Month: January 2006
The Web 2.0 Innovation Map is a Google Maps mashup that shows a geographic location for many of the most well-known Web 2.0 applications, including Wikipedia, WordPress, MySpace, Friendster, Flickr, Yahoo!Maps, and Google itself. So, now you can use a Web 2.0 application to learn about other Web 2.0 applications.
I’ve mentioned on the podcast my interest in virtual worlds and gaming worlds in particular.Ã‚Â Here’s a google map that details the World of Warcraft atlas.Ã‚Â They’ve actually attributed the map pretty well and the ‘arial photography’ is pretty decent!
For some reason we never got around to blogging this…ESRI has split its podcast offerings into two sections: Instructional and Speaker.Ã‚Â The instructional series is devoted to short overviews of specific topics while the speaker series higlights presentations from past conferences.Ã‚Â We have had both up on the Links page for a while, I just forgot to mention it here…sorry…my bad…I will be performing seppuku later today.
Engadget points out a money making venture that they feel in perfect for geocachers…I think that we (geospatial professionals) are just as well suited (if not better) for the task. Space Data Corp utilizes balloon-based cellular systems to get signals out to the boonies. The balloons are at an altitude of between 80-100k feet, but what goes up, must come down and the electronics probably aren’t cheap.
Enter SDC’s SkySite program where they offer up rewards for returned platforms. They offer up the location on a first come first serve basis with a 48 hour exclusive window where only the first person has the coordinates, after that I assume they begin to add others into the mix with the spoils going to the person who recovers the platform. Last year they paid out $93,000, with the top earner taking home around $10,000, at $25-$50 a pop, that is a lot of tracked down balloons. Find out the details and full backstory at the SkySite website.
Cash-in on your geocaching skillz – Engadget
This seems like it could be a very useful tool for those of us who utilize spatial multimedia/Multimedia GIS in their research. This would be great, for instance, if you were using a tablet to capture oral histories or community comments so that you can attach comments to the places they are describing. The simple interface that allows you to capture geometry and sound to a geodatabase seems very convenient.
Richie’s Space: GeoSpeech – Speech Integration in ArcGIS
An article from the Washington Post online edition (free registration required) argues that, now that most scientists agree that human activity is causing global warming, the debate is now beginning to focus on the ‘tipping point’ or point of no return when we can no longer reverse the changes that are taking place. Determining when such a point may occur given the current rate of warming will be essential in figuring out what the necessary reduction in greenhouse gases will need to be to prevent the catastrophic outcome of unchecked global warming.
There are many examples of how quickly geospatial technologies are being adopted around the world, especially in the rapidly-growing countries of Asia. This article from The Times of India discusses the deployment of GIS and GPS technology in the main control room for the Mumbai , India police force.
mapz posted a link to an article titled “Web GIS in practice IV: publishing your health maps and connecting to remote WMS sources using the Open Source UMN MapServer and DM Solutions MapLab“, thatÃ‚Â comes complete with a tutorial.Ã‚Â The tutorial is a 14 page document that walks you through downloading the software, installing on a windows box, and getting a demo running.Ã‚Â Complete with lots of graphics and links to open source web mapping software.
mapz: a gis librarian: Step-By-StepTutorial: Open Source Web GIS
Main topic: Community GIS. News: Landsat 5 returns, Japanese RS Satellite, Great Wall mapping