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  • Another look at DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook coverage

    Google Earth Blog
    Timothy Whitehead
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:40 am
    Last week we had a look at Digital Globe’s FirstLook service and some imagery of the damage done by Cyclone Pam to Vanuatu. We have been going through some of the locations from the DigitalGlobe FirstLook Coverage map and finding them in Google Earth. Some locations we have covered in the past such as: The tornado damage in the towns of Pilger and Wessington Springs, USA The crash site of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 The Koslanda landslide in Sri Lanka. There are, however, a few locations that we have not covered before that have relevant imagery in Google Earth and you can see the…
  • The Kingdom of Bhutan

    Google Sightseeing
    Ian Brown
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    The Kingdom of Bhutan has long held an air of mystery for many in the West. Isolated between India and China, and with restrictions on tourism and other foreign influences, this tiny nation (often considered to be the setting for the fictional land of Shangri-La) is far less well-known than other Himalayan countries. A few months ago, however, Google opened up the country via Street View, allowing us all to explore the many wonders of the Land of the Thunder Dragon. The Street View car travelled some 3000km (1900 miles) of roads throughout the country, from the four-lane expressway in the…
  • Antarctic ice shelves rapidly thinning

    Geography News -- ScienceDaily
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    A new study has revealed that the thickness of Antarctica's floating ice shelves has recently decreased by as much as 18 percent in certain areas over nearly two decades, providing new insights on how the Antarctic ice sheet is responding to climate change.
  • Google Views and Business View not working in Google Earth

    Google Earth Blog
    Timothy Whitehead
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Google Street View includes three different sources of imagery: Google Street View captured using Google’s special cameras mounted on cars / boats or the Trekker. Google Views, which consists of user submitted imagery, typically 360° panoramas. The easiest way to do this is with Google’s Photo Sphere app on a smart phone. Google Business View, which is Street-View-like imagery for businesses. This consists of professionally photographed 360° panoramas of business premises. It appears that neither Google Views nor Business View is currently working in Google Earth. Thank you to…
  • Collierville, Tennessee, Modernizes Its GIS with Esri Small Government Departmental Platform Program

    Esri News Feed
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Collierville, Tennessee, was able to update its GIS without breaking its budget using the Esri Small Government Departmental Platform Program.
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    Geography News -- ScienceDaily

  • Antarctic ice shelves rapidly thinning

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    A new study has revealed that the thickness of Antarctica's floating ice shelves has recently decreased by as much as 18 percent in certain areas over nearly two decades, providing new insights on how the Antarctic ice sheet is responding to climate change.
  • Twice the coral trout in Great Barrier Reef protected zones

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    Coral trout in protected 'green zones' are not only bigger and more abundant than those in fished 'blue zones' of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, but they are also better able to cope with cyclone damage, according to a long-term study.
  • Coastal property values could erode if nourishment subsidies end

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    The value of many oceanfront properties on the East Coast could drop dramatically if Congress were to suddenly end federal beach nourishment subsidies. Values could fall by as much as 17 percent in towns with high property values and almost 34 percent in towns with low property values. A gradual reduction of the subsidies, in contrast, is more likely to smooth the transition to more climate-resilient coastal communities.
  • A mile deep, ocean fish facing health impacts from human pollution

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Deep-water marine fish living on the continental slopes at depths from 2,000 feet to one mile have liver pathologies, tumors and other health problems that may be linked to human-caused pollution, one of the first studies of its type has found. Fish have been found with a blend of male and female sex organs including. The findings appear to reflect general ocean conditions.
  • Climate refuges found where corals survive, grow

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    As rising ocean temperatures continue to fuel the disappearance of reef-building corals, a new study finds there may be some climate refuges where corals will survive in the future.
 
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    Google Earth Blog

  • Google Views and Business View not working in Google Earth

    Timothy Whitehead
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Google Street View includes three different sources of imagery: Google Street View captured using Google’s special cameras mounted on cars / boats or the Trekker. Google Views, which consists of user submitted imagery, typically 360° panoramas. The easiest way to do this is with Google’s Photo Sphere app on a smart phone. Google Business View, which is Street-View-like imagery for businesses. This consists of professionally photographed 360° panoramas of business premises. It appears that neither Google Views nor Business View is currently working in Google Earth. Thank you to…
  • New Google Earth Imagery – February 2015

    Timothy Whitehead
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Google has finally produced an Imagery Update map for February 2015. Until now, the most recent map showed the December 17th, 2014 update although we had noticed a large quantity of new imagery since then. The map does not seem to be available on the Google Maps Gallery, so we only knew about it because Google shared a link to it on its Google+ page. To view the map in Google Earth, use this KML file. Monthly Google Earth Imagery Updates – February 2015 A similar map exists for December 2014. Do any of our readers know if one exists for January 2015? If so, please let us know in the…
  • Landsat data now on Amazon Web Services

    Timothy Whitehead
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:33 am
    The Landsat program is a joint initiative between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA. For a more in-depth look at the Landsat program and its history see this pdf. The Landsat program has four decades worth of imagery, which is available to the public for free. Google has been using the imagery for Google Earth Engine since its release in 2010 and we have in the past looked at some time-lapses created with the imagery. Google Earth Engine makes the imagery available to researchers wanting to study it, as well as providing sophisticated imagery processing capability. Last week the…
  • Another look at DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook coverage

    Timothy Whitehead
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:40 am
    Last week we had a look at Digital Globe’s FirstLook service and some imagery of the damage done by Cyclone Pam to Vanuatu. We have been going through some of the locations from the DigitalGlobe FirstLook Coverage map and finding them in Google Earth. Some locations we have covered in the past such as: The tornado damage in the towns of Pilger and Wessington Springs, USA The crash site of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 The Koslanda landslide in Sri Lanka. There are, however, a few locations that we have not covered before that have relevant imagery in Google Earth and you can see the…
  • Theatre map of Great Britain

    Timothy Whitehead
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:33 am
    We recently came across an excellent map of the theatres of Great Britain posted on Google Groups. The creator Sue Bunch has put a lot of work into it, with most Placemarks including a photo of the theatre, a short description and links to the theatre’s website and Wikipedia page. To view it in Google Earth grab the KML file here Theatre map of Great Britain, by Sue Bunch. We are highlighting this map because it is becoming less common to find good quality maps created and shared in formats suitable for Google Earth. Maps Mania features many interesting maps, but the vast majority of…
 
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    GIS Education Community

  • Using Mathematics, Web Maps, and Geography to Investigate Global Temperature Extremes

    Joseph Kerski
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    In my last post, I described some simple but powerful activities that you can use with students to engage them in mathematics using ArcGIS Online.   What else can you do with mathematics with ArcGIS Online?  Using another activity I have written, I invite students to investigate global temperature extremes.   The activity begins by asking two questions: “Can you work effectively with numbers so that they can understand extreme temperatures around the world?  Can you compare and interpret information so that you can understand patterns over space and time?” Students conduct…
  • Simple but Powerful Mathematics with ArcGIS Online

    Joseph Kerski
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    ArcGIS Online can be used for simple but powerful STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) activities from primary school to university level.  These activities can involve measurement and fieldwork to foster understanding about geometric shapes, types of units, and numeric precision.  As a secondary school example, you could ask students to open this map in ArcGIS Online.  Use Bookmarks to zoom to one of the runways at the Abu Dhabi International Airport.  Select Basemaps and change the basemap to Imagery.  Find the longest runway at the airport—the one with the pushpin…
  • Fun with GIS 174: Cool Heatmaps!

    Charlie Fitzpatrick
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    Heat maps are so cool! The latest update to ArcGIS Online allows users to symbolize large numbers of point features with a heatmap, generating a color pattern that clarifies concentrations. A really good example of this is Map#1 of Esri ConnectED sites, showing locations having an ArcGIS Online Organization via Esri’s participation in ConnectED. In its default state, with a symbol for each site, the schools show up and a few blobs are obvious: Arkansas and the eastern seaboard. Without zooming in, there is no distinguishing detail along the east or across Arkansas. But switching to a…
  • GIS Brings Value to Community Based Projects

    Joseph Kerski
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    One of the ways that spatial thinking with geotechnologies is being incorporated into teaching and learning is through relevant community-based projects and settings.  One of the most compelling ones I have seen recently is the South Platte River Project at Englewood Public Schools in Colorado.  As illustrated by the graphic below, the project brings together content and skills in mathematics, science, reading, writing, communications, and social studies.  It engages students in piecing together the geography and history of their own local watershed in order to better understand the…
  • Four Strategies for GIS Educators

    Joseph Kerski
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    A new article in ArcNews entitled Four Guidelines for the New GIS Professional not only offers insights for those new to the field of GIS, but also for educators who teach the subject and who use it as a tool to teach history, geography, earth science, and other subjects. The article identifies four strategies that can ensure that a GIS professional remains at the forefront of this profession:  (1)  Build a strong platform; (2)  Extend the platform across the organization; (3) Leverage existing GIS investments; and (4)  Be active in the GIS community.  I believe that educators can use…
 
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    GIS Lounge

  • Solving Field GIS Wireless Connectivity Issues with Web Apps

    Matt Sheehan
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Wireless connectivity issues can be costly in terms of time, expense and customer satisfaction. Slow response times, and dropped connections can be impossibly frustrating. A primary challenge for field staff are weak cell signals. That can be due to distance from the cell sites, working indoors or blocked cellular signals [...]The post Solving Field GIS Wireless Connectivity Issues with Web Apps appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Landsat 8 Satellite Imagery Available for Free Via Amazon Web Services

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Amazon recently announced the availability of  85,000 Landsat 8 scenes through Amazon Web Services (AWS): Landsat on AWS. The Landsat scenes have been made available via the landsat-pds bucket in the Amazon S3 US West (Oregon) region. The announcement came via a blog post on Amazon: As we said in December, we hope to accelerate [...]The post Landsat 8 Satellite Imagery Available for Free Via Amazon Web Services appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • The Sound of Silence: A Noise Map of the U.S.

    Rebecca Maxwell
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    If you are looking for some peace and quiet, the National Park Service (NPS) has made it a little easier to find. A new map from the NPS displays the noisiest as well as the quietest places in the United States. What they found is not surprising. The east coast [...]The post The Sound of Silence: A Noise Map of the U.S. appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Learn Web GIS, Step by Step

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Esri has released a new workbook for GIS students entitled,  Getting to Know Web GIS.  This workbook uses Esri’s ArcGIS platform including ArcGIS Online, Portal for ArcGIS, Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS, web app templates, and ArcGIS API for JavaScript in order to teach students how to create web GIS applications.  The book [...]The post Learn Web GIS, Step by Step appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Using Satellite Imagery to Track the Ocean’s Acidity

    Rebecca Maxwell
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    The Earth’s oceans play a vital role in the health of the planet. Ocean dynamics impact weather patterns, it provides food and recreational opportunities, and industry related to the ocean generates significant revenue. The ocean also serves a critical function in regards to easing global warming, and scientists are now [...]The post Using Satellite Imagery to Track the Ocean’s Acidity appeared first on GIS Lounge.
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    AnyGeo - GIS, Maps, Mobile and Social Location Technology

  • USGS Maps – Over 18 Million Served!

    glenn
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    TweetAccording to the USGS, their maps have been downloaded by the millions since converting to digital delivery. The U.S. Geological Survey, through the National Geospatial Program, has delivered more than 18 million US Topoquadrangles and Historic Topographic Maps in the … Continue reading →
  • Open Source Geotech and OpenGeo components Explained

    glenn
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    TweetSome great questions have been answered in a recent blog post from the OpenGeo crew. The meaty article takes a close look at the OpenGeo Suite as well as a look at the individual, OpenGeo Components. For the non-developer type … Continue reading →
  • Enjoy the Chemistry of Guinness Beer on this St. Patty’s Day

    glenn
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    TweetA little shout out to all of our colleagues, friends and others who are enjoying the Irish spirit today. Here’s a fun visualization sourced from my favorite local Craft Brewery (here on Vancouver Island)  to enlighten you a little on … Continue reading →
  • Need Relief at the Pump? Check the GasBuddy HeatMap

    glenn
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    TweetWith the new year we saw gas prices dip to a level not seen in a number of years. Hold on though because the prices are now quickly rebounding. So how to find the cheapest cheap gas? (unless of course … Continue reading →
  • Looking for Real World Commercial Drone Apps and Uses? Head to Canada!

    glenn
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    TweetEver wonder when will commercial drone activity become a reality in the US and also at the same time wonder why Canada is so much further ahead? According to this fine read from Popular Science it really is simple, “The … Continue reading →
 
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    Spatially Adjusted

  • Hangouts with James Fee:: Special Guest Peter Batty

    James
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    The next episode of Hangouts with James Fee has special Guest Peter Batty, CTO at Ubisense. Peter will talk about this years FOSS4GNA, Leaflet.js, geospatial business trends and what’s he’s been working on at Ubisense. We go live next Friday (March 27th) at 1:00pm PDT and you can follow right here on my blog or at the Google+ Hangout event page.
  • Hangouts with James Fee:: Special Guest Glenn Letham

    James
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Glenn Letham joined me to talk about the state of the GIS marketplace, changes he’s seen over the past years and what he thinks GIS professionals need to survive moving forward.
  • SpatialTau v2.6 – When Maps Got Slippy

    James
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    SpatialTau is my weekly newsletter that goes out every Wednesday. The archive shows up in my blog a month after the newsletter is published. If you’d like to subscribe, please do so here. It seems like just yesterday but 10 years ago Google Maps was born. If you hopped in your DeLorean for a trip back to before 2005, you’d remember the days when we were all dependent on paper maps, print-outs, post-its and sometimes even a compass for directions! Getting from point A to B is something we do all day, every day—from finding the fastest way to get to work, to dropping the kids off on…
  • Hangouts with James Fee:: Special Guest Lyzi Diamond

    James
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    This week Lyzi Diamond (@Lyzi Diamond) of Mapbox joined me to talk about Oregon Football, coding, education, spatial and Mapbox.  You can view the show below or go directly to the Google Hangout page here. The backchannel chat occurred on IRC. You can view the chat logs right here.
  • Hangouts with James Fee:: Special Guest Marc Prioleau

    James
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Thanks to Marc Prioleau for joining me this week! As always if you missed the live show you can view at any time below. Next week the mysterious Ian White of Urban Mapping.  
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    VerySpatial

  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 505

    Sue
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:02 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 505 24 March 2015 Main Topic: Our interview with Dr. Ronald Mersky of Widener University Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode505.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music End of the World by Great Big Sea News French requiring new commercial roofs to go green or go solar Geospatial Data Act introduced in US Congress Four GNSS Satellites launching this week Amazon drone trial approved and FAA looks at speeding process Places API for Android and Beta for iOS Windows 10 coming…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 504

    Sue
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 504 16 March 2015 Main Topic: More interviews from the NCGIS 2015 Conference Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode504.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music North Carolina by divineMAGgees News NASA looks to develop augmented reality glasses for astronauts Bye to Google Code National Geographic State Geo Bees will be March 27th Esri –Esri DataViz Challenge –ArcGIS API for Javascript version 3.13 now out –AppStudio for ArcGIS Here maps for iOS Web Corner…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 503

    Jesse
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:27 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 503 11 March 2015 Main Topic: Interviews from the NCGIS 2015 Conference Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode503.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Going Under by Sarah Donner News Human fossil record pushed back MPs want drone owners to register Potential changes in census data/timeline ASPRS releases positional accuracy standards National Geographic’s $1 million global teaching prize(s) GDC and MWC Unreal Engine 4 is now free Unity 5 released valve announces…
  • Episode 503 delayed

    Jesse
    8 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Hey folks! Sorry, but I am caught up in a few other projects for the next couple of days, including returning to classes following Spring Break. We have the episode recorded, but I have been editing reports, documents, ppts, quizzes, labs, etc since Tuesday and before that it was grading midterms, not leaving time to edit this week’s podcast. Once I get the report wrapped up I should be able to take the 1.5-2 hours it takes to get the episode edited and put together. It may be up as early as Monday night, but I think Wednesday night (EDT) is a more likely release timeline. I think I am…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 502

    Sue
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 502 1 March 2015 Main Topic: A News Episode Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode502.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Going Under by Sarah Donner News FCC Net Neutrality Vote –municipal broadband –e911 updates in late January UN resolution calls for a coordinated approach to geodesy DigitalGlobe begins sales of 30-cm imagery Sentinel-2A: New eyes of Copernicus ready for space Apple Maps adds animated imagery HTC Vive previewed Autodesk’s Memento…
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    BostonGIS Blog

  • PostGIS workshops at FOSS4G NA 2015 San Francisco

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:04 pm
    There will be two PostGIS workshops at FOSS4G NA 2015 on March 9th. Signup if you haven't already. PostGIS Up and Running 9AM - 12 PM. This is an introductory workshop where we'll cover the basics of configuring PostGIS and using the PostGIS geometry and geography types. We also plan to demonstrate some new features coming in PostGIS 2.2, particularly of the 3D kind. If time permitting, we'll do a quick coverage of pgRouting as well. Someone asked on IRC if we will be handing out certificates of completion to folks who complete the workshop. Some people need this because they are allowed to…
  • PostGIS funding

    12 Jan 2015 | 1:40 am
    A few people have asked how they can contribute to PostGIS work and sadly PostGIS is very disorganized in this area. Part of the problem is no one knows if setting up the work to collect the funds would be worthwhile, whose job it would be to do it, how that person would be reimbursed for the accounting work needed, and how that money would be distributed. That said, I have decided to start on my own to ask for funding for the recurring PostGIS maintenance work that I do and to treat it as consulting income. This is partly to test the waters to see if getting a more formal funding setup is…
  • Building GDAL under mingw-w64 with native windows ODBC support

    2 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    When ogr_fdw came out, I was very excited to try ogr_fdw out on windows. To start with I used the default GDAL that we package with PostGIS, which is built under mingw-w64 (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions). Then I thought imagine how much more I can get by compiling with more drivers. A big one on my list was ODBC. Sadly this did not work out of the box under mingw-w64. For windows folks who want to try out the ogr_fdw, I have binaries for PostgreSQL 9.4 FDWs which includes ogr_fdw and some of my other favorites. I do have the 9.3s as well, but haven't written up an article about them until I…
  • AvidGeo LocationTech Tour Boston 2014, Synopsis

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:11 pm
    This past Monday we gave an introductory workshop on PostGIS. Our slides are here: PostGIS tutorial. Overall the event was very educational. I did have a butterfly feeling through out since we were the last to speak. Talk slides Talks were good, but most of the topics were not new to me so harder to appreciate. The talk I thought was the best was given by Steve Gifford on Geospatial on Mobile. Two things I liked about this talk was it was a topic I didn't know much about (developing native 3D globe map apps for iOS and Android) and Steve was a very funny speaker. That kind of funniness that…
  • osm2pgrouting for Windows

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    For loading OSM data in a format already ready for pgRouting queries, the two common tools I've seen used are osm2po and osm2pgrouting. Unfortunately osm2pgrouting has been for a long time a Unix only tool mostly because no one tried to compile it for windows or test it on windows to see if it works. So this means that windows users who wanted a quick road to pgRouting nirvana had to use osm2po. Turns out the osm2pgrouting code compiles fine on windows (at least under mingw-w64 chain) and seems to work fine, so we should start making it available for windows. This is still experimental, but…
 
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    GIS in Education

  • Apply and Join The International Earth-Doc team

    talk
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    An international group of inter-disciplinary postdoc researchers advancing the next generation of integrated Earth System science towards global sustainability: through World-Earth Systems modelingAn Earth League InitiativeThe Earth League is setting out to advance the next generation of integrated Earth System analysis. This is in response to the current urgent need to deepen our understanding of potential pathways and transformations within this increasingly turbulent Anthropocene towards future world development on a resilient and stable planet.Therefore, we are embarking on a joint…
  • Landsat 8 'Remote Sensing' Journal Special Issue: Free Artcile Access

    talk
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    The ‎Landsat‬ 8 'Remote Sensing' Journal Special issue is now available.A trio of Landsat calibration scientists—Brian Markham, Jim Storey, and Ron Morfitt—have guest-edited a new Landsat 8 Special Issue of the journal Remote Sensing.From the editors:Landsat 8 (formerly LDCM) was launched on February 11, 2013. There are two new sensors on Landsat 8: the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). Unlike historically used whisk broom scanners (as on the ETM+ sensor on Landsat 7), these new sensors are examples of push broom technology. In addition to having…
  • SMAP Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite Launched

    talk
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Press Release. NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet.The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, a mission with broad applications for science and society, lifted off at 6:22 a.m. PST (9:22 a.m. EST) Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. About 57 minutes after liftoff, SMAP separated from the rocket's second stage into an initial 411- by 425-mile (661- by 685-kilometer) orbit. After a series of activation…
  • Join The Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW) 2015

    talk
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW)March 24-26, 2015Las Cruces, New MexicoNew Mexico State UniversityBackgroundThe annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW), initiated in 2002 by the NOAA National Weather Service Climate Services Division, brings together a diverse group of climate researchers, climate product producers, and climate information users to share developments in research and applications of climate predictions for societal decision-making. A unique planning team, consisting of several NOAA climate services partners, organizes and hosts…
  • William T. Pecora Award Winners 2014 Announced

    talk
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    On Tuesday afternoon, at the Pecora 19 conference in Denver, Colorado, the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA presented a group Pecora Award to The Landsat 8 Team. This group award recognizes a team that has made major breakthroughs in remote sensing science or technology that impact the user community. The Landsat 8 Team—including members from NASA, USGS, and the aerospace industry—is being recognized for its role in developing, building, launching, and operating the highly successful Landsat 8 satellite. Landsat 8 carries on the more than four decade Landsat data record using advanced new…
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    GIS and Agent-Based Modeling

  • Collective Behavior of In-group Favoritism

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    We just had a paper accepted in Advances in Complex Systems entitled "The Effect of In-group Favoritism on the Collective Behavior of Individuals' Opinions." In the paper we develop and an agent-based model to explore how individuals interact and how more  collective behaviors emerge (e.g. reaching a consensus or the spreading of opinions). The abstract of the paper is as follows: Empirical findings from social psychology show that sometimes people show favoritism toward in-group members in order to reach a global consensus, even against individuals' own preferences (e.g., altruistically…
  • Lipari School on Computational Social Science

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    If you are wondering what to do between July 26 and August 1, this summer, you might be interested in this years Lipari School on Computational Social Science which is focusing on Algorithms, Data, and Models for Social and Urban Systems. What will be taught at the summer school and why? To answer the these questions and to quote from the the homepage of the school: "Social and urban systems have been the focus of social science theory and research for centuries, but only until recently have computational approaches enabled novel explorations of challenging and enduring research…
  • Village Model

    12 Feb 2015 | 2:05 pm
    What now seems like a very long long time ago, when I was getting up to speed with Agent-based modeling and GIS, I came across a great edited book entitled "Dynamics in Human and Primate Societies: Agent-Based Modeling of Social and Spatial Processes". One chapter in particular that I really enjoyed because of its clarity and use of data was by Kohler et al. (2000) entitled "Be There Then: A Modeling Approach to Settlement Determinants and Spatial Efficiency Among Late Ancestral Pueblo Populations of the Mesa Verde Region, U.S. Southwest". The chapter explored the question of why…
  • Geosimulation and Big Data: A Marriage made in Heaven or Hell? Schedule

    9 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Do you like big data and geosimulation and wondering when to book flights or which sessions to attend at the forthcoming AAG Annual Meeting,  If so, you might like our sessions entitled "Geosimulation and Big Data: A Marriage made in Heaven or Hell? " taking place on Wednesday the 22nd of April 2015.Abstract of the Sessions:In recent years, human emotions, intentions, moods and behaviors have been digitised to an extent previously unimagined in the social sciences. This has been in the main due to the rise of a vast array of new data, termed 'Big Data'.  These new forms of data have…
  • Agent-based models in a web browser

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Sharing agent-based models over the web is never very easy. You can do it with NetLogo but it requires that your web browser supports  Java 5 (but this is not recommended). One could create a jar file for your model if you are using MASON, for example. But this still requires a number of steps before you see the model running. One way to bypass this is to build the model directly into the web page. While we have highlighted the use of JavaScript for Agent-based modeling in a previous post. Ernesto Carrella, a PhD  candidate from the Department of Computational Social Science has…
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    ArcGIS Blog » Mapping

  • The Living Atlas of the World has expanded to include new user community content in the World Topographic Map

    Shane Matthews
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    The ArcGIS Content Team has just completed another update to the Living Atlas of the World. The user community has provided new and updated World Topographic Map content for cities, counties and universities in the United States, Canada, and Japan. Another thanks to our users and partners who are supporting Community Basemaps. Applied Use – Topographic Map Updates, Useful Maps and Applications Our newest contributor is Alachua County, FL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k). The Alachua County Growth Management Department is leveraging the ArcGIS Platform quite well by creating feature layers, web…
  • Street Map Premium for ArcGIS now available for the Middle East and Africa

    ArcGIS Content Team
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    StreetMap Premium for ArcGIS Middle East and Africa enhanced street dataset is now available. The dataset provides routing, geocoding, and high-quality cartographic display for a number of countries in the Middle East and Africa using ArcGIS for Desktop or ArcGIS for Server. The new release of StreetMap Premium contains street data from NAVTEQ for 73 countries in the Middle East and Africa. You can learn about mapping, geocoding, and routing coverage for a specific country on the product coverage page. StreetMap Premium for ArcGIS Middle East and Africa is optimized to work with ArcGIS…
  • Smart Mapping Part 3: Rounding classes for Color and Size drawing styles

    Mark Harrower
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:53 pm
    (By Adelheid Freitag, ArcGIS Online development team) Esri’s smart mapping initiative helps to add professional touches to your maps automatically. In part 3 of this series (part 1 and part 2) we explore how smart mapping can make attractive map legends on-the-fly that use a clever approach to rounding numeric labels. A good map legend is one that is uncluttered, offers good representative examples, and uses rounded numeric labels that are easy to read and easy to remember. For most of us, “2,500” is easier to remember and work with than “2,437.8938” and is simply a better candidate…
  • Smart Mapping Part 2: Making Better Size and Color Maps

    Mark Harrower
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    In our first smart mapping blog we talked about how Esri has made it easier than ever for you to create attractive maps quickly and with confidence. Now, we explore the new continuous size and continuous color maps you can make with ArcGIS Online. Smart mapping is about authoring visually powerful maps that let the data speak for itself. As one piece of that, we introduced new ways to apply size and color to your data to tackle long-standing issues with data classification, while simultaneously overcoming some of the well-known limitations of unclassed maps. As a map author you now have the…
  • ArcGIS Pro in DaaS

    John Meza
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:16 pm
    During the Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit ArcGIS Pro has been demo’d this week from the Nvidia Test Drive. Location of ArcGIS Pro on Desktop The Nvidia Test Drive virtual machines are good examples of Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). In the demos ArcGIS Pro is delivered in a virtualized remote desktop that is provided by Nvidia’s cloud computing infrastructure located in Oregon. The servers containing the hypervisors have on-board Nvidia GRID cards  that enable the delivery of a rich graphic intensive user experience. ArcGIS Pro’s use of DirectX and OpenGL…
 
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    Maps Mania

  • Your Invite to the Turf Party

    Keir Clarke
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    If you haven't started playing with Turf.js yet I can only assume that it's because your invitation somehow got lost in the post. Let's remedy that now: This is your formal invitation to the Turf Party. No RSVP necessary. Turf is an incredibly powerful JavaScript library for performing many common GIS operations in the browser. Turf,jsParty is a great online editor which allows you to play
  • Rising Rents in Boston Mapped.

    Keir Clarke
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    Ungentry has released a nice visualization of rising rents in Boston. Ungentry are a volunteer group using creative technology to solve civic and social problems. One of their main concerns is examining the negative effects of gentrification. By using three synchronized Leaflet maps side-by-side Ungentry has created an effective tool for comparing Boston housing, income and demographic data
  • Tracking Shell in the Arctic

    Keir Clarke
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:59 am
    The oil company Shell have neither drilling permits nor any other regulatory approvals to drill in the Chukchi Sea, north of Alaska. Despite this Shell is sailing the drillship Noble Discoverer and the Polar Pioneer, a Transocean semi-submersible drilling rig, towards the Alaskan Arctic. Greenpeace are doing everything they can to highlight the actions of Shell. This includes tailing Shell's
  • The Maps of Saturday Night Live

    Keir Clarke
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    SNL40 is possibly not the most useful map of the week but it is kind of fun. Inspired By Saturday Night Live's 'Weekend Update' SNL40 allows you to view a number of different TileMill created map styles behind your favorite Saturday Night Live comedians. Change the channel on the TV to flick through the different map styles and presenters. There are six maps in total. If this format of map
  • Mapping Vancouver Energy

    Keir Clarke
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    The Energy Explorer is a set of tools for exploring community energy use in Vancouver. The site aims to encourage a vision of a more sustainable city through the use of renewable energy resources. As part of this aim the Energy Explorer includes two interactive maps visualizing the city's current energy use and its potential for renewable energy resources. The Home Energy Map provides a
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    Mapperz - The Mapping News Blog

  • New Ordnance Survey OpenMap (Open Data) Released

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    New Ordnance Survey OpenMap (Open Data) Released OpenRoads "OS Open Roads is a connected road network for Great Britain. It contains all classified roads (such as motorways and A & B... 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 on Raspberry Pi 2

    10 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    QGIS on Raspberry Pi 2 Asking what is a raspberry pi? then go to  http://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-2-model-b/ (This is work in progress) Current QGIS 2.2 but working on... 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.
  • Google Earth Pro now Free

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Google Earth Pro now Free 30th January 2015 "Starting today, even more people will be able to access Google Earth Pro: we're making it available for free"  Google Earth Pro... 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.
  • Check My Flood Risk Map

    14 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    The Check My Flood Risk map from ShootHill is designed to increase awareness among the public of the likelihood of flooding from rivers or the sea, and to encourage people living and working in... 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.
  • Explore a collection of historical maps of Bath

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Explore a collection of historical maps of Bath Maps ranging from 1572 to 1942 in a nice interactive way http://nadnerb.co.uk/HistoryMap/ source:http://blog.nadnerb.co.uk/?page_id=115Mapperz... 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

  • Announcing: MPMileage for Caliper Maptitude!

    Winwaed
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    We have just released the Caliper Maptitude port of our MPMileage batch point-to-point mileage calculation product. Input locations are read from a database table, and the results are written directly back to this table. MPMileage supports all of Caliper's route finding options, including fastest routes, shortest routes, and straight line distances. The Maptitude version supports most of the features of the MapPoint version but works as an add-in with Caliper Maptitude instead of as a standalone program. It also adds "Maptitude Data View" as a database type, and supports the full…
  • MapPoint and AutoRoute discontinued

    MapsUser
    21 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
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  • What will happen if Google and Microsoft leave the mapping world?

    Eric Frost
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    See full article at: What will happen if Google and Microsoft leave the mapping world? | Information Age I don't really see this happening. Microsoft has PowerMap, Bing Maps, SQL Server Spatial, they are definitely not out of mapping. Google is also in it for the long haul, but probably concentrating more on the consumer mapping app and driving. I guess I would say Microsoft is more about solutions and empowering knowledge workers, Google is more consumer focused. Eric
 
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    GPS World

  • Five Charged in GLONASS Embezzlement

    GPS World staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    Five people stand accused of embezzling 250 million rubles (more than $4 million) in federal funds earmarked for Russia’s GLONASS program, according to information shared by the Russian Legal Information Agency and reported in the Izvestia newspaper. The investigation began in 2013. Charges have been brought against George Kovkov, deputy general director of the Central Research Institute of Machine Building, or TsNIImash; Alexander Chernov, chief of the company’s Capital Projects Department; Alexander Belov, general director of one of the Federal Special Construction…
  • BeiDou Launch Expected Monday

    GPS World staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    News courtesy of the CANSPACE Listserv. The launch of the next BeiDou satellite is predicted to occur at about 13:45 UTC on Monday, March 30. The new BeiDou satellite would be the fifth GNSS satellite planned for launch by the end of the month, joining GPS Block IIF-9 (launched Wednesday), Galileo 7 and 8 (planned for launch Friday) and IRNSS-D (planned for launch Saturday, March 28).
  • Watch Friday’s Launch of Galileo 7 and 8

    GPS World staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    The upper composite containing the seventh and eighth Galileo satellites attached to their dispenser atop the Fregat upper stage inside the launcher fairing was hauled up the mobile launch tower then attached to the first three stages of its Soyuz ST-B launcher on March 24. (Photo courtesy of ESA) The seventh and eighth Galileo satellites are scheduled for launch Friday, March 27, at 21:46:18 GMT (22:46:18 CET) atop a Soyuz ST-B rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Streaming starts at 21:24 GMT (22:24 CET) at the European Space Agency website. The first three stages of…
  • Mobile World Congress Sees Rise in Indoor Location Companies

    Kevin Dennehy
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    Kevin Dennehy This year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was the biggest ever, with 95,000 attendees and thousands of booths, conferences and people with sore feet walking a cavernous exhibition hall. While the Geneva Auto Show ran close to the same dates, connected vehicle companies and technology were prominently featured. What was interesting, however, was the rise of indoor positioning companies and mobile advertising agencies with interest in location. BARCELONA — Joining the 95,000 or so Mobile World Congress attendees were about three dozen companies who are offering indoor…
  • iTrack Solutions Provides Web-Based Fleet Management Software

    GPS World staff
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Integrated Tracking (iTrack) Solutions Loki Gen 6 is a web-based mapping software derived from a series of other Loki software products focused on asset tracking for large fleets of vehicles. The maps are provided by Bing, but custom mapping can also be used with the support of Esri ArcGIS REST services and shapefiles. iTrack Solutions is based in Calgary, Canada, and provides GPS tracking, mobile data communications and display software. The Loki Gen 6 features are listed below. Home Home is a configurable dashboard showing plans, schedules, calendars and other details. Live View…
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    Google LatLong

  • From sea to shining sea: A Street View tour of the U.S.

    Lat Long
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Street View in Google Maps can take you on virtual journeys to far-off lands and exotic placesBut sometimes adventure is waiting for you right in your own backyard. For Americans looking to learn more about their country, you can now explore some new scenic and interesting places here in the U.S., thanks to new imagery collected through the Trekker Loan ProgramToday some of Michigan’s most beautiful places have come to Google Maps, collected in partnership with Pure Michigan. Visit the historic, family-owned Grand Hotel, or enjoy the view over Lake Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes National…
  • Zoom with a view: Visit India’s stunning monuments online

    Lat Long
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    (Cross-posted from the Google Asia Pacific Blog and Google India Blog)Since last year, we’ve partnered with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and other institutions to bring a comprehensive range of India’s heritage sites online, including national icons like the Taj Mahal, Safdarjung Tomb, and the Ellora Caves. Starting today, history lovers and online explorers alike can now find new panoramic views of 31 Indian archaeological sites and monuments on Google Maps and the Google Cultural Institute. Here’s a virtual walk through of some of these stunning monuments, made…
  • Mapping Brazilian islands, above ground and under the sea

    Lat Long
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Few people have set foot on the islands of Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas, but now you can visit them from the comfort of your couch. Google Maps’ latest Street View imagery takes you through both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, widely considered to be amongst Brazil’s most coveted destinations. This Street View journey not only takes you across golden beaches and around towering cliffs, but also deep into the ocean for Brazil’s first underwater Street View collection. With help from the Googler Trekker, a backpack equipped with a 15-lens camera, and our partners at Catlin Seaview…
  • Growing up in the shadow of Everest

    Lat Long
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Apa Sherpa is a Sherpa mountaineer who holds the world record for reaching the summit of Mount Everest 21 times—more than any other person. In 2009, Apa founded the Apa Sherpa Foundation, a nonprofit that works to provide better educational and economic opportunities to the young people of the Khumbu region. In March 2014, Apa Sherpa, Google Earth Outreach, and the Nepalese nonprofit Story Cycle, embarked on a 10-day trek through the Khumbu region, supporting local people to enhance the digital representations of their communities on Google Maps. We hope the project will empower the Apa…
  • Zipline through the Amazon Forest with Street View

    Google Blogs
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Home to millions of plant, animal and insect species, the Amazon rainforest is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Undiscovered species thrive in the canopies of the primary forests, atop trees that have stood for centuries. Starting today, with the help of our partners at the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), you can begin to unlock some of the wonders of the forest, by traveling from the upper canopy to the forest floor with Google Maps’ first zipline Street View collection.Trekker on a zipline in the Amazon RainforestHigh up in the canopy, you can see thick moss on the…
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    Between the Poles

  • Google deprecates enterprise products Google Earth Enterprise, Google Maps Engine

    Geoff
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    A blog post has been posted by Harsha Vardhan about Google's plans for retiring its enterprise geospatial products.  According to Harsha the Maps Business Unit of Google, which provides mapping services consumers and businesses, is moving forward with a different strategy with respect to enterprise users. As part of this strategy,  Google is deprecating Google Earth Enterprise, Google Maps Engine and Google Maps Coordinate.  The dates when these geospatial products are to be shut down are listed below.  Google has deprecated other geospatial products in the past such as Google Earth…
  • Augmented reality standard adopted by OGC

    Geoff
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has approved the Augmented Reality Markup Language 2.0 Interface Standard (ARML 2.0).  ARML 2.0 provides a free and open, non-proprietary encoding that content providers can use to specify the location and visual appearance of real world objects and virtual objects in an augmented reality scene. Additionally, ARML 2.0 defines a Javascript interface for communicating how user input selects, queries and dynamically changes the properties of these virtual objects. Augmented reality involves a smartphone or a tablet that has a screen, camera, GPS and an…
  • First online course for BIM-integrated energy modeling for buildings

    Geoff
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Energy performance modeling for buildings is a new field, but one that is getting a lot of interest under the impetus of government mandates and incentives.  It's so new that there is no set of standard best practices.  Energy modelers are having to make it up as they go.   But this is beginning to change.  Trailloop has just released an online course for BIM-Integrated Energy Modeling for buildings.  The course was created by Jean Carriere who is one of the early pioneers in applied energy performance modeling.  Jean has been working commercially in this very new field for about…
  • U.S. FCC adopts new rules to protect net neutrality

    Geoff
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    February 26, 2015 the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new rules  to protect net neutrality.  This is in response to a court decision in April 2010, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did not have the authority to impose net neutrality regulations on Internet providers.  The decision was made in the context of a court case against Comcast for throttling certain internet applications. The new rules reclassify broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service under Title II of the…
  • INSPIRE-Geospatial World Forum 2015 program released

    Geoff
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    INSPIRE-Geospatial World Forum 2015, a joint conference organized by the European Commission and Geospatial Media and Communications, has made available its full conference program. Almost 500 presentations are scheduled on topics including building information modelling (BIM), open data, big data analytics, open standards, linked data, cloud computing, crowdsourcing, Earth observation, indoor positioning, land information systems for smart cities, urban resilience and sustainability, health, agriculture and others.  Some 2000 delegates are expected to attend from more than 80 countries. …
 
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    GPS Tracklog

  • SPOT Celebrates 1,000 Rescues in Canada

    Liz E.
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    Just in case you didn’t already have enough reasons to purchase one of Globalstar’s SPOT Satellite GPS devices for your outdoor personal safety, the company recently announced that it has celebrated its 1,000th initiated rescue in Canada this year. Launched in 2007, this company specalizes in helping outdoor enthusiasts stay safe while they do whatread more The post SPOT Celebrates 1,000 Rescues in Canada appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Government Looking for Comment on eLoran System

    Liz E.
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    I came across a very official-sounding notice yesterday that the United States government is looking for public comment about the possible revamping and reuse of the WWII Loran system as a backup for GPS and I wanted to share it with you. You might recall that last year the UK began this process as a failsaferead more The post Government Looking for Comment on eLoran System appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • The Benefits of Premium Membership

    Adrian Faulkner
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    If you’ve been geocaching for a little while, you’ve probably heard cachers talk about being premium members of the geocaching.com website.  Some people will swear by it whilst others will feel that it adds nothing to their caching experience.  As a result it can sometimes be difficult to fully understand what benefits premium membership actually confers. read more The post The Benefits of Premium Membership appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Geocaching.com Launches New Search Tool

    Liz E.
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    Well, I have good news and bad news. Last week I saw that the folks over at Groundspeak have revamped a really important part of the popular geocaching.com website: the search tool for finding all of those fun caches. That’s the good part. The bad part is that I’m not 100% sure that the new searchread more The post Geocaching.com Launches New Search Tool appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Funny GPS Jokes for your Sunday Afternoon

    Liz E.
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    Most of the things that I write about here on GPS Tracklog are pretty serious and news-related. Satellite launches, navigational tips, new products and other relevant information for the world of GPS. But, sometimes, you just need a little funny in your life. So today, I have absolutely zero news for you. Instead, I justread more The post Funny GPS Jokes for your Sunday Afternoon appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
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    GPS Insight Blog

  • New Maintenance Icon for Overdue Service

    rdonat
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    We recently added a new icon to the Map Dashlet to show when a vehicle is overdue for service (for whatever you have set in the Maintenance Module). By default the new icon is hidden. Enable the new maintenance icon by toggling it on here: New Maintenance Icon for Overdue Service Now you can easily identify which vehicles are overdue for service because they will have the added wrench symbol overlaid on the icon: New Wrench Icon Overlaid on Vehicle Icon You can also see that service is overdue by clicking on the vehicle icon or by running a Service Reminders Report: Click on Vehicle Icon to…
 
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    Google Sightseeing

  • Walled Cities of the Caribbean

    Kyle Kusch
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    In many people’s imaginations, walled cities are associated with medieval Europe, but such cities exist all over the world. In this post we look at walled cities from around the Caribbean, most (but not all) of which are legacies of Spanish colonisation. We begin in Mexico with the city of Campeche. From its founding by the Spanish in 1540, the city was constantly attacked by English and Dutch pirates and privateers; enough so to warrant the fortification of the city beginning in the 1680s with a 2.6 km (1.6 mi)-long wall containing eight small defensive forts, or bastions, along with…
  • Google Ice View (Rideau Canal Skateway)

    Ian Brown
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Each winter, 7.8km (4.8miles) of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa freezes into what is dubbed the World’s Largest Skating Rink – the Rideau Canal Skateway. Located in the capital of Canada, anyone can lace up a pair of skates and glide along this spectacular World Heritage Site, which is maintained during the winter by the National Capital Commission. Each year more than a million skaters visit the Skateway, with peak season during February’s Winterlude festival. We begin our tour at the northern end of the canal, in the shadow of a number of icons of the city – the brutalist architecture…
  • Groundhog Day

    Alex Turnbull
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    Today is Groundhog Day, a North American festival which reckons that “if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks.” So in celebration, we’re posting Woodstock, Illinois, the location where most of the scenes from the excellent Bill Murray comedy of the same name were filmed (although it was actually set in Punxsutawney,…
  • The Kingdom of Bhutan

    Ian Brown
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    The Kingdom of Bhutan has long held an air of mystery for many in the West. Isolated between India and China, and with restrictions on tourism and other foreign influences, this tiny nation (often considered to be the setting for the fictional land of Shangri-La) is far less well-known than other Himalayan countries. A few months ago, however, Google opened up the country via Street View, allowing us all to explore the many wonders of the Land of the Thunder Dragon. The Street View car travelled some 3000km (1900 miles) of roads throughout the country, from the four-lane expressway in the…
  • On this day: Happy New Year!

    Ian Brown
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    With 2014 already over in some parts of the globe, it’s time to sing Auld Lang Syne and welcome 2015, The first spot on earth to see each new year is Millennium Island (formerly Caroline Island) in Kiribati, though it took a bit of crafty date-line and time-zone trickery to make it so. You can read more about it in our post from a few years ago which took a detailed look at New Year’s Eve around the world. Best wishes for 2015 from all of us at Google Sightseeing! Locations: Kiribati / Categories: Islands, On this dayView in Google Earth You're reading an entry from Google Sightseeing,…
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    BrickHouse Security Blog: Tech News, Hidden Cameras, GPS Trackers and more

  • A Letter From Our CEO

    Todd Morris
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:57 pm
    On behalf of the entire BrickHouse Security team, I want to apologize for the difficulties you’ve had with the transition from the Securus platform. I understand your frustrations and I appreciate the chance to address them. We’ve had relatively few complaints, but for us, even one complaint is one too many. Complaints included long telephone wait times, technical issues and feature differences between the Securus and BrickHouse platforms. As of today, we have resolved the vast majority of technical issues, and we’re working hard to address other concerns. We pride ourselves on…
  • BrickHouse Security Welcomes Securus GPS Tracking Customers Beginning March 16

    BrickHouse Security
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Following the acquisition of Securus, Inc.’s GPS tracking business, BrickHouse Security will be transitioning all Securus customers to its world-class GPS platform beginning March 16. Included in the acquisition are the popular Securus brands eZoom and Zoombak GPS trackers. Customers who have recently purchased but have not yet activated their devices will be given the option to activate their devices directly through BrickHouse. In addition, BrickHouse will be honoring all Securus customers’ current pricing, billing schedule and payment terms. BrickHouse has launched a microsite…
  • Seal GPS, CES 2015 and a Holiday Hidden Cam Surprise – Security News Roundup

    Erik Helin
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    We ring in 2015 with a smattering of security stories; some deal with current cyber threats, some with CES 2015, and some that will just put a smile on your face. Skeleton Key Malware is the First Scary Cyber Threat of 2015 A new year, a new strain of malware. The so-called “Skeleton Key” malware was discovered by Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit and published in a paper earlier this month. While not as massive as other recent hacking scandals that compromised enormous quantities of data, Skeleton Key is more understated and simple in its execution. The malware gives any user…
  • Retired NYPD Officer Mark King Awarded Inaugural BrickHouse Security $10,000 Education Scholarship

    BrickHouse Security
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    After a months-long search, BrickHouse Security has awarded its first $10,000 scholarship to Mark King, a retired NYPD officer injured in the line of duty and currently looking to further his education. The scholarship, which was announced late last year, allocates $10,000 to current or retired law enforcement officers wounded while on duty to help pay for their education or the education of their family. After an exhaustive search and vetting process, Mr. King was selected for his admirable service to both the NYPD and the US Army, and his commitment to education. Mr. King began his service…
  • Employees Steal More Than Shoplifters in US, Study Reports

    BrickHouse Security
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    As Black Friday and the official start of the holiday shopping season stand pressed against the gates ready to burst forth, countless retailers may be saddled with a different, unforeseen concern: employee theft now makes up more retail loss in America than shoplifting, according to a new report. The Global Retail Theft Barometer, a survey conducted by loss prevention firm Checkpoint Systems, has concluded that employees account for 43% of lost revenue, while traditional shoplifters account for 37%. This trend is unique to America (and Argentina, whose numbers are even higher), with the rest…
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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • Places You Can No Longer Go: The Tyburn Tree

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
  • Places You Can No Longer Go: Barnum's American Museum

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
     
  • Way Off The Grid: 6 Earthships That You Should Know

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    The EVE Project Earthship in Taos (photo by Sarah Richter / Flickr) It's perhaps not surprising that a structure called "Earthship" has been around since the '70s—and that, like similarly vintaged trends of Birkenstocks and juicing, they never quite died. They only faded away.  Earthships are designed to be entirely off-the-grid and self-sustaining, constructed from reclaimed and recycled materials and making use of natural resources. The term originates with architect Mike Reynolds, a pioneer of "radically sustainable living," who coined it in…
  • The United Islands of America: Rest Ashored

    17 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    “Hair Apparent” hair salons. “Legal Grounds” coffee shops. “Dew Drop Inn” motels. America’s business owners can’t seem to resist a good pun. The same goes for vacation homes; a house at the beach without a clever name is a dereliction of duty, making you suspect that the owners are lazy, or worse, unimaginative, letting their chance to plant a flag go by.  (Wordplay on Tybee Island, Georgia. Photo by Anna Marlis Burgard.) My notes and photo collections from the Islands of America grand tour are peppered with examples of punny vacation house…
  • ISIS and Iconoclasm: The History of the Museum Smash

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Visiting the Baghdad Museum website is now a journey into a black screen that reads, simply:   This statement is quite literal. Recent weeks have been painful for anyone with even a passing interest in art and culture—a melee of irreversible destruction, intent on wiping out stores of cultural artifacts in Syria and Iran. Using heavy equipment, explosives, and a vast army of disciples and paid laborers, the Islamic State has engaged in iconoclasm at a truly alarming pace and scope; many academics fear there will soon be nothing left. Centuries-old books: burned. Priceless statues…
 
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    GIS Lounge

  • Solving Field GIS Wireless Connectivity Issues with Web Apps

    Matt Sheehan
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Wireless connectivity issues can be costly in terms of time, expense and customer satisfaction. Slow response times, and dropped connections can be impossibly frustrating. A primary challenge for field staff are weak cell signals. That can be due to distance from the cell sites, working indoors or blocked cellular signals [...]The post Solving Field GIS Wireless Connectivity Issues with Web Apps appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Landsat 8 Satellite Imagery Available for Free Via Amazon Web Services

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Amazon recently announced the availability of  85,000 Landsat 8 scenes through Amazon Web Services (AWS): Landsat on AWS. The Landsat scenes have been made available via the landsat-pds bucket in the Amazon S3 US West (Oregon) region. The announcement came via a blog post on Amazon: As we said in December, we hope to accelerate [...]The post Landsat 8 Satellite Imagery Available for Free Via Amazon Web Services appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • The Sound of Silence: A Noise Map of the U.S.

    Rebecca Maxwell
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    If you are looking for some peace and quiet, the National Park Service (NPS) has made it a little easier to find. A new map from the NPS displays the noisiest as well as the quietest places in the United States. What they found is not surprising. The east coast [...]The post The Sound of Silence: A Noise Map of the U.S. appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Learn Web GIS, Step by Step

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Esri has released a new workbook for GIS students entitled,  Getting to Know Web GIS.  This workbook uses Esri’s ArcGIS platform including ArcGIS Online, Portal for ArcGIS, Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS, web app templates, and ArcGIS API for JavaScript in order to teach students how to create web GIS applications.  The book [...]The post Learn Web GIS, Step by Step appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Using Satellite Imagery to Track the Ocean’s Acidity

    Rebecca Maxwell
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    The Earth’s oceans play a vital role in the health of the planet. Ocean dynamics impact weather patterns, it provides food and recreational opportunities, and industry related to the ocean generates significant revenue. The ocean also serves a critical function in regards to easing global warming, and scientists are now [...]The post Using Satellite Imagery to Track the Ocean’s Acidity appeared first on GIS Lounge.
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  • Pleiades 1B

    GISGeography
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    The Pleiades constellation is comprised of Pleiades 1A and Pleiades 1B. Pleiades satellites have 0.5m panchromatic and 2m multispectral spectral bands. Pleiades 1B The Pleiades constellation comprises of two satellites – Pleiades 1A and Pleiades 1B. They provide total coverage of the Earth’s surface with a repeat cycle of 26 days. Pleiades 1B delivers higher spatial resolution imagery then SPOT-6 and SPOT-7. The Pleiades constellation is agile in terms of dynamic image acquisition to meet the users needs. The panchromatic band provides 0.5 m resolution imagery. The multispectral is 2…
  • Pleiades 1A

    GISGeography
    15 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    The Pleiades constellation is comprised of Pleiades 1A and Pleiades 1B. The Pleiades satellites offers dynamic image acquisition at 50cm panchromatic and 2m multispectral. Pleiades 1A The Pleiades constellation comprises of two satellites – Pleiades 1A and Pleiades 1B. They provide total coverage of the Earth’s surface with a repeat cycle of 26 days. Pleiades 1A delivers higher spatial resolution imagery then SPOT-6 and SPOT-7. The Pleiades constellation is agile in terms of dynamic image acquisition to meet the users needs. The panchromatic band provides 50 cm resolution imagery and…
  • SPOT-7 (Azersky)

    GISGeography
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    SPOT-7 (identical to SPOT-6) was launched on June 30, 2014. Airbus Defense and Space sold SPOT7 to Azerbaijan-s Azercosmos space agency. SPOT-7 (Azersky) SPOT-7 (Azersky) was launched on June 30, 2014 and provides continuity of the SPOT family of satellites. Airbus Defense and Space sold SPOT-7 to Azerbaijan-s Azercosmos space agency. Although, the rights to future SPOT satellites remains in Airbus Defense and Space. The service life for the constellation SPOT satellites is 10 years. ensuring service continuity from the SPOT family SPOT-6 and SPOT-7 are identical. They deliver multispectral…
  • SPOT-6

    GISGeography
    14 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    SPOT-6 was launched into orbit in September 2012. SPOT-6 delivers multispectral (R, G, B, NIR) at 6 m resolution and panchromatic images at 1.5 resolution. The post SPOT-6 appeared first on GIS Geography.
  • SPOT-5

    GISGeography
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    SPOT-5 orbits the Earth with enhanced capabilities compared to the previous versions of SPOT. SPOT-5 was launched in 2002 and remains in orbit. The post SPOT-5 appeared first on GIS Geography.
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