Month: March 2013


A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 401

A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 401
March 24, 2013

Main Topic: Gearing up for Earth Day 2013

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    PCI’s Historic Air Photo processing

    In a day I thought would focus on new sensors (LDCM) I end up thinking about old sensors and the piles of hard copy historic aerial photos that are going unutilized in our digital lives (insert standard reference to Peter Morville’s Ambient Findability here). Head over to check out what looks to be a great tool for digital historians, cultural landscape folks, historic archaeologists, and others.

    PCI Geomatics HAP

    First LDCM images released

    736092main_fortcollins_oli_2013077_swir_1080_labeledAs you might imagine from our previous conversations on the podcast, we are just a little excited about the LDCM. NASA/USGS have released the first scene from the new sensor focusing on the Fort Collins area. Head over the NASA site to take a look at the scene and associated information. Hopefully we will hear more next week as the ASPRS annual conference hits Boston.

    Map of NCAA Affiliation

    In honor of March Madness, Gizmodo has a series of NCAA college basketball affiliation as measured by Facebook likes. So if you’re into college basketball and into maps, you’ll really dig that link (note I fit only one of these criteria, and I kinda dig’em). Note on the bottom for Sue…. most people hate Duke ūüôā

    A VerySpatial Podcast ‚Äď Episode 400

    A VerySpatial Podcast
    Shownotes – Episode 400
    March 17, 2013

    Main Topic: Losing the G and disconnecting the IS

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    Rendered maps can still be awesome

    In a time when we have become jaded by something as awe inspiring as the time, technology, and $$$ behind creating 3D city models, it is nice to see something that reminds us how cool and realistic imagery and models can be. The above video was made using Nokia’s Here Maps as a personal project by Paul Wex Films.

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    Check out MinuteEarth

    The folks who brought us the awesome web video series MinutePhysics have released the first episode of MinuteEarth. I am super excited about the potential for the series based on the great content they have put together previously for MinutePhysics, including some great geospatial relevant topics.

    A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 399

    A VerySpatial Podcast
    Shownotes – Episode 399
    March 10, 2013

    Main Topic: Discussion on Drones

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    Mapping Baseball Statues and Google

    The Guardian UK online has a media section called, “Data Store: Show and Tell“, which true to its name uses visualizations to tell a story about data. According to The Guardian¬†Data Store team, infographics and data visualization have become the language of the Internet because everyone has access to free tools that make it possible to visualize complex data. In the past few months they have shown, among others, visualizations of ¬†Italian election results,¬†Twitter’s languages of New York mapped, and an¬†animation of Britain’s new rail network.

    Their recent Show and Tell is about “US Baseball stars immortalized in statue-explore our interactive map” that shows how The Sporting Statues Project ¬†at the University of Sheffield ¬†mapped every baseball statue in North America. The mission of the Sporting Statues Project is to¬†record and research statues of sportsmen and women around the world. To date they have collected information on over 600 statues; 249 of them U.S. baseball statues. The interesting part of their website is not just the maps and data, but also that the project itself grew out of a “labour of love”. ¬†Like many GIS mapping database projects, the data was collected and mapped by people who have an interest in the topic, the geospatial skills to map it, and the desire to share that data with other interested users. ¬†They were able to use maps, posters, conference papers, and their website to show that what they were doing was about more than just a physical statue and points on a map, but connected to world history and current events.

    The Data Store team mention a disclaimer several times that¬†Google have paid to sponsor this page but all editorial is overseen and controlled by the Guardian Datastore team.” ¬†Google and The Guardian Datastore have a close relationship. In 2012, they hosted a¬†live¬†Q&A debate¬†event focusing on the role data has to play in policy making and transparency around international development and foreign aid. Google has sponsored other journalism events, including journalism skills conferences to educate the next generation of digital journalists.




    New Hampshire to Consider Aerial Photography Ban

    New Hampshire has a new bill circulating through its legislature that would ban aerial photography by anyone who isn’t the government. They’ve apparently amended the ban in committee that changes some of the major concerns, but a lot still remain. The original bill include kite cams or any other form of aerial photography collection, but the amended ban has scaled that back. The focus seems to be upon drones and, oddly enough, arming drones. If the ban goes into effect, flying a drone would be a misdemeanor, with certain licensed exceptions. The bill also specifies that drones can only be used by law enforcement to collect data if they’ve received a warrant, and even then the information needs to be destroyed within 24 hours.

    Drones and the legalities surrounding them are likely to dominate a lot of remote sensing legalese over the next few years. This may be the first such attempt at banning for non-governmental use, but I’m willing to almost bet real money it won’t be the last.

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