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  • Digital Storytelling Made Easy: StoryMap.js

    Directions Magazine - Top Stories
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
  • First Satellite Images from Sentinel-1A

    GIS Lounge
    Caitlin Dempsey
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Launched on April 3 and reaching operational altitude on April 11, the first images captured by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Sentinel-1A satellite have been made public. The first of five satellites planned for the Sentinel group, Sentintel-1A will be tasked with gathering all-weather, day and night radar images.  Imagery and data collected from the […] The post First Satellite Images from Sentinel-1A appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • How Big Data and GIS Will Plan a Livable Singapore

    Esri News Feed
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore is using GIS to fully maximize the value of big data, enabling them to design livable communities in the city state.
  • New Google Earth Imagery – April 16, 2014

    Google Earth Blog
    Mickey Mellen
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    It appears that Google has pushed out a fresh batch of imagery. Thanks to sharp-eyed GEB readers ‘Jonah’, ‘Munden’, ‘Andreas’ and ‘Horvath’ for letting us know. The new imagery can already be found in Google Maps, making difficult to know for sure what is new and what is old, but here is a list areas that we know were just updated: United States: Alabama (Decatur, Huntsville), California (Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica), Connecticut (Brideport, New Haven), Florida (Cape Canaveral), Maryland (Sharpsburg), Missouri (Joplin, St. Louis), New…
  • Educational performance and family income: A common educational research question

    GIS Education Community
    Tom Baker
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Two young girls entering elementary school in Boston aspire to be doctors. Both come from two-parent, one-income families with two siblings. In 13 years and with hard work, assuming all other variables equal, how will their SAT scores compare given that one comes from an impoverished household and the other from a household that is well-to-do? Is there a relationship between educational performance and family income in the State of Massachusetts, and how might that relationship be illustrated? Jeff Blossom’s SpatiaLAB lesson addresses this question through an ArcGIS for Desktop activity…
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    Geography News -- ScienceDaily

  • Crucial new information about how the ice ages came about

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Scientists have discovered new relationships between deep-sea temperature and ice-volume changes to provide crucial new information about how the ice ages came about. The researchers found, for the first time, that the long-term trends in cooling and continental ice-volume cycles over the past 5.3 million years were not the same. In fact, for temperature the major step toward the ice ages that have characterized the past two to three million years was a cooling event at 2.7 million years ago, but for ice-volume the crucial step was the development of the first intense ice age at around 2.15…
  • Shade grown coffee shrinking as a proportion of global coffee production

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Over the past couple of decades, global coffee production has been shifting towards a more intensive, less environmentally friendly style, a new study has found. That's pretty surprising if you live in the U.S. and you've gone to the grocery store or Starbucks, where sales of environmentally and socially conscious coffees have risen sharply and now account for half of all U.S. coffee sales by economic value.
  • Ant colonies help evacuees in disaster zones

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    An escape route mapping system based on the behavior of ant colonies could give evacuees a better chance of reaching safe harbor after a natural disaster or terrorist attack by building a map showing the shortest routes to shelters and providing regular updates of current situations such as fires, blocked roads or other damage via the smart phones of emergency workers and those caught up in the disaster.
  • Warm U.S. West, cold East: 4,000-year pattern; Global warming may bring more curvy jet streams during winter

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Last winter’s curvy jet stream pattern brought mild temperatures to western North America and harsh cold to the East. A new study shows that pattern became more pronounced 4,000 years ago, and suggests it may worsen as Earth’s climate warms.
  • New study outlines 'water world' theory of life's origins

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Life took root more than four billion years ago on our nascent Earth, a wetter and harsher place than now, bathed in sizzling ultraviolet rays. What started out as simple cells ultimately transformed into slime molds, frogs, elephants, humans and the rest of our planet's living kingdoms. How did it all begin?
 
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    About.com Geography

  • Geography of Crimea

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Seeking a great basic overview of the geography and history of Crimea? Look no further than this brand-new article on Crimea from Amanda Briney.
  • Harm de Blij, 1935-2014

    29 Mar 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Geographer Harm de Blij died last Tuesday, March 25, 2014, due to complications from cancer. Dr. de Blij was 78 years old and is one of the best-known geographers in the United States due to his work on television and as the author of the ubiquitous world regional geography textbook Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts. There is a memorial page to de Blij at the Michigan State University Geography Department website, where de Blij served as the John Hannah Professor of Geography for the last ten years. Here on my site you can find a biography of de Blij, an essay from a my meeting with de…
  • Crimeans Overwhelmingly Vote to Join Russia

    16 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Crimean voters overwhelmingly chose apparent secession from Ukraine and union with Russia in Sunday's referendum. As of late Sunday night, with half of the votes counted, election officials revealed that more 95% of Crimean voters selected leaving Ukraine to become part of Russia. Crimea's leader stated that he would apply to join Russia as early as Monday. The European Union, however, reiterated on Sunday that, "As stated by all 28 EU Heads of State or Government on 6 March 2014, the European Union considers the holding of the referendum on the future status of the territory of Ukraine as…
  • Geography of Ukraine

    15 Mar 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Obviously, Ukraine is in the news a bit lately. While we expected that 2014 would include referenda on Scotland and Catalonia, the surprise referendum taking place on Sunday in Ukraine is major geographic news. Learn about the geography and history of Ukraine in this brand-new and fully up-to-date article by Amanda Briney.
  • The Great Salt Lake and Ancient Lake Bonneville

    10 Mar 2014 | 6:09 pm
    The Great Salt Lake is a remnant of the ancient Lake Bonneville that existed during the last ice age which occurred from around 28,000 to 7,000 years ago. At its largest extent, Lake Bonneville was about 325 miles (523 km) wide and 135 miles (217 km) long and its deepest point was over 1,000 feet (304 m). Amanda Briney's latest article on The Great Salt Lake and ancient Lake Bonneville is a fascinating look at a major pluvial late and its modern remnant.
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    Google Earth Blog

  • Exploring airship hangars in Google Earth

    Mickey Mellen
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    We’ve shared a lot of articles from Google Sightseeing over the years. They do a great job of choosing an interesting topic and then digging in deep. Their recent article from Ian Brown on the subject of Airship Hangars is no different. Hundreds of hangars were building airships in the last century, though most of them are gone now. The earliest building, Hangar Y at Chalais Meudon outside Paris, is not only intact but is actually in 3D in Google Earth: Here is Ian’s take on Hangar Y: Hangar Y was built in 1879 on what was then a military base. It is 70m long, 24m wide and 20m…
  • New Google Earth Imagery – April 16, 2014

    Mickey Mellen
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    It appears that Google has pushed out a fresh batch of imagery. Thanks to sharp-eyed GEB readers ‘Jonah’, ‘Munden’, ‘Andreas’ and ‘Horvath’ for letting us know. The new imagery can already be found in Google Maps, making difficult to know for sure what is new and what is old, but here is a list areas that we know were just updated: United States: Alabama (Decatur, Huntsville), California (Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica), Connecticut (Brideport, New Haven), Florida (Cape Canaveral), Maryland (Sharpsburg), Missouri (Joplin, St. Louis), New…
  • The hidden farms of Chicago

    Mickey Mellen
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    NPR’s The Salt recently took a look at Chicago and the many “hidden farms” that can be found on rooftops around the city. Researcher John Taylor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign spent 400 hours over the course of eight months researching these gardens to determine where the gardens were and which ones were actually producing food. The result was a total of 4,648 sites, covering more than 65 total acres. “Urban agriculture is sometimes thought of as something new and trendy, but of course people have been growing food in backyards and on vacant land…
  • Exploring L’Aquila five years later

    Mickey Mellen
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:33 am
    Three years ago we told you about the effort to rebuild L’Aquila in 3D following a major earthquake in 2009. Graziano Di Crescenzo has an Italian blog about Google Earth and is very passionate about the product. He is in L’Aquila and is using Google Earth to keep people informed of the state of L’Aquila five years after the quake. His new website, Hello L’Aquila shows the earthquake damaged central italian city of L’Aquila five years after the earthquake of April 6, 2009. Visitors can walk through the streets and squares of the city and inside some of its buildings…
  • Meograph redesigns their application with a fresh new look

    Mickey Mellen
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:58 am
    We’ve talked about Meograph a variety of times over the past few years. They have an excellent tool that combines Google Earth with storytelling, and it can be a great way to supplement a story with geographic context. The design of the site has always been solid, but their latest refresh really makes it much better. The new design is much more visual, intuitive, and mobile friendly in an effort to make consumer content creation for brands even easier. There aren’t any new features with this release, but we felt that the refresh alone was worth mentioning since so many of you use…
 
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    Esri Speaker Series Podcasts

  • Open Source Big Data Analytics

    Mansour Raad
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    Esri's Mansour Raad explains why an open source methodology for tackling Big Data makes perfect sense.
  • Location Analytics in the Insurance Sector

    Brian Smith
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:20 am
    Brian Smith, director of commercial solutions at GeoDecisions, discusses the various applications of location analytics in the insurance industry.
  • Crossing Borders

    Ben Schaub
    12 Feb 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Ben Schaub, project coordinator for Esri, explains how the International Joint Commission uses GIS to improve information sharing between the US and Canada.
  • The State of Lidar and 3D Mapping

    Gene Roe
    9 Jan 2014 | 9:46 am
    Gene Roe, managing editor of LiDAR News, discusses his background as a publisher and the advancements of GIS and lidar 3D mapping throughout his career.
  • GIS and Lidar Converge in USGS 3D Elevation Program

    Larry Sugarbaker
    5 Dec 2013 | 1:03 pm
    Larry Sugarbaker, senior advisor for the National Geospatial Program for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), discusses the advances in lidar and geospatial technology that gave rise to the 3D Elevation program.
 
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    GIS Education Community

  • 2 years, 2,895 miles, 4,659 km, 5,790,000 steps

    Joseph Kerski
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    When beginning work on a chapter about geotechnologies for an upcoming book entitled Practical Sports Coaching, I began testing smartphone fitness apps.  Upon the recommendation of my co-author Jill Clark, I started using Runkeeper.  Now two years later, I have walked the distance across the North American continent.  While this distance is nothing to what my lifelong walking and running colleagues have accomplished, it touches on several aspects of geotechnology that we frequently write about here and elsewhere. First, this provides a good illustration of the added value that mapping…
  • Educational performance and family income: A common educational research question

    Tom Baker
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Two young girls entering elementary school in Boston aspire to be doctors. Both come from two-parent, one-income families with two siblings. In 13 years and with hard work, assuming all other variables equal, how will their SAT scores compare given that one comes from an impoverished household and the other from a household that is well-to-do? Is there a relationship between educational performance and family income in the State of Massachusetts, and how might that relationship be illustrated? Jeff Blossom’s SpatiaLAB lesson addresses this question through an ArcGIS for Desktop activity…
  • Understanding Our Changing World Through Web Based Mapping Investigations: New Article

    Joseph Kerski
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have written a new article for Journal of Research and Didactics in Geography (J-READING) entitled Understanding Our Changing World Through Web Based Mapping Investigations.  The full text is available online.  My goal in writing the article was to demonstrate through research and practice that today’s web maps show more than simply the locations of physical and cultural objects.  They allow students to do more with the maps.  They foster understanding of relationships, linkages, and patterns inherent between and among such phenomena as ecoregions, land use, demography, watersheds,…
  • An Easy Pathway to Create Storymaps

    Joseph Kerski
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Creating storymaps has never been easier.  One of my favorite methods is one I use in creating “map tour” storymaps, involving smartphones and geotagged photographs.  For example, I recently created a story map during my visit to Whitworth University.  The procedures I used adhered to those I describe in my essay entitled “The 15 Minute Story Map.”  As the name implies, I created a storymap in 15 minutes with my smartphone and the Esri story maps platform.  I created it to encourage faculty I met with there, and ultimately, their students, to create storymaps on even…
  • Esri at the University of South Carolina’s Business School

    dibiase
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Dr. Michael Galbreth, Associate Professor of Management Science at the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business, stresses the importance of location analytics and GIS in his MBA elective on advanced business analytics. But instead of simply lecturing about it, Dr. Galbreth decided to integrate GIS into the structure of his MBA course using Esri’s Business Analyst Online (BAO) package. “Competency with a tool like Esri is critical in order to effectively visualize business data that includes a spatial dimension,” he says. “I feel strongly that the analytical toolset of…
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    GIS Lounge

  • First Satellite Images from Sentinel-1A

    Caitlin Dempsey
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Launched on April 3 and reaching operational altitude on April 11, the first images captured by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Sentinel-1A satellite have been made public. The first of five satellites planned for the Sentinel group, Sentintel-1A will be tasked with gathering all-weather, day and night radar images.  Imagery and data collected from the […] The post First Satellite Images from Sentinel-1A appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Call for Translators: gvSIG

    Caitlin Dempsey
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    The developers of open source GIS software gvSIG have issued a call for translators. gvSIG is a freely downloadable GIS software package written in Java that is available for Linux, Macintosh, and Windows platforms.  gvSIG is available in a multitude of languages: Spanish, English UK, English USA, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Portuguese-Brazilian, Russian, Chinese, Serbian, Swahili, […] The post Call for Translators: gvSIG appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Overview of Fuzzy Logic Site Selection in GIS

    Amanda Briney
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Site selection is a type of GIS analysis that is used to determine the best site for something and fuzzy logic is one site selection method. It assigns membership values to locations that range from 0 to 1 and is commonly used to find ideal habitat for plants and animals. This article examines fuzzy logic and explains how and when to use it. The post Overview of Fuzzy Logic Site Selection in GIS appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • You Are Here: Data Visualizations at the Hyperlocal Level

    Caitlin Dempsey
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    The Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab has launched an ambitious hyperlocal cartography project called “You Are Here” which has a goal to produce 100 maps showing a slice of life in 100 various U.S. cities (for a total of 10,000 maps).  The project is starting out with launching one map per day with the goal of […] The post You Are Here: Data Visualizations at the Hyperlocal Level appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Overview of Weighted Site Selection and Suitability Analysis

    Amanda Briney
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Site selection is a type of analysis used in GIS to determine the best place or site for something. Weighted site selection analysis is one type of site selection that allows users to rank raster cells and assign a relative importance value to each layer. This article examines weighted site selection by explaining how it works and when it should be used. It also provides an example of a weighted site selection project for reference. The post Overview of Weighted Site Selection and Suitability Analysis appeared first on GIS Lounge.
 
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    VerySpatial

  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 456

    Jesse
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 456 13 April 2014 Main Topic: Our conversation with Max Baber on USGIF Scholarships Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode456.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Bluegrass Music by Turning Ground News Esri 10.2 Technical Certification exams now open Esri Climate Resilience App Challenge Google looking to acquire Skybox Imaging? WorldView-3 passes environmental testing, still headed for a mid-August launch Updated NLCD NASA and NGA release code on Github Web Corner Virtual…
  • Spatial Easter Egg Hunts

    Barb
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Location-based technologies are helping Easter Egg hunts go high-tech with the assistance of geospatial professionals taking their love of spatial technologies into their communities. The funniest quote from an article in the Fairbanks News-Miner about how “To Hunt Easter Eggs the modern way, Fairbanks students grab GPS” is “When students in Kuntz’s multi-grade class raised the idea of holding an Easter egg hunt with their buddies, fourth-grader Tanja Gens volunteered her mother, Anupma Prakash, to lead it. Prakash is a professor of Remote Sensing Geology and…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 455

    Sue
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 455 6 April 2014 Main Topic: Our conversation revisiting geospatial interoperability Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode455.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Remember by Doug Astrop News New York Public Library releases 20,000 historical maps into public domain EU parliament push for net neutrality US Senator Franken reintroduces Location Privacy legislation ESA’s Sentinel 1-A launches GLONASS suffers system wide outage Web Corner Remembering Harm de Blij…
  • Cherry Blossom Season 2014

    Barb
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    One of the heralds of spring in our region is the arrival of the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C.  In the past, it was difficult to time visits just right in time to see them in bloom. The Washington Post has made a crowd sourced map for Cherry Blossom Season 2014 all around the DC area. The Washington Post make it easy to post geotagged #DCblooms photos via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Phoebe Connelly, one of the map creators, created easy to follow instructions on “How to geotag Cherry Blossom Festival photos and videos on Twitter, Instagram“.  A nice service that…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 454

    Jesse
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:06 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 454 30 March 2014 Main Topic: A VeryNewsy Episode Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode454.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Someday is now by Cactus Honey News Ordnance Survey becomes a principal member of OGC Facebook buying Oculus Rift NASA, Google, and spheres in space National Geographic updating its maps to show change to Crimea’s status Explorer for ArcGIS on the way Science works – Middle schooler figures simple way to save the government money NOAA…
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    BostonGIS Blog

  • 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…
  • PostgreSQL and PostGIS now on Amazon RDS

    15 Nov 2013 | 4:29 pm
    Amazon recently added to its Relational database Services (RDS) family -- PostgreSQL 9.3. Not only that, to sweeten the pot, the PostgreSQL RDS comes pre-configured with PostGIS 2.1 among other great PostgreSQL extensions. Check out the details here PostgreSQL RDS. The full news release is on Amazon's blog Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL - Now Available.
  • DZone Essential PostGIS out

    11 Sep 2013 | 9:29 pm
    The DZone Essential PostGIS reference card got released yesterday. The PDF version is a free download, though does require DZone registration. This reference card is focused on PostGIS 2.1 but does showcase some features present in older versions. Its way too hard to stuff everything on a 9 page reference so we had to leave out some of our favorites that we thought would not be as appreciated by a developer community just starting off with GIS and PostGIS. We are working on the second edition of Essential PostgreSQL which hopefully will be out in the next 2 months. That one will be…
  • Boston PUG Meetup: Introduction to PostGIS Tomorrow

    9 Sep 2013 | 7:02 pm
    Just a reminder if you are in around Boston, and still would like to attend our PostGIS presentation, we still have slots open for our September 9th 2013 PostGIS talk . We can accommodate up to 30 so if you can't sign up, just write us an email (lr at pcorp dot us) so we can add you to the invite list. Dinner will be included as part of the talk.
  • Using ST_ColorMap for Thematic Maps

    30 Aug 2013 | 4:53 pm
    One of the new functions in PostGIS 2.1 is the ST_ColorMap function which converts a 1-band raster into 3 or 4 band 8BUI raster. It's main use is for visualizing otherwise non-visual floating point rasters such as digital elevation models, temperature, weather, and even rasters you create from your own data. For this next example, I'm going to take the fairly uninteresting topic of land area using tiger 2013 state boundaries to demonstrate. This is similar to the ST_SetValues example I demonstrated except using ST_Union and ST_ColorMap. The final output is a PNG image which looks like: .
 
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    GIS in Education

  • AGU Needs Editor in Chief for JGR‐Biogeosciences Journal

    talk
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    AGU is looking for a dynamic, well-organized scientist with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve a 4-year term as the editor in chief for this exciting journal. The Editor-in-Chief is the principal architect of the scientific content of the journal. The EIC is an active scientist, well-known and well-regarded in his/her discipline. The EIC must be active in soliciting the best science from the best scientists to be published in the journal. Working with the other editors and AGU staff, the EIC is the arbiter of the content of the journal. Among other functions, the…
  • Free LiDAR Data From Missouri Spatial Data Information Service (MSDIS)

    talk
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The Missouri Spatial Data Information Service (MSDIS) is providing free LiDAR data products!Background The Missouri Spatial Data Information Service (MSDIS) is the State of Missouri’s designated National Spatial Data Inventory (NSDI) clearinghouse node. In order to better serve Missouri’s geospatial data users, MSDIS is encouraging node partnerships with other interested distributers of geospatial data in the state. These associations will expand existing partnerships and encourage future collaborations with these partners. MSDIS is also looking to encourage other state academic…
  • SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing 2014 - Abstracts Due 14 April

    talk
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:25 am
    Present and publish your research on sensing technologies for environmental monitoring. The 2014 SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium in Beijing, China will focus on remote sensing for Earth system science and environmental health monitoring. Submit your abstract and participate in this important event. Where: Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, ChinaWhen: 13 - 17 October 2014Abstracts due 14 April. Submit the abstracts here.Conference Topics • Remote sensing of the atmosphere, clouds, and precipitation • Land surface remote sensing • Remote sensing of the ocean…
  • Earth Science and Climate Change: Earth Science-2014 Conference

    talk
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:56 am
    Join the 3rd International Conference on Earth Science and Climate Change (Earth Science-2014) on July 28-30, 2014 in San Francisco, USA.This conference will focus on a number of disciplines and areas of research, and will provide a forum for scientists, postgraduate & graduate students, and representatives from the private sector to discuss recent research and developments in Earth Science & Climate Change Research. The main theme of the conference is: An Insight into the Recent Advancements in Geosciences and Climate Change Control, which is highlighted by the following…
  • New U.S. Census Bureau International Population Data and Maps

    talk
    18 Mar 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The Census Bureau has added to and updated the online collection of subnational population data linked to maps (shapefiles) that are available at the Spatial Data Repository. The Repository contains a variety of data and maps primarily for countries that receive assistance via the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). http://spatialdata.measuredhs.com/ To access the maps, start at the web page above and: 1. Click on Data in the ribbon below the title2. Under the Select Countries tab at the left, click on Single Country3. Choose a country in the dropdown menu immediately below…
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    GIS and Agent-Based Modeling

  • AAG and Twitter

    12 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    After spending a rather enjoyable few days at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting in Tampa where there were some great talks on agent-based modeling, GIS and many other topics which I find interesting, along with catching up with some old friends and meeting new ones, its now time to head back up North. However, before jumping on the plane, I thought it would be intersing to look at the twitter traffic of the event (especially how there so many talks on using social media for geographical research). That being said, before showing the Twitter networks associated…
  • An Agent-based Model for the Spread and Containment of Tuberculosis

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    Over the last few months we have been working on developing a agent-based model which explores the spread and containment of tuberculosis. Today is the first time that we show the model to a academic audience at the AAG Annual meeting. To give a sense of our research, below is the abstract:Tuberculosis (TB) is a global problem and especially in developing countries. After human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) it is the most common form of death from an infectious disease. However, it is still unknown exactly how it spreads within a population. A geographic explicit agent-based model, with humans…
  • Social Media and the Emergence of Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    Recently the USGIF published a book entitled "Human Geography: Socio-Cultural Dynamics and Global Security" in which we have a chapter called "Social Media and the Emergence of Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence". This book has been some  time in the making. We blogged about our contribution in  2012. But its finally its out! Below is the abstract for our chapter:The emergence of social media has provided the public with an effective and irrepressible real-time mechanism to broadcast information. The great popularity of platforms such as twitter and YouTube, and the substantial…
  • Multi-Agent Systems for Urban Planning

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Recently we contributed a chapter to "Technologies for Urban and Spatial Planning: Virtual Cities and Territories" which aims to quote from the preference:  "(i) to contribute to the dissemination of the recent research and development of the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in urban and spatial planning, trying to demonstrate their usability in planning processes through the presentation of relevant case studies, framed by their underlying theory; (ii) to give additional evidence to the fact that ICT are the privileged means to produce virtual cities and…
  • AAG 2014: Geosimulation Models Sessions

    21 Mar 2014 | 7:49 am
    If you going to this years AAG, you might be interested in our Geosimulation Models sessions which will take place on Wednesday the 9th of April from 10am. Session Description: Since the publication of Geosimulation in 2004, the use of Agent-based Modeling (ABM) and Cellular Automata (CA) under the umbrella of Geosimulation models within geographical systems have started to mature as methodologies to explore a wide range of geographical and more broadly social sciences problems facing society. The aim of these sessions is to bring together researchers utilizing geosimulation techniques (and…
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    Geospatial Talk

  • 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
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 - Solution for LockScreen issues after Android 4.3 update

    joesonic
    17 Nov 2013 | 10:25 am
    Recently Samsung rolled out their Firmware update to Android 4.3 on Samsung Galaxy S3 devices. Since Samsung skipped the update to Android 4.2 the expectations where very high and users of the device have waited für a long time. Frustration after the perfomed update was great beause the ROM is laggy and expecially the LockScreen reacts very slow. If you press the power button it takes quite a
  • Google announces Android 4.4 aka KitKat

    joesonic
    3 Sep 2013 | 1:45 pm
    Google Senior Vice President for Android posted a photo of the new Android Statue at the Google Campus. There were a lot of news recently about Android and the Android Team. Hugo Barra left the Android team recently and some weeks ago the new Android version 4.3 was announced. But now there are first statements about the next big release. Surprisingly it will be called Android 4.4 aka "KitKat"
 
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    ArcGIS Blog » Mapping

  • Support for OGC GeoPackage specification in ArcGIS.

    ssankaran
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Have you heard about the OGC GeoPackage specification (http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/geopackage)?  It is a newly minted OGC spec that defines GeoPackages for exchange and GeoPackage SQLite Extensions for direct use of vector geospatial features and/or tile matrix sets. Esri has actively participated in the spec activity from the very beginning. To this end, we were one of the very early adopters of the specification ( early support even before the spec was approved by OGC membership). If you are curious about GeoPackages, here’s what you can do. At 10.2.1 or with 10.2.2 ArcGIS…
  • Who’s Ready for a Makeover?

    Stacey Triche
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The Social Media Template, a popular web application template on ArcGIS Online, has been redesigned, made responsive and given a new name. Introducing: the Public Information template (hold applause). Before After Big difference, huh? This is a fully configurable template that allows you to create your own unique web mapping applications. Overall, we’ve made a simpler, more usable mapping application. We have moved the drop down menus into a side panel that can be collapsed to accommodate different screen sizes. You can add a short summary of your map and drive users to areas of interest…
  • The 2014 Community Maps Tour Dates Being Scheduled!

    Shane Matthews
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    The Community Maps Team is taking a road trip across America. The 2014 Community Maps Tour is being scheduled. Members of our team will be making several stops this year to a town near you. We will be conducting Technical Presentations and Workshops at several conferences throughout the spring, summer and fall. There is a lot of new and valuable information surrounding Community Maps. To stay up to date, plan on attending one of these Esri-sponsored or Regional User Group conferences. These appearances are sure to include classic hits like the Living Atlas Suite, Data Migration Blues, GP…
  • ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET Beta is available!

    rexhansen
    9 Mar 2014 | 6:59 pm
    We are excited to announce the 10.2.2 beta release of the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET!   This SDK enables developers to build rich, high performance GIS applications for Windows PCs, tablets, and phones.  It includes three APIs that support building .NET apps for Windows Desktop, Windows Store, and Windows Phone.  The APIs share a common design and structure, which encourages sharing implementation logic across Windows platforms.  Highlights of the SDK include: Combine map, feature, and image services from ArcGIS Online and your own on-premises ArcGIS Server to create unique maps…
  • Visualizing Player Movement in Sport using 3D Web GIS

    ddemaj
    24 Feb 2014 | 7:15 am
    In this blog I present a Diorama of Player Movement using ArcScene and Esri’s CityEngine Web Viewer. This unique 3D GIS visualization helps better understand the interaction of the spatial and temporal components of optical player tracking data and offers an unrivalled viewing experience of player movement data. Building the Diorama To create the Diorama I used 3D optical tracking data from an official Hawk-Eye tennis match played between Roger Federer and Paul-Henri Mathieu at the Swiss Indoors in Basel, 2012. The scene was generated in ArcScene then exported to the CityEngine Web Viewer…
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    Jonathan Crowe: Recent Map Posts

  • The Only Fantasy World Map You'll Ever Need

    Jonathan Crowe
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    The Only Fantasy World Map You'll Ever Need by Jake Manley isn't the first map of its kind that I've seen (see also the map in Diana Wynne Jones's Tough Guide to Fantasyland); still, it's clear that fantasy maps are a proven vehicle to satirize and critique the genre. (And be satirized and critiqued.) Via @scalzi.
  • Importing CanVec Data into OpenStreetMap

    Jonathan Crowe
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    Last February I imported CanVec data into OpenStreetMap for the first time. CanVec is a dataset produced by the federal Department of Natural Resources. It's been made available to use in OpenStreetMap: users have to download the data for a given area and import it into the OSM database. It's a great resource, but I've been giving CanVec the side eye for years, largely because OSM users had been bungling the imports and not cleaning up the mess they made. To some extent it also encouraged a certain amount of laziness from Canadian OSM users: why go to the trouble of tracing imagery or going…
  • Art and Personal Mapmaking

    Jonathan Crowe
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    Two books (well, one is sort of book-ish) related to map art and personal cartography to tell you about: Map Art Lab: 52 Exciting Art Explorations in Mapmaking, Imagination, and Travel by Jill K. Berry and Linden McNeilly (Quarry Books, 5/14): "map-related activities set into weekly exercises, beginning with legends and lines, moving through types and styles, and then creating personalized maps that allow you to journey to new worlds." Make Map Art: Creatively Illustrate Your World by Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell (Chronicle Books, 2/14), a "creative toolkit" that includes a booklet and 30…
  • The Geology of 'Game of Thrones'

    Jonathan Crowe
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    In The Geology of Game of Thrones, a group of geologists has created a geologic map of Westeros and Essos, as well as an invented geologic history of the planet on which George R. R. Martin's epic takes place. Via io9. This isn't the first time a fantasy world has been looked at through a geologic lens. Karen Wynn Fonstad's Atlas of Middle-earth took a reasonably rigorous look at the landforms of Middle-earth. And Antony Swithin -- a geologist in real life under his real name, William Sarjeant -- created a geologic map of his invented island of Rockall (see previous entry). Previously:…
  • Unlikely Cartography ToC

    Jonathan Crowe
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:07 am
    The table of contents for the Journal of Unlikely Cartography, Unlikely Story's single-issue special featuring science fiction and fantasy stories about maps (see previous entry), has been announced; the issue will be out in June.
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    Google Maps Mania

  • Create a Virtual Open Day with Street View

    Keir Clarke
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:19 am
    The University of Southampton has created a virtual tour of its campus using custom shot Street View imagery. The University of Southampton's Virtual Open Day website provides prospective students with the opportunity to take a virtual stroll around the main university sites, and the University's important buildings and facilities. Visitors to the Virtual Open Day can navigate to each of the
  • An Unpopulated Heat Map

    Keir Clarke
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    I've seen a lot of population heat maps of the USA over the years - so it is nice to come across a Bizarro version of a population heat map, a map that actually shows where people don't live. Nobody Lives Here maps unpopulated census blocks in the USA, the areas where nobody lives. 4,871,270 census blocks, totaling 4.61 million square kilometers, have no-one living inside them. In other words
  • Leaflet Runs the Boston Marathon

    Keir Clarke
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Boston Globe has published an interesting photo that uses the Leaflet mapping platform to provide an interactive graphic of survivors of the bombing of the Boston Marathon. One year after the tragic bomb explosion at the Boston Marathon, The Boston Globe invited survivors, police, firefighters, EMTs, doctors, nurses and runners back to the finish line on Boylston Street to pose for a group
  • The Google Maps Cycling Election Campaign

    Keir Clarke
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    The London Cycling Campaign has released a Google Maps based election campaign. Elections are due to be held for all 32 London boroughs on the 22nd May and the London Cycling Campaign can help London cyclists identify local cycling issues and e-mail their local electoral candidates. The Space for Cycling campaign allows you to select a local election ward on a Google Map and view an issue that
  • Where in the World is this Street View?

    Keir Clarke
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Spacehopper is another great Street View based geography quiz. The game was built for school kids studying geography but is lots of fun for us slightly older kids as well. The game presents you with a series of Street View images from locations around the world (with the odd photo thrown in for good measure). The object of the game is to guess the location of the Street View image by clicking
 
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    Mapperz - The Mapping News Blog

  • UK Air Pollution Forecast Map

    31 Mar 2014 | 12:17 pm
    UK Air Pollution Forecast Map New National Mapping Website showing air pollution: More Detailed Local Pollution Monitoring  Map http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/forecasting/  Mapperz... 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.
  • USGS Maps in Google Maps Gallery

    24 Mar 2014 | 7:41 am
    USGS Topo Maps in Google Maps Gallery Over 193,000 Topo  Maps georeferenced in a seamless USGS Layer with a transparency control on the left. See the... 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.
  • Met Office Storm Tracker Update

    20 Feb 2014 | 6:41 am
    Met Office Storm Tracker Update (the updated new service is free of subscription.) "Following a recent upgrade to StormTracker, we are providing the new service free of subscription. As a result... 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.
  • OpenStreetMap competes during the Olympics

    19 Feb 2014 | 7:10 am
     OpenStreetMap competes during the Olympics (and gets gold).  Top Left is OpenStreetMap, Top Right is Google Maps, Bottom Left is Bing Maps and Bottom Right is the Geofabik interpretation... 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.
  • Aerial Maps – A short history (The role of maps during the war)

    31 Jan 2014 | 9:02 am
    v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Normal 0 false false false false ... 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

  • Colors in a shaded map

    mr4tno
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    How do you manually assign colors to a shaded map in lieu of using the pre programmed palates?
  • Bing Spatial Data Services meets 3D

    Johannes Kebeck's Blog
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    At //build/ 2014 there were many exciting announcements. It would have been easy to miss one of the implications of the moment of glory for Internet Explorer 11 during the keynote on day 1. The demo of the new FishGL … Continue reading → Click here to view the article.
  • a couple weeks

    mariamali
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:16 pm
    we have time water firer to celebrate our first podcast & Sat for those who don't know this is buzzing with robotic from claims for Iraq yeah much widening at as very expensive supplements so shares is holistic juryman thanks and antibody and everyone I yeah I we will and have another one up for you in two weeks and it will probably not be a video podcast I think we're going to save this format Goji Actives for someone is more make you know relevant I got times to have a video when we do in person interviews and such but I'm you know the idea from here on out thanks for tuning and…
  • Beauty-Skin is an advanced and highly developed anti wrinkle cream

    groszevelyn
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    On it again a day Baca it more eight gold home last all my body at this point to rate here sorry I so armed right now this lady Kelly anyway Lee love for the army so beautiful in-line you just can't. heat wave here and it's your network colored this year I really got the neutral shade think they’re worth anything but neutral AT&T Montreux Jazz and it ended earlier the EC love Kim I shot down you can't go wrong this right here is the most beautiful Alders hot Town high end the drought hanky everything is so creamy in saying it here all you don't on any beautiful perfect highlight you can…
  • Staying Fit with Bing Maps

    Johannes Kebeck's Blog
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    I just feel better when I have a certain level of fitness. It has less to do with bringing my body into shape for the speedo season and more with general happiness. For me ‘mens sana’ (a sound mind) lives … Continue reading → Click here to view the article.
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    GPS World

  • Spirent Enables Multi-GNSS Integration in Consumer Devices with New System

    GPS World staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Spirent Communications today introduced the GSS6300M range of multi-channel GPS and multi-GNSS simulators for receiver integrators, application developers, aftercare and production testing environments. This entry-level test system readily enables laboratory evaluation of GPS performance across different locations and routes, Spirent said. In addition to being easy-to-use even for non-GPS experts, the GSS6300M range features competitive pricing for engineering teams looking to integrate positioning functionality to new classes of consumer electronic devices. The GSS6300M is a…
  • Hexagon’s Acquisition of Veripos: Why Did This Go Down?

    Tony Murfin
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    From a weather perspective, Aberdeen, Scotland, may not be the most inviting location in the world in which to live. Nevertheless, Aberdeen is the leading European oil & gas business hub and is one of eight “super cities” spearheading the UK’s economy. But it’s waaaaay up north of the border with England on the east coast of Scotland — winter conditions can be difficult, even inhospitable at times. But if you want to transmit differential corrections out to shipping and oil rigs in the North Sea, it’s an ideal location. Since its first beginnings in…
  • GLONASS Loses Control Again

    Richard B. Langley
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    The GLONASS constellation has suffered a major problem for the second time this month. On Monday, April 14, eight GLONASS satellites were simultaneously set unhealthy for about half an hour, meaning that most GLONASS or multi-constellation receivers would have ignored those satellites in positioning computations. In addition, one other satellite in the fleet was out of commission undergoing maintenance. This might have left too few healthy satellites to compute GLONASS-only receiver positions in some locations. The unhealthy status of the satellites was noted in the monitoring information…
  • Pitney Bowes, Inrix Join on Location Intelligence for Traffic

    GPS World staff
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Pitney Bowes Inc. has entered into a multi-year partnership with INRIX, Inc., provider of traffic information and driver services, to deliver advanced location intelligence solutions through the company’s traffic intelligence platform. By integrating location capabilities with traffic analysis, INRIX and Pitney Bowes will enhance the driving experience of today’s connected drivers, the companies said. By delivering this information through INRIX’s mobile app, users are empowered to make better location-based decisions in real-time. “Pitney Bowes’ location intelligence solutions can…
  • Protect, Toughen, Augment: Words to the Wise from GPS Founder

    Don Jewell
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    “What can we do to reduce the vulnerability [of GPS] and ensure that the expectations of the public are going to be met?” asked Dr. Bradford Parkinson as he opened his presentation this morning (Tuesday, April 15) at the European Navigation Conference, ENC-GNSS 2014 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Parkinson went through his 61-slide, 50-minute briefing on what he called “PTA” — Protect, Toughen, and Augment — a proposal concerning not only GPS but PNT systems globally. An article by Parkinson based on this talk will highlight the special 25th Anniversary edition of GPS World, to…
 
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    Ogle Earth

  • What does Crimea tell us about Google?

    Stefan Geens
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    [TL;DR: Google appears to be voluntarily tampering with its maps to appease the local populations of Russia and Ukraine, rather than being forced to do so by local laws, which was the case until now.]   What can we infer about Google’s technology, politics and business from observing its approach to mapping Crimea, a few weeks after the invasion and subsequent annexation of the region by Russia? Technology: We’ve long known Google has the ability to serve different mapping datasets to different Google top-level domain properties. For example, different-language versions of Google…
  • MH370: Google adds satellite search imagery to Google Earth; black box heard?

    Stefan Geens
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    Two new pieces of information today relevant to the ongoing search for Malaysian Airlines MH370: There is a potential location for the black box, and Google Earth now shows recent satellite imagery of the search area in its default layer. 1. Black box heard? A Chinese patrol ship has picked up pings that match those of a black box, both on Friday and again on Saturday, according to China’s CCTV. The approximate location is 25°S, 101°E, which is further north than where the bulk of search efforts have been expended so far, but uncannily close to the circumference of the original…
  • MH370: Amateur hour at the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency?

    Stefan Geens
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA) today released an annotated satellite image purporting to show a debris field in the Southern Indian Ocean, near the area where the plane is believed to have perished. Unfortunately, using only the information contained by the image, it can easily be proven to be self-contradicory, and hence useless. I’ve been collecting satellite imagery of possible debris sightings in a Google Earth file as they are shared with the press, using the coordinates displayed on the image to georeference them as accurately as possible. The image released today by…
  • MH370: Updated route, final radar plot (Updated)

    Stefan Geens
    22 Mar 2014 | 3:04 pm
    UPDATE March 22: Keith Ledgerwood, who devised the theory that MH370 may have shadowed another plane, argues (convincingly) that the track shown to the media and families in the photo below is not of MH370 but of either UAE343 or SIA68, both of which were in the area at the time. If this is true (which it appears to be), then it is an astonishing piece of misdirection by the Malaysian military representative to the families of the victims and the press. The following post now needs to be treated as possibly based on misinformation, alas. UPDATE March 23: The New York Times, however, still…
  • MH370 – Airports in flight range on Google Earth

    Stefan Geens
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:54 am
    Over the weekend, several initiatives mapped airports that could serve as potential landing spots for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. WNYC first mapped large airports within MH370′s flight range onto Google Maps; then David Strip used data from OurAirports to cast a wider net of potential landing spots and put that in Google Maps. That’s a good idea, but Google Earth is perhaps the more versatile tool for doing some proper research, especially as it has historical data with which to compare new satellite data as it arrives. So I also made a KML file for Google Earth with…
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    All Points Blog

  • GIS Education News Weekly: IEEE Award, Crime on Campus, Polar Geospatial Bootcamp

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    Awards Spatial Data Structures Prompt Award Hanan Samet, a Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, has been named the 2014 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's prestigious W. Wallace McDowell Award for his contributions to spatial... Continue reading
  • NGA Evolves Mission to Next Phase of Intelligence: Immersion

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In her keynote address at the GEOINT Symposium, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Director Letitia Long continued to refine and define her vision for the preeminent government geospatial technology agency. It's a vision that began in 2010 with identifying the needs of the... Continue reading
  • Apple’s New Wi-Fi Positioning Patent

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    U.S. Patent No. 8,700,060 granted yesterday is titled "Determining a location of a mobile device using a location database." It uses Wi-FI data to locate a device in any environment. Here's the abstract: Methods, program products, and systems for determining a location of a mobile... Continue reading
  • LTG Flynn, Director DIA, discusses “Way Forward”

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency gave the final keynote Tuesday morning at GEOINT 2013*, during which he discussed “DIA’s Way Forward”—summed up:  Innovation, Investment, and Integration.  The way forward is about “bringing together” and he... Continue reading
  • Clapper: Decreasing Budget Cycle Will Continue; Snowden Fallout Led to Decision for Transparency

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:37 am
    The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, addressed the GEOINT 2013* Symposium attendees and warned that the current budget cycle of the U.S. federal government will see no reprieve from current spending imperatives.  "We've been in a decreasing budget cycle and it will... Continue reading
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    Google LatLong

  • From Lake Tanganyika to Google Earth: Using tech to help our communities

    Emily Wood
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today we're joined by Dr. Jane Goodall, primatologist and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots & Shoots program. In this post, Dr. Goodall shares her thoughts on how today’s technology can enable more people around the world to make a difference in their communities. Join Dr. Goodall for a celebratory Birthday Hangout on Air today at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT. -Ed.When I first set foot on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in 1960 to study chimpanzee behavior, I carried with me notebooks, pencils and a pair of second-hand binoculars. I was, at the time, a young woman with no…
  • Wander through Angkor’s thousand-year-old temples on Street View

    Lat Long
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The sunrise at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic and breathtaking vistas. Dawn brings to light the many temples that are thousands of years old, nestled in a web of ancient roads and jungles. Today you’ll be one step closer to that view as we are making more than 100 of these historic sites available online with Street View on Google Maps. The temples at Angkor each have a unique story—whether it’s the way they were built, the ancient Khmer cities they sit on, or the artwork they contain. To give you the most complete picture, our team used all…
  • Become a Pokémon Master with Google Maps

    Lat Long
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:42 am
    We value employees who are risk-taking and detail-oriented, have deep technical knowledge, and can navigate through tall grass to capture wild creatures. It turns out that these skills have a lot in common with another profession—that of the Pokémon Master. With that in mind, we’ve worked with Pokémon and Nintendo to develop a new training tool to help people hone their Pokémon-capturing abilities using Google Maps. Dozens of wild Pokémon have taken up residence on streets, amidst forests and atop mountains throughout Google Maps. To find and catch ‘em all, you’ll need to tap into…
  • Helping our communities adapt to climate change

    Gopal Shah
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:16 am
    Today the White House announced the Climate Data Initiative, aimed at helping organizations and communities use public data to better understand and prepare for the effects of climate change. Up until now, it’s been difficult for the public to locate detailed, timely data relevant to climate-related risks such as extreme weather events. To help address this challenge, Google is donating cloud computing storage and access to other tools to support institutions that are driving climate change resilience.First, we’re providing 50 million hours of high-performance computing on the Google…
  • Explore America’s most endangered river on Street View

    Lat Long
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    This guest post is by Chris Williams, Senior Vice President of Conservation at American Rivers. We’ve partnered with American Rivers to share the adventure of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in Google Maps. -Ed.For 6 million years, the Colorado River has flowed through the heart of the desert southwest, its waters slowly carving out a canyon so vast it can be seen from space—yet so remote it didn’t appear on early maps of the region. It wasn’t until 1869, when John Wesley Powell led a small exploration party on a rafting trip, that the natural wonders of the Colorado River…
 
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    Between the Poles

  • Bridging the generation gap for spatially-enabled asset management

    Geoff
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I've blogged many times about the aging workforce challenge facing many industries.  At the SPAR International conference Wayne Rodieck of Anadarko Petroleum outlined what this means to the oil and gas industry and how he is uing IT to bridge the generation gap. The International Energy Agency (IEA) is projecting that by 2020 the U.S. will surpas Saudi Arabia as the world's largest oil producer.  US oil and gas production, driven by technologies that are unlocking light tight oil and shale  gas resources, is rising dramatically.  Since 2008 the U.S. oil and gas industry has…
  • Jane Goodall MOOC course on community mapping

    Geoff
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    According to Wired UK, Jane Goodall has launched a massive open online course (MOOC) based around digital mapping for communities.  The course is being offered through Roots and Shoots, a community action and learning program run by the Jane Goodall Institute.  The course is intended to provide young young people with the skills to map their local communities.
  • Handheld scanners set to revolutionize construction

    Geoff
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At the SPAR International Conference today Kirk Knorr from Burns & McDonnell and Gregory Lawes of point3D gave a presentation about their experience using a handheld scanner from DotProduct LLC.  This is a professional device intended for engineers and others working in the construction industry.  It is basically a 7" Android tablet with a compact near infrared structured light and rgb 3D imaging system.  It weighs less than a kilogram and is accurate for engineering purposes at distances up to 3.3 meters.  It costs thousands of dollars, much less than the tens of thousands of…
  • The point cloud is the model at Volvo

    Geoff
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    At the SPAR International Conference in Colorado Springs this morning Magnus Rönnäng, ‎Technical Expert in Virtual Manufacturing at Volvo Car Group gave a fascinating presentation on how Volvo has transformed the modeling of their automobile assembly plant using laser scanning.   Volvo is different from many other car manufacturers in having a single assembly line that is driven by customer orders (just-in-time manufacturing). Volvo makes 10 models and at any given time several of these models will be moving down the line.   When they introduce a new model, they can't afford to…
  • Migrating BIM models for post-construction activities becoming more prevalent

    Geoff
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Building Information Modeling (BIM) has achieved incredible penetration in the vertical construction market in North America and in several Northern European and Asian countries. A recent McGraw Hill Construction report released in early 2014 analyzes survey data collected from construction companies that use BiM.  The survey was conducted in nine of the world’s important construction markets.  The data and analysis in this report are based on an online survey conducted with 727 contractors in ten countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the…
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    GPS Tracklog

  • DeLorme inReach Explorer communicator + navigator announced

    Rich Owings
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    DeLorme has finally done it, announcing an all-in-one two-way satellite communicator plus GPS navigator, the DeLorme inReach Explorer. Basically, the unit is a GPS navigator married with the inReach SE. In addition to the latter’s two-way satellite communication capabilities, you’ll get many of the features you expect from a handheld GPS navigator — waypoints, routes,read more The post DeLorme inReach Explorer communicator + navigator announced appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Drones, safety and the FAA

    Rich Owings
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    A few recent news reports about drones have got me thinking about drone regulation. The FAA has basically banned commercial use of drones for the time being (although an NTSB administrative law judge recently cast doubt of the legality of the ban). That doesn’t seem to have deterred the feds though, who are even issuingread more The post Drones, safety and the FAA appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • This week in GPS — April 12th, 2014

    Rich Owings
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:04 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. To get a few of the biggest stories as they break, follow me on Twitter. This week’s lead video is a beginner’s guide to hiding your first geocache. From GPS Tracklog Ourread more The post This week in GPS — April 12th, 2014 appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Garmin Edge 1000 announced

    Rich Owings
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    Garmin announced their latest cycling GPS this morning, the Edge 1000. New features include a larger 3″ and higher resolution screen, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and text and call notifications (iPhone 4S+ only for now; Android reportedly coming at a later date). Rather than replacing previous models, the 1000 appears to be positioned as a new topread more The post Garmin Edge 1000 announced appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Planning Geocaching Days Out

    Adrian Faulkner
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    I don’t know if you’re like me, but come the weekend my motley crew and I want to go out geocaching.  Trouble is that it usually gets left to me to organise things.  And with that invariably comes a list of requirements: injuries that mean we have to limit the distance walking, or restrictions dueread more The post Planning Geocaching Days Out appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
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    GPS Insight Blog

  • NAFA 2014 in Minneapolis

    bbarker
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    We just got back from the the 2014 NAFA Institute & Expo in Minneapolis, MN (NAFA is the National Association of Fleet Administration). This was our 8th consecutive year exhibiting and it was a great conference as always. We usually take a group photo in front of our booth, but we were so busy this year we never had a chance – so here is a picture of our booth minus any staff: GPS Insight Booth at NAFA 2014 I did however manage to take one picture of some conference signage displaying our logo: Ruby Level Sponsor at NAFA 2014 We’re in very good company with the major…
 
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    Geographic Travels

  • Holy Week Geography: The Cosmos Gathers in Jerusalem for Passover/Good Friday

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Unlike the scattered disposition of people during the first advent, the cosmos was centering on Jerusalem. Herod AntipasThe Tetrarch of Galilee and Perea ruled the rump of his family's kingdom.  All left under his direct control was Galilee to the north and Pera (modern-day western Jordan).  His family of Jewish gentiles were a vague shadow of the great kings like David and Solomon.  He was in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.  Ultimately, he would represent how some people completely waste away God's gifts.Pontius PilateThe Roman governor of Judea represented the…
  • Virtual Geography Convention 2014: Beach Science

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Welcome to the Virtual Geography Convention 2014!  If you wish to submit to the virtual geography convention please contact catholicgauze [at] gmail [dot] com.The Tampa Bay Times has an article about Dr. Stephen Leatherman and how he scientifically measures the quality of beaches.  It makes me enviousness of his field research.  There were many times in Afghanistan when I wished I had the dream job of protecting and scientifically caring for beaches.
  • Virtual Geography Convention 2014: Does Distance Matter in Distance Education?

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Welcome to the Virtual Geography Convention 2014!  If you wish to submit to the virtual geography convention please contact catholicgauze [at] gmail [dot] com.Heng Luo, Anthony Robinson, James Detwiler, and John Dulton of Pennsylvania State University have posted on the internet their quantitative study: Does geographic distance matter in distance education?  Though they only look at the Master's in GIS program at Pennsylvania State for the study their answer makes sense. Does geographic distance matter in distance education from hengluo628
  • Virtual Geography Convention 2014: Spatialization of Identity in Dubai, UAE

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Welcome to the Virtual Geography Convention 2014!  If you wish to submit to the virtual geography convention please contact catholicgauze [at] gmail [dot] com.Addison Miller, graduate student at Ohio Wesleyan University, presented a paper at the Association of American Geographers conference entitled Spatialization of Identity in Dubai, UAE.  Mr. Miller was kind enough to post his presentation online.
  • Virtual Geograph Convention 2014: What is Wrong with the Geography in Academia in One Tweet

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:04 pm
    This is what happens when the Association of American Geographers lets anyone present at their annual conference without any sort of review.  This is also what happens when geography is lost as a discipline in academia.Wendy Burk shows her transcription - not translation - of an interview with a tree, in the subject's habitat #AAG2014 #geopoetics— VAdm Richard Scriven (@RichardScriven) April 10, 2014
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  • Are Your Smarts Only in Your Smart Phone

    petejoem
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?type=&keyWords=Peter+Maida&sitesearch=lulu.com&q=&x=10&y=10 These are my novels on Lulu, please check them out. Have you ever thought about how we are taught history? There has been a whole lot of history and there is very little time that schools can devote to the subject. Heck, there was a lot when I was a kid and there has been almost fifty more years of it since I graduated from high school. How can public schools begin to teach what kids need to know? Of course some people will say that it is all a waste of time and that whatever…
  • First half of Semester 2.

    Maddie
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    Hello everyone. I realise it’s been nearly 3 months since my last post and I do apologise. I’ve been finding it difficult to get back into the swing of writing after the Christmas break. I’m just going to write a brief summary of the events that have happened so far this semester, and if you’re a prospective student who needs information about St Andrews, drop me a message and I’ll do my best to find the information for you. When I was deciding which university to choose last year, some current students made all the difference for me by answering all the…
  • Plastics Additives Market By AMR at Big Market Research

    Big Market Research
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Plastics additives are the substances that are added in polymer during reaction in the final stage or in the process of polymer/plastic production. These additives help in improving the characteristics of polymers such as strength, shine, durability and heat sensitivity. The global plastic additives market in this report is estimate in terms of revenue and volume. The global plastic additives market was valued for $41.4 billion in 2013 and is expected to generate revenue of $57.8 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 4.9% during 2013-2020. The global plastic additives market in terms of volume was…
  • Lille, France

    Carrie-Anne
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    La Place aux Oignons, image by Velvet. The Column of the Goddess, La Place du Général de Gaulle, ima
  • Is Now Ever Another Time

    wcjx52
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    IS NOW EVER ANOTHER TIME The United States (US) occupies an extraordinarily fortuitous swath of geography, large oceans port and starboard, and accommodating neighbors fore and aft with whom it shares productively entangled economic interest and unforced cultural civility. Indeed, the US has no military competitors of consequence anywhere in the western hemisphere. It’s nuclear arsenal and delivery system capabilities provide global deterrence against all sober would-be aggressors. The US is one of only four countries in the world with sufficient agricultural exports to exercise food power,…
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  • Google Underwater View

    Ian Brown
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    The latest frontier for Google’s Street View technology is underwater. Cameras have visited quite a number of popular diving and snorkelling locations, giving us spectacular imagery of sea life and coral reefs. Today we’re taking a tour of these locations, beginning with Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, where we find a number of sea turtles. Three separate locations along the reef were captured. The turtles were found just off Heron Island, while near Wilson Island a school of iridescent blue fish can be seen exploring the staghorn coral.1 Further south near Lady Elliot Island a diver…
  • Airship Hangars Around The World

    Ian Brown
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    From the late 19th century to the period between the World Wars, hundreds of airship hangars were built in Western Europe and the USA to house the massive lighter-than-air craft. Today, only a handful of these huge structures remain, including the earliest such building – Hangar Y at Chalais Meudon outside Paris. Hangar Y was built in 1879 on what was then a military base. It is 70m long, 24m wide and 20m high (230′ x 78′ x 65′), although additional structures have since been added on both sides. It was originally a pavilion at the Paris exhibition, but was moved to house the airship…
  • This guy just won the “most times appearing on Streetview” award

    Alex Turnbull
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    You're reading an entry from Google Sightseeing, which is copyright © 2014 Alex Turnbull & James Turnbull and must not be reproduced without permission.
  • Floating Bridges

    Ian Brown
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Floating bridges, while often temporary structures used in times of war or disaster, can also be used long-term in locations where water conditions are very sheltered. The road surface is supported by pontoons, which – while they do float – are usually anchored to the sea, lake or river-bed to ensure they stay in place. The longest floating bridge in the world is the Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge—Evergreen Point which stretches 2.3 km (1.4 miles) as part of a longer bridge across Lake Washington between Seattle and Medina. Elevated bridge sections near each shore allow boats and…
  • Hurtigruten (The Express Route)

    Ian Brown
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:29 am
    Here at Google Sightseeing we love a chance to create a post about the scenic wonders of Norway1. Today we will explore the coastal regions visited by the historic Hurtigruten (The Express Route), a daily passenger and cargo service between Bergen and Kirkenes, operated by eleven distinctive white, red and black ships, including the MS Nordnorge, shown here in Bergen. Join us on the epic journey to the 34 ports served by Hurtigruten, looking at some of the scenic highlights, and seeing how many of the ships we can spot along the way, when Google’s Street View car happened to be in a…
 
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  • Surveillance Devices Used to Catch Criminals, Vehicles and… Ghosts? – Security News Roundup

    BrickHouse Security
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    GPS trackers, hidden cameras, and surveillance systems are part of the day-to-day for us here at BrickHouse Security; but they never stop being a source of entertainment, mainly because of the coterie of criminals, animals and bizarre paranormal phenomena that are continually captured. Here’s a rundown of some of the latest and greatest cases. Cereal Box Hidden Camera Leads to Thief’s Capture A Va. homeowner hid a “game camera,” a specific type of surveillance camera used by hunters, in a box of Cheerios after he had been robbed several times over the past few months. The…
  • Lavish Bond Vacation Will Cost You a GoldenArm and a GoldenLeg

    Erik Helin
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:11 pm
    At BrickHouse, it’s no secret how much we enjoy James Bond films; in fact, it’s part of the reason that we became a company. While we endeavor to provide some of the gadgets to make you more like Bond, however, living the life of a spy is more than that. To that end, one luxury website is offering a vacation fit for only the most elite member of MI6, for the ludicrous price of over $800,000. Offered by VeryFirstTo.com, the trip begins at the London Dorchester Hotel (the opening setting of the latest James Bond continuation novel, Solo) and spans seven countries in 21 days. Also in…
  • It’s a Dog-Sit-Bed World – Hidden Camera Catches Canine Misbehaving

    Erik Helin
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:11 pm
    If you’re a pet owner, propping up a hidden camera while you’re out is sure to uncover a whole world of mischief; for one dog (and cat) owner, this exercise yielded just that. As the intro to the video states, the pit bull is not allowed on the bed. There appear to be no restrictions for the cat, however, and when you watch the video you’ll understand why. The clip, possibly of Russian or Eastern European origin, has yielded over 13 million views in the past week alone; which just goes to show, if you have a pet and a hidden camera, there is always the opportunity for comedy…
  • Spying Programs, Heroic Home Alarms and More – Security News Roundup

    BrickHouse Security
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:01 pm
    A surveillance system can be anything from an innocent baby monitor to a more sinister, invasive government spying program. This past week unveiled security news stories from every side of the surveillance spectrum. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites (for better or worse) below. Neglected Children Rescued Thanks to Home Alarm If you have an alarm, you can be confident it will protect your children, even if you don’t. A 42-year-old Texas man was indicted on charges of child abandonment. Police came to his home after an alarm running on backup power – his electricity had been…
  • The Tools That Kept El Chapo Free

    Erik Helin
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:11 am
    Joaquín Guzmán Loera, or “El Chapo” Guzmán, was a notorious Mexican drug lord up until late February when he was arrested by Mexican authorities after escaping from prison in 2001 and living 13 years on the lam. How did he evade capture for so long? ABC News offered a list of potential counter-surveillance tools he may have used, and our CEO Todd Morris weighed in on why. El Chapo, which translates to “Shorty” (he was 5’6″, a fact we can mock now that he’s incarcerated and unable to make us disappear), headed the Sinaloa Cartel based out of the…
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  • First Satellite Images from Sentinel-1A

    Caitlin Dempsey
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Launched on April 3 and reaching operational altitude on April 11, the first images captured by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Sentinel-1A satellite have been made public. The first of five satellites planned for the Sentinel group, Sentintel-1A will be tasked with gathering all-weather, day and night radar images.  Imagery and data collected from the […] The post First Satellite Images from Sentinel-1A appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Call for Translators: gvSIG

    Caitlin Dempsey
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    The developers of open source GIS software gvSIG have issued a call for translators. gvSIG is a freely downloadable GIS software package written in Java that is available for Linux, Macintosh, and Windows platforms.  gvSIG is available in a multitude of languages: Spanish, English UK, English USA, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Portuguese-Brazilian, Russian, Chinese, Serbian, Swahili, […] The post Call for Translators: gvSIG appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Overview of Fuzzy Logic Site Selection in GIS

    Amanda Briney
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Site selection is a type of GIS analysis that is used to determine the best site for something and fuzzy logic is one site selection method. It assigns membership values to locations that range from 0 to 1 and is commonly used to find ideal habitat for plants and animals. This article examines fuzzy logic and explains how and when to use it. The post Overview of Fuzzy Logic Site Selection in GIS appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • You Are Here: Data Visualizations at the Hyperlocal Level

    Caitlin Dempsey
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    The Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab has launched an ambitious hyperlocal cartography project called “You Are Here” which has a goal to produce 100 maps showing a slice of life in 100 various U.S. cities (for a total of 10,000 maps).  The project is starting out with launching one map per day with the goal of […] The post You Are Here: Data Visualizations at the Hyperlocal Level appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Overview of Weighted Site Selection and Suitability Analysis

    Amanda Briney
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Site selection is a type of analysis used in GIS to determine the best place or site for something. Weighted site selection analysis is one type of site selection that allows users to rank raster cells and assign a relative importance value to each layer. This article examines weighted site selection by explaining how it works and when it should be used. It also provides an example of a weighted site selection project for reference. The post Overview of Weighted Site Selection and Suitability Analysis appeared first on GIS Lounge.
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