Month: June 2009


ESRI – Tweet4Trees Sponsor

ESRIOur second Tweet4Trees sponsor is our friends over at ESRI. Our Tweet4Trees campaign is part of our fourth anniversary celebration and is a pledge to recognize our listeners and readers by donating to tree planting charities based on the number of twitter followers we have as of our 4th anniversary episode on July 15. It is also a pledge to support the environment where we can. ESRI has clearly shown their support for environmental change over the years in numerous ways including support for the Society for Conservation GIS, recognition of the Green Belt Movement, this year’s ESRI International User Conference keynote by Willie Smits entitled “Designs for the Environment: Rebuilding Forests”. These are just a few of the ways ESRI has supported awareness of the environment.

Since 1969, ESRI® has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at

While we most often focus on ESRI’s software on the podcast and blog, they offer a wealth of options including training, professional services, enterprise support, customization, and others to support end-user needs. These services are conducted and supported by a group of great folks as we have found out over the last few years in interviews and conversations with ESRI employees.

We would like to thank ESRI for supporting our Tweet4Trees campaign and for helping us to make it to four years.

A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 206

A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 206
June 28, 2009

Main Topic: Our conversation with Drew Davidson of Carnegie Mellon University’s ETC

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    Google City Tours

    Google labs has launched a neat new feature called City Tours.  The idea is similar to other sites (like Microsoft’s BING!) in that you can enter in a destination and the site will give you a bunch of things to do there.  What’s nice is you get it all laid out on Google Maps, with travel times by foot and the estimated visit time.  The site tries to give you a couple of days worth of stuff, but it only has so much material in its databases.  That’s why the feature includes some crowd sourcing so the public can add more attractions.  I punched in San Diego for our upcoming UC trip and found a couple of places that might be worth checking out!

    Interactive vs flythrough visualizations

    virtualMorg1900_051107_288Over the years we have seen many geovisualization technologies emerge, each with their own ups and downs (pun, sadly, intended). All of the approaches, however, can be broken down to two styles: 1) flythrough visualizations, where the creator has setup a prescribed flight path that the viewer can not escape (often distributed as a video), and 2) interactive visualizations, where the viewer has control of how and where they approach the visualzation they have been given.
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    Contest Question 3

    Question 3 of our 4th Anniversary is up on the website. Just a reminder that all entries must be submitted by July 6 at 23:59 PDT. Also, only entrants with a valid US address are eligible for the Grand Prize of a netbook, but everyone is eligible for one of the two the runner up prizes.

    Good luck!

    AVSP: Live! on July 15 in San Diego

    AVSP: LiveWith just three weeks until the ESRI User Conference(s) we have firmed up our plans for the 4th Anniversary AVSP: Live! show that will take place on Wednesday, July 15 at 5:00PDT in Room 30E of the SDCC. We are excited to be joined by ArcPad team members to talk about ArcPad 8 and mobile GIS and members of the Geoweb3d team to talk about their upcoming release and 3D GIS and geovisualization. These great conversations will take place with our weekly highlights on geospatial news along with interesting websites, tips, and events.

    Besides the podcast itself there are plenty of other reasons to come see us including:

  • CAKE!!
  • door prizes
  • Frank’s infamous edits
  • We will be announcing our 4th Anniversary contest winners
  • To top it all off, Frank has pledged to donate $2 per person in attendance at the live show [up to 125 people] to our Tweet4Trees drive. We will be announcing the total of the tree planting campaign at the show.

    So if you are in San Diego on July 15 at 5:00 come join us. If not, check the blog and twitter just before the live show to see if we have figured out how to stream the show *fingers crossed*. See you there!

    A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 205

    A VerySpatial Podcast
    Shownotes – Episode 205
    June 21, 2009

    Main Topic: Our conversation with John Schneider of

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    GAW in the summer

    I just found out that the Geographical Association’s Geography Awareness Week is coming up this week. For those of you in the UK you should check to see what local events might be going on, and if you are hosting a GAW event this week send us an email, we would like to know what is going on across the pond.

    Also, if your country has a Geography Awareness Week shoot us an email. I would like to start a list of GAWs including Canada and the US in the third week of November and the UK in the last week of June.

    Enjoy the last day of spring northern hemisphere

    melting-glacier-crying-save-from-global-warming_5106For those of us up north it is the last day of Spring. With the longest day of the year soon behind us we will shortly be delving into that most evil time of year the summer along with its evil heat. Sure, some of you prefer the summer, but I just can’t get behind the heat and humidity.

    Those of you down south, rock on! Winter is on its way with the promise of snowpeople, hot chocolate, and cozy snuggling by a fire. Clearly I need a research topic that will take me south in future ‘summer breaks’.

    Broadband Penetration by Country

    As many long-time listeners will know, I exceptionally intersted in broadband adoption world-wide.  The US has long been behind the ball on broadband adoption and this latest report does nothing to reverse that trend.  The US is ranked 20th, behind even places like Singapore, Denmark, and even Estonia, all places I’m sure most Americans wouldn’t peg as being so technologically advanced relative to the US.  What is exceptionally intersting about this study is that they claim past reports have been using the wrong metric; that in fact the household is the better study unit rather than per capita.

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