Month: June 2010
GIS has more than one meaning for the Golf Industry Show and education conferences that is going to occur in February 2011. The use of geospatial technologies in the golf industry has exploded in recent years with companies like GolfLogix, Inc. who created the first handheld GPS device for the golf industry, out of where else, Scottsdale, Arizona.. Other geospatial golf technologies include phone apps such as the Golfshot for the iPhone and iPad which keeps track of scoring, aerial images of golf courses, GPS, and statistics. There are an amazing number of golf gps sites and review sites going by a variations of igolf and CompareGolfGPS variants.
Or so people believe, studies show. Wired News is reporting a couple of experimental studies that suggest people think “North” is a harder route to travel than “South”, even when moving in a fairly localized area. The perception, apparently, is that North is uphill and South is downhill. On trips to North Carolina, when I was a boy, my father would joke the trip back would take longer because it’s uphill all the way. Apparently, his joke was more indicative of people’s perceptions than he knew. Both of these studies use experimental situations. It would be interesting to take real world travel information and see if people moving around in the real world actually behave the way the experiments suggest. If you ask me, this says more about geography and spatial knowledge in the US than anything else. It shows we need more spatial education!
This is the last question for our 5th anniversary contest and your chance to win an XBOX 360. Remember, you can answer each question only once. A correct answer will mean an entry into the drawing for an XBOX 360 (answer all 5 questions correctly, you get 5 entries). All submissions must be in by 11:59PM July 1, 2010. Additional contest details and restrictions, along with all 5 questions, can be found on the 5th anniversary contest page. Good Luck!
With the probable release date of ArcGIS 10 announced (June 21 to Partners, June 28 to everyone on maintenance and, I assume, new purchases) you may be wondering if your computer has what it takes to handle the latest and greatest. Well, ESRI (or should it be esri now…I should check on that) has provided us with a list of supported operating systems and hardware recommendations to help us plan our end of year budget spend downs and first of the budget year hardware refreshes. The upshot is if you have a computer running Windows XP or above with the latest service pack, and that was built in the last 10 years, you should be golden. Minimum CPU is a 2.2 Ghz and minimum memory is 2 GB.
As with previous versions you can run ArcGIS 10 on a multicore/multiprocessor machine but most of the application and extensions are not written to be multithreaded. This does not mean that your use or ArcGIS will not take advantage of multiple cores since each geoprocess service runs as a new thread, if you have multiple ArcMap windows open each will be a separate thread, if you are running ArcMap and ArcScene you will have two threads…in other words you should have at least a fast dual-core machine especially if you have ArcMap open, a browser (with 73 tabs open), a twitter app, music player, and email. With quadcore i7 processors you get multiple cores that also offers a boost mode which can take unused cycles from other cores to boost speed for a thread that needs extra oomph. If you are looking at an everyday GIS use machine I would definitely look at an i7 if you are buying Intel.
We are only a month out from the 2010 ESRI EdUC in San Diego. Some the highlights from the weekend include the Opening Plenary on Saturday morning and the Welcome Social on Saturday afternoon in EXPO area. On Monday after the marathon plenary don’t forget to check out the Map Gallery, Lightning Talks, and Academic GIS Fair.
Since you are going to be at the Map Gallery and Lightning Talks anyway…you should probably think about submitting your own work! Map Gallery submissions are due by June 14 and Lightning Talks are due by June 15. Sharing your work is a great way to get feedback on your ideas and make contacts while you are at the conference.
If you happen to be staying for the International UC you should be sure to come by our live show on Wednesday afternoon 😉
Previously we’ve posted about Pleistocene Park, and a similar project in Scotland that are aimed at recreating the fauna and flora of the Pleistocene Era by setting aside protected areas that are kept ‘wild’. Oostvaardersplassen, a park in the Netherlands, has created a similar preserve, using Konik horses and Heck cattle to give a feel for similar, but extinct, Pleistocene herbivores like the tarpan and European bison and elk. The landscape is mostly open grasslands, with small copses of trees. Currently, the Oostvaardersplassen is an isolated nature preserve, but you can take a train ride that passes through the park, and there are plans to open a natural corridor to a forest area in Zeewolde.
There is some controversy over efforts like Oostvaardersplassen, including issues of whether to truly leave these areas to nature, even when harsh winters might kill significant portions of the wildlife in such parks or when animals become sick and injured. What do you think? Do preserves like Oostvaardersplassen and Pleistocene Park really give a us a chance to glimpse a vanished landscape?
Here’s a short video of Oostervaardersplassen that gives you a good idea of what the landscape and wild horse herds are like:
Time is growing short to enter the contest. Remember, you can answer each question only once. A correct answer will mean an entry into the drawing for an XBOX 360 (answer all 5 questions correctly, you get 5 entries). All submissions must be in by midnight July 1, 2010. Additional contest details and restrictions can be found on the 5th anniversary contest page. Good Luck!