Month: February 2007
I always like to see mapping projects that focus on topics and issues that are unexpected, but informative. That’s why I was intrigued by a project featured over at the Negations blog called the Radical Apple. Although only a small portion of Manhattan has been mapped so far, the project is essentially to map the radical history of New York City, by pinpointing location that were important to social struggle in the city. The map is a static image of streets and building outlines, with sites indicated by yellow dots. As the user mouses over each point, an info window pops up with details about the site and an accompanying image.
I think it’s a great project that is trying to offer another, perhaps little-known aspect of New York City’s history, and hopefully the project will be able to expand its database to include more sites throughout the city.
The March 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine in now online, and Duncan Lawler’s column features a short writeup on the development of Virtual Earth 3D. Duncan is Development Manager for the Virtual Earth 3D team, and it’s interesting to get an insider’s perspective on the development process, especially on the 3D buildings’ development. I have begun to experiment with VE 3D myself, and I am liking it more each time I use it, even though there are some issues.
Either Sue or I have to skip part of the Podcasting and Blogging/New Media session on Friday morning since we are co-authors on a presentation and the lead isn’t going to be able to make it to the AAG. This leaves a spot open, and while I have no doubt that those in attendance will keep the conversation going, it sometimes helps to have a more people to share the load. If you are interested in sharing your New Media experiences and will be attending the AAG in April, send me an email and I will get back to you soon.
I was just catching up on some emails after a hectic couple of days of grant writing, giving an exam, and grading, and Elaine, one of our readers, sent me a link to a website called Mapographer, which features the work of Scott Wittman. Scott uses maps to create artworks, and there are some cool examples of his work on the site.
The link to the site came from a mapping blog called Great Map, which focuses on providing links and info about map-related sites and news stories. I’ve just started reading it, but there are a lot of great links. The blog’s author is also interested in mapping knowledge domains, and has a couple of examples posted.
Sorry, I took down the blog for at least an hour while upgrading WordPress. Apparently the problem I had wasn’t uncommon, and since I made plenty of back-ups before I started (unlike the terrible Very Spatial Poll update of ’06 which I still haven’t brought back yet) I wasn’t too worried about getting back eventually. Bonus, I found some files that need to be cleaned out.
In this episode Jesse talks about his Genographic project results.
I am working on a series of podcasts in my role as interim-chair of the Graduate Student Affinity Group of the AAG leading up to the conference in April. In one of the episodes I would like to highlight interesting things to do outside of the conference in San Francisco, touristy, outdoory, etc. If you have suggestions of activities send me an email or give us a call at 304-756-8125 and leave a voice mail.
What with all the tech shows going on, new LBS and mobile hardware and software is just coming out out of the woodwork. One device that isn’t out yet promises to take away some of the hassle (and danger) of staring at your GPS in-car nav system by projecting the navigation information, as well as speedometer info, as a Heads Up Display (HUD) on the car’s windshield. Manufactured by GlobalTop, a Taiwanese GPS company, it is scheduled to debut at CeBIT, the world’s largest computer expo held each spring in Germany.
Looks like AAA (American Automobile Association) is looking to get more heavily into the online mapping market, as they’ve announced the venerable TripTik, now in online form as the Internet TripTik, will be available free of charge.
It’s a crowded market already, but AAA has a long history of providing travel services, and they may introduce a few new people to the joys and frustrations of online mapping.
The folks down under are one upping our friends in Raleigh, NC, by moving the entire country away from the beloved, but past its prime, incandescent light bulb. They will be moving to greener options that will reduce the power requirements of the country and, they hope, set an example for the rest of the world to do away with incandescent around the globe. And so begins the slippery slope towards Earth Day (wait, isn’t that everyday…).