Month: August 2006


Call for panel participants

We are putting together a couple of panels again this year. The first is a look at the growth of the ‘new media’ over the last year for the AAG conference taking place in April 2007 in San Francisco. If you are going to be at the conference or in the Bay Area and are a blogger or podcaster and would be interested in sharing your experiences please contact us by Sept 15.

The second is an idea for the SEDAAG conference that will take place in November right here in Morgantown, WV. If you are interested in speaking on how Geography curriculum might change to better take advantage of geospatial technologies or how we can better prepare students for the geospatial workforce, and will be attending SEDAAG then contact us by Sept 6. If anyone is interested in doing a ‘new geography’ session (mash-ups, virtual globes, new media) at SEDAAG we would be happy to organize and/or participate in it.

Skylab Mobilesystems WMS Crawler

If you’re looking to incorporate OGC-compliant WMS layers into your web mapping applications, check out Skylab Mobilesystems’ WMS Crawler – which crawls for keywords that may indicate a WMS link, and generates a list of servers, updated weekly (the current list is 994 servers and 339254 layers)

Via OGC Network

Rise and Shout: Top Universities

burning couchAs Rob pointed out, the Princeton Review released their top 10 party schools. While BYU is proud of their status atop the sober list, WVU (much to many a burnt couch’s dismay) revels in its proximity to the top of the party list. I just tend to hide, especially on game weekends when Morgantown goes from being the 5th largest town in WV to the being the largest…at least for a few hours.

Rise and Shout: Top Universities

What cures traffic jams? Supply and demand!

At least that’s what researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are claiming. Their idea is to use some combination of GPS or RFID to track then cars enter into a congestion area. If vehicles enter during peak times, they would have to pay more in tolls than if they go through off-peak times. So drive into work at 8:00am? Pay $.25 per mile. Drive into work at 2:00am? It’s only $.10 per mile.

It’s an interesting idea, but I personally worry about a couple of things. Ultimately, what happens to all the data people collect about where I’m going when? What would keep outside parties from having access to that data? Finally, I’m not sure driving times are really responsive to market forces. I can’t easily choose an entry time more economical to my budget because, well, my employer says I have to be into work by 9:00am or get fired. If you triple the toll during that natural travel time, I’ll just have to pay triple. Unless my employer allows for complete hours flexibility, I’m not sure this is going to have much of a real impact (other than better roads from increased toll incomes).

Serenity recreated in Second Life

I just saw this on 3pointD, and it’s so cool I am definitely going to have to check it out. As you may already know, Jesse, Frank and I are huge Firefly and Serenity fans, and a Second Life resident named Fenix Eldritch (thanks to Rik Riel for pointing that out) has recreated Serenity (the ship that is the center of the movie and series) within the virtual world. The 3pointD post has a direct Second Life link, so log into SL and see for yourself.

Location Based Chumby

chumbyPlease don’t let this way cool gadget/alarm clock be ‘vapor-ware’. The Chumby is a small computer that appears to be infinitely customizable through Flash widgets and some good old fashion hacking. Toss in a GPS chip and some code you could have an always on cuddly LBS system. If Loki isn’t giving away a few hacked Chumby’s at next year’s Where 2.0 that link their service through Yahoo’s Flash maps, then I will be sad. Maybe a contest…I think a Loki-based virtual treasure hunt through San Jose…Just a thought 🙂

Chumby Industries

Is that my house??

Ever been playing around on Flickr and wonder where that picture was taken? Well now you can find out. Flickr has added the ability to geotag your photos with the exact place of the photo. Other people have created similar ideas, but the sheer volume of Flickr material might bring it more mainstream.

Ubiquitous advertising

Even ads are ubiquitous these days as an article from BBC News points out. The article looks at how different technologies are being used to better market to buyers. The article suggests a few reasons why Minortiy Report-like LBS advertising isn’t currently one of the trends.

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Click | Technology lets ads get personal

A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 58

A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 58
August 27, 2006

Main Topic:OGC with Sam Bacharach

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Help the Gulf Coast by eating

rfrShare our Strength’s Restaraunts for Relief 2 will take place this Tuesday, Aug 29. If you eat at one of the participating restaraunts proceeds will go to support continuing efforts in the areas impacted last year by Katrina. Head over to to find out if there are restaraunts participating near you. Unfortunately, there are none near Morgantown 🙁

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