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  • Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050

    Geography News -- ScienceDaily
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. Increased water-recycling and improved irrigation techniques are among many strategies identified in North America as key to successfully reducing global water scarcity. But despite what some may see as an insurmountable problem, it is possible to turn the situation around and significantly reduce water scarcity in just over 35 years, according to researchers.
  • What is the Difference Between a Heat Map and a Hot Spot Map?

    GIS Lounge
    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.
  • The Maps of the Week

    Maps Mania
    Keir Clarke
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    This week ProPublica released an impressive mapped visualization of the effect of climate change and oil & gas exploration in the state of Louisiana. Southern Louisiana is losing 16 square miles a year to the Gulf of Mexico. At the heart of ProPublica's map, Losing Ground, is a series of timeline visualizations of historical aerial imagery. These timelines allow you to observe the loss of
  • MapPoint discontinued !

    MapPoint Forums
    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...
  • Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change, researchers say

    Geography News -- ScienceDaily
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Healthier diets and reducing food waste are part of a combination of solutions needed to ensure food security and avoid dangerous climate change, say the team behind a new study.
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    Geography News -- ScienceDaily

  • Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change, researchers say

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Healthier diets and reducing food waste are part of a combination of solutions needed to ensure food security and avoid dangerous climate change, say the team behind a new study.
  • Antarctic sea level rising faster than global rate

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    A new study of satellite data from the last 19 years reveals that fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2cm more than the global average of 6cm. Researchers detected the rapid rise in sea-level by studying satellite scans of a region that spans more than a million square kilometers. The melting of the Antarctic ice sheet and the thinning of floating ice shelves has contributed an excess of around 350 gigatonnes of freshwater to the surrounding ocean.
  • New biodiversity metric defined by researchers

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    To understand how the repeated climatic shifts over the last 120,000 years may have influenced today's patterns of genetic diversity, a team of researchers developed a new biodiversity metric called 'phylogeographic endemism.'
  • Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. Increased water-recycling and improved irrigation techniques are among many strategies identified in North America as key to successfully reducing global water scarcity. But despite what some may see as an insurmountable problem, it is possible to turn the situation around and significantly reduce water scarcity in just over 35 years, according to researchers.
  • Not all phytoplankton in the ocean need to take their vitamins

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Some species of marine phytoplankton, such as the prolific bloomer Emiliania huxleyi, which can grow so big it can be seen from space, can grow without consuming vitamin B1 (thiamine), researchers have discovered. Until now, many marine microbes with cells that have a nucleus -- eukaryotes -- were thought to depend on other organisms to produce thiamine. If this were the case, B1 would be a major factor in controlling the growth of algae such as E. huxleyi.
 
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    Google Earth Blog

  • The best of Google Earth for August, 2014

    Timothy Whitehead
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    August saw a number of data updates from Google including new Street View imagery in Indonesia and Cambodia, and satellite imagery from around the globe. The launch by DigitalGlobe of their WorldView-3 satellite, and subsequent release of its first images, means the future of satellite imagery looks bright. Here are some of my favorite stories of the month: We told you about how Ian Brown at Google Sightseeing shows off the ten tallest statues in the world. Four of the ten have 3D models in Google Earth We also showcased CityRealty who have made impressive use of Google Earth’s 3D imagery.
  • Burning Man 2014

    Timothy Whitehead
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    We have talked about Burning Man a number of times before (2013, 2011,2010, 2007, 2006). Burning Man is a cartographer’s nightmare, because it is a city that is built within a matter of days, lasts for a couple weeks, then completely disappears, only to re-emerge the next year in a slightly different place, with a slightly different layout, and altogether new street names. The official website provides an official map for this year, and for previous years. However, there is an unnofficial version to be found on Google Maps Engine here. When viewed in Google Maps, it is rather clunky…
  • Digital Globe releases first images from WorldView-3

    Timothy Whitehead
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:42 am
    We told you a couple of weeks ago about the launch of DigitalGlobe’s latest satellite, WorldView-3. On Tuesday, August 18, less than two weeks after its launch, they released the first images from the satellite. Thanks to GEB reader Cesaley Sparks for alerting us to it. The satellite is capable of producing imagery at a resolution of 30 cm per pixel, but because of regulatory restrictions, they have to resample it to 40 cm before releasing it. Here is a slideshow they created showing what you can see with 40cm resolution. WorldView-3 40 cm Resolution Examples Madrid, Spain from…
  • The TARDIS in Google Earth

    Timothy Whitehead
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:34 am
    The popular British TV Series “Dr Who” Series 8′s premiere episode aired on Saturday, August 23, 2014. The series features a blue British police box known as the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space). If you search for the address “236 Earls Court Road W.8, London, United Kingdom”, in Google Earth and make sure you turn on you the 3D buildings layer, you can see a 3D model of the TARDIS as seen below. (Or you can fly straight to it using this KML file) If you enter street view at the exact location of the TARDIS model, you can see the inside of the TARDIS…
  • Using Google Earth and goats to combat wildfires.

    Timothy Whitehead
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    We have brought you many stories in the past involving Google Earth and wildfire. For example, stories about people and organizations using Google Earth to monitor wildfires in progress, coordinate rescue operations, map global fire data and simulate forest fires. But, prevention is better than cure, so to take it a step further, here is a story about how Shea Broussard and business partner Tony Shafer created FlameMapper. Using historical data of fire paths, they map out the ideal places to graze the goats so as to stop wildfires from spreading. They use the Google Earth plugin to display…
 
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    GIS Education Community

  • Beyond Mapping: Compilation of 25 Years of Essays and Activities about GIS

    Joseph Kerski
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    The Beyond Mapping Compilation Series of the 25-year run of the “Beyond Mapping” column by Dr. Joseph K. Berry in GeoWorld is finally “soup.”  The nearly 1000 pages and more than 750 figures in the Series provide a comprehensive and longitudinal perspective of the underlying concepts, considerations, issues and evolutionary development of modern geotechnology, including remote sensing, GIS, and GPS. Beyond Mapping: Compilation of Essays and Activities in Geotechnologies. The Series is organized into four online books (with hard copy options), each containing an Introduction, Ten…
  • Fun with GIS 162: Connected Fields and Dreams

    Charlie Fitzpatrick
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    A new school year starts, filled with promise and hope. Few professions exceed teaching for demonstrating faith on a daily basis. Teachers deserve every gram of support we can muster. Through the ConnectED initiative, Esri offers to any US K12 school a powerful instructional resource: an ArcGIS Online Organization account, plus guidance on use, and links to growing numbers of mentors. ArcGIS Online itself is maturing, getting stronger. Users in Organization accounts now have the capacity to add data fields in owned feature services and do calculations. I decided to explore this with data from…
  • 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…
 
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    GIS Lounge

  • Esri Wants Your Input on the Esri User Conference Agenda

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Esri has posted a survey soliciting input on the annual Esri User Conference agenda.  The survey is short and can be taken in five minutes.  It asks a series of questions about how the agenda is presented (mobile, online, paper, etc.) and accessed. The answers are confidential and the only [...] The post Esri Wants Your Input on the Esri User Conference Agenda appeared first on 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.
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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

  • Of place and space – the VerySpatial book club

    Jesse
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    As we have mentioned on the podcast a couple of times, we are kicking off a book club to focus on Geography themed books. We will focus on popular and trending books with an eye towards texts that are current and less expensive (under $20). We are using Goodreads’ group functionality to host the book club. We encourage you to go over and check out the group and join us. Our first book is Alastair Bonnett’s Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies, which will be discussing through September. As this is part of VerySpatial you probably expect that…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 476

    Jesse
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 476 31 August 2014 An all news episode Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode476.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music War on Innovation by Azwel News NOAA using underwater “street view” to map and track coral reefs in Florida Keys Canada looking to map more of the Arctic for shipping, resource claims a href=”http://www.spacenews.com/article/civil-space/41706israeli-startup-talks-to-insurers-about-saving-europe%E2%80%99s-stranded-galileo”>Could…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 475

    Jesse
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 475 24 August 2014 Main Topic: A broad look a the phrase ‘existential GIS’ Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode475.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Long Time to Be Nowhere by Charlie Katt News Smithsonian turning to volunteers to help transcribe collections GPS Budget for 2015 drops despite Congressional Support Europe Launches new Galileo satellites Kung Fu meets 3D Bing Maps Adds 3D and Streetview to 100 cities GeoServer 2.4.8 Web Corner Cities at night…
  • 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…
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    BostonGIS Blog

  • PostGIS sessions at Postgres Open 2014 Chicago not too late

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:20 pm
    If you haven't signed up for our Postgres Open 2014 PostGIS tutorials, there are still a few tickets available, but time and space is running out. For those of you who've already signed up for our tutorials in September 17th, 2014, keep an eye on this page: http://www.postgis.us/pgopen2014. Not much to see there yet, but we'll be posting content there before the tutorials as well as the examples so you can flaunt your mastery of cutting and pasting.
  • PostGIS Minimalist X3D Viewer for PHP and ASP.NET

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    I've been thinking for a long time about creating an HTML based X3D viewer to visualize PostGIS 3D geometries. Now that I've started to document the new SFCGAL features, the need became more pressing. So I've created a very rudimentary one. You can check out the code on my github page https://github.com/robe2/postgis_x3d_viewer. I'm hoping to expand it in the future to allow people to pick materials for their geometries and also allow people to save the generated scene as a full X3D document. It utilizes the X3DOM Javascript library and JQuery for injecting X3D objects into the scene. I'm…
  • PostGIS Training sessions at Postgres Open 2014: Chicago

    19 Jun 2014 | 11:50 pm
    We'll be giving two training sessions on PostGIS at Postgres Open in Chicago September 17th 2014. First will be fairly introductory PostGIS Introduction: Geometry, Geography, and Geocoding and the second will be on more advanced concepts and tools PostGIS on caffeine: Raster, Topology, and pgRouting. Check out the other sessions at Postgres Open Conference Sssions Postgres Open 2014.
  • PostGIS in Action and PostgreSQL Up and Running 2nd Editions

    6 May 2014 | 9:09 pm
    You might have noticed I haven't been blogging much lately. Hopefully I can get back to that and updating the BostonGIS tutorials soon. They are embarrassingly dated at this point and I want to add more like using the very cool TileMill, comparisons between Leaflet and OpenLayers, updated comparisons between SQL Server, PostGIS, and Oracle among other content updates. Most of the reason for sluggish pace is that writing has been taking up a good chunk of our time. We are in final stages of two books, both 2nd editions: PostGIS In Action, 2nd , which covers predominantly PostGIS 2.1 and…
  • MySQL 5.7 GIS building on Boost Geometry

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Interesting times ahead. The upcoming MySQL 5.7 promises to provide great enhancements in the spatial space. They've scrapped much of the existing GIS plumbing they have in place seen in prior 5.6 and are replacing muc of it with Boost Geometry. In addition R-Tree indexes will be available for InnoDb. Details: Why Boost.Geometry in MySQL? and Making use of Boost Geometry in MySQL. Along the roadmap (not for 5.7) they plan to have geography support as well and projections, 3D and the various output formats e.g GeoJSON currently available in PostGIS. Just when I thought database spatial domain…
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    GIS in Education

  • 2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix

    talk
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) appendix. This effort was previously titled as the NASA University Research Centers Project and has now been consolidated into the MUREP Program within the NASA Office of Education. Through the EONS omnibus solicitation, the opportunity MIRO has been released. Overall, MIRO awards aim to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) literacy and to enhance and sustain the capability of…
  • 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:
 
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    GIS and Agent-Based Modeling

  • Herding Sheep

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Have you ever wondered how a farmer and a single sheep dog can herd sheep? A recent paper in Journal of the Royal Society Interface explains just how. Using GPS data from collars researchers have developed a computational model which  "reproduces key features of empirical data collected from sheep–dog interaction". The model has two simple rules: "The first rule: The sheepdog learns how to make the sheep come together in a flock. The second rule: Whenever the sheep are in a tightly knit group, the dog pushes them forwards." (BBC)The movie below (which accompanies the paper) shows some…
  • New Paper: Assessing the impact of demographic characteristics on spatial error in VGI features

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    LISA analysis of positional accuracy for the OSM  data setBuilding upon our interest in volunteered geographic information (VGI) and extending our previous paper  "Assessing Completeness and Spatial Error of Features in Volunteered Geographic Information" we have just published the paper with the rather long title "Assessing the impact of demographic characteristics on spatial error in volunteered geographic information features" where we explore how demographics impact on the quality of VGI dataBelow is the abstract of the paper:  The proliferation of volunteered geographic…
  • The Evolving GeoWeb

    5 Jun 2014 | 5:53 am
    We recently contributed a chapter to Geocomputation (2nd edition) entitled "The Evolving GeoWeb". What is interesting is the marked difference between the first edition (which was published in 2000) and the second. For example, in the latest edition, there is a chapter on agent-based modeling (ABM), while in the first, only cellular automata (CA) models were covered and ABMs only briefly discussed. We also see in the second edition new chapters including ours on the GeoWeb which shows how the field of geocomputation has changed with advances in Web 2.0 technology, greater computational power,…
  • A semester with Spatial Agent-based Models

    27 May 2014 | 12:15 pm
    This last semester, I taught a class entitled "Spatial Agent-based Models of Human-Environment Interactions" which introduces graduate students to the use of agent-based techniques as a means of modelling human-environmental interactions. Within the class we cover a variety of applications in areas such as agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, habitat degradation, interactions between human populations and nonhuman species and urban models. As with many of the courses I teach it combines literature reviews with hands-on modelling. One of the requirements of the class is for students to…
  • Special Sessions on GeoComputation @ NARSC

    25 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    --> Second Call for participationSpecial Sessions on GeoComputation61st Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International NARSC - RSAINovember 12-15, 2014, Washington, DC, USAThe special sessions on various aspects of GeoComputation are planned for the North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (NARSC) to be held in Washington DC, USA, November 12-15, 2014. Suitable topics for the session presentations are theoretical, methodological and applied issues related to GeoComputation – spatial analysis and modeling, and in the…
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    Geospatial Talk

  • App Script Form to add a Calender Event

    joesonic
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Google App Script allows you to automate work flows and create Add-ons with Google Sheets, Docs and Forms. It is also possible to integrate external Google Apps. One example is to create a Google Calender Entry or Event with an App Script. The following code snipped gives you the idea how it works: The function doget() is responsible to define the form to enter data needed to create the event.
  • Install a Nest Thermostat in Europe

    joesonic
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Currently the NEST thermostat is only available in the USA and Canada. But is it possible to install the Thermostat in also on the other site of the ocean? Recently the distribution was extended to the UK also, but on mainland Europe there is no official support. Nevertheless it is possible to install the NEST thermostat in the rest of Europe. With the update to NEST software version 4.0 it is
  • Android 4.5 Screenshots leaked - Codename Lollipop

    joesonic
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    Android 4.4.3 will be the next Android release. This release will only include bug fixes but no new features. The next big version of Android will be Android 4.5 and probably called Lollipop. It is very likely that this new version is introduces at Google I/O in June 2014. We are looking forward for the new and improved features of Android 4.5. New Multitasking with Project "HERA" According to
  • Leaflet and CartoDB - The perfect combination

    joesonic
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    What is currently the most easy and convenient way to publish geographic data stored within a database via the web? One easy way doing so is the combination from Leaflet and CartoDB. Leaflet is an open source library for publishing online maps. The JS library is lightweight (just 33 KB), and has all the features most developer expect from interactive maps. Furthermore functionalities can be
  • How to print from legacy applications and platforms

    joesonic
    9 Feb 2014 | 7:51 am
    Printfil is an application which allows printing to windows printers from legacy platforms like MS DOS, Unix and Linux via tlnet or other terminal emulator software. It is also possible to print to USB easily. PRN2FILE PRN is well known as a short term for print and used an acronym since the DOS ages. In DOS the command PRN was used for the standard printer parallel Port, often also named as
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    ArcGIS Blog » Mapping

  • ArcGIS Pro software licensing changes in beta 5

    Rhonda Glennon
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    The beta 5 release of ArcGIS Pro is now available. You can download it from the ArcGIS Pro website or check for updates within ArcGIS Pro. This release has some important changes to the way you authorize your software license. ArcGIS Pro follows a named user licensing model, where each user account is assigned permissions to access the software. Starting with beta 5, licenses for ArcGIS Pro are administered through your ArcGIS Online organizational account. This will be the software authorization method used for the remainder of the beta program, as well as in the final release. If you’ve…
  • User Contributions Continue to Improve Community Basemaps and the Living Atlas

    Shane Matthews
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The ArcGIS Content Team continues to enhance the Community Basemaps by incorporating new and updated content to the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, enhancing the basemap content collection. Thanks to the user community, the World Topographic Map has been updated with new contributions for North America, Canada and select locations in Poland and Australia. The refresh of North America is significant and includes updates with expanded coverage along with new contributions. With this refresh of North America, we incorporated over 100 community contributors’ vector data into our…
  • 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…
 
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    Maps Mania

  • Affordable Housing in LA

    Keir Clarke
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    This clever mapped application from The Los Angeles Times shows you where you can afford to rent or buy property in the city. Just enter your yearly income and how much of that you are prepared to spend on a mortgage or rent and the application will show you where you can afford to live in LA. Areas where you can't afford to either rent or buy are shaded red on the map. Yellow and blue shades
  • Fracking in Pennsylvania Mapped

    Keir Clarke
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    StateImpact Pennsylvania has released a series of mapped visualizations of Natural Gas Drilling in Pennsylvania. The maps show which operators are drilling in Pennsylvania and where. They also show which wells have been cited for violating state environmental regulations. So far there have been 3,331 violations resulting in fines of $4.9 million. The drills are displayed on the map with
  • Route Planning with Rest Stops

    Keir Clarke
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    Alongways is a neat and simple route-planning map, which can also help you find rest-stops along your journey. The application uses the Google Maps API Directions Service with the Google Places API to help you find handy places to stop along a route. The application is very simple to use. Just enter your starting location, a destination and the kind of rest-stops you want and the map will
  • The Maps of the Week

    Keir Clarke
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    This week ProPublica released an impressive mapped visualization of the effect of climate change and oil & gas exploration in the state of Louisiana. Southern Louisiana is losing 16 square miles a year to the Gulf of Mexico. At the heart of ProPublica's map, Losing Ground, is a series of timeline visualizations of historical aerial imagery. These timelines allow you to observe the loss of
  • Mapping Events

    Keir Clarke
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    MapTiming HASH is a new application designed to help you find upcoming events on a map. Currently the map is populated with the dates and times of church services in Belgium. However anyone can add an event to the map and the application is not restricted to mapping events in Belgium or to religious services. Over the years there have been many attempts to crack the events mapping market. One
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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 Finished... 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

  • Thunb drive

    cbx9mm
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    Can I run Mappoint 2013 off a thumb drive instead of downloading to laptop to save space?
  • MPExporter: Export Maptitude & Excel ready for beta testing

    Winwaed
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The new version of MPExporter (v1.2) is pretty much ready for beta testing if anyone is interested. MPExporter is designed to "export all your accessible data out of MapPoint". The released version already supports KML, HTML (Google Maps/Bing Maps), and SVG. The new version adds Excel (datasets only) and Maptitude. MPExporter can export all data map types (pie charts, bar charts) to a matching plot type in Maptitude.(*) Please contact me off list if interested, thanks. (*) As with the other output formats, shaded area output is currently limited to the US running the Professional…
  • 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…
  • 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

  • Latest Words from the Acquisition Guru of the World’s Gold Standard for PNT

    Don Jewell
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    Col. William Cooley, Director, U.S.A.F. Global Positioning Systems Directorate. Colonel William “Wild Bill” Cooley, director of the GPS Directorate at Space and Missile Systems Center, discusses CNAV signals, GPS IIF launches, and the OCX with Defense Editor Don Jewell. There is probably no busier United States Air Force officer than Colonel William “Wild Bill” Cooley, Ph.D., the director of the GPS Directorate at Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), Los Angeles AFB, California. He is the driving force for all things dealing with acquisition and…
  • Assured PNT for Our Future: PTA

    GPS World staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Actions Necessary to Reduce Vulnerability and Ensure Availability By Brad Parkinson (From the 25th Anniversary GNSS History Special Supplement) Introduction Brad Parkinson About 40 years ago, we had a vision for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT). That vision was more than successful, and became known as GPS. In some respects we have been almost too successful: PNT is frequently taken for granted. PNT, in the form of GPS, has become a powerful worldwide enabler for productivity and for safety. Estimated yearly value runs to many tens of billions of dollars.  For several years, I have…
  • The System: One Step Back, Three Steps Forward

    Alan Cameron
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:11 am
    Galileo IOV Bird Mute; New Draft ICD; CS Proved; Late August Launch Orbiting in silence since an onboard power mishap on May 27, troubled E20 emitted cheeps from space on August 6, 7,  and 8, broadcasting on the L1 frequency. Nothing has been heard since.  Meanwhile, the European Commission (EC) published a new draft version of the Galileo Open Service Signal in Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD), issue 1, revision 2, on June 30. It is available for download and comment, the latter period extending to September 22. The EC’s open public consultation process seeks  to ensure…
  • Out in Front: 25 Years Young

    Alan Cameron
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Alan Cameron When I was a young man, the moment seemed like all there was, all there needed to be. Why plan? Why reflect? The days were just packed. Once I turned 25 — or somewhere around there — intimations dawning of my own mortality, I began to look both forward and back. It seemed like a good idea, perhaps even an important one, to draw from my own history, good and bad, and use that perspective to start building a more informed, more mapped-out future. That’s what the Special Section accompanying this issue is all about. So much goes on at all times — the days are just packed —…
  • Slung Low, Sweet Satellites: Galileo Anomaly Update

    Alan Cameron
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The satellite payload fairing pre-launch. The wording is terse, the intent clear. “Following the failure on Friday August 22nd to inject Galileo satellites 5 and 6 into the correct orbit, the European Commission has requested Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA) to provide full details of the incident, together with a schedule and an action plan to rectify the problem.” This is the only official face showing, but extremely high levels of activity take place behind the curtain, studying what might have caused several million Euros of hardware to end up much lower above the Earth…
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    All Points Blog

  • GIS Health News Weekly: SF Earthquake Impacts Sleep, Registries of Medically Vulnerable Citizens

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    Fitness Trackers Identify Sleep Disruption During SF Earthquake RE Sieber ‏@re_sieber  VGI & the quantified self: Fitness tracker UP shows spatial distribution of sleep disruptions near the earthquake The blog post from Jawbone, maker if a fitness device shows that more people... Continue reading
  • And Now Google Does Drones - Project Wing

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:51 am
    Google, too, is experiementing with drones. From the Google X team comes "Project Wing." Several media outlets reported today Google's experimentation with package delivery using their own drone design. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google said a 5-foot-wide single-wing... Continue reading
  • GIS Education News Weekly: USC Certificates, CyberGIS, Stanford Climate Change Story Map

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    New USC Certificates The Spatial Sciences Institute housed at USC Dornsife has added two new certificate programs. The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Leadership and the Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence offer GIST professionals additional expertise in their... Continue reading
  • GIS Government Weekly News: GGIM Standards Report, Sarasota Polygons, First Nations Map Their Land

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    GGIM Standards Report National Mapping Authority Perspective: International Geospatial Standards by Lead Authors Gerardo Esparza, INEGI, Mexico, Steven Ramage, Ordnance Survey International, Great Britain is available as a 26 page PDF download.   Sarasota Capital Projects Map... Continue reading
  • Update: Lion’s Share - An Indoor Location Quest

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Just a few months later and a few dollars more from my attempt, the Lion's Share paid off $2.4 Million to a New Hampshire man on Friday August 22, according to the Wall Street Journal. -----  Original Post: June 5, 2014 ------ I was on an indoor location quest. While I’ll don’t... Continue reading
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  • 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

  • First Worldview-3 images with 40 cm resolution available for download

    Geoff
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Digital Globe’s WorldView-3 Earth observation satellite was launched August 13, 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.  WorldView-3 is capable of 31 cm panchromatic resolution 1.24 m multispectral resolution (8 bands) 3.7 m short-wave infrared resolution (8 bands) 30 m Clouds, Aerosols, Vapors, Ice, and Snow (CAVIS) resolution (12 bands) with an  average revisit time of less…
  • Small utilities turning to "smart grid as a service"

    Geoff
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Globally, smart grid technology has emerged to help utilities deal with challenges such as increased reliability, the need to reduce non-technical losses, distributed renewable generation, and electric vehicles, but for small to medium utilities, access to IT resources limits their ability to implement smart grid solutions.   Back in 2010 McKinsey was already seeing AMI vendors starting to look at options for providing AMI services using a "software as a service" model.  Now power industry IT vendors and service providers are increasingly offering managed services solutions,…
  • Climate change projected to reduce South Asian GDP by 1.8% by 2050

    Geoff
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The South Asia developing members (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have a population of 1.43 billion people.   One-third of the inhabitants of the region live in poverty.  In a recent report the ADB has estimated the impact of climate change on important sectors of the economies (agriculture, energy, coastal and marine resources, forests and other ecosystems, health, and water) of these countries.   It projects that the total cost of climate change in South Asia will increase over time and that in the business-as-usual…
  • 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 street 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…
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    GPS Tracklog

  • Find Your Way With Smart Shoes

    Liz E.
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    While Smartshoes are not a new idea–we have actually written an article about tech-savvy shoes before–they are generally aimed at the very young, the very old or the disabled. But now, a start up company in India is intent to change of all that with the Lechal. Meaning “Take Me Along” in Hindi, the Lechalread more The post Find Your Way With Smart Shoes appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • New App Uses GPS to Save Lives

    Liz E.
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    The first few minutes in an emergency are crucial and sometimes ambulances and emergency personnel just can’t get there in time. But, if you live in a city, the chances are you are never more than 500 feet from someone who could help and maybe even save your life during an emergency. That’s the conceptread more The post New App Uses GPS to Save Lives appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Satellite Error Still Under Debate

    Liz E.
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    The two Galileo satellites launched Sept. 26, as you have probably heard, missed their projected orbit by just a smidge—slightly under 2,000 miles—and everyone at the European Space Agency is scratching their heads to try and figure out how it happened. GPS World reported that an independent inquiry commission has been appointed to investigate theread more The post Satellite Error Still Under Debate appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • This Week in GPS – August 29, 2014

    Liz E.
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:10 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 the Russian Soyuz rocket that launched the two Galileo satellites last Friday into what turned out to be the wrong orbit. Oops… From GPS Tracklog Can You Useread more The post This Week in GPS – August 29, 2014 appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • FAQ for Buying Automotive GPS

    Liz E.
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    If you aren’t a hobbyist in the GPS field, then the sheer number of options for purchasing an automotive GPS unit can be quite daunting. The alphabet and number soup at the end of the twenty billion models with the same (or similar) name can be incredibly confusing and unless you know exactly what youread more The post FAQ for Buying Automotive GPS appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
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    GPS Insight Blog

  • Dispatch Routes to Your Drivers’ Smart Devices

    rdonat
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    GPS Insight can now dispatch individual stops and/or routes to email addresses associated with vehicles and drivers.  The main advantage here, is that drivers can now leverage audible turn-by-turn directions used by the mapping Apps resident on their smart devices (iPhone, iPad, and Android).  Here is how it works: In this example, a company that repairs fuel pumps needs to route one of their service trucks to six local gas stations, a typical day’s work. First, the Dispatcher will create and/or load an existing route using GPS Insight’s Route Dashlet, just as they would for routing to…
 
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    Geographic Travels

  • Russia-Ukraine War Map Batch Three - Cartoon and Humorous Maps

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Russia-Ukraine War Map Batch One - The Opening Moves in Crimea Russia-Ukraine War Map Batch Two - Russia Reestablishing New Russia The Russia-Ukraine War has reached the world of cartoon cartographers (as did the French-Islamst War, Russia-Georgia War, and the Libyan War).Cartoon and humorous maps of the Ukrainian of conflict have been floating around on the internet for a while but the Canadian Staff at NATO and the Russian Mission to NATO shot off the first major argument about the war via cartoonish maps.Canada reminded Russia that Ukraine is not part of Russia.Russia responded in…
  • Russia-Ukraine War Map Batch Two - Russia Reestablishing New Russia

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Russia-Ukraine War Map Batch One - The Opening Moves in Crimea The main question is if Russia intends to a) link up with the areas currently held by the Federation of Novorussiya b) claim all lost territory of the people's republics or c) reclaim all the old New Russia region? Image from the Ukrainian government.The Russian Federation has invaded Ukraine again.  In the first invasion Russia sought to annex the Crimean Peninsula. Now, Russia is attempting to aid in the establishment of pro-Moscow "people's republics" which would act as unrecognized, mini-Transnistrias designed to keep…
  • The United Kingdom would be the Poorest State Besides Mississippi if it Joined the United States, Kind of Sort of

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    The British Spectator magazine has an interesting article which claims the United Kingdom would be the second poorest state in the union (with Mississippi being the poorest).  The author uses gross domestic product per capita and purchasing power parity to back up this claim.So is this claim true?  By its own system: yes.  However, this is where lies, dang lies, and statistics come to haunt us.  Under this system Alaska and Wyoming come out as the richest states in the union?  Why, because there are less people in the state, cost of living is relatively low, and there…
  • 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…
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  • It's what we do

    mr.smith
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Welcome To Geography! from Simon Jones
  • What Shape Is a Minefield?

    Matthew Bolton
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    One of the persistent misperceptions of minefields is that they are like a flat, rectangular, clearly-bounded football field. I’m not exactly sure who to blame: perhaps Hollywood, perhaps the computer game Minesweeper, perhaps simply the word “minefield”. But reality is far more complex. A minefield often replicates the shape of the conflict that produced it. Contemporary battlefields are rarely like the neatly divided board of the game Risk or chess. Ambushes, improvised explosive devices, remote aerial attacks and the shifting allegiances of fragmented factions mean there are no clear…
  • Fine Just the Way it is (28)

    irenesroth
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Fine Just the way it is By Annie Proulx Here is another top-notch novel by Annie. It is written in such a flowing manner and with a beauty that surpasses a lot of authors I read over the past few years. In this novel, she returns to the territory of Brokeback Mountain. This novel follows the first volume of the Wyoming stories and Bad Dirt, her second in the series. In this book, she expands the limits of these other books in her usual poetic style. She shows once again how so many generations of Americans struggle in the West. Annie’s characters try to climb out of poverty and…
  • Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2 (27)

    irenesroth
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Bad Dirt Wyoming Stories 2 By Annie Proulx These stories are beautifully written. It is the second book in the Wyoming series. The book has serious and sad overtones. The characters in this collection of stories struggle with so many different hardships. The Wyomingites are bound by their land and custom. Because of this, a lot of them are isolated and dangerous. Annie shows an amazing knowledge of Wyoming and the West. She also is interested in describing the Wyoming landscape. Wyoming has been described as the emptiest state. I can see why this is so now. Thank you Annie for another…
  • September 11, part 4

    waltzingaustralia
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Continued to stop at any place marked as a lookout. At many of these, including the at the Twelve Apostles, when I reached them, the salt spray from the waves far below was being whipped by the wind up over the cliff edges. And in some places, the waves themselves were topping the cliffs. It was too beautiful to leave, so I ended up fairly drenched. What an amazing place. Crashing Waves The Twelve Apostles is probably the most famous of the rock formations along the Great Ocean Road, even though only nine of the twelve rock pillars remain standing. It is the last of the great, towering…
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    Google Sightseeing

  • On this day: Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope Ended

    Ian Brown
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    On this day in 1980, illness forced Terry Fox to abandon his Marathon of Hope, in which he was running across Canada at the equivalent of a full marathon every day, to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. He died of cancer nine months later. Annual Terry Fox Runs across the country raise millions of dollars for cancer research. A monument outside Thunder Bay marks the point where he had to stop. Photosphere by Bryan Evans. Locations: Ontario / Categories: Monuments, On this dayView in Google Earth You're reading an entry from Google Sightseeing, which is copyright…
  • On this day: Mount Washington Cog Railway Opened

    Ian Brown
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    All Aboard! On this day 145 years ago, the cog railway opened on Mount Washington, allowing an easy route for visitors to the top of the tallest peak in the Eastern US. The cog system was the first to be built on a mountainside, where gradients reach as much as 37%. While you can walk (the very hard way up) or drive (easier, but at times terrifying), travelling behind one of the railway’s steam locomotives is the best way to go. Street View at the summit just gives us a glimpse of one of them. Locations: New Hampshire / Categories: On this day, Other Vehicles, Street ViewsView in Google…
  • On this day: MLK’s I have a Dream Speech

    Ian Brown
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous I Have a Dream speech. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King addressed an immense crowd of a quarter of a million civil rights supporters. It has been called the top American speech of the 20th century. Locations: District of Columbia / Categories: 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.
  • On this day: Elvis Met The Beatles

    Ian Brown
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    On August 27, 1965, Elvis Presley met The Beatles at his L.A. mansion. The English quartet were on a break from their US tour, and manager Brian Epstein negotiated with Col Tom Parker for them to meet The King. After the ice was broken a short jam session broke out, which would likely be one of the world’s most famous recordings, if only it had been committed to tape. Locations: California / Categories: 45˚ Imagery, Buildings, On this dayView in Google Earth You're reading an entry from Google Sightseeing, which is copyright © 2014 Alex Turnbull & James Turnbull and must not be…
  • On this day: The Royal Alexandra Theatre Opened

    Ian Brown
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    One more curtain call … the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto opened on this day in 1907, making it the longest continually operating theatre in North America. Even with a budget to build ‘the finest theatre on the continent’, the architect vastly overspent, installing Italian marble, fine woods and silk wallpaper. Many of the 20th century theatre greats trod the grand theatre’s boards. Locations: Ontario / 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…
 
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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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  • Morbid Monday: The Man Who Dissolved His Wife

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    “Unable to dissolve his marriage, he decided to dissolve his wife.— Clyde Snow, "The Stories Bones Tell" Adolph & Louise Luetgert (courtesy Alchemy of Bones) On Diversey and Hermitage Avenue in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is an industrial building that was converted to condominiums in the 1990s. Though this building is nondescript today, it was the site of a grisly murder at the end of the 19th century. Adolph Luetgert was a tanner and butcher who moved from Germany in the early 1870s. Shortly after his first wife died, Luetgert married Louise Bicknese…
  • Rascal: The Raccoon That Ate Japan

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Rascal shoos off some native species. (via Idea Wiki)  First introduced in the 1963 book, Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era, the impish little trash-eater known as Rascal was a hit from the start. The book, a memoir of author Sterling North’s childhood experience in which he adopted a baby raccoon for a year, was a hit with the youth of the era. It was quickly made into a live-action film by Disney, which depicted Sterling’s adventures with a comedic playfulness that was not quite so apparent in the book. While both of these incarnations met with popular…
  • Soviet Ghosts: Photographs from a Shredded Iron Curtain

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Buzludzha, Bulgaria (all photographs by Rebecca Litchfield) Out in the former Soviet Union, the Iron Curtain still hangs in tatters. Photographer Rebecca Litchfield journeyed through freezing winds and sometimes high security to document these abandoned remains. From Ukraine, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Russia, and places in between, she sought out the ruins of bombastic optimism for a utopian future and military paranoia. In a new book called Soviet Ghosts, released this month by Carpet Bombing Culture, these photographs are compiled into one haunting…
  • In the Face of War, Ukrainian Collector Shares his Faces of Death

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Death masks on display at One Street Museum in Kiev (courtesy the museum) As the Russian “stealth war" on Ukraine steps out of the shadows and fighters on both sides of the conflict are killed on an increasing basis, a collector in Kiev has decided to launch a new exhibition examining the the image of death itself. Calling the exhibit Ukrainian Pantheon, Dmitry Shlyonsky will be exhibiting some of his collection of 260 death masks at the One Street Museum in Kiev in celebration of the 23rd anniversary of Ukrainian independence. Death masks, which are made using wet…
  • Rusting Ruins Inside Chile’s Largest Nitrate Ghost Town

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    A water tower on the west side of Humberstone, Chile (all photographs by the author) Northern Chile is dotted with ghost towns abandoned long ago, which are slowly falling to pieces in the harsh Atacama desert. These towns were built around a mining industry that produced a product called Saltpeter (sodium nitrate), which was an important part of fertilizer production from the late 1800s. The Saltpeter works and the towns constructed around them became obsolete after two German scientists synthesized ammonia during the late 1920s, which meant fertilizers could be produced more…
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  • Esri Wants Your Input on the Esri User Conference Agenda

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Esri has posted a survey soliciting input on the annual Esri User Conference agenda.  The survey is short and can be taken in five minutes.  It asks a series of questions about how the agenda is presented (mobile, online, paper, etc.) and accessed. The answers are confidential and the only [...] The post Esri Wants Your Input on the Esri User Conference Agenda appeared first on 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.
 
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    GIS Geography

  • Data Driven Pages Mapbooks in ArcGIS

    GISGeography
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    How to Use Data Driven Pages in ArcGIS Data Driven Pages is a powerful map-making feature in ArcGIS 10. It allows you to generate multiple layer pages or mapbooks based on features stored in a layer. Each page is generated based on the extent that is defined in the index value. For example, an index value could be different cities, pump stations or cemeteries. Dynamic text can be displayed relevant to the attributes of a particular site (Insert> Dynamic Text). Each site’s text would be generated based on its attribute data. Data Driven Pages enables users to cut down time on map…
  • 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…
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