Month: June 2014

 

A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 467

A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 467
30 June 2014

Main Topic: Our conversation with Joe Falconer on his “UAVs for GIS” course

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    Can’t make it to the Esri UC this year, but…

    3165739586_6479857001_mWe are stuck on the east coast this summer and will not be at the Esri UC for first time since 2006. We hope to be back next summer for a 10th anniversary shindig, but for this year we are missing out on some of the great hallway and exhibit hall conversations we normally bring to the podcast.

    If you are presenting or exhibiting at any of the number of user conferences this summer and you would like to talk about your project or product, please contact us at podcast at veryspatial dot com. We can schedule a phone, Skype, or Google+ interview for sometime in July.

    A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 466

    A VerySpatial Podcast
    Shownotes – Episode 466
    22 June 2014

    Main Topic: Lots of news this week.

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    When to Use an Interactive Map

    The Washington Post’s Wonkblog article, “10 Maps that show how much time Americans spend grooming, eating, thinking, and praying”  presents some crisp maps using data from the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey.   The article is an interesting introduction to regional geography, but it is  sometimes jarring to find a website presenting spatial information that lends itself to interactive mapping as analog maps. After spending a few seconds clicking and rolling over states before realizing the data I wanted was presented in a table at the end of the article, the analog maps raised the important cartographic question of when to use an interactive map.

    Interactive maps have become such an ubiquitous method for visualizing complex spatial information that geospatial professionals sometimes don’t ask if an interactive maps is always the best one. An article in a 2013 Journal of Spatial Information Science by Robert E. Roth explores the question of “Interactive maps: What we know and what we need to know“. According to Roth, “Cartographic interaction is defined as the dialog between a human and map,mediated through a computing device, and is essential to the research into interactive cartography, geovisualization, and geovisual analytics”.

    An article in Scientific America, “The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens” asks How exactly does the technology we use to read change the way we read? but it could also explain why we sometimes expect a static, analog map to be interactive.  

    A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 465

    A VerySpatial Podcast
    Shownotes – Episode 465
    15 June 2014

    Main Topic: Our conversation on STEM and the humanities

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    Cornell Lab of Ornithology YardMap beta

    The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has introduced some very exciting backyard citizen science applications that utilize remote sensing data. One of them is The YardMap citizen science project funded by the National Science Foundation Information Education Program  or advancing informal STEM Learning (AISL), as it is known now. YardMap is designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments. It is also a great way to make your yard bird friendly.  So far they have had 8098 YardMaps drawn using the YardMap Tool.

     

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    A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 464

    A VerySpatial Podcast
    Shownotes – Episode 464
    8 June 2014

    Main Topic: Our conversation with Esri’s Charlie Fitzpatrick on ConnectED

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    A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 463

    A VerySpatial Podcast
    Shownotes – Episode 463
    01 June 2014

    Main Topic: An all news episode…education, video games, and satellites.

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