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Closed Circuit TV meets the map

An interesting article on linking CCTV and 3D environments to support situational awareness.

BBC NEWS | Technology | CCTV video mixes maps and images

2006 O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference

For those of you interested in the cutting-edge tech-side of GIS and other geospatial technologies, the Call for Participation has gone out for the 2006 O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. According to the conference website:

“The O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference frames the ideas, projects, and technologies that the alpha geeks are thinking about, hacking on, and inventing right now into a coherent picture from which to extrapolate and upon which to start building. Expect much of what you see in early form here to show up in the products and services you’re taking for granted in the not-too-distant future.”

Here is the link:

http://conferences.oreillynet.com/etech

Google Maps Transparencies

Picked this link up from Digg.com. Another nifty Google Maps interface.

Google Maps Transparencies

Bell Canada launches Seek & Find

If you thought your parents had uncanny ways of knowing what you were up to, check out how parents in Canada can now monitor their kids’ locations in near real-time on a map using Bell Canada’s Seek & Find which uses the embedded GPS capability of their cell phones and the Internet.

http://www.lbszone.com/content/view/252/2/

World land use top environmental issue (Jul 21, 2005)

In the July issue of Science magazine, a group of leading scientists, including geographers, argue that global land use is now a top environmental issue. Here is the link to a summary of the article:

http://www.news.wisc.edu/11357.html

Clouds on Google Maps

OK, it is late I probably shouldn’t blog just before sleep, but I figured I would forget this link in the morning. The Digg submission linked below is a person who found clouds on the aerial imagery when they were on Google Maps. They don’t say whether they think this is good or bad, but being sleepy I am going to assume they were incredulous at the least. My problem with this? One contracts for US government agencies the company flying the data is required to have the images be 85-90% cloud free for an acceptable product…satellite imagery, you hope for 60-70% cloud free if you are looking for something in a certain time range (if you aren’t picky about when it is usually easier to find cloud free data). So a couple of clouds in a commercial product that has little to no orthorectification (though pretty good georectification) isn’t something I would find note worthy.

Well that isn’t true, it gave me a chance to share you lovely people why a cloud isn’t a big deal.

So follow the link to see the cloud (it is quite a nice cloud in fact). Clouds on Google Maps

Discovery lands safely

It was great to see the shuttle land safely. I have always been a fan of the space shuttle program, ever since I did a class project on the first shuttle launch.

HiRise high-resolution camera set to depart for Mars

Continuing my obsession is an article regarding NASA’s new instrument for capturing the martian surface. Please not that they talk about the number of pixels the instrument will collect at a time, but not what the spatial resolution of each pixel will be, which is actually more important for the end-user. The other important information, that could help us determine the spatial resolution of the imagery, is anticipated scale.

HiRise high-resolution camera set to depart for Mars – Engadget – www.engadget.com

Google Maps in Journalism

An interesting perspective on how a Google Maps news link might appear.

Poynter Online – E-Media Tidbits

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