah, he mentioned us today ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and
  • dole out a little information on what is going on in your day-to-day that others might take advantage of
  • It is a fairly new blog so you should be able to catch up quick or just jump in midstream.

    NASA’s World Wind now has Moon images

    A nice article at (free registration required) highlights NASA’s World Wind viewer and the ten-terabyte satellite imagery archive that is available and now includes imagery of the lunar surface at a resolution of about 66 feet. Be aware, though, that World Wind requires a high-speed, broadband Internet connection and a computer with pretty decent performance.

    You can download the free application from NASA’s World Wind website

    QGIS Community – Interview with Tim Baggett

    Tim Sutton, a QGIS developer, pointed out their recent interview with Tim Baggett who helped design an OpenSource based system to track ballons for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

    Check out this informative interview at QGIS Community – Interview with Tim Baggett

    NASA’s ISS EarthKAM program

    I just read an article about a teacher in Maine who has had her students participating in projects based on NASA’s ISS EarthKam project. EartKAM is Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students, an education program that is centered around a camera currently mounted on the International Space Station. EarthKAM has actually been around since 1996 and has also flown on shuttle missions, so there is a pretty nice archive of images on the website. The images are taken by students themselves, who request specific areas via the Web. It’s a pretty cool program, and is a way to get students interested in geography and the applications of remote sensing.

    Check out NASA’s EarthKAM website

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