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  • Android 4.5 Screenshots leaked - Codename Lollipop

    Geospatial Talk
    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
  • Drought may take toll on Congo rainforest, NASA satellites show

    Geography News -- ScienceDaily
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade. Scientists use the satellite-derived "greenness" of forest regions as one indicator of a forest's health. While this study looks specifically at the impact of a persistent drought in the Congo region since 2000, researchers say that a continued drying trend might alter the composition and structure of the Congo rainforest, affecting its biodiversity and carbon storage.
  • World's Next Tallest Building Under Construction

    About.com Geography
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Work begins on April 27 on Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Kingdom Tower is expected to be 568 feet taller than Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in the ...Read Full Post
  • How to become a Google Imagery Partner

    Google Earth Blog
    Mickey Mellen
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    We get emails from time to time from users that would like to submit their own imagery to Google Earth. As Frank mentioned a few weeks ago, Google has a program called the “Imagery Partner Program” to help communities who want to submit their own aerial (or satellite) imagery of their community to Google for inclusion in the maps. You can use this program to send in your own imagery (whether pre-existing, or have new imagery taken) and submit it through this program. In addition, you can submit older imagery and it will be added to the historical imagery layer, so submitting…
  • Hotspots Along the Ukraine-Russia Border

    Esri News Feed
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Esri map shows signs of conflict continued in and around eastern Ukraine, with some government buildings occupied since April 6.
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    Geography News -- ScienceDaily

  • Drought may take toll on Congo rainforest, NASA satellites show

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade. Scientists use the satellite-derived "greenness" of forest regions as one indicator of a forest's health. While this study looks specifically at the impact of a persistent drought in the Congo region since 2000, researchers say that a continued drying trend might alter the composition and structure of the Congo rainforest, affecting its biodiversity and carbon storage.
  • Increased infrastructure required for effective oil spill response in U.S. Arctic

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    A changing climate is increasing the accessibility of U.S. Arctic waters to commercial activities such as shipping, oil and gas development, and tourism, raising concern about the risk of oil spills. The Arctic poses several challenges to oil spill response, including extreme weather and environmental settings, limited operations and communications infrastructure, a vast geographic area, and vulnerable species, ecosystems, and cultures.
  • Scientists identify source of mysterious sound in the Southern Ocean

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Scientists have conclusive evidence that the source of a unique rhythmic sound, recorded for decades in the Southern Ocean and called the 'bio-duck,' is the Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis). First described and named by submarine personnel in the 1960s who thought it sounded like a duck, the bio-duck sound has been recorded at various locations in the Southern Ocean, but its source has remained a mystery, until now.
  • Odds of storm waters overflowing Manhattan seawall up 20-fold

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Maximum water levels in New York harbor during major storms have risen by nearly two and a half feet since the mid-1800s, making the chances of water overtopping the Manhattan seawall now at least 20 times greater than they were 170 years ago, according to a new study.
  • Predicting drift of floating pumice 'islands' can benefit shipping

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    A new technique will aid in predicting the dispersal and drift patterns of large floating ‘islands’ of pumice created by volcanic eruptions at sea. Known as pumice rafts, these large mobile accumulations of pumice fragments can spread to affect a considerable area of the ocean, damaging vessels and disrupting shipping routes for months or even years. The ability to predict where these rafts will end up could give enough advance warning for protective measures to be put in place on shipping routes or in harbours where the presence of pumice is hazardous.
 
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    About.com Geography

  • World's Next Tallest Building Under Construction

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Work begins on April 27 on Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Kingdom Tower is expected to be 568 feet taller than Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in the ...Read Full Post
  • 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.
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    Google Earth Blog

  • How to become a Google Imagery Partner

    Mickey Mellen
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    We get emails from time to time from users that would like to submit their own imagery to Google Earth. As Frank mentioned a few weeks ago, Google has a program called the “Imagery Partner Program” to help communities who want to submit their own aerial (or satellite) imagery of their community to Google for inclusion in the maps. You can use this program to send in your own imagery (whether pre-existing, or have new imagery taken) and submit it through this program. In addition, you can submit older imagery and it will be added to the historical imagery layer, so submitting…
  • Exploring Earth Day on Google Earth

    Mickey Mellen
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    Today is Earth Day, a time to sit back and think about our wonderful planet, and some of us will be out picking up some trash, or just enjoying nature. For those of you stuck inside due to weather, work, or other reasons – perhaps you might want to spend the day exploring our wonderful planet through the power of Google Earth. Here are a few links of stories from Google Earth Blog in the past year describing environmental related content available for viewing in Google Earth: Using Google Earth to prove a case of illegal waste dumping Giving a “pulse” to the Colorado River…
  • Police working on a “live Google Earth” to monitor small areas

    Mickey Mellen
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:46 am
    While it will be a long time before we see a live version of Google Earth, as Frank recently explained, there are some places where small scale real-time imagery is starting to come out. The most recent example is in Compton, California, where they can monitor a 25 square mile area for six hours at a time thanks to a company called Persistent Surveillance Systems(PSS). PSS attaches high-resolution cameras to aircraft that fly around and stream the imagery back to the ground. You can learn quite a bit more about it in this video or by reading this blog post on Gizmodo. The post Police working…
  • Using the Google Earth Flight Simulator

    Mickey Mellen
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    The Google Earth Flight Simulator is one of those features that many people overlook. Here are some tips to make the most of it. With the the release of Google Earth 4.2 back in 2007, Google added a much-requested feature to the product; a flight simulator. To try it out for yourself, simply go to [Tools] –> [Enter Flight Simulator] and dive in! Not long after it came out, Frank posted a list of tips and tricks for using the simulator, as it can be a bit tricky to get started. Start up the flight simulator as described above. I recommend you choose the SR-22 plane to start (it is a much…
  • 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…
 
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    GIS Education Community

  • SpatiaLABS now available as open educational resources

    Angela Lee
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    We’re pleased to announce that Esri SpatiaLABS are now available as open educational resources at www.esri.com/spatialabs or by searching ArcLessons. SpatiaLABS are hands-on GIS activities for promoting spatial reasoning and analysis skills. They are available with a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike license. Over 40 labs currently are available on topics in both the social sciences and physical/environmental sciences.  All labs are peer-reviewed and can be customized to your specific needs.  A sampling of titles is below. SpatiaLABS are designed for use in…
  • Esri Development Center (EDC) Program

    dibiase
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    ArcGIS has become a platform—a foundation upon which geospatial professionals build custom solutions that meet their organizations’ particular needs. Graduates of higher education programs in GI systems and science who can code software and build apps are highly sought after by employers. The Esri Development Center (EDC) program confers special status and benefits upon a select few leading university departments that challenge their students to develop innovative applications based upon the ArcGIS platform. This can include programs that help students advance and extend Esri’s core…
  • Fun with GIS 157: Schools of Stories

    Charlie Fitzpatrick
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Story Maps rock! They are spreading like wildfire, and have given birth to a banquet of new options for map geeks to consider. Adults love them, and kids grasp them immediately. In recent weeks, I have looked at creations by students from grade 3 on up. Esri’s Story Maps page has become hugely popular among educators and kids who wish to integrate subject matter, scientific thinking, math concepts, communication skills, technology, problem solving, and creativity (“Hello, Common Core State Standards!”), or who just want to explore content in captivating ways. Whether…
  • Web Maps, Web Apps, Story Maps

    Joseph Kerski
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Web maps, web apps, story maps … these and other new terms are frequently used in the new world of cloud based GIS.  Sorting through the lexicon of any field is critical to understanding it and to teach it.  What are the similarities and differences between these terms, and how does one decide when to use each of them? All three of these terms refer to a web map dynamically stored in the cloud, or a remote server, so that the map user can interact with it in various ways.  By “interact”, I mean change the scale, extent, classification, or symbology, add or subtract data,…
  • New K-12 Climate Science and Mapping Careers Video

    Tom Baker
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Climate change is a geographic problem, and we believe solving it takes a geographic solution.  Find case studies, e-Books, mapping tools, and more resources from Esri at http://www.esri.com/industries/climate or explore the Esri Climate Resilience App Challenge 2014. Virtual Job Shadow in conjunction with Esri Education and NOAA brings climate scientist, Ned Gardiner  to K-12 CTE students around the country interested in mapping and climate science. The NOAA National Climatic Data Center keeps the world’s largest climate data archive, and provides climatological analysis to every…
 
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    GIS Lounge

  • NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement

    Rebecca Maxwell
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Water is essential for life on the Earth, and the supply of this precious liquid is constantly being recycled through energy from the sun. This process is known as the hydrologic cycle, and through it water is continuously exchanged between the land, the atmosphere, and the oceans. Precipitation in its various forms is critical to […] The post NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • GIS TaskSheets

    Caitlin Dempsey
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach has over forty GIS TaskSheets available as PDFs for users to access.  Each tasksheet offers step by step instructions on completing a specific geospatial task.  The tasksheets cover a variety of GIS software products such as ArcGIS Explorer, QGIS,  Google My Maps, and ArcGIS Online. Users can browse the list […] The post GIS TaskSheets appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • How to Share ArcMap (.mxd) Files

    Caitlin Dempsey
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    ArcMap is a component of Esri’s suite of desktop GIS software programs.  Users of ArcGIS use ArcMap primarily to create, edit, analyze, and display geospatial information.  Saved ArcMap files have the .mxd extension.  This file format is only usable within ArcMap.  To share maps created within ArcMap, most cartographers will output the finished map to […] The post How to Share ArcMap (.mxd) Files appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • GIS and Map Contests Roundup

    Caitlin Dempsey
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    There are a few map contests open for those interested in submitting both paper and digital maps as well as contests designed to showcase the potential of different types of spatial data. GIS and Map Contests Here are current map and GIS related competitions listed in order of the competition deadline.  An updated list of […] The post GIS and Map Contests Roundup appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Overview of Public Health and GIS

    Amanda Briney
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    This article provides an overview of the use of GIS as in public health. It includes a short history of its development as a tool in the field, explains how GIS is used, different data sources and how the privacy of sensitive health information is maintained. Examples of current research using GIS within the public health field are also provided. The post Overview of Public Health and GIS appeared first on GIS Lounge.
 
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    VerySpatial

  • Take a #GlobalSelfie with NASA on Earth Day

    Barb
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Celebrate Earth Day!  by taking a #GlobalSelfie.  It’s remote sensing, it’s geospatial, it’s VerySpatial, it’s fun!  From the NASA website on EARTH RIGHT NOW. NASA invites you — and everyone else on the planet — to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day this year with the agency’s #GlobalSelfie event. The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science. Five NASA missions designed to gather critical data about our home planet are launching to space this year. NASA is marking this big year for Earth science with a campaign called Earth…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 457

    Sue
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:06 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 457 21 April 2014 Main Topic: Our conversation with Esri at the AAG Annual Conference Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode457.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Another Time, Another Place by Riley Etheridge Jr News Google buys Titan Aerospace GLONASS continues to have issues GeoTech Center cancels National Geospatial Skills Competition SpaceX Dragon successfully docks with ISS on a resupply mission Web Corner Earth Day – NASA’s #globalselfie for Earth Day…
  • The Ordnance Survey and John Betjeman

    Barb
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    The Guardian this week has a nostalgic reflection by Rachel Hewitt asking  if this is “The end of the road for Ordnance Survey? Ordnance Survey paper maps are under threat from digital devices. Rachel Hewitt celebrates an ‘icon of England’ beloved by generations of hikers, poets and artists” Rachel Hewitt is the author of “Map of a Nation: A Biography of of the Ordnance Survey” and often writes about cartography, such as her review of “On the Map by Simon Garfield”  Although many articles have been written about the impact of geospatial…
  • UK Life Expectancy and Spatial Analysis

    Barb
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The UK Pensions Minister has proposed a plan that  estimates life expectancy based on such as home location. In a BBC article, “Pensioners Could Get Life Expectancy Guidance”  the Minister Steve Webb states that life expectancy planning based on data such as how long our grandparents lived is no longer a valid estimate tool. A review of articles in the BBC, Telegraph, The Mirror and  The Guardian reveal that none of the articles mention aggregated spatial data, location based data, or give  an indication of using classic spatial analysis, despite quotes such as ““My…
  • 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…
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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

  • Download Free Hydrologic Data From NHDPlus Web Site

    talk
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Those of you who may have not known about NHDPlus website, you should check it out. It offers a geo-spatial, hydrologic framework dataset envisioned by the US Environmental Protection Agency. You can download the datasets for free! The EPA Office of Water, assisted by the US Geological Survey, has supported the development of NHDPlus to enhance the EPA Watershed Assessment, Tracking & Environmental Results (WATERS) activities and the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program's SPARROW modeling. Since its first release in 2006, NHDPlus has been made available by EPA to the wider…
  • Surrey Satellite U.S. To Introduce Color Video-Imaging Small Satellite

    talk
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (SST-US) today introduced the Surrey V1C color video-imaging satellite, a new compact design with high-quality imaging at sub-one-meter resolution. Priced at less than $20 million, the V1C design has significant space heritage and provides a 10-kilometer color video imaging swath.The Surrey V1C satellite will collect high-definition, natural-color (red, green, blue) video with better than one-meter ground sample distance (GSD) resolution over a 10-kilometer-wide swath at up to 100 frames per second. In addition to video, the camera can operate in still scene…
  • 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…
 
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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

  • Be an Early Adopter

    Matt Driscoll
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    With the release of the March 2014 ArcGIS Online update, a new group of templates has been added. The Early Adopter Templates group contains new beta templates to show off your maps. Each of the templates in this group can be used within your organization after walking through a few steps. Once completed, you’ll be able to publish your map into an awesome configurable app using one of these new templates. To get started, you’ll need the administrator of the organization to set the folder that will be used for templates. As the administrator, follow these steps: Create a Group within your…
  • 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…
 
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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

  • Time Traveling in Street View

    Keir Clarke
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    Now that Google Maps are offering you the chance to go back in time and re-visit updated Street View imagery I thought it might be an appropriate moment to remind you of my own Street View time-traveling map. There and Then superimposes vintage film footage on top of Street View to help transport you back to a different age. Using the map you can view vintage film of 1930's San Francisco,
  • Time Travel with Street View

    Keir Clarke
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    Over the next few days the new look Google Maps is rolling out a new feature to all users, which will allow you to travel back in time with Street View. Now when you browse Street View on Google Maps you might spot a clock icon in the upper left-hand corner of the Street View image. When you click on the clock you will be able to browse through and view historical Street View images that Google
  • The Music Genre Heat Map

    Keir Clarke
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Movoto has created an interactive map that visualizes the popularity of different music genres throughout the USA. The All American Music Map displays heat maps showing the popularity of a number of different genres of music by location. The map reveals that the spiritual home of Indie and Punk is on the West Coast. Unsurprisingly Country music seems most at home in Nashville. Movoto has also
  • Enter the Story Map Competition

    Keir Clarke
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    Using Esri Story Maps is a simple way to create interesting mapped narratives about any subject. Esri Story Maps provide a number of easy to use templates that allow you to combine map and satellite views with multimedia and other interactive features to create an interactive mapped presentation. Now Story Map users can also enter the Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest. There are four
  • Donut Holes in International Waters

    Keir Clarke
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Donut Holes in International Waters is an interactive map showing who has sovereignty over seas around the world. The map also highlights 'doughnut holes', areas in the sea which lie within 200 nautical miles of two different countries but are of equal distance from each country. Doughnut holes are designated as international waters. To create the map the author, Dmitriy Skougarevskiy, had to
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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

  • Mappoint 2013, not matching by address

    bellazi
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Hi guys, i'm new to the forum, nice to meet you :) Lately i'm having a problem importing data in mappoint 2013. It doesn't match by address, even if it matched by adress the same file a while ago, now it only matches by province (province data are on another column in the excel file). What do you think it maybe? I'm using an excel file, the address column format is "general". Thank you in advance.
  • Canadian Postal Codes

    jamie-lill@live.ca
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Hi All, I want to create a closed polygon which is a sales region. Then I want to extract all postal codes in that area. Any help would be appreciated
  • Driving Speeds

    GBSup
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    Hi all, I have a question regarding the Driving Speeds options in Mappoint. We currently use an addon called DriveSpeed, which changed the sliders to actual number you can choose. With support for XP ending, we are moving to W8, however the DriveSpeed addon doesn't work in anything past XP. I'm using Mappoint Europe, and although the Driving Speeds slider states what road type is being changed, and the help file states each notch is + or - 5%, I'd like to clarify what the average speeds for each are? Limited-access motorways -> ? Main motorways -> 70mph Other motorways -> 60mph…
  • 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.
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    GPS World

  • NovAtel CORRECT With TerraStar Service Now Available

    GPS World staff
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
    NovAtel Inc. announces that with the release of its 6.400 firmware, NovAtel CORRECT positioning technology is now available with TerraStar’s precise point positioning (PPP) corrections. Delivered via L-band, TerraStar corrections provide decimeter-level accuracy worldwide on all NovAtel OEM6 high-precision receivers, without users having to add base-station infrastructure. Subscriptions to the TerraStar correction service are available seamlessly to customers through NovAtel’s standard sales order process. NovAtel CORRECT optimally combines data from multiple GNSS satellite constellations…
  • Braxton LADO System Supports 10th GPS Satellite Initialization

    GPS World staff
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    GPS IIF-5 was launched on February 20 and turned over to the 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) for operations on March 5. This was the 10th successful launch and initialization using Braxton Technologies‘ Launch, Anomaly Resolution, and Disposal Operations (LADO) system. LADO has performed all the mission planning, commanding and telemetry processing necessary to prepare all GPS satellites for operational use since October 2007. Developed and sustained by Braxton Technologies, LADO was built using Braxton’s ACE Premier commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) product line for spacecraft…
  • Facebook Offers Nearby Friends Feature

    Kevin Dennehy
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Facebook Nearby Friends feature helps people get together. Facebook has started rolling out a feature called Nearby Friends. Users can turn on the feature to help them discover which friends are nearby or on the go. When notified that a friend is nearby, the user can then get in touch or meet up. “For example, when you’re headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward,” wrote Andrea Vaccari, Facebook Product Manager, in an article on the website. Nearby Friends is an optional feature. Users can…
  • Omnilink Offender Monitoring and Asset Tracker Now on Verizon Network

    GPS World staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Omnilink, a provider of advanced machine-to-machine (M2M) tracking and monitoring solutions, has been named to the Verizon Partner Program as a Silver member. “U.S. government agencies, businesses, and consumers have depended on Omnilink to monitor the location, safety, and condition of offenders, assets, vehicles, loved ones, fleets, employees, and much more since 2004,” said Steve Hudson, Omnilink’s chief development officer. “We help businesses track and monitor virtually anything on almost any device, and set high standards in reliability, accuracy and ease of use. And now we are…
  • Spectra Precision’s MobileMapper 20 Extends GIS Capabilities in the Field

    GPS World staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Spectra Precision has introduced the MobileMapper 20 GIS handheld. In the same form factor as the current MobileMapper 10 handheld, MobileMapper 20 offers enhanced capabilities: a new bright VGA color touch screen display, a 5-MP camera for higher resolution images, doubled memory capacity and 3.5G cellular performance. The Spectra Precision MobileMapper 20 provides real-time GPS accuracy of better than 2 meters and post-processed accuracy of a half-meter using MobileMapper Office software. Mapping professionals can also take advantage of Spectra Precision’s optional MobileMapper Field…
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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 Government News Weekly: Pakistan’s Census, Growth of Democracy

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Pakistan Does its Own Census UNFPA Country Representative in Pakistan Ms. Ann Keeling and Chief Statistician, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) Asif Bajwa Tuesday signed a cooperation work plan to strengthen the Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping for the Pakistan... Continue reading
  • Azavea Announces Winners of Summer of Maps Fellowships

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:37 am
    Azavea writes: I am writing to share the winners of the third annual Summer of Maps fellowship program.  We have selected three GIS students from The University of Pennsylvania, Clark University, and Colgate University to receive a $5,000 stipend to perform pro bono geospatial... Continue reading
  • Congressman Ruppersberger on Long-term Space Plan, FISA, STEM and UAVs

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:35 am
    Congressman C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, (D-MD-2nd), the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence opened his morning address with a discussion of U.S. long-term plans for space. Warning that U.S. spending on space programs has fallen from 80% to near 20% of... Continue reading
  • GIS Health News Weekly: Medicare in AL, Drug Pricing, HIV Prevention

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    Mapping Medicare Dollars in Alabama The data are from 2012, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Map by Tableau. I'm seeing that more and more in newspapers! The map below shows payments to Alabama health care providers by ZIP code. You can choose to map either dollar amount... Continue reading
  • GeoTech Center Cancels 2014 National Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Scott Jeffrey, Professor and Program Director, Geospatial Applications Program at Community College of Baltimore County, and Assistant Director / Senior Team member at the GeoTech Center, explained on a LinkedIn group that this year's contest was cancelled. We have not been able to... Continue reading
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    Google LatLong

  • Go back in time with Street View

    Emily Wood
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve ever dreamt of being a time traveler like Doc Brown, now’s your chance. Starting today, you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop. We've gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world.If you see a clock icon in the upper left-hand portion of a Street View image, click on it and move the slider through time and select a thumbnail to see that same place in previous years or seasons.Now with Street View, you…
  • 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…
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    Between the Poles

  • Mobile scanning interiors of buildings with automatic feature extraction for energy performance modeling

    Geoff
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    At the SPAR International conference Avideh Zakhor from the University of California Berkeley gave an enthralling presentation about her research on capturing optical and thermal point clouds of the insides of buildings using a portable backpack containing a collection of sensors.   Her team has also developed analytical software tools for generating floor plans, distinguishing rooms, identifying staircases, texture mapping surfaces, identifying windows, finding heat sources such as computers and human occupants, identifying lights, and even estimating plug load lower consumption - all…
  • 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…
 
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    GPS Tracklog

  • Creating a geocaching itinerary

    Adrian Faulkner
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    So have you ever gone out to do a series of geocaches only to find that you went straight past one that wasn’t part of the series?  Or have constantly reminded yourself that  there’s a quick ‘cache and grab’ a quarter of a mile down a side road by number 20 of the main seriesread more The post Creating a geocaching itinerary appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • This week in GPS — April 19th, 2014

    Rich Owings
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:54 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. Today’s lead image is of a new optional Facebook feature: location tracking. From GPS Tracklog Ourread more The post This week in GPS — April 19th, 2014 appeared first on 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.
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    GPS Insight Blog

  • Customize Dashlet Titles

    rdonat
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    We thought it might be convenient to change the title of any dashlet to make it easier for customers to remember what they are looking at.  You can now customize any dashlet title to something that makes better sense for you. Simply click the edit icon on any dashlet and locate the new Custom Dashlet Title field: Then enter a new name to display on the top of the dashlet: Click apply and you now your dashlet has the new dashlet title you entered: You can also rename as many dashlets as you want. Here is an example with two dashlets, one for PHOENIX and one for CHICAGO vehicles: In order to…
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    Geographic Travels

  • Easter Sunday 2014: Fourteenth Century English Art

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    He is Risen!From Wikipedia2013 Kenyan Art2012 Coptic Icon2011 Romanian and Vatican Easter Stamps2010 Ethiopian Orthodox Icon2009 Maronite Catholic Icon2008 Roman Catholic Prayer Card Art2007 Russian Orthodox Icon2006 Roman Catholic Art
  • Good Friday 2014: Scriptural Way of the Cross and Stations of the Cross from Around the World

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    His JourneyView Scriptural Way of the Cross in a larger mapAs seen by various culturesEuropeanItalian-Renaissance Mosaic StyleModern Polish WoodcutsMiddle AgesModern ItalianNeo-BaroqueRenaissanceThe AmericasLatin American Liberation Theology-influencedLatin American RetablosNative AmericanAsiaTraditional IndianJordanian StampsMaronite LebaneseTraditional ChineseAfricanEthiopianNigerianWestern KenyanAustraliaAboriginal Stations Video
  • 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
 
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  • Thinking Aloud: The Darius Index, Chad

    notwhatyoumighthink
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Apr. 20, 2014 by Darius [A month ago I introduced the Darius Index, which aims to measure the discrepancy between a country’s wealth – as measured by GDP per capita – and what that country does with the money – as measured by the UN’s Human Development Index.  See http://notwhatyoumightthink.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/thinking-aloud-the-darius-index/] This week we’ll check out the #6 country on the list, Chad. Many of the dynamics of Chad’s place on the list are similar to those of other countries previously discussed.  But while Botswana and South Africa, for instance, have…
  • Camping Gear I Want to Buy!

    eztephen
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    My interests have changed overnight. I still enjoy my photography and digital art (that I sell on ts
  • Easter morning in Galway

    canalways
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:11 pm
  • Territoriality [2]

    llecynnau
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Yael Bartana: Manifesto: Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland In A Thousand Plateaus (2004) the French philosophers Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari describe territory as malleable and mobile. It creates distance between one state and another. It is made of decoded fragments of different kinds of environmental conditions which then acquire the worth of properties and can expand when threatened and in doing so creates a rhythmic form (Delezue & Guattari:2004:555). Deleuze and Guattari situate territory within the theory of segmentation. Segmentation occurs all around us, in terms of the…
  • Territoriality [1]

    llecynnau
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Ukraine protest For Robert David Sack, in his study of Human Territoriality (1986), Territoriality asserts itself in a number of ways. On one level it is simply about the control of an area. Another level would be that way in which groups or individuals influence or affect the actions of other people or phenomena such as establishing power over a geographical area (Sack:1986:19). It can be signified through enforced control, classification of an area or by containing a form of communication, for example, a physical boundary acting as a symbolic form, a statement that conveys possession and…
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    Google Sightseeing

  • Mmmm! Muscles!

    Alex Turnbull
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    You're reading an entry from Google Sightseeing, which is copyright © 2014 Alex Turnbull & James Turnbull and must not be reproduced without permission.
  • 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…
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    BrickHouse Security Blog: Tech News, Hidden Cameras, GPS Trackers and more

  • The Distracted Driving Epidemic: Tips to Curb Teen Texting and More

    Erik Helin
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    If you’ve flipped on network TV in recent months, odds are you’ve caught a disturbing commercial featuring a carload of teens that turns from happy to tragic in a split second. The campaign aims to discourage teen texting and driving, and data suggests now is the best time to do so. A recent study by the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY revealed that more teens die annually from texting while driving than they do from drunk driving. If you couple that with auto-related accidents already being the the #1 killer of 15-19 year olds, you have a serious issue on…
  • 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…
 
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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • New York City's Secret Places of Silence

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Central Synagogue on Lexington Avenue (all photos courtesy Frances Lincoln Publishers) Subways rumbling beneath the pavement and blaring their horns, taxis zooming down the avenues, pounding construction constantly morphing the skyline taller every year, the sounds of over eight million people moving through the streets and sidewalks — New York City is not a quiet place. People live close in clustered apartments and crowd into transportation for the daily commute. Sometimes you need an escape.  Quiet New York by Siobhan Wall, released this month by Frances Lincoln Publishers,…
  • Tombées du Camion: Inside a Parisian Cabinet of Curiosities

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Tombées du Camion (photograph by Matthias Biberon) Tucked away in a forgotten passageway, between the upmarket fashion boutiques of Rue des Abbesses and the fall from grace to the seedy strip of Pigalle, you’ll stumble upon one of the most unusual and captivating spaces in Paris. The white whale of the Sacre Coeur is just a cobblestoned stroll away; the café where Audrey Tautou’s Amélie waitressed in the offbeat film is just around the corner on Rue Lepic. And it's easy to imagine Amélie being a frequent customer of the quirky…
  • After the Wrap: The Post-Shooting Life of Sixteen Film Sets

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    A big part of any film’s budget concerns the set — finding and renting a location, altering its look, and sometimes building the whole thing from scratch. Usually the crew strikes everything after filming wraps, but sometimes they leave things in place for future films, or at the property owner’s request, or because they ran out of money for the demolition. Here’s what happened to 16 sets after filming folded.  HOBBITONMatamata, New Zealand  Hobbiton, New Zealand (photograph by Anup Shah) New Zealand sheep farmer Dean Alexander had never heard of…
  • Morbid Monday: Resurrection through Decomposition

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    1694 memento mori painting in the Augustiner Museum in Germany (photo by Wolfgang Sauber) For some cultures, death is the beginning of a purification process that starts with decomposition and ends with skeletonization. These people believe that when a loved one takes his or her final breath, it is the beginning of a journey to the land of the ancestors, and the corpse must completely decay before a soul is considered purified and can ascend to the afterlife. There are typically two burial phases in some of these societies: initial and secondary burial. During the first, or initial, burial,…
  • On Holiday with the Dark Lord: The World's Most Metal Places

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Pits of fire that never go out, monumental skulls, an angel of death that cries black tears — these are some of the most "metal" places in the world. So if you're looking to shoot your next intense album cover for some heavy guitar driven aggression, or just want to experience a brush with darkness, get out to these 13 intense locales.  GATES OF HELLKarakum Desert, Turkmenistan  The Turkmenistan Gates to Hell (photograph by Tormod Sandtorv) In 1971, a Soviet drilling project went horribly wrong when it hit a natural gas cavern and collapsed. To keep from spawning an…
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    GIS Lounge

  • NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement

    Rebecca Maxwell
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Water is essential for life on the Earth, and the supply of this precious liquid is constantly being recycled through energy from the sun. This process is known as the hydrologic cycle, and through it water is continuously exchanged between the land, the atmosphere, and the oceans. Precipitation in its various forms is critical to […] The post NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • GIS TaskSheets

    Caitlin Dempsey
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach has over forty GIS TaskSheets available as PDFs for users to access.  Each tasksheet offers step by step instructions on completing a specific geospatial task.  The tasksheets cover a variety of GIS software products such as ArcGIS Explorer, QGIS,  Google My Maps, and ArcGIS Online. Users can browse the list […] The post GIS TaskSheets appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • How to Share ArcMap (.mxd) Files

    Caitlin Dempsey
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    ArcMap is a component of Esri’s suite of desktop GIS software programs.  Users of ArcGIS use ArcMap primarily to create, edit, analyze, and display geospatial information.  Saved ArcMap files have the .mxd extension.  This file format is only usable within ArcMap.  To share maps created within ArcMap, most cartographers will output the finished map to […] The post How to Share ArcMap (.mxd) Files appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • GIS and Map Contests Roundup

    Caitlin Dempsey
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    There are a few map contests open for those interested in submitting both paper and digital maps as well as contests designed to showcase the potential of different types of spatial data. GIS and Map Contests Here are current map and GIS related competitions listed in order of the competition deadline.  An updated list of […] The post GIS and Map Contests Roundup appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Overview of Public Health and GIS

    Amanda Briney
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    This article provides an overview of the use of GIS as in public health. It includes a short history of its development as a tool in the field, explains how GIS is used, different data sources and how the privacy of sensitive health information is maintained. Examples of current research using GIS within the public health field are also provided. The post Overview of Public Health and GIS appeared first on GIS Lounge.
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