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  • Creating Quizzes Using Esri Story Maps

    GIS Education Community
    Joseph Kerski
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Esri Story Maps are useful for many things in education, for students and educators alike.  These uses include giving presentation, exploring historical and current topics from local to global scale, for assessing student work, and much more, as my colleagues and I have been writing in this blog and elsewhere. They can also be useful for quickly setting up and giving quizzes to test student content knowledge, spatial thinking, geotechnology skills, perspectives, and so much more.  As a simple example, I created a quiz about the physical and cultural geography of Wyoming, shown below and…
  • Mapa de los Paisajes de Cuba | Map of the Landscapes of Cuba | 1949 | Gerardo Canet & Erwin Raisz

    Making Maps: DIY Cartography
    John Krygier
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
      The Atlas de Cuba by Gerardo Canet and Erwin Raisz, featured in a recent posting here, is accompanied by a large color map entitled Mapa de los Paisajes de Cuba (Map of the Landscapes of Cuba). The map is a hybrid of Raisz’s landform map style supplemented with diverse human landscape components. Canet and Raisz explain their methodology: The accompanying map of Cuba is a new experiment in cartography. Color suggests land types: cultivated fields, pastures, mountains, swamps, valleys, etc. The symbols were selected after a series of flights over the Island and on analysis of…
  • Binning in GIS

    GIS Lounge
    Amanda Briney
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    In GIS it is often sometimes hard to present point-based data because at times there are several different points and data symbologies that need to be shown. As the number of different data points grows they can become complicated to interpret and manage, resulting in convoluted and sometimes inaccurate maps. In order to reduce map congestion many GIS users use a process called binning. Binning is defined as the process of grouping pairs of locations based on their distance from one another. The post Binning in GIS appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • New patent appeals process invalidates mapping patent

    Between the Poles
    Geoff
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    According to Gigaom in 2012 a Florida-based patent troll sued both Apple and Google because they included a view of steet level images next to or inserted in a map in their products.  The troll had filed patents on this type of combined imagery (see image for an example) in 2003.   Apple and Google joined forces to challenge the troll based on "prior art" using a new Patent Office appeals system.  The system is known as inter partes review.  Inter partes review is a new trial proceeding conducted at the Board to review the patentability of a claim in a patent based only on …
  • Explore the geysers and waterfalls of Iceland on Google Maps

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    Lat Long
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    In his book Tales of Iceland, Stephen Markley wrote, “The problem with driving around Iceland is that you’re basically confronted by a new soul-enriching, breath-taking, life-affirming natural sight every five... minutes. It’s totally exhausting.” We've never been ones to take someone else's word for it when it comes to sightseeing, so we took Street View to some of the most stunning locations throughout the country. As it turns out, Markley was right...and now with Street View, you can take a journey through Iceland to explore these beautiful places too.We started with Iceland's…
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    Geography News -- ScienceDaily

  • Hot-spring bacteria reveal ability to use far-red light for photosynthesis

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Bacteria growing in near darkness use a previously unknown process for harvesting energy and producing oxygen from sunlight, scientists have discovered. The discovery lays the foundation for further research aimed at improving plant growth, harvesting energy from the sun, and understanding dense blooms like those now occurring on Lake Erie and other lakes worldwide.
  • Sunlight, not microbes, key to carbon dioxide in Arctic

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    The vast reservoir of carbon stored in Arctic permafrost is gradually being converted to carbon dioxide after entering the freshwater system in a process thought to be controlled largely by microbial activity. However, researchers say that sunlight and not bacteria is the key to triggering the production of CO2 from material released by Arctic soils.
  • Severe drought is causing the western US to rise like a spring uncoiling

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    The severe drought gripping the western United States in recent years is changing the landscape well beyond localized effects of water restrictions and browning lawns. Scientists have used GPS data to discover that the growing, broad-scale loss of water is causing the entire western US to rise up like an uncoiled spring.
  • From dandruff to deep sea vents, an ecologically hyper-diverse fungus

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    A ubiquitous skin fungus linked to dandruff, eczema and other itchy, flaky maladies in humans has now been tracked to even further global reaches -- including Hawaiian coral reefs and the extreme environments of arctic soils and deep sea vents. The study considers the diversity, ecology, and distribution of the fungi of the genus Malassezia in light of new insights gained from screening environmental sequencing datasets from around the world.
  • Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Observations show that the heat absent from the Earth's surface for more than a decade is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle. Subsurface warming in the ocean explains why global average air temperatures have flatlined since 1999, despite greenhouse gases trapping more solar heat at Earth's surface.
 
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    Google Earth Blog

  • New Street View imagery – Indonesia and Cambodia

    Timothy Whitehead
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    We told you in April about Street View imagery in Cambodia around the temples of Angkor Wat. Now, Google have released imagery for much of the rest of Cambodia, as well as a significant amount in Indonesia, although the Indonesian imagery appears to be almost entirely on the islands of Java and Bali. Thanks to GEB reader IxBxTx for alerting us to the update. According to this article Google set up a fleet of Street View cars in Indonesia, back in 2012. All the imagery I checked in both countries was dated some time in 2013, so maybe it has taken a while to process the imagery, or they had to…
  • New Google Earth Imagery – August 5th, 2014

    Timothy Whitehead
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    It appears Google pushed out some fresh imagery updates a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to sharp-eyed GEB reader ‘Maarten’ for letting us know about it. To see which areas have been updated, see the map below from Google’s Maps Gallery. You can also view it in Google Earth, using this KML file. The new imagery is in both Google Earth and Google Maps. It is important to remember that although the update was done on August 5th, the actual imagery is slightly older. Most of it seems to have been taken some time in the last two years, although some is quite recent – where I…
  • Creative cat tracking in Google Earth

    Timothy Whitehead
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    Here’s a fun use of Google Earth and GPS — tracking cats. It started when Tiana Warner at safe.com found out about a way to track cats: Where do cats go when they’re outside all day and night? What do they do? How do they entertain themselves? Is there a secret cat meeting place in every major city? When Safers found out about Cat Tracker, we couldn’t resist. The result is pretty neat. While it’s mostly a fun little project, the technology behind it is remarkably complex. Get the GPS data from Movebank in JSON format, flatten it, create a “convex hull” around…
  • Google Earth instrumental in discovery of new chameleon species

    Timothy Whitehead
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    Back in 2005 Julian Bayliss, a biologist at London’s Kew Gardens, discovered a brand new rainforest that had previously never been studied — and he found it using Google Earth. We told you about it in May this year, and you can watch a short video about the discovery below. Since then, many new species have been discovered at the location, known as Mozambique’s ‘sky islands’, including a snake, a butterfly, and most recently, the recent discovery of four new pygmy chameleon species. Rhampholeon nebulauctor. Credit: Julian Bayliss. Rhampholeon tilburyi. Credit: Krystal A. Tolley.
  • An alien on the Moon?

    Timothy Whitehead
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    We have told you in the past about various news stories reporting apparent alien activity in Google Earth imagery. For example, this story, where sonar tracks from ships were mistaken for an underwater alien base. Or this story where a combination of lighting and image artifacts makes a crater on the moon look like an alien space ship. And, then, there was the secret Mars base. Which, again, is most likely just a result of image artifacts making an ordinary geographical feature look suspiciously regular. The latest such story comes from a YouTube video posted by YouTuber wowforreeel which has…
 
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    Esri Speaker Series Podcasts

  • Building Resilient Coastal Communities

    Laura Flessner
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Laura Flessner, a NOAA digital coast fellow working with The Nature Conservancy, discusses Coastal Resilience 2.0, an ArcGIS Online-based decision-support platform to strengthen coastal communities affected by climate change.
  • Matt Felton: Esri Business Summit Veteran

    Matt Felton
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Matt Felton, president of GIS consulting firm Datastory, discusses what excites him about the Esri Business Summit and gives a preview of his plenary presentation.
  • A New Pipeline Data Model

    Patrick Boes
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Patrick Boes, GIS manager at Global Information Systems, discusses G-NET-a new pipeline data model that smoothly integrates with ArcGIS technology.
  • The Value of the Esri Business Summit

    Simon Thompson
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:38 am
    Simon Thompson, commercial business director at Esri, explains why businesses will benefit from attending the Esri Business Summit.
  • Open Source Big Data Analytics

    Mansour Raad
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    Esri's Mansour Raad explains why an open source methodology for tackling Big Data makes perfect sense.
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    GIS Education Community

  • Creating Quizzes Using Esri Story Maps

    Joseph Kerski
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Esri Story Maps are useful for many things in education, for students and educators alike.  These uses include giving presentation, exploring historical and current topics from local to global scale, for assessing student work, and much more, as my colleagues and I have been writing in this blog and elsewhere. They can also be useful for quickly setting up and giving quizzes to test student content knowledge, spatial thinking, geotechnology skills, perspectives, and so much more.  As a simple example, I created a quiz about the physical and cultural geography of Wyoming, shown below and…
  • Teaching Geography in the 21st Century: A New Online Course

    Joseph Kerski
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    An exciting new 5-week online course will be offered beginning 3 September 2014 entitled Teaching Geography in the 21st Century. Geography is usually considered as the world’s oldest discipline, pioneered by Eratosthenes in 250 BC, and has a rich tradition of scholarship and innovation.  Yet Geography has always embraced new technologies, research practices, instructional methods, skills, and content.  How can Geography be taught in the 21st Century, embracing its rich heritage and yet looking forward to emerging and exciting tools and perspectives?  What content should be included? …
  • Meaningful Work to Make a Difference

    esriedteam
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:52 pm
    If you are creative, passionate, driven to succeed, and ready to work for one of the world’s coolest software companies, Esri may have a place for you. The work that Esri employees do every day is changing our world and making a difference, and you can be part of that! Esri is a growing company, and as such, there are a number of entry-level and internship opportunities, as well as an Esri User Conference Student Assistantship program. Whether you are looking to start your career or try something new, at Esri you will work in a unique environment where you’ll have opportunities to…
  • Investigations Using Landscape Layers in ArcGIS Online

    Joseph Kerski
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Landscape map layers about our natural and human-made environments represent a rich body of content for teaching and learning.  These layers are part of the ever expanding and ready to use Living Atlas on ArcGIS Online.  These layers are from a variety of authoritative sources, and acquired, evaluated, processed, managed, and maintained by Esri.  Hundreds of layers are currently available, including evapotranspiration, critical habitat, hydrography, soil characteristics, land surface forms, geologic units, oil shale basins, agricultural potential, and infrastructure, with many more on the…
  • Fun with GIS 161: Snap2Map

    Charlie Fitzpatrick
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    Snap2Map is a slick new app for iOS and Android that will help spread the power available through geotechnology. With it, building a Story Map app is as easy as taking photos on a smartphone or tablet. Snap2Map relies on a user having an ArcGIS Online Organization login with publishing privileges. After logging in, the user creates a presentation, chooses a basemap, takes photos or chooses existing photos through the device, and annotates them (title and/or description). Snap2Map will use a photo’s location info or allow the user to move it across the street or around the world. Photo…
 
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    GIS Lounge

  • Binning in GIS

    Amanda Briney
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    In GIS it is often sometimes hard to present point-based data because at times there are several different points and data symbologies that need to be shown. As the number of different data points grows they can become complicated to interpret and manage, resulting in convoluted and sometimes inaccurate maps. In order to reduce map congestion many GIS users use a process called binning. Binning is defined as the process of grouping pairs of locations based on their distance from one another. The post Binning in GIS appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • What is the Difference Between a Heat Map and a Hot Spot Map?

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    While they look similar and the terms are often used interchangeably, heat maps and hot spot maps are not identical processes.  Both processes are used to visualize geographic data in order to show areas where a higher density or cluster of activity occurs.  For both types of spatial analysis, a [...] The post What is the Difference Between a Heat Map and a Hot Spot Map? appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • EarthCube Data Initiative

    Rebecca Maxwell
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Improvements in technology have led to the wide dissemination of information. As long as you have a computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can access a large amount of data from nearly all parts of the globe. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is taking advantage of this reality through their [...] The post EarthCube Data Initiative appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Campaign for Geo Lounge

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    I started Geo Lounge back in 2007 as a companion site to GIS Lounge with a focus on geography.  The time has come to really develop this site as a comprehensive resource for all things geography.  To do this, I need to raise funds in order to tap experts in [...] The post Campaign for Geo Lounge appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Using Unmanned Aircraft to Help Map Threatened Plant Species

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    There has been a lot of news lately about where unmanned aerial systems (UAS or UAV for unmanned aerial vehicle) can’t fly in the United States.  Despite the negative attention, unmanned aircraft have many beneficial uses, for example, in the remote sensing of archaeological sites. Geography researchers at Central Michigan University [...] The post Using Unmanned Aircraft to Help Map Threatened Plant Species appeared first on GIS Lounge.
 
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    Spatially Adjusted

  • Hangouts with James Fee:: 10 Years of Steve Coast

    James Fee
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Back at it with the hangouts. Steve Coast joins me to talk about the first 10 years of OpenStreetMap and what the future might bring.
  • Prior Art

    James Fee
    11 Jun 2014 | 1:25 pm
    I’m trying to remember if there has ever been such a tool1.  Google’s patent is for “Updating map data using satellite imagery“: Map data are overlaid on satellite imagery. A road segment within the map data is identified, and the satellite imagery indicates that the road segment is at a different geographic position than a geographic position indicated by the map data. The endpoints of the road segment in the map data are aligned with the corresponding positions of the endpoints in the satellite imagery. A road template is applied at an endpoint of the road segment…
  • JavaScript instead of Python

    James Fee
    10 Jun 2014 | 2:16 pm
    As a long time Mac user I’ve used AppleScript to automate many work flows. Now AppleScript is pretty powerful but it unique1. Well Apple is looking at allowing JavaScript to be used for automation instead of AppleScript with the next version of Mac OS X Yosemite.  So I mused on Twitter this morning: Starting to think JavaScript, not Python, is the future of GIS scripting. — James Fee (@cageyjames) June 10, 2014 Redshirt learns that Python might not be the future. Now let’s be honest, GIS and Python have a huge love affair going right now.  But I really think despite all of…
  • Mapbox GL for iOS

    James Fee
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:30 pm
    So Apple Maps is still a disaster.  But: During WWDC Apple noted that there are no less than 680,000 apps in the App Store that use location data That’s a lot and most of them end up using Apple’s Map API mostly because it’s easy1.  Last week Mapbox seems to have a solution ready to go though that might be easier than Apple’s and a whole lot better: We just released Mapbox GL — a new framework for live, responsive maps in every iOS app. Now developers can have the most detailed maps sourced from ever-updating OpenStreetMap data, as well as the ability to fully…
  • Indoor Positioning with Apple’s M7 processor

    James Fee
    6 Jun 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Indoor positioning is hard.  The amount of effort that has been put into it since smartphones first started to take off has given us marginal results.  WiFi, LTE/3G, GPS gets close but it’s still not accurate enough to tell me that the butter is right in front of my face.  I’ve experienced Apple’s iBeacon technology in the Apple Store and at AT&T Park in San Francisco but that’s a tad proprietary.  Possibly Apple’s got a solution though (still proprietary but what do I care, I’m all iOS): In iOS 8, Apple is adding some new Core Location features…
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    VerySpatial

  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 474

    Sue
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 474 17 August 2014 Main Topic: Our conversation on elevation data Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode474.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Rise and Shine by Summerlyn Powers News Worldview 3 launch successful OGC Big Data Working Group FAA UAS Centers of Excellence Panama Canal’s 100th birthday! Google deprecating Maps Flash API Sounds of Street View project FME 2014 Service Pack 3 now available Web Corner NOAA Digital Coast Sea Level Rise Viewer Main topic This…
  • Participate in a cartographic art project: Tweeting the NYCTA Graphics Standards

    Barb
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    Massimo Vignelli continues to inspire cartographers, graphic designers, and artists with his New York City Transit Authority map standards. Artists, Niko Skourtis, Jesse Reed, and Hamish Smyth found a first edition Graphic Standard Manual designed by Vignelli in a locker beneath some old gym clothes.  According to an article in designTAXI, “Massimo Vignelli’s NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Tweeted Page-By-Page“, the “The Standards Manual” project started on August 11 asks people to share the Standards Manual on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. It sounds like…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 473

    Sue
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:11 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 473 10 August 2014 Main Topic: Our conversation with Mark Bowersox, EXELIS Visual Information Solutions Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode473.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Feel Alive by String Theory Duo News OpenStreetMap’s 10th birthday! USGS Landcover Trends Dataset released MapGuide Open Source 2.6 and mapguide-rest 0.9 Linux version of Geomatica 2014 College Board looking for readers for AP Human Geography exam Web Corner Mapillary Main topic This week…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 472

    Jesse
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 472 3 August 2014 Main Topic: Our conversation about upcoming Geography, GIS, and specialty conferences Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode472.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music If This Geek Ruled the World by Geoff Smith News US has launched 3DEP DigitalGlobe announces WorldView-4 for 2016 US academics send letter to FAA protesting new rules Drone crashes outside SC prison Forum for feedback on GPS Technical Specifications GPS launch on Friday Google under…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 471

    Jesse
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 471 27 July 2014 Main Topic: Our conversation with Rick and Rusty from Eating West Virginia Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode471.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music When I am King by Great Big Sea News OSTP releases National Plan for Civil Earth Observation Google Coordinate now part of Maps Engine Pro Google partners with Environmental Defense Fund to map gas leaks MapBox shows Don’t Fly Here Web Corner Foss4g Academy Main topic This week we feature our…
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    GIS in Education

  • Australia's Airborne Geophysical Surveys Data Released

    talk
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:58 pm
    The latest index of airborne geophysical surveys from across Australia has been released. This edition includes details of all available open-file surveys completed to date by the Australian, State and Territory governments, as well as the private sector. This type of data is used to generate three dimensional models of the sub-surface geology, which can then be used to support decision making related to the development of resources, management of the environment and the wellbeing of communities in the survey areas. The Index of Airborne Geophysical Surveys (14th Edition) now includes details…
  • International Conference on Geography 2015 In Athens, Greece

    talk
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    The Geography Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes its Annual International Conference on Geography, 1-4 June 2015, Athens, Greece. The conference website is: http://www.atiner.gr/geography.htm. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, researchers and students from all areas of Geography and related disciplines. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer.  Fee structure information is available on www.atiner.gr/fees.htm. Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury…
  • Satellite Image of Hurricanes Iselle and Julio from NASA

    talk
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    This animation of NOAA's GOES-East satellite imagery from August 2 through 7 shows the movement of Hurricanes Iselle (left) and Julio (right) toward the Hawaiian Islands. Hang in there Hawaii! VIDEOCredit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project
  • Remote Sensing Open Journal Announces Increased Impact Factor

    talk
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    We are pleased to report an increased Impact Factor for Remote Sensing for 2013. According to the newly released 2013 Journal Citation Reports Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2014), the new Impact Factor for Remote Sensing is 2.623. The 5-Year Impact Factor is 2.729. Remote Sensing now ranks 6/27 (Q1) in the category ‘Remote Sensing’.Evolution of the Remote Sensing Impact Factor since 2012:
  • Postdoctoral Position Available At Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence SDSU

    talk
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Postdoctoral Position Available: Geospatial change analysis of the western hemisphereWe are seeking a highly motivated and capable PDF to pursue cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in the field of geospatial sciences within the context of the newly funded NASA project:Change in our MIDST: Detection and Analysis of Land Surface Dynamics in North and South America Using Multiple Sensor Datastreams.We propose to answer the cross-cutting question: “Where in the western hemisphere is the vegetated land surface changing significantly during the past 15 years in response to direct human…
 
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    ArcGIS Blog » Mapping

  • How we created the CityEngine Web Scene for the March 2014 Oso Landslide

    Melanie Harlow
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    On the morning of Saturday, March 22, 2014, a major landslide occurred near the city of Oso, Washington, instantly devastating the Steelhead community in its path and drastically altering the landscape. Esri’s Disaster Response Team quickly published a set of maps and services to better understand the scale and impact of this event, including a Story Map to compare the before/after imagery of the slide area. After hearing about the event and the work Esri was doing to support the recovery efforts, it became clear that a 3D version of the swipe map might provide a new perspective on the…
  • Community Maps recap from the 2014 Esri International User Conference

    Shane Matthews
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    Another successful User Conference is behind us. This year conference attendees were introduced to the Living Atlas of the World. The Living Atlas combines reference and thematic maps with topics relating to people, earth, and life. It is a collection of content communities assembled by Esri, the User Community, and our Partners all over the world. Community basemaps are an integral part of the Living Atlas. Thousands of ArcGIS users have improved the coverage and quality of our basemaps by providing access to their map data. The World Topographic Map remains the “flagship”…
  • Upcoming Community Maps Webinar will feature latest news from the team

    Mark Stewart
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    After taking a short break to focus on the 2014 Esri International User Conference, the regular Community Maps webinar will be back on August 21st at 11:00 am Pacific time. This month’s webinar will include two main topics: Shane Matthews will recap all of the Community Maps-related news from this year’s UC. Andrew Green will provide an overview of recent and upcoming ArcGIS Online basemap improvements. In addition to these two main topics, Tamara Yoder will be demonstrating the latest release of our Community Maps data preparation tools, and Mark Stewart will give a preview of…
  • ArcGIS Pro with NVIDIA K1 in XenDesktop

    John Meza
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    ArcGIS Pro with NVIDIA K1 in XenDesktop This article continues the discussion on using ArcGIS Pro in virtualized environments, focusing on how a shareable GPU enhances the ArcGIS Pro user experience and the configurations used to deliver that user experience. Our test environment uses the NVIDIA K1 card which is designed to be used in Microsoft Hyper-V VDI, Citrix XenDesktop, and VMWare virtualized environments. It contains four GK107GL GPUs. Each of those is an entry-level GPU comparable to an NVIDIA K600. In Citrix XenServer, the K1 GPUs can be configured as a K100, K120Q, K140Q, or…
  • Certain shapefiles crash ArcGIS 10.2

    Rhonda Glennon
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Is ArcGIS 10.2 crashing when attempting to add shapefiles to ArcMap? We see your error reports coming in and we want you to know there’s a fix! For more details about this issue, please see this blog. This reminder comes from Kirsten Pinkston in Esri Technical Support. Experiencing this issue? Here’s what you need to do: Install the patch For those of you running ArcGIS 10.2 and experiencing crashes when working with shapefiles, it is necessary that you download and install this patch or upgrade to 10.2.1 to apply the fix. Can’t install the patch or upgrade? Shapefiles…
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    Google Maps Mania

  • Fracking Hell

    Anonymous
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    This Global Flaring Visualization is an animated map showing nightly, infrared satellite detected natural gas flaring across the world. For cost reasons oil producers frequently flare methane and other gases produced by oil wells rather than recover the gases. This flaring adds huge amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere and the gases themselves can often pollute the air. The map uses data
  • Mapping Strabo's Geographica

    Anonymous
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Recently Google Maps Mania reviewed the Hestia Project's Herodotus Timemap. Herodotus, sometimes known as the Father of History, was a fifth century Greek historian. In his 'Histories' Herodotus recounts the origins of the Great War between the Greeks and Persians and the rise of the Persian Empire. The Hestia Project's Herodotus Timemap connects the text of the Histories with a Simile
  • Tracking Dr Who on Street View

    Anonymous
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    The new season of Dr Who starts tomorrow. During his absence from our screens the Google Maps Street View car has been tracking the Tardis. The car has managed to capture a number of Street View shots of the Tardis while the Doctor has been enjoying his vacation time travelling around the UK. I've put together a little slideshow of some of the Street Views of the Tardis on Google Maps. I was
  • The Worst Map of the Week

    Anonymous
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    I don't usually criticize maps on this blog. Google Maps Mania is mainly concerned with interesting on-line maps and maps which are experimenting with new or original visualization techniques. This means I tend not to concentrate on the cartographic failings of the maps featured on Google Maps Mania. Yesterday's Van Gogh map post is a good example of this. This map is never going to win any
  • If Van Gogh Made Maps

    Anonymous
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Here's another little Mapbox GL created map. The Van Gogh Map uses a few images from Van Gogh paintings as textures for the map feature types. Feature types on this map, such as water and different types of land cover, are made up of map tiles created with textures taken from Van Gogh paintings. The result is a map style which you probably wouldn't want to use very often but the map does serve
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    Mapperz - The Mapping News Blog

  • GIS Stack Exchange 2014 Community Moderator Election

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    GIS Stack Exchange 2014 Community Moderator Election update 18th August 2014.  Phase 2 - Election is now in Progress.... The 2014 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • Global Wind Animation ESRI JS API

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
     Wind Animation Map ESRI JS API  Clean visualisation of Wind Currents across the world  http://esri.github.io/wind-js/  data source:[US National Weather Service -... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • QGIS Ordnance Survey Opendata Cartographic Styles

    18 Jun 2014 | 7:11 am
    QGIS Ordnance Survey Opendata Styles Ordnance Survey have released Style Sheets for their #opendata including ESRI (ArcGIS) and Quantum GIS (QGIS) style sheets. Most strikingly for the Vector Map... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • The FIFA World Cup of Football 1930-2014.

    13 Jun 2014 | 7:06 am
    The FIFA World Cup of Football 1930-2014. A great map showing The FIFA World Cup of Football since 1930-2014. "The national teams of 31 countries advanced through qualification... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • Reprint those World Maps

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:36 am
    Reprint those World Maps All Maps are out of date, whether it is by minutes or years.... "India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh has formally split in two, with its northern area carved out to... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
 
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    MapPoint Forums

  • Using Multiple MapPoint Versions

    XAlliedYouthX
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    So, I've spent the past day writing some code to detect what versions of MapPoint are installed on a machine and it works perfectly. My issue is that I got ahead of myself and didn't look in to being able to specify a specific MapPoint control version. I've seen code on using CreateObject but I'm working with the MapPoint control inside my program. My main reason for doing this is so the user has the option to choose between the US or European maps. It's nice giving them the option to use different versions of each edition but ultimately that's pretty useless. As I'm typing this I'm thinking…
  • Kim Kardashian sex tape

    Christansey
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Kim Kardashian sex tape deserves its place in the world. I find the foolish people who struggle most with it are those who are currently unsuccessful with that. As you can see, a lot of making this process work smoothly is it. http://www.reddit.com/r/leakedsextap...im_kardashian/
  • Wrinkles are not made for you

    Ritahay
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Serum is an advanced anti-aging formula which helps in diminishing the appearance of your wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation of nay other aging sign. Its a composition of natural ingredients and is highly effective! https://soundcloud.com/groups/amazin...-and-beautiful
  • MapPoint discontinued !

    renatoa
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:23 am
    ... at the end of this year... Microsoft MapPoint - Home The terms of announcement are simply ... censored... I am sure that any serious mapping application today can't be done using online/browser based solutions and is still a desktop approach. Instead of improving and addressing countless issues signaled by developers, they killed it. I wonder what are the chances to giveaway this app to open community instead...
  • Two questions: Hyperlinks and Pushpin Sets

    Andc45
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Hello, Question 1: I've been reading up on this software and found that there is a way to add a link to a document in my computer onto a text balloon attached to a pushpin. For example, if I click on a pushpin, show information, click on the hyperlink in the text box, I'll automatically be directed to an excel spreadsheet or word document as per the link. However, when I try to add this hyperlink it doesn't activate. The file path I tried to create the link is as follows File:I:\Documents\John\Map Point\Wylie.1\MapPoint\Wylie Territory\Wylie_Broker_Data Am I doing something wrong? Also, is…
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    GPS World

  • Grant Available to Promote EGNOS for Aviation

    GPS World staff
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has launched a call for proposals to foster further EGNOS adoption in the European civil aviation sector. The grant aims to support projects that enable users to equip and use their aircraft or rotorcraft fleet with GPS/SBAS-enabled avionics and allow Air Navigation Service Providers and aerodromes/heliports to implement EGNOS-based operations in Europe. The purpose of the call is to co-fund projects capable of fostering EGNOS operational implementation for regional, business and general aviation and rotorcraft. In addition, commercial operators and original…
  • QZSS May Expand to Meet Japan’s Surveillance Needs

    GPS World staff
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    The Japan News is reporting that the Japanese Committee on the National Space Policy has compiled a draft proposal that includes increasing the number of quasi-zenith satellites (QZSS), Japan’s satellite navigation system, from the current single satellite to a total of four. Currently, Japan is operating only one quasi-zenith satellite, named Michibiki. The increase would be made to strengthen Japan’s overall surveillance systems, in light of developments such as China’s maritime expansion. “China’s high-pressure maritime advances have become a menace to the security…
  • Galileo Launch Successful, Satellites Deployed

    GPS World staff
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    Soyuz Flight VS09, carrying Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, lifts off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Soyuz Flight VS09, carrying Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, today (August 22, 12:27:11 UTC/14:27:11 CEST.) All the stages of the Soyuz vehicle performed as planned, with the Fregat upper stage releasing the satellites into their target orbit close to 23,500 km altitude, 3 hours 47 minutes after liftoff. These new satellites joined four Galileo satellites already in…
  • Update: Galileo Launch Rescheduled for Friday

    GPS World staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    UPDATE: The next launch attempt for Soyuz VS09 with Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites is Friday, August 22, at 12:27 GMT, 14:27 CEST. Arianespace had decided to postpone the launch of Soyuz flight VS09 carrying Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, because of unfavorable weather conditions over the Guiana Space Centre. Follow the launch live. Streaming starts at 12:07 UTC/14:07 CEST. The launch was originally scheduled for August21. Read more about the planned launch here.
  • ESA Discusses Galileo Satellite Power Loss, Upcoming Launch

    Richard B. Langley
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    During the European Space Agency (ESA) audio press conference held Wednesday morning in advance of Thursday’s launch of two Galileo satellites, there was extended discussion on the problem with the fourth in-orbit validation or IOV satellite (FM4 or GSAT0104 with PRN code E20). The satellite suffered a power anomaly on May 27 as previously reported by GPS World. The root cause of the problem has still not been identified despite looking at more than 40 possible failure scenarios so far. ESA has conducted extensive analyses of telemetry from the satellite as well as reviews of pre-launch…
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    All Points Blog

  • GIS Health News Weekly: Australia and the Flu, GIving Blood, C-Sections in Washington State

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Using 3D to Track Flu Speaking from her base in California, Ms [Lauren] Bennett [Spatial Analysis Product Engineer] said advancements in mapping technology could provide unprecedented insights into how influenza and other disease outbreaks spread in Australia and who is most at... Continue reading
  • GIS Education News Weekly: Census Quiz App, GeoHumanities at Penn State, ConnectED

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    Census Mobile Quiz: Statistical Literacy of U.S. Population The U.S. Census Bureau today released Census PoP Quiz, a new interactive mobile application that challenges users' knowledge of demographic facts for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The new app, which draws... Continue reading
  • Updated Pace GIS MOOC Teaches ArcGIS Desktop

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:34 am
    An updated version of the GIS Basics MOOC (enroll) offered by Pace Uneiversity professor Peggy Minnis will start on September 1. The new version titled Desktop GIS (syllabus) will again focus on ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 but the course is now structured around three units across its 12... Continue reading
  • MapQuest Patent: Map Displays with POI information based on Reference Locations

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    The patent Systems and methods for generating electronic map displays with points-of-interest information based on reference locations was granted yesterday to MapQuest. Today, rumor is the company is shutting down its Lancaster, PA location (where two of the inventors of this patent, at... Continue reading
  • GIS Government News Weekly: Maine’s Future, Wisconsin Traffic, Avenza Courts Indiana DNR

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:50 am
    The Future of Maine The Maine Futures Community Mapper (MFCM) is a web-based tool that helps Mainers: (1)identify locations that are most suitable for future development, conservation, agricultural uses, or forestry; (2) identify potential conflicts and compatibilities... Continue reading
 
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    Google LatLong

  • Visit the sets of this year’s Emmy Award nominees on Google Maps

    Lat Long
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Whether you’re into D.C. intrigue or Khaleesi’s conquests, chances are you’re watching the Emmy Awards on Monday. To get ready for the show, relive your favorite moments from this year’s nominees with Google Maps. Let’s take a peek at a highlight reel of some hot spots and scenes!If you’re craving ribs after a House of Cards binge-watching session, head over to Frank Underwood’s favorite restaurant, Freddy’s BBQ Rib Joint, in Baltimore on Street View.Street View of the filming location of Freddy’s BBQ Joint in Netflix’s House of Cards More in the mood for afternoon tea?
  • Explore the geysers and waterfalls of Iceland on Google Maps

    Lat Long
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    In his book Tales of Iceland, Stephen Markley wrote, “The problem with driving around Iceland is that you’re basically confronted by a new soul-enriching, breath-taking, life-affirming natural sight every five... minutes. It’s totally exhausting.” We've never been ones to take someone else's word for it when it comes to sightseeing, so we took Street View to some of the most stunning locations throughout the country. As it turns out, Markley was right...and now with Street View, you can take a journey through Iceland to explore these beautiful places too.We started with Iceland's…
  • Take a college road trip with Street View

    Lat Long
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Whether you’re a college applicant or a curious parent getting to know your kid’s new home away from home, Street View can take you on a walking tour of schools around the world. Starting today, you’ll be able to explore 36 new university campuses across the U.S. and Canada with Street View in Google Maps.First stop: Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Architecture buffs will love Georgetown's Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark and iconic building in the Romanesque revival style. Healy Lawn, Georgetown UniversityNow let’s head south. If a tropical climate is more your…
  • Spend more time exploring with Google Maps

    Lat Long
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    On vacation and want to know where the locals go? Looking for a new place to grab food on your lunch break? Waiting on the platform for your next train and wondering when it’s scheduled to arrive? Starting this week, you can spend less time searching for your answer and more time exploring the world with the Google Maps app for Android and iOS.Now, whenever you want to discover places in your area, simply tap the new Explore button at the bottom right corner of your map to get a quick look at what’s nearby (where available). With Explore as your guide, you’ll see different places and…
  • Take a swim with Street View on World Oceans Day

    Emily Wood
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    In celebration of World Oceans Day this Sunday, June 8, today we’re inviting you to explore some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered waters in Google Maps, in partnership with The Catlin Seaview Survey. All you need is an Internet connection to dive into two new UNESCO Marine World Heritage Sites in Belize and the Philippines.On UNESCO’s Danger List of World Heritage Sites, the Belize Barrier Reef is the largest in the northern hemisphere. With Street View, you can discover what’s left of this habitat for threatened species, including many species of coral—everything from…
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    Between the Poles

  • New patent appeals process invalidates mapping patent

    Geoff
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    According to Gigaom in 2012 a Florida-based patent troll sued both Apple and Google because they included a view of steet level images next to or inserted in a map in their products.  The troll had filed patents on this type of combined imagery (see image for an example) in 2003.   Apple and Google joined forces to challenge the troll based on "prior art" using a new Patent Office appeals system.  The system is known as inter partes review.  Inter partes review is a new trial proceeding conducted at the Board to review the patentability of a claim in a patent based only on …
  • Urban planning working group announced by the Open Geospatial Consortium

    Geoff
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    An Urban Planning Domain Working Group (DWG) has been chartered to define the role for Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards within the urban planning discipline.  The DWG offers an open forum for the discussion and presentation of interoperability requirements, use cases, and implementations of OGC standards relevant to urban planning.  Technologies and trends such as smart cities, smart grids, sensor webs, the Internet of Things (IoT), facilities and asset management, indoor and outdoor navigation, energy performance modeling and real-time, “big data” analytics are important for…
  • Remote microgrids expected to show strong growth in Asia Pacific

    Geoff
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Several of the heavily populated countries in the Asia Pacific region, including Bangladesh, India, and Indonesia, are experiencing high rates of rural electrification. Meeting the increased demand for power across the region will require innovative approaches, especially for regions remote from the existing power grid.  These include microgrids that are capable of operating in isolation the centralized power grid.   For example, in Bangladesh the Globle Environment Facility (GEF) is helping to speed the rural electrification process by working with the Government of Bangladesh, the World…
  • Cost of distributed wind energy in the U.S. estimated at 14¢/kWh

    Geoff
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    The total wind capacity in the U.S. at the end of 2013 was 61 GW which provided about 4.5 % of total U.S. demand.  A large portion of all wind turbines installed in the United States generate power for on-site or local use.  In 2013 distributed wind installations accounted for more than 80 percent of all wind turbines installed in the United States.  However, distributed wind capacity is a small proportion of the total U.S. wind capacity.  Reducing utility bills and hedging against rising electricity rates are common reasons for installing distributed wind.  Some utilities implement net…
  • Earth observation satellite Worldview-3 with one-foot resolution successfully launched

    Geoff
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    United Launch Alliance (ULA) conducted a Atlas V launch today at 11:30 am PDT, orbiting DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 Earth observation satellite. The launch was the first commercial Atlas mission to fly out of Vandenberg. WorldView-3 is the first multi-payload, super-spectral, one-foot-resolution commercial satellite. It is intended to operate at an altitude of 617 km and can collect up to 680,000 km² per day. 
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    GPS Tracklog

  • This Week in GPS — August 22, 2014

    Liz E.
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. This week’s featured image is a cheerful kitty modeling Pawtrack, a GPS tracker designed specifically for cats. Check out our article below for more information: From GPS Tracklog New GPS Tracker Designedread more The post This Week in GPS — August 22, 2014 appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • GPS Tracking App Helps Veterans

    Liz E.
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
      In the wake of social GPS apps like Tinder and Grindr, two veterans have created an app designed to help veterans locate and contact other veterans they served with or veterans simply in the same area. Dubbed Position Report or POS REP for short, the app is designed to prevent returning veterans from feeling aloneread more The post GPS Tracking App Helps Veterans appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Garmin Announces First Android Powered Fleet GPS

    Liz E.
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    While it’s not ready for release just yet, Garmin has announced that they are working on a new Android powered GPS unit designed for local and commercial fleets. The FleetTM 660 and 670 have unique customization options common to Android devices and allow for integration of applications from partners and companies as well as widgetsread more The post Garmin Announces First Android Powered Fleet GPS appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • New GPS Tracker Designed Specifically for Cats

    Liz E.
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    There are dozens of trackers designed for dogs and kids and everything in between, but many of them are too large to comfortably fit a cat. Multi-purpose trackers are often marketed to dog owners, but as any cat lover will tell you, our feline furry friends travel quite a bit differently than their canine cousinsread more The post New GPS Tracker Designed Specifically for Cats appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Leikr GPS Sport Watch Features OpenStreetMaps

    Liz E.
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Introducing the Danish-made Leikr GPS Sport Watch, a multi-sport GPS watch designed for running, cycling and endurance sports. The watch has features that you would expect in any normal GPS sport watch including measuring speed, distance, heart rate (with the appropriate heart monitor), calories burned and pace to name a few. What makes this watchread more The post Leikr GPS Sport Watch Features OpenStreetMaps appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
 
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    GPS Insight Blog

  • New “Don’t Send Empty Reports” Option for Scheduled Reports

    rdonat
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    We just added a new functionality when setting up scheduled reports that allows you to control whether you receive empty reports with no data or not.  Some people like to see positive confirmation that no one was speeding, idling, etc. during a day, but some customers prefer they only see reports come in when there are problems. This way, the customer can specify for each scheduled report which behavior is chosen when a report would otherwise come through with no data (“To send, or not to send, that is the question”). New "Don't Send Empty Reports" Feature If you…
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    Making Maps: DIY Cartography

  • Mapa de los Paisajes de Cuba | Map of the Landscapes of Cuba | 1949 | Gerardo Canet & Erwin Raisz

    John Krygier
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
      The Atlas de Cuba by Gerardo Canet and Erwin Raisz, featured in a recent posting here, is accompanied by a large color map entitled Mapa de los Paisajes de Cuba (Map of the Landscapes of Cuba). The map is a hybrid of Raisz’s landform map style supplemented with diverse human landscape components. Canet and Raisz explain their methodology: The accompanying map of Cuba is a new experiment in cartography. Color suggests land types: cultivated fields, pastures, mountains, swamps, valleys, etc. The symbols were selected after a series of flights over the Island and on analysis of…
  • Atlas de Cuba | 1949 | Gerardo Canet & Erwin Raisz

    John Krygier
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    This Atlas is more than an attempt to describe Cuba. Our aim is not only to present the setting in which the drama of Cuban life is played but to show how this life itself changes its own setting, creating new problems and new adjustments to them. This dynamic element is usually absent from the impersonal atlases produced by governments, societies and publishing houses, which merely give a graphic report of a given moment of time. Our objective is to give a living picture of Cuban geography as far as possible in 64 pages. Our approach is as follows: 1. What are the facts?, 2. What are the…
  • Japanese Maps | Tokugawa Era | 1600-1870

    John Krygier
    28 May 2014 | 8:09 am
    Fujimi jūsanshū yochi zenzu (Map of the thirteen provinces from which Mt. Fuji is visible) 1843  |  Edo : Yamashiroya Sahei Source Kaihō Kai no Kuni ezu (Pocket map of Kai Province) 1842  |  Kōfu, Kai Province : Murataya Kōtarō Source  Ōsaka yori Tōkai ni itaru kairo no zu (Tōkaidō and the sea route from Ōsaka to Edo) 1855  |  Manuscript Source Shiga kenka Shiga-gun Fujio-mura chinai aza Ōhira Kaigaya Maegaki jissokuzu (Measured map of Ōhira Kaigaya Maegaki, in Fujio Village, Shiga County, Shiga Prefecture – Gunpowder Safety Map) 1870  |  Manuscript Source…
  • Map Art Exhibitions, 2012-13

    John Krygier
    12 May 2014 | 7:35 am
    Céline Boyer: Empreintes (from Céline Boyer) Denis Wood’s 2010 book Rethinking the Power of Maps includes a discussion of exhibits devoted to maps created by artists prior to 2010. A significant number of exhibits have opened since the book was published. Map Art Exhibitions, 2010-11 was posted in late 2012, and an update for 2012-13 is below. Map Art Exhibitions, 2012-13 While we know there were more exhibitions than we cover here – so please note any we’ve overlooked in the comments – the last two years have marked a slackening of interest in map art as the genre is…
  • Old Map Newsreels 1935-1965: British Pathé

    John Krygier
    26 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    The World Is Round! (1935) Air Mapping (1935) Moon Mapping (1953) Map to the Coronation (1937) Mainly Maps (1938) Mapping It Out! (1940) Map Depot In Desert (1943) Map Making By Women’s Voluntary Service – Quite So! (1943) New Maps for New Worlds (1945) Mobile Map Truck (Step On It!) (1944) Plastic Maps (1947) Map Making (1952) Interpol See Scotland Yard (Pre-Computer GIS) (1958) Map Making (1961) School Playground Map (1961) Map Survey (1965) Aerial Photography Aids Map Makers – Hungary (1965)
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    Geographic Travels

  • The Islamic State, and Nothing Else

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Back in June I wrote how the al Qaeda-breakaway group rampaging throughout Iraq and Syria should be referred to in English as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and not ISIS.  Now it is time to update that post.The group should now be referred to the literal translation of الدولة الإسلامية‎: Islamic State.  The organization has established a political theocratic state based on the Mohammad-era war Caliphate model.  It also now claims worldwide control of all Muslims.  It no longer considers itself limited to Iraq and the Levant.Just…
  • American Teen Wins International Geography Olympiad

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:25 pm
    James Mullen, a 17-year old Cupertino, California resident and rising senior at Monta Vista High School, took the top spot at the 11th International Geography Olympiad, held in Krakow, Poland from August 11 to August 18. Mullen finished atop the field of 144 competitors from 36 countries around the globe. He is the first American student to win the International Geography Olympiad in the 18-year history of the competition.The International Geography Olympiad consists of three events: a fieldwork event where students take observations and analyze them, a written portion that asks students to…
  • Hell on Mount Sinjar

    10 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    View Larger Map  |  Get Directions  |  View Bird's Eye Northwestern Iraq is actually a fairly multicultural place.  The groups which call this dry, desert area home areAssyrians: These Christians are descendants of the great Assyrian Empire which destroyed the Kingdom of Israel.  Today the vast majority of these Christians are divided between the Chalcedon Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East.  The Chalcedon Church has recently surpassed the Church of the East in size and both churches are working towards reunion under the Pope of…
  • Every Man Remembered: Mapping the Commonwealth's World War I Dead

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    The Royal British Legion has a great website that is attempting to document every British Empire/Commonwealth World War I dead.  Every Man Remembered is attempting to give every dead warrior a story and map out their final resting place.
  • Lakota Sioux Winter Counts: Calendars of Prairie Pasts

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Lakota Sioux Indians would record the previous year on winter counts.  These records were written on buffalo hides as the Lakota hunkered down for the winter.  The winter counts serve as witnesses to wars, famines, unique events, and even epic changes in Lakota cosmology such as the 1775-76 discovery of the Black Hills (which ironically now serves as proof against neo-myths such as the Lakota Sioux always lived in the Black Hills.  This myth is advanced in sources like Aaron Carpella's "Native American Nations: Our Own Names & Locations" map.)The Smithsonian Institute has…
 
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    WordPress Tag: Geography

  • Toys at sea

    Eva Amsen
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In January 1992, a container with yellow duckies and other bath toys fell from a cargo ship in a heavy storm. The container opened in the accident, and the contents spilled out into the Pacific. Cargo ships lose a few hundred containers at sea every year. The containers usually sink, and the contents end up on the bottom of the ocean. These bath toys, however, were made to float – and float they did. Song inspired by the travelling bath toys, by Rich Eilbert In November 1992, a beachcomber in Alaska found the first toys. Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer used this information to figure…
  • Research on Outdoor Education at Salem Elementary Moves into Implementation Phase

    chmafm
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Natalie Gillis is a researcher at Mount Allison University. Her work over the summer has focused on developing outdoor and environmental education curricula for use at Salem Elementary School in Sackville. She joined us in the studio to talk about the progress she’s made over the summer and the prospects for the implementation of her innovative work, which creates opportunities for K-4 educators to teach visual and language arts, social sciences, math, and ecology with the outdoors as a basic element of the educational program. “It combines two important elements of…
  • Don't startup in the suburbs: Why cities matter for startup success

    julysmile
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    When people talk about tech startups, they almost always mention Silicon Valley and California. Boston and New York also come up in conversation. Technology, however, seems like it should make cities obsolete. Every day it seems like some new app has trivialized yet another aspect of physical proximity. At this point, remote working tools are not even new technologies — so why does new business continue to concentrate not just in cities, but in the same cities? It’s true that these areas are startup “superhubs” as this infographicindicates. It’s also true that most startup…
  • report from Virginia #1

    Come To Timmy
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Time really does change its nature depending on where it is happening; easy to believe even if it isn’t that way. Should someone come out of the blue and ask how long we’ve been here or how long ago we departed Romania, I’d in calmest confidence answer that at least one month has trickled into history’s drainage; but it’s been less than two weeks. I won’t say I dislike this place. I can’t say I dislike this place. I wasn’t born here but did spend the clear majority of formative years here; always loved the place; I know debates occur whether Virginia is genuinely Southern or…
  • Now, this is better!

    Claire Chesneau
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
      Another ‘first view’ of Camberley town centre and this is a bit unremarkable but definitely Good and Green!  The long leafy ‘wall’ on the right is the grounds of the Staff College and RMA……
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    Google Sightseeing

  • Oh dear, it looks like the Google Streetview car has gone and run over and killed a dog in Chile

    Alex Turnbull
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    You're reading an entry from Google Sightseeing, which is copyright © 2014 Alex Turnbull & James Turnbull and must not be reproduced without permission.
  • Streetview now available in Cambodia, including Angkor Wat!

    Alex Turnbull
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    You're reading an entry from Google Sightseeing, which is copyright © 2014 Alex Turnbull & James Turnbull and must not be reproduced without permission.
  • On this day: Loch Ness Monster Legend Began

    Ian Brown
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The legend of the Loch Ness Monster began on this day 1450 years ago, when Irish monk Columba banished a ‘water beast’ to the depths after it killed a man who had been swimming in the River Ness. (Although the reality is that this ancient history was only attached to the legend in modern times when ‘sightings’ of Nessie were reported in the 1930s.) Locations: Scotland / Categories: On this day, Street Views, WeirdnessView in Google Earth You're reading an entry from Google Sightseeing, which is copyright © 2014 Alex Turnbull & James Turnbull and must not be reproduced without…
  • My 200th Post – A Look Back

    Ian Brown
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    Almost six years ago I wrote a brief article for Google Sightseeing. Today marks my 200th full-length1 post, so I’m indulging myself with a look back at a few of my personal favourites. My first post was about the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a city I had recently visited. The satellite imagery is different but not really improved since that first post. Back when I started writing there was only satellite imagery to use as a reference, as Street View coverage was very limited and poor quality, and forty-five degree imagery was not yet available anywhere. Both of those…
  • On this day: The Mona Lisa Was Stolen

    Ian Brown
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Call Inspector Clouseau! On August 21, 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. The case was a mystery for two years until the thief (a museum employee who believed the painting belonged in Italy) was discovered when attempting to sell it to a museum in Florence. Locations: France / Categories: Buildings, On this day, Street ViewsView in Google Earth You're reading an entry from Google Sightseeing, which is copyright © 2014 Alex Turnbull & James Turnbull and must not be reproduced without permission.
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    BrickHouse Security Blog: Tech News, Hidden Cameras, GPS Trackers and more

  • Could Body-Worn Cameras Prevent the Next Ferguson?

    Erik Helin
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    With protest and outcry in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., citizens and police find themselves looking for answers on how to improve relations and prevent more senseless death; some argue that the answer is wearable cameras. Recently, BrickHouse Security CEO Todd Morris joined Fox Business’ Liz Claman on After the Bell to discuss the rising trend of officers turning to body-worn cameras for added accountability in dealing with the public. “We’ve heard from police officers who pay with their own money, out of their own pocket, for a…
  • Russian Hack Compromises Over a Billion Usernames and Passwords Worldwide, BrickHouse CEO Todd Morris Weighs In

    Erik Helin
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    In an era defined by monumental data breaches, Russian hackers may have taken the cake when they took over a billion username and password combinations, reports the New York Times. The hackers, a presumed small, tight-knit group of south central Russian 20-somethings, targeted sites worldwide, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to smaller websites. The criminals collected 4.5 billion records; after duplicates were filtered out, however, they wound up with 1.2 billion unique usernames and passwords. Milwaukee-based security firm Hold Security discovered the breach, which was later confirmed…
  • A Prison Without Bars: How GPS Tracking Could Fix A Broken System

    Erik Helin
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    At some point in every American’s lifetime we’ve heard the assertion that “our prison system is broken”; now, at long last, a fix may exist — in the form of GPS tracking. A quick crunch of the numbers makes a valid argument that the system is misguided at best, and grotesquely unjust at worst. Some of the statistical highlights: 1 in every 108 adults were in prison or jail in 2012, 1 in 28 American children has a parent behind bars, recidivism rates are over 40% (as of 2011), the number of prisoners in the US has more than quadrupled since 1980, and so on. And, all…
  • Security Issues Plague World Cup – Security News Roundup

    BrickHouse Security
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:47 pm
    With the 2014 World Cup kickoff just hours away, international focus has shifted to Brazil, where protests and allegations of unpreparedness have plagued coverage of the event. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting security stories from the Cup below. Mass Protests Mar World Cup Proceedings In the weeks and months leading up to the World Cup, Brazil has seen demonstrations and protests throughout the country, but mainly in metropolitan areas like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, which is set to host the first match. While there are a number of contributing factors to the unrest in…
  • GPS Tracking Attempts to Eradicate Australian Ferris Buellers

    Erik Helin
    23 May 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Before you cut out for the long weekend, be thankful that your boss isn’t monitoring your whereabouts. One middle school in Alice Springs, Australia has instituted a GPS tracking program for its students that has improved attendance to a staggering 90%. Centralian Middle School in Australia’s Northern Territory had an attendance rate of just 68% before instituting the program; now, with nearly 60 families enrolled, the number of reported non-attendances has dropped from 60 per week to just 5. The program uses an app called “messageyou” which is installed on a…
 
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  • Eerie Instruments Played by the Wind

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    "Singing, Ringing Tree," played by the wind in Lancashire (photograph by Mark Tighe) Other than the ubiquitous wind-chimes sounding on your balcony, there are a variety of instruments that are played only by the wind, ranging from those small enough to sit on your windowsill to massive pieces of modern art and poorly-designed skyscrapers. While known in ancient Greece, India, and China, the Aeolian harp ("Aeolian" from the ancient Greek god and "keeper of the winds," Aeolus) was "rediscovered" in Europe during the 1650s, by Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit priest, and went on to…
  • On the Street with Saint Death in Tepito, Mexico

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Santa Muerte in Tepito (all photographs by Toni François) The Santa Muerte rosary service held in Tepito, Mexico City's most notorious barrio, is the signature public ritual of the burgeoning cult of the skeleton saint. On the first day of each month, thousands of devotees converge on tiny Alfareria street to participate in both the recitation of the rosary and the carnivalesque street scene that precedes the epic prayer to both the Virgin Mary and Saint Death. Many arrive hours in advance of the late afternoon service to claim a few feet of sidewalk space for their portable…
  • The Best New Wonders of August

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    The foundation of Atlas Obscura is contributed by intrepid users around the world, out exploring the places no one else is noticing, or delving into history that's been all but forgotten. Here we are highlighting five of our favorite recent additions to the Atlas. Have a place we've missed? Create an account and become a part of our community. AI PIOPPI PLAYGROUND Treviso, Italy photograph by Oriol Ferrer Mesià One man spent over 40 years handcrafting the Ai Pioppi Playground out in an Italian forest. Contributed by Atlas Obscura user…
  • Places of Pause in a City That Never Sleeps: NYC's Hidden Meditation Spots

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Pausing on the NYC subway (photograph by Susan Sermoneta) No one expects the intense velocity of New York City to stop for them. But human beings are known to short circuit without a moment of pause here and there to reflect. No matter your religious belief or method of practice, meditation can be an incredibly healing mind-body therapy. One just needs to find a place of their own to be still and breathe. Maybe it is no surprise that a city notorious for never sleeping would also hold so many beautiful little tranquil spots of weary citizen asylum. But when millions of resourceful New…
  • Rising of the Gehlyrns: Anatomy of a Kcymaerxthaere Installation

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    From August to September, Eames Demetrios, Geographer-at-Large for Kcymaerxthaere, is serving as the Geographer-in-Residence at Atlas Obscura. Here he explains more about how a Kcymaerxthaere site, one of the many of points around the globe that tell the story of a world parallel to our own, comes to be. When I accepted the geographer residency at Atlas Obscura, I really hoped a Kcymaerxthaere installation would be pulled off during the time of the residency itself, so I could capture a timeline in a way that I haven't really tried before. And we lucked out. Some Kcymaerxthaere…
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    GIS Lounge

  • Binning in GIS

    Amanda Briney
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    In GIS it is often sometimes hard to present point-based data because at times there are several different points and data symbologies that need to be shown. As the number of different data points grows they can become complicated to interpret and manage, resulting in convoluted and sometimes inaccurate maps. In order to reduce map congestion many GIS users use a process called binning. Binning is defined as the process of grouping pairs of locations based on their distance from one another. The post Binning in GIS appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • What is the Difference Between a Heat Map and a Hot Spot Map?

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    While they look similar and the terms are often used interchangeably, heat maps and hot spot maps are not identical processes.  Both processes are used to visualize geographic data in order to show areas where a higher density or cluster of activity occurs.  For both types of spatial analysis, a [...] The post What is the Difference Between a Heat Map and a Hot Spot Map? appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • EarthCube Data Initiative

    Rebecca Maxwell
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Improvements in technology have led to the wide dissemination of information. As long as you have a computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can access a large amount of data from nearly all parts of the globe. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is taking advantage of this reality through their [...] The post EarthCube Data Initiative appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Campaign for Geo Lounge

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    I started Geo Lounge back in 2007 as a companion site to GIS Lounge with a focus on geography.  The time has come to really develop this site as a comprehensive resource for all things geography.  To do this, I need to raise funds in order to tap experts in [...] The post Campaign for Geo Lounge appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Using Unmanned Aircraft to Help Map Threatened Plant Species

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    There has been a lot of news lately about where unmanned aerial systems (UAS or UAV for unmanned aerial vehicle) can’t fly in the United States.  Despite the negative attention, unmanned aircraft have many beneficial uses, for example, in the remote sensing of archaeological sites. Geography researchers at Central Michigan University [...] The post Using Unmanned Aircraft to Help Map Threatened Plant Species appeared first on GIS Lounge.
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  • 10 Free GIS Data Sources: Best Global Raster and Vector Datasets

    GISGeography
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Where can I find free GIS data? In a perfect world, you’d be able to find all the free GIS data you need in a single website. Of course, it would have to be free, downloadable from an authoritative source. But well, you know the drill. The world’s not perfect, life’s not fair. So that’s why we’ve put together this list to turbo-charge your search for free GIS data. We provide a list of 10 free, downloadable global GIS datasets from highly reputable sources. 1. Natural Earth Data Natural Earth Data is first on the list because it does an amazing job to suit the needs of…
  • Mean Absolute Error MAE in GIS

    GISGeography
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    What is Mean Absolute Error? Mean Absolute Error (MAE) measures how far predicted values are away from observed values. It’s a bit different than Root Mean Square Error (RMSE). MAE sums the absolute value of the residual Divides by the number of observations. MAE Formula: How is MAE used in GIS? MAE is used to validate any type of GIS modelling. MAE quantifies the difference between forecasted and observed values. For example, the SMOS (Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity) passive satellite uses a mathematical model to measure soil moisture in 15 km grid cells. The satellite-derived soil moisture…
  • Time Series Animation in ArcGIS

    GISGeography
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    How to Create a Time Series Animation in ArcGIS? A time series animation in ArcGIS 10x integrates time with spatial data. Time series animations work wonders… especially visualizing events. Imagine watching the melt of polar ice caps or the spread of a forest fire or disease. Showing these types of events captures your audience by viewing geography change with time. These tools are at your fingertips. Follow this time series animation in ArcGIS guide to learn more. ArcGIS Time Series Tutorial 1) Add Date Field in Attribute Data & Enable Time No surprises here. We need a shapefile…
  • Nearest Neighbor Classification Guide in ECognition

    GISGeography
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    How to do Nearest Neighbor Classification (NN) in ECognition Definiens Developer? Imagine… By the end of this post, you will become a better remote sensing analyst… all because you learned the highly effective technique of object-based nearest neighbor image classification. Or you might just learn something neat that we are going to see a lot more of in the future. We’ve already compared unsupervised, supervised and object-based classification. Nearest Neighbor classification is a hidden gem in object-based classification. Almost under the radar, there is nothing that comes…
  • Natural Earth Data – Free GIS Public Domain Data

    GISGeography
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    What is Natural Earth Data? If you’ve been in GIS for awhile, you probably know that it’s difficult sorting through all the different data sources that exist. There are a couple of sources that really stand out. If you want to make a beautiful map, Natural Earth Data should be on the top of your list. Natural Earth data is a free raster and vector data package containing the most common elements that you need to create a map. The scales of data are at 1:10m, 1:50m and 1:110m. Natural Earth GIS Data Download: Because time is valuable for all of us, Natural Earth gives a quick start…
 
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