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  • Amphibian chytrid fungus reaches Madagascar

    Geography News -- ScienceDaily
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    The chytrid fungus, which is fatal to amphibians, has been detected in Madagascar for the first time. This means that the chytridiomycosis pandemic has now reached a biodiversity hotspot. Researchers are therefore proposing an emergency plan. This includes monitoring the spread of the pathogenic fungus, building amphibian breeding stations and developing probiotic treatments, say the scientists.
  • Fun with GIS 173: Governors

    GIS Education Community
    Charlie Fitzpatrick
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    Governor after governor after governor said it: Our state’s economy depends on improved education. They said it in different ways, but one after another said it over the weekend, at the winter meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington, DC. (image by NGA) I had the privilege of attending this event, including this full-group session with special guest interviewer Maria Bartiromo. With education mentioned significantly in the first 38 minutes, Bartiromo asked each governor in turn “What’s the biggest economic issue that you face right now?” For many…
  • Mapping Shrinking Glaciers

    Maps Mania
    Keir Clarke
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:18 am
    Alaska Ice: Documenting Glaciers on the Move is an Esri Story Map which uses satellite imagery and comparisons of modern & vintage photographs to document Alaska'a glaciers. The main focus of the map is the U.S. Geological Survey's Repeat Photography initiative. USGS has been comparing modern photographs of Alaskan glaciers with historical photos, both with the same field of view. The
  • Data Collection 101 – Creating an Urban Art Walking Tour with FulcrumApp

    AnyGeo - GIS, Maps, Mobile and Social Location Technology
    glenn
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:46 pm
    TweetIt was a beautiful Sunday here in the PacNW so what better way to kill the morning than by walking around the beautiful downtown core in Victoria BC while testing out a little data collection using FulcrumApp. About the Project … Continue reading →
  • Map Anniversaries

    Jonathan Crowe: Recent Map Posts
    Jonathan Crowe
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    Google Maps turned 10 years old on Sunday -- a milestone observed by Samuel Gibbs in the Guardian. See also Liz Gannes's retrospective at Re/Code. My reaction on launch day was pretty effusive -- I was blown away mainly by the user interface. But it wasn't immediately dominant: it took roughly four years for Google to surpass MapQuest in traffic. Meanwhile, the Pro version of Google Earth, which used to cost $400/year, is now free. Google Earth itself launched in June 2005, so is approaching its own 10-year anniversary, but it began its existence a few years earlier as Keyhole EarthViewer 3D.
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    Geography News -- ScienceDaily

  • Economic models provide insights into global sustainability challenges

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a review concludes.
  • Interaction of Atlantic and Pacific oscillations caused 'false pause' in warming

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    The recent slowdown in climate warming is due, at least in part, to natural oscillations in the climate, according to a team of climate scientists, who add that these oscillations represent variability internal to the climate system. They do not signal any slowdown in human-caused global warming.
  • World's challenges demand science changes -- and fast, experts say

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    The world has little use -- and precious little time -- for detached experts. A group of scientists -- each of them experts -- makes a compelling case that the growing global challenges has rendered sharply segregated expertise obsolete. Disciplinary approaches to crises like air pollution, climate change, food insecurity, and energy and water shortages, are not only ineffective, but also making many of these crises worse.
  • Amphibian chytrid fungus reaches Madagascar

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    The chytrid fungus, which is fatal to amphibians, has been detected in Madagascar for the first time. This means that the chytridiomycosis pandemic has now reached a biodiversity hotspot. Researchers are therefore proposing an emergency plan. This includes monitoring the spread of the pathogenic fungus, building amphibian breeding stations and developing probiotic treatments, say the scientists.
  • 'Blue-green algae' proliferating in lakes

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:49 am
    The organisms commonly known as blue-green algae have proliferated much more rapidly than other algae in lakes across North America and Europe over the past two centuries -- and in many cases the rate of increase has sharply accelerated since the mid-20th century, according to an international team of researchers.
 
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    Google Earth Blog

  • Google Earth Pro: regionation

    Timothy Whitehead
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:26 am
    We have recently been looking at some of the features exclusive to the now free Google Earth Pro. Today we are looking at the ‘regionate’ feature. The regionate tool is a way to make large datasets easier to work with by limiting the number of items displayed in Google Earth at any given time. How it does this is explained in this YouTube video from the Google Earth help page: We decided to try it out using a KML file that we found on the Geo-Wiki site that we looked at yesterday. The file we tested with, the Geo-Wiki validations dataset from the downloads page, contains just over…
  • Google Earth plugin showcase: Geo-Wiki

    Timothy Whitehead
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:29 am
    This is the tenth in our series showcasing the Google Earth plugin and its various uses. Today we are looking at Geo-Wiki, a site that uses crowd-sourcing to do environmental monitoring of the earth. Although the site has an option to try it out as a guest we couldn’t get that to work, but registration is free so we went ahead and did that. Once registered, the site uses the Google Earth plugin to display a variety of maps, mostly relating to global agriculture patterns. There is a wealth of information, such as where various crops are grown and livestock production patterns. The Google…
  • Measuring in Google Earth Pro

    Timothy Whitehead
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:36 am
    Last month Google removed the US$399 a year price tag from Google Earth Pro and released it for free. There is no longer any need to sign up for a licence key, simply login with your email address and the key GEPFREE. Recently, we have been having a look at some of the features unique to Google Earth Pro. Today we will have a look at the measuring tools in Google Earth Pro. There are two ways to get measurements in Google Earth Pro. If you look at the properties of a path or polygon, there is a ‘measurements’ tab which displays length for paths or perimeter and area for polygons.
  • Google updating 3D areas

    Timothy Whitehead
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:39 am
    In December last year, Google updated the 3D imagery in New York and San Francisco with newer, better quality imagery. Since then Google has updated a number of other cities. Thank you to GEB reader Ryan for letting us know about Louisville (KY) and Munich (Germany). We don’t always notice the update, especially if, as in the case of Munich, the update is completely contained within the area covered by the older imagery. Other times, it is more obvious, such as Buffalo (NY) and Pittsburg (PA), where the new imagery extended beyond the old boundary. We generally haven’t bothered…
  • Greenland gets Street View

    Timothy Whitehead
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:26 am
    Google has released some Street View imagery in Greenland. Thank you to GEB reader Chris for bringing this to our attention. There is also significant expansion to the coverage of Bangladesh that we looked at earlier this month. The new Greenland imagery includes sections captured by boat This is the Greenland Street View car. For more Greenland sights, see Maps Mania and Google Views. A map of additions to Street View since we last looked The post Greenland gets Street View appeared first on Google Earth Blog.
 
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    GIS Education Community

  • Fun with GIS 173: Governors

    Charlie Fitzpatrick
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    Governor after governor after governor said it: Our state’s economy depends on improved education. They said it in different ways, but one after another said it over the weekend, at the winter meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington, DC. (image by NGA) I had the privilege of attending this event, including this full-group session with special guest interviewer Maria Bartiromo. With education mentioned significantly in the first 38 minutes, Bartiromo asked each governor in turn “What’s the biggest economic issue that you face right now?” For many…
  • Maps as representations of reality: The deciduous-coniferous tree “line”

    Joseph Kerski
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
    One theme that we frequently discuss in teaching and learning with GIS is that maps are representations of reality.  To be sure, they are very useful representations of reality, but they are representations nonetheless, laden with meaning, different possibilities for interpretation, and yes, some distortions and error.  In the fast-paced world that GIS analysis and creating maps has become, it is easy to lose sight of these representation fundamentals when we have maps and imagery at our fingertips, at multiple scales and over multiple themes. In a video, I discuss just one place where…
  • Fun with GIS 172: Synergy

    Charlie Fitzpatrick
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    Growing up with three older brothers, I knew “synergy.” Football, frisbee, sledding, board games, card games, cardboard boxes, tag … all were much more fun together than the sum of what we could have done alone. The world is full of synergistic relationships. Esri’s 2015 Federal Conference showed the synergy of the ArcGIS platform, answering the question asked by educators facing an expanding array of GIS tools: “Do I use ArcGIS Desktop, or go to ArcGIS Online with browsers, or go mobile? Desktop is powerful, but Online is easy, and mobile is ubiquitous.” The…
  • Got Skills for the Digital Earth? Sign up for Free Elmhurst College Online Course

    Joseph Kerski
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:58 am
    Do you have a desire to build your skills in location-based analysis, and to discover why location matters in our everyday lives?  If so, sign up for a free 4 week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered by Elmhurst College, beginning 1 March 2015. The course explores why “where?” is vitally important to a myriad of disciplines in our digital world.  Participants in the MOOC will learn what location technologies are used for, as well as fundamental geospatial concepts, skills and applications.  Taught through video lectures, interaction opportunities and discussion…
  • Off the Beaten Path: A 3D Scene for the Poles of Inaccessibility

    Joseph Kerski
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Some of the most remote locations on Planet Earth are the “poles of inaccessibility.” By definition, a pole of inaccessibility is the place most challenging to reach owing to its distance from locations that could provide access.  On land, it is often referred to as the most distant point from a coastline, and in the ocean, the most distant point from any land. A surveyor friend and colleague of mine, Jerry Penry, and a local student recently journeyed to the point in North America, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and documented their journey in an article in The American…
 
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    GIS Lounge

  • Free Field Survey Tools

    Noam Rozenfeld
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:19 pm
    With the immense leaps of cheaper data storage, cellular availability, and awareness toward open source components, the options to create workflows that were traditionally commercial can now be accessed for free. One of these great leaps is with field survey tools. Once upon a time (around five years ago) a field [...]The post Free Field Survey Tools appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Using Geospatial Technologies to Save the World’s Peatlands

    Rebecca Maxwell
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Rezatec has developed “Peat spotter”, a service that uses Earth Observation imagery to locate and create initial mappings of peatlands. This information is enriched with ground data collected by field agents using handheld devices.The post Using Geospatial Technologies to Save the World’s Peatlands appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • New GISP Certification Process and Fees Announced

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) which had launched a review of its certification process back in 2011, announced new terms and fees for its certification and recertification processes starting July 1, 2015. In terms of the process for obtaining a GISP certification, the biggest change is the exam component.  Starting on [...]The post New GISP Certification Process and Fees Announced appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Abstract Machine: Applying GIS in the Humanities

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    Esri Press has released a new book about applying spatial analysis to the humanities.  In Abstract Machine: Humanities GIS, Charles B. Travis, a senior research fellow at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, uses case studies from history, poetry, and published works to explore out GIS analysis is used to explore and understand [...]The post Abstract Machine: Applying GIS in the Humanities appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Building Better Maps for the Visually Impaired

    Rebecca Maxwell
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    For those of us who can see, being able to read a map is something that we take advantage of every day. We use maps to navigate our way around the city using public transportation, take a field trip to the museum, and remember the layout of a new office [...]The post Building Better Maps for the Visually Impaired appeared first on GIS Lounge.
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    AnyGeo - GIS, Maps, Mobile and Social Location Technology

  • Temperate Rainforests in OR, WA, BC, Alaska experience irreparable losses

    glenn
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:49 pm
    TweetMore bad news as climate change and rainforest experts warned that without drastic and immediate cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and new forest protections, the world’s most expansive stretch of temperate rainforests from Alaska to the coast redwoods will experience … Continue reading →
  • List Your Business with Apple Maps Connect Canada, Germany and France

    glenn
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    TweetEver wanted to add/include details of your business into Apple Maps? Well, now business owners in Canada, German, and France have access to Apple Business Listings via Maps Connect. To use the service a user must have an Apple Account … Continue reading →
  • Data Collection 101 – Creating an Urban Art Walking Tour with FulcrumApp

    glenn
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:46 pm
    TweetIt was a beautiful Sunday here in the PacNW so what better way to kill the morning than by walking around the beautiful downtown core in Victoria BC while testing out a little data collection using FulcrumApp. About the Project … Continue reading →
  • North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study Webinars

    glenn
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:43 pm
    TweetNorth Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, is designed to help local communities better understand changing flood risks associated with climate change and to provide tools to help those communities better prepare for future flood risks. It builds on lessons learned from … Continue reading →
  • New Rules Coming for Drone and UAV Operators

    glenn
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    TweetNobody likes too much Government intervention, however, with the number of “near misses” between UAVs (drones) and commercial aircraft on the rise, not to mention the privacy concerns, it was only a matter of time before the rules get stepped … Continue reading →
 
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    VerySpatial

  • Elmhurst College’s Digital Earth MOOC

    Barb
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    If you are attending the upcoming 2015 Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting in Chicogo, IL this year, Elmhurst College is one of the Chicagoland colleges doing noteworthy work in GIS and Geography that you might want to stop by and visit. Elmhurst College’s School for Professional Studies is offering a FREE 4-week (March 1-March 28), Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Skills for Digital Earth designed to introduce how location technologies are used in society.  The course will be taught by Judith Bock, Program Director, Department of Geography and Geosciences…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 501

    Jesse
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 501 22 February 2015 Main Topic: The importance of Information Literacy Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode501.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Going Under by Sarah Donner News UN Agrees to draft climate text FAA announces draft commercial UAS regulations GISCI announces changes to GISP Boston partnering with Waze Oculus Info changes name to uncharted Software Web Corner Libra Landsat viewer and download tool Main topic This week we talk to about Information Literacy…
  • Internship Experience: National Holocaust Museum

    Barb
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    According to a 2013 poll of GIS professionals on GIS Lounge, half of the respondents held a GIS intership at the start of their career. Andrew Fomil is a good example of how geospatial professionals use interships to get started. A young GIS professional, he has worked at ESRI D.C. (paid internship), American Geophysical Union, and Thomson Reuters, but he got his start with an NSF GIS Internship at the National Holocaust Museum. He is currently a graduate student finishing his Geography/GISc Master’s Degree at West Virginia University which he hopes like many students, along with his work…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 500

    Jesse
    15 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 500 15 February 2015 Main Topic: Elvin Slavik of Esri on mobile and the future of technology Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode500.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Re: Your Brains by Jonathan Coulton News Nominations for the US Census Scientific Advisory Committee Apply to become a Presidential Innovation Fellow NASA’s DSCOVR successfully launches Make your house a no-drone-zone Trimble’s new Bluetooth GPS View Master is back…and partnering with your…
  • Countdown to 10 years begins now!

    Jesse
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    We have been going at this for a while now…500 weeks of production at least. Our first blog post (of about 3,600 to date) went up on July 12, 2005. The first podcast episode went up later that month on July 24th. Since then we have created 500 weekly audio episodes, around 50 video episodes, 72 Special Episodes, and around 110 Roadshow (conference) episodes, putting us closer to 730 total episodes (and I probably forgot to count some). Today is a day that we will hold dear for its milestone number, but it is just a step toward 2015’s true highlight in our hearts…our 10th…
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    BostonGIS Blog

  • PostGIS workshops at FOSS4G NA 2015 San Francisco

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

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

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

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

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

  • Landsat 8 'Remote Sensing' Journal Special Issue: Free Artcile Access

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

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

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

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

    talk
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    This Saturday, November 8, 2014, a NASA Climate Change Forum is being held at Howard Community College in Maryland. The forum will focus on urban, agricultural, and forest changes in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that result from development and climate change. The forum takes place tomorrow from from 9 a.m. to noon in the HCC’s Health Sciences Building. Talks by Molly Brown (NASA) on food security, Peter Claggett (USGS) on the Chesapeake Bay, and Joseph Sexton (UMD) on land use change will be featured along with a panel Q&A, and related exhibits. Register for this free event at…
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    GIS and Agent-Based Modeling

  • Village Model

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

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

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

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    Chris Brunsdon and Alex Singleton recently edited a book entitled "Geocomputation: A Practical Primer". The book covers a plethora of topics relating to geocomputation, and to quote from the website: "Chapters provide highly applied and practical discussions of:Visualization and exploratory spatial data analysisSpace time modellingSpatial algorithmsSpatial regression and statisticsEnabling interactions through the use of neogeography " In the book I contributed a chapter on "Agent-based Models and Geographical Information Systems". Such a topic might not come as a surprise to readers of this…
  • Crowdsourcing Urban Form and Function

    8 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    We have just had published a new paper entitled: "Crowdsourcing Urban Form and Function" in International Journal of Geographical Information Science which showcases some of our recent work with respect to cities and how new sources of information can be used to study urban morphology at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Below is the abstract for the paper:  "Urban form and function have been studied extensively in urban planning and geographic information science. However, gaining a greater understanding of how they merge to define the urban morphology remains a substantial…
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    ArcGIS Blog » Mapping

  • Custom Image Processing 2.0

    kevin_butler
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:21 pm
    You can now use Python to create your own raster functions in ArcGIS. Previously, this was done in the .NET framework. Python is more accessible for users and allows you to plug into any of the Python libraries, such as SciPy. We’ve created a Github repository where you can learn about our API, download sample functions, contribute your own, and ask questions. The idea is to make this into a community for everyone who is creating custom raster functions for ArcGIS. https://github.com/Esri/raster-functions/ Custom functions can be useful for anyone, but they’re especially powerful for the…
  • User Community Content continues to expand The Living Atlas of the World

    Shane Matthews
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    The ArcGIS Content Team recently completed updates to the World Topographic Map. The data for the World Topographic Map is provided by the GIS community. This map is designed to be used as a basemap by GIS professionals and as a reference map by anyone. Thanks to our users and partners who are supporting Community Basemaps and helping build The Living Atlas of the World. Topographic Map Updates and Useful Maps and Applications Our newest contributor in this release is Falls Church, VA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k). Just what we like to see, an ArcGIS Online Homepage! Loaded up with Map Gallery…
  • Location Architect makes map creation a breeze for MicroStrategy users

    pattimurphy
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    Watch the new Location Architect video in our Maps for MicroStrategy series to learn how a Location Architect model for your MicroStrategy project makes map creation a breeze for business users. Adding a map to a report only takes a few clicks–there’s no need to manually add data to your map. With a model in place, the map layer is automatically generated when you add a custom visualization. The model ensures that consistent maps styles, such as those used for profit and revenue are applied consistently across your project. Furthermore, the map automatically updates to reflect…
  • AHN2 Netherlands in Esri World Elevation Services

    rajnagi
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    by Rajinder Nagi, Lead Community Elevation In a country like Netherlands, where about half of its land is less than 1 meter (3.3 ft) above sea level, having detailed and precise elevation data is vital for applications like flood management, climate change, 3D visualization and terrain analysis. We are excited to include highly detailed 3m elevation data for Netherlands derived from AHN2 LiDAR point cloud into the Esri World Elevation Layers. The LiDAR data came from Rijkswaterstaat, Provincies en de Waterschappen and consists of 1374 LAZ files of approximately 0.5 terabytes. Esri…
  • South America & Western Europe SRTM 30 m in Esri World Elevation Services

    rajnagi
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    by Rajinder Nagi, Lead Community Elevation Esri World Elevation Layers  are enhanced with more detailed void-free 1 arc-second (~ 30 meters) SRTM data (Version 3.0) from NASA for South America, Western Europe, Central America and Caribbean Islands. With this update, there is now 3 times more detail in these areas. Aconcagua, Argentina—the highest peak in South America at 6,962 m (22,841 ft) above sea level (SRTM 90m vs SRTM 30m)  Ojos del Salado—the highest active volcano in the world at 6,893 m (22,615 ft) on the Argentina–Chile border (SRTM 90m vs SRTM 30m)  Chimborazo,…
 
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    Jonathan Crowe: Recent Map Posts

  • Unruly Places (Off the Map)

    Jonathan Crowe
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Alastair Bonnett's Unruly Places (first published in the U.K. as Off the Map) is a light, entertaining exploration of some of the world's more unusual places. Bonnett, a social geography professor at Newcastle University, has written 47 short essays about locations that, in the grand scheme of things, don't make any sense: the exceptions, the asterisks, the ink blots (in at least one case literally) on the map. These range from the deeply frivolous to the profoundly injust: from bits and pieces of New York City transformed into environmental time capsules and art projects to places meaningful…
  • Emily Garfield's Map Art

    Jonathan Crowe
    15 Feb 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Emily Garfield's art is a pen-and-watercolour exercise in the cartography of imaginary places. Her drawings "are inspired by the visual language of maps, as well as the fractal similarity that cities share with biological processes such as the patterns of cells and neurons." Above: "Branching Networks (Cityspace #178)."
  • Map Anniversaries

    Jonathan Crowe
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    Google Maps turned 10 years old on Sunday -- a milestone observed by Samuel Gibbs in the Guardian. See also Liz Gannes's retrospective at Re/Code. My reaction on launch day was pretty effusive -- I was blown away mainly by the user interface. But it wasn't immediately dominant: it took roughly four years for Google to surpass MapQuest in traffic. Meanwhile, the Pro version of Google Earth, which used to cost $400/year, is now free. Google Earth itself launched in June 2005, so is approaching its own 10-year anniversary, but it began its existence a few years earlier as Keyhole EarthViewer 3D.
  • Daniel Reeve, Film Cartographer

    Jonathan Crowe
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:48 am
    Someone was responsible for the maps developed for the film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and other movies (on-screen and in promotional materials), and that someone is Daniel Reeve, a freelance artist who also did a lot of the letterwork and calligraphy. Via Boing Boing.
  • Atlas of Canada

    Jonathan Crowe
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    I only just now found out about the new edition of Canadian Geographic's Atlas of Canada -- via an item broadcast on CTV yesterday -- or I would have included it in this year's gift guide. It's apparently the first new edition in a decade. (Incidentally this should not be confused with the Canadian government's online Atlas of Canada, an entirely distinct beast.)
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    Maps Mania

  • Animated Heat Maps of Weather Data

    Keir Clarke
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    A few weeks ago CartoDB released CartoDB Heat Maps. This new heat maps option in CartoDB leverages the power of the Torque library, which allows developers to efficiently render and publish very large datasets to the client. CartoDB Heat Maps can also be used with Torque to create animated heat maps. Where this could be particular useful is in visualizing weather data and patterns. For
  • US River Mapping

    Keir Clarke
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:29 am
    Hydro Hierarchy is a map of the largest rivers in the United States and their monthly river flows. Select a river segment on the map and you can view a chart of its 2014 monthly river flow. The horizontal red line on the bar chart represents the ten year mean monthly flow, which means you can compare each month's river flow to its yearly average. The 2014 drought means that on most river
  • The New York Time Machine

    Keir Clarke
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    Every time I make a good map I soon find out that someone has done it better. Recently I've spent a lot of time creating vintage map browsers with the Leaflet mapping library. I used the New York Public Library's map collection to put together a map of New York Vintage Maps. I then used the amazing David Rumsey Map Collection to create a map of San Francisco Vintage Maps. Well it turns out
  • Mapping African Democracy

    Keir Clarke
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:34 am
    President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea and President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola have both been leaders of their respective countries for 35 years. According to the Economist neither country qualifies as a full democracy. There are 27 countries in Africa ruled by an authoritarian regime or a nominal democracy. The Economist claims that Mauritius is the only African
  • Mapping Shrinking Glaciers

    Keir Clarke
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:18 am
    Alaska Ice: Documenting Glaciers on the Move is an Esri Story Map which uses satellite imagery and comparisons of modern & vintage photographs to document Alaska'a glaciers. The main focus of the map is the U.S. Geological Survey's Repeat Photography initiative. USGS has been comparing modern photographs of Alaskan glaciers with historical photos, both with the same field of view. The
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    Mapperz - The Mapping News Blog

  • Google Earth Pro now Free

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Google Earth Pro now Free 30th January 2015 "Starting today, even more people will be able to access Google Earth Pro: we're making it available for free"  Google Earth Pro... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • Check My Flood Risk Map

    14 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    The Check My Flood Risk map from ShootHill is designed to increase awareness among the public of the likelihood of flooding from rivers or the sea, and to encourage people living and working in... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • Explore a collection of historical maps of Bath

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Explore a collection of historical maps of Bath Maps ranging from 1572 to 1942 in a nice interactive way http://nadnerb.co.uk/HistoryMap/ source:http://blog.nadnerb.co.uk/?page_id=115Mapperz... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • Ordnance Survey Minecraft [Version 2] map of Great Britain [Video]

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Ordnance Survey Minecraft map of Great Britain Video by Leigh Dodds Ordnance Survey Minecraft data is available from  http://download.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/minecraft/OSGB.zip (1GB File!) OS... 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.
  • An Online Easy Translator for GIS Data

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    An Online Easy Translator for GIS Data The Easy Translator is available as a free web service, for immediately translating data into your required format and coordinate... 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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  • Just wanted to say Hello!

    TaylorBFRA
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Fantastic data Cheers!My web blog first time; My Site,
  • Announcing: MPCluster for Caliper Maptitude

    Winwaed
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    We have just released the Caliper Maptitude port of our MPCluster analysis product. The original MapPoint version used the K-Means algorithm, but the new Maptitude version also adds the option of using a Hierarchical algorithm. In contrast to the stochastic K-Means algorithm (ie. contains a random component), the Hierarchical algorithm is deterministic. This means the runs are full reproducible: multiple runs with identical data and settings will result in identical results. The Maptitude version also adds new output options suited to Maptitude's sophisticated data layers. See MPCluster:…
  • What's everyone's experience with Google Maps Pro?

    DogDougMap
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:38 am
    I found out the other day that Google Maps Pro is now free. I was wondering if anyone else had any experience with it? I tried it out and it has some cool features (the video maker and pro layers for example) but it doesn't seem to be that well maintained. Any opinions?
  • auto schedule routes based on push pin criteria

    KenDE
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    I have 30,000 pushpins representing a retail location. The retail locations are categorized into three groups. ABC. I can manually draw a box around a set of pushpins and have it route those pins. However, I want Mappoint to take all the pushpins and automatically create list of routes based on the following criteria. 1. 25 pushpins 2. 50%=a 30%=b 20%=c 3. Route pushpins as close together as possible. 4. create a document per route. Is this possible with MP or some other addons using scripts? Thanks Ken
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    GPS World

  • Study of Atmospheric ‘Froth’ May Help GPS Communications

    GPS World staff
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Editor’s note: GPS World Innovation editor Richard Langley has co-authored a study, described below, exploring how irregularities in Earth’s upper atmosphere can distort GPS signals, an important step toward mitigation. The Aurora Borealis viewed by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on February 7, 2012 from 09:54:04 to 10:03:59 GMT, on a pass from the North Pacific Ocean, west of Canada, to southwestern Illinois. Image Credit: NASA/JSC News from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory When you don’t know how to get to…
  • Drone Piloted by Brainwaves Demonstrated in Portugal

    GPS World staff
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:36 am
    Technology that allows a drone to be piloted using a person’s brainwaves has been demonstrated in Portugal, reports BBC News. Drone specialist Tekever adapted existing electroencephalography (EEG) technology to enable a pilot on the ground to send instructions to the drone software, a technology it calls Brainflight. Tekever told BBC News that the technology could enable people with restricted movement to control a UAV. Tekever believes the technology could eventually be used to pilot cargo planes, but experts say safety concerns will be a major roadblock.
  • Microsemi GNSS Master Solves Small-Cell Synchronization Issue

    GPS World staff
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Microsemi Corporation is offering a new Integrated GNSS Master (IGM) solution for small cell synchronization. The IGM is the company’s first solution that fully integrates a 1588v2 PTP grandmaster with a GNSS receiver and antenna in a small, fully contained package, designed to mount indoors. The Microsemi IGM solves the challenge of indoor synchronization, which has been a significant hurdle for cost-effective small cell indoor deployments. According to the Small Cell Forum, 80 percent of small cell needs are for indoor use. Microsemi expects the company’s new IGM to…
  • LocationSmart, Locaid to Merge for Cloud-Based Location Services

    GPS World staff
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    LocationSmart, a provider of cloud-based location and interactivity services, and Locaid, a location-as-a-service platform for enterprise location, have merged to create an enterprise mobility platform for cloud-based location services. The merger agreement was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of LocationSmart and Locaid, and stockholders of both companies approved the merger on Feb. 19.  The combined company will operate under the LocationSmart brand.  In conjunction with the merger, LocationSmart secured equity and debt financing led by Intersouth Partners and Hamilton…
  • Markey Report Concerns Connected Vehicle Industry

    GPS World staff
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:14 am
    Editor’s note: Kevin Dennehy will be covering the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona for GPS World. Contact him at kdennehy@gpsworld.com with your news. Sen. Ed Markey’s new car technology report, released earlier this month, basically says that connected vehicles can be hacked, causing danger to drivers and presenting major privacy concerns. While some critics believe Markey’s report was meant to drive media hysteria, others say it raises serious issues that the industry needs to address. In other location news, I’ll be covering the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona for…
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  • Greenlandic fjords and viking ruins await your discovery in Google Maps

    Google Blogs
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    Your virtual viking ship is here to take you on a journey through Greenland with Street View in Google Maps. Thanks to our partners Visit Greenland and Asiaq, you can now explore immersive 360-degree imagery of the world’s largest island, which is sparsely populated yet chock full of glorious natural wonders and historical sites. Let us take you on a tour of fjords, waterfront vistas, Norse ruins and more.Floating by Ilulissat, you can see why the breathtaking Ilulissat icefjord is the country’s most popular tourist destination. Also an UNESCO World Heritage site, the stunning ice wall…
  • Goin’ to the chapel this Valentine’s weekend

    Lat Long
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    Thanks to the ease and low cost of acquiring a marriage license, Las Vegas is considered the Marriage Capital of the World. For many, Vegas weddings are a chance to be spontaneous and embrace the unexpected. This Valentine’s Day, we hope you’ll say yes… and visit the chapels that make Las Vegas famous with Street View in Google Maps.From the regal Classico Chapel in Caesars Palace to the more simple Las Vegas Love Chapel, there’s a variety of places to say “I do.” You can take a seat at the locations of some of the world’s most remembered (for better or for worse) Vegas…
  • Today we turn 10!

    Lat Long
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    For 10 years Google Maps has made it easier to navigate and explore your world. If you hopped in your DeLorean for a trip back to before 2005, you’d remember the days when we were all dependent on paper maps, print-outs, post-its and sometimes even a compass for directions! Getting from point A to B is something we do all day, every day—from finding the fastest way to get to work, to dropping the kids off on a carpool route, to meeting friends for drinks at a new spot—so it should be as easy as possible. That’s why we created Google Maps and why we’ve spent the last 10 years…
  • Google Earth Pro is now free

    Lat Long
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world. Starting today, even more people will be able to access Google Earth Pro: we're making it available for free. To see what Earth Pro can…
  • The aurora borealis lights up Google Maps

    Lat Long
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Nature’s greatest light show has come to Google Maps for the first time. Starting today, armchair arctic explorers, science lovers and curious observers will be able to explore the Northern Lights in Finland right from Google Maps. Northern Lights, FinlandAlso known as the aurora borealis (after Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn, and Boreas, the Greek name for north wind), these dazzling lights are the effect of charged particles interacting with one another in earth’s atmosphere. These light displays have long been a source of wonder for poets and travelers gazing up at the…
 
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    Between the Poles

  • US FAA proposes lenient rules for non-recreational small unmanned aircraft operation

    Geoff
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    In general the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for commercial purposes is illegal in the U.S.  But in the last few months the Federal Aviation Administration has issued grants of exemption to six companies for commercial UAVs for general aerial surveys (Trimble, Woolpert) and specifically for construction monitoring (Clayco, Inc), agriculture (Advanced Aviation Solutions), on and offshore oil and gas inspections (VDOS Global), and real estate (Douglas Trudeau, Realtor).  But the requirements were very restrictive, for example, the UAV could not be flown at a ground speed…
  • State of BIM delivery in the UK one year before government mandate

    Geoff
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    One of the highlights of this this year's RICS BIM Conference in London was the keynote presentation Delivery of Level 2 BIM by Terry Stocks, Deputy Head of Estates Department, Ministry of Justice and  Delivery Director for Level 2 BIM, UK BIM Task Force.  As people in the construction industry are aware, next year all central government construction projects (which represents about half of the construction industry in the UK) will require building information modeling (BIM) Level 2.  The short term objective is to reduce the cost of construction (design, tender, build) by 20%.  The…
  • Interoperability leading factor determining geospatial software purchasing decisions

    Geoff
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Geospatial World has just published the results of a survey of 650 of its readers conducted between November 2014 and January 2015 targeted on their geospatial technology and data usage.  Geospatial softwarion One of the questions asked in the survey was What factors are most important in determining your organization's buying decisions when procuring geospatial software ? The choices were cost, choice, ease of availability, level of technical support, and interoperability.  I found it very interesting that interoperability came out on top. Nearly all (97%) of respondents found it an…
  • Latest survey suggests rapid adoption of new geospatial technology in Asia/Pacific

    Geoff
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    Geospatial World has just published the results of a survey of 650 of its readers conducted between November 2014 and January 2015 targeted on their geospatial technology usage.  Geospatial technologies The geospatial technologies respondents were asked to report on their usage of are comprehensive; GIS, GNSS (better known as GPS in North America), satellite remote sensing, aerial photography, 3D Data, total stations, laser scanning/LiDAR, BIM, indoor positioning, UAVs/UAS, and ground penetrating radar (GPR).  Some of these have been widely used for years and represent mature markets such…
  • Reducing energy consumption of buildings

    Geoff
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    According to the IEA's Energy Technology Perspectives 2014, global growth in electricity demand exceeds all other final energy carriers.  Since the 1970s,  electricity's share of total energy demand has grown from 9% to over 17%.   It is expected to increase to 25% by 2050.   Over this period demand is expected to remain flat in OECD countries with an average 16% demand growth, while in non-OECD countries growth is projected to reach 300%.   Between 1990 and 2011 overall electricity emissions increased by 75%.  This reflected rising demand but little change in emissions…
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    GPS Tracklog

  • Meet the Flashlight that Does Everything

    Liz E.
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    I tend to hesitate to write about crowdfunded Kickstarter projects because a lot of times, they don’t actually pull through. There are complications associated with crowdfunding and such, so the device must be something really interesting to for me to even bother with more than a brief writeup. Well, today, I read about a flashlightread more The post Meet the Flashlight that Does Everything appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • HERE for Android Adds Indoor Maps

    Liz E.
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    We’ve talked a lot about indoor location and navigation in the last few months. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the main movements in GPS right now, and there are dozens of companies that are working towards finding a solution to helping people find their way inside of large buildings. One of the newer names to theread more The post HERE for Android Adds Indoor Maps appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Will Self-Driving Cars Be on the Road in 2017?

    Liz E.
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    One of the more common stereotypical futuristic technologies–aside from holograms and intelligent robots–is a self-driving vehicle of some sort. Usually something airborne, because who wouldn’t want to travel fast AND have great views while getting there? When I was a kid, I imagined when I was an adult, I would climb in my hover car, tell itread more The post Will Self-Driving Cars Be on the Road in 2017? appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Garmin to Continue Auto GPS Despite Decline in Sales

    Liz E.
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    I must say, ladies and gents, the automotive GPS market is not looking really great. Garmin, undoubtedly the largest and most popular provider of GPS devices in general, posted their 2014 financial reports late last week, and the numbers showed an 11% decrease in automotive devices and an 8% drop in outdoor devices (which includesread more The post Garmin to Continue Auto GPS Despite Decline in Sales appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Galileo Satellites Declared Fit for Launch

    Liz E.
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:54 am
    Arianespace has confirmed that the third and fourth Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites built for the Galileo constellation are “fit” for the launch expected in March. The satellites have been undergoing a series of rigorous tests since the EU announced that the Galileo system would continue forward with three launches. Early last week, the tworead more The post Galileo Satellites Declared Fit for Launch appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
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    GPS Insight Blog

  • Garmin Custom Forms Are Now Available

    rdonat
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    We recently released Garmin Custom Forms, which originated as a customer request, in order to help them integrate unique data based on specific business needs with our fleet tracking solution. Garmin Device Showing Custom Form Our customers are now able to design and send their own Garmin custom forms through the GPS Insight portal. Garmin Custom Form Designer Drivers can easily complete the forms and take the Garmin device from the cab to record data on-the-spot like a handheld device. The management team back in the office is also able to receive form entries wirelessly from drivers using…
 
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    Making Maps: DIY Cartography

  • 모든 것은 노래한다: 이야기하는 지도들: Denis Wood’s Everything Sings in Korean

    John Krygier
    14 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    Denis Wood’s Everything Sings atlas in Korean via Your Mind.   What follows is the Google translation of the book description (from the Korean on this page). It captures, I am sure you will agree, some of what is special about the Atlas: Everything Song: The Story of a map Dennis Wood Maverick academics and innovators of the American Geographical Dennis Wood is the North Carolina depicting a small town seem to run Heights creative guidance of various forms book. How to create a map that Dennis Wood is unique unprecedented. He move, coming to North Carolina, he lived in a small town…
  • unmappable – Denis Wood Documentary – Screening at SXSW in Austin

    John Krygier
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma’s film about Denis Wood, unmappable, has been selected for screening at Austin’s SXSW festival and conference next month – with Denis in attendance. The film’s website has a preview and other information. Watch the film’s Twitter for updates. The film will also show in April at the Florida Film Festival.
  • The Lovely Lesser Arts: Leather Making, Screens, Map Making, Silhouettes, and What To Do About Nudes (1948)

    John Krygier
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    Cover of Estelle H. Ries’ opuscule on a miscellany of “lesser arts.” Estelle H. Ries. The Lovely Lesser Arts: Leather Making, Screens, Map Making, Silhouettes, and What To Do About Nudes (1948). Girard KS: Haldeman-Julius Publications (B-686). Ms. Ries here situates makers of maps among other lesser artists – leather toolers, silhouette cutters, screen decorators, and carvers of ivory. Ries concludes her work with a few comments on the dreaded nude: What to do about nudes, if anything, is always more or less of a ticklish problem. No matter how 20th-century we are…
  • Unmappable: Denis Wood Documentary (2014)

    John Krygier
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    More information on Unmappable can be found on the Book of Face.
  • Gilpin’s Map of the Isothermal Zodiac and Axis of Intensity Round the World + Calcareous Plain & Maritime Selvage, Etc., Etc. Maps | 1873

    John Krygier
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Map of the World. Delineating the Contrasted Longitudinal and Latitudinal forms of the continents: the Isothermal Zodiac and Axis of Intensity Round the World; and the Line of Cosmopolitan Railway and it Longitudinal Feeders. Herein lie a half dozen very odd yet striking maps, published in William Gilpin’s Mission of the North American People (1873). Gilpin, a quaker from Philadelphia, moved west in the 1830s, joining John C. Frémont on his 1843 expedition. Eventually serving as governor of Colorado, Gilpin was a booster of the American West in general with a vision of boundless…
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  • Educational Video about Armenia Becomes a Battle

    Jay Dee
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:44 pm
    I’ve mentioned the YouTube channel Geography Now before, and how I’m really enjoying Pau
  • Growing is Travelling

    Sio
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Often people confuse traveling with expenses and the physical need to run away with bags and luggage to a place out of your regular eyesight. For me travelling is process that involves your physique and spirit. It is journey within the ocean of your obstacles and into the jungle of the unknown. Places outside the comforting surrounding and familiar faces, where your discover yourself for who you are all the way, but not for who you think you can be. As a normal human being we all like to experience new places and most of the times we just enjoy the beauty of that image. As for myself, I find…
  • Debunking a Caucasian Myth

    Pietro Shakarian
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    UN map of Armenia with the Araks corridor highlighted. One of the most enduring myths of Caucasus history involves the little-noticed and oddly placed border between Turkey and Azerbaijan. At first glance at any map, this border is not readily apparent and seems almost nonexistent. However, on closer inspection, one can see a small sliver of land jutting out from Turkey’s northeastern Igdir Province to the northern Sadarak and Sharur raions of Azerbaijan’s Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic. This corridor is geographically defined by the Araks River to the north and the Lower Karasu…
  • When a suburb becomes larger than the core city

    problogic
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:08 pm
      Cape Coral, FL – Source: aerialphs.com Below are examples from the United States of suburbs which have outgrown and overtaken the core city of the metropolitan area in population. As is evident from the list, many of these are planned retirement centers in Florida and Arizona. Virginia Beach originally started as a beach resort and retirement haven for military personnel, as well. Core City             2010 Population          Suburb                 2010 Population Daytona Beach, FL      61,005                        Deltona, FL    …
  • Revise your Geography! - 9th grade special

    Miss T
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Tired of revising geography in French? Try these interactive games in English with memovoc!
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  • Google Ice View (Rideau Canal Skateway)

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

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

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

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

    Ian Brown
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house … all the people were clicking on Google Sightseeing … with their mouse. Apologies for the awful rhyme, but we’ve got a long history of Christmas posts, including the World’s Largest Santa which is found in North Pole, Alaska. Last year we paid a visit to the World’s Largest Christmas shop, while in 2012 we explored the world of Christmas Trees. Before that we visited more Giant Santas, and some year-round festive displays. And back in 2008 we looked at the town of Santa Claus, Indiana. Merry Christmas from all of us here…
 
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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • Rent-a-Wright: High Architecture That Anyone Can Enjoy (for a Price)

    24 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Inside the Park Inn Hotel (photograph by Dan Hatton on Flickr) Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings are prized, celebrated, and priceless works of architecture. While some Wright houses and buildings can be visited and toured, there are a few scattered across the United States that can also be rented. In these "Rent-A-Wrights" one can enjoy his design principles while cooking dinner, watching TV, doing laundry, or even drinking beer in a backyard created by one of the most gifted architects of the 20th century. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy lists 14 Wright…
  • Nine Amazing Takes On Treehouses

    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Free Spirit Spheres (Photo by Kyle Greenberg on Flickr) Over the years, a lot of children - and those young at heart - have tried their hand at making a treehouse, usually by dragging some scrap wood to a tree in the yard and balancing it precariously between some branches.  Perhaps they had some basic design knowledge to let them make it a little sturdier.  But we've found some treehouse makers worldwide who've taken the art to a whole new level. FREE SPIRIT SPHERES,Qualicum Beach, Canada  Free Spirit Spheres (Photo by flossieteacake on Flickr) Tucked away…
  • Hidden 25 Years Behind an Apartment Wall, A Spectacular Synagogue Mural Is Rediscovered

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:41 am
    Tucked away in an apartment building in the city of Burlington, Vermont is an extraordinary wall painting known as the Lost Shul Mural. The mural, which adorns the apse of a former synagogue--“shul” means synagogue--was hidden behind a wall for 25 years. It is the only known remaining example of pre-Holocaust Jewish synagogue folk art in the United States, and one of the best-preserved surviving examples in the world. The Lost Shul Mural today (Photo by Amanda Levinson). The story of the mural begins in 1889, when a group of Jewish Lithuanian immigrants built a wooden synagogue in…
  • The Most Accessible Relics of Chicago

    20 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    Illinois Week on Atlas Obscura was created in partnership with Enjoy Illinois as part of the launch of the new Illinois Obscura Society. Sign up to find out more about the back room tours, unusual adventures, and incredible parties that Atlas Obscura will be putting on in Chicago and greater Illinois. Bas relief from Chicago Stadium at St. Ignatius College Prep (Photo by Jyoti Srivastava, Used with Permission) Chicago isn’t just a city. It’s a collection of neighborhoods built and defined by ethnic groups and cultures from across…
  • The World's Oldest Companies

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:09 am
    The oldest still-operating business in the United States, the Shirley Plantation, celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2013. But when Shirley Plantation opened in 1613, the Nishiyama Onsen, Hayakawa, Japan, had already been operating for nearly 1,000 years. Founded in 705CE, the Nishiyama Onsen, or hot spring bathing house and hotel, has been going for more than 1300 years, with fifty-two generations of the same family running the inn. And it's not just the owners who have been working there for generations - there are even some members of the staff whose families have been working in the…
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  • Free Field Survey Tools

    Noam Rozenfeld
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:19 pm
    With the immense leaps of cheaper data storage, cellular availability, and awareness toward open source components, the options to create workflows that were traditionally commercial can now be accessed for free. One of these great leaps is with field survey tools. Once upon a time (around five years ago) a field [...]The post Free Field Survey Tools appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Using Geospatial Technologies to Save the World’s Peatlands

    Rebecca Maxwell
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Rezatec has developed “Peat spotter”, a service that uses Earth Observation imagery to locate and create initial mappings of peatlands. This information is enriched with ground data collected by field agents using handheld devices.The post Using Geospatial Technologies to Save the World’s Peatlands appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • New GISP Certification Process and Fees Announced

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) which had launched a review of its certification process back in 2011, announced new terms and fees for its certification and recertification processes starting July 1, 2015. In terms of the process for obtaining a GISP certification, the biggest change is the exam component.  Starting on [...]The post New GISP Certification Process and Fees Announced appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Abstract Machine: Applying GIS in the Humanities

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    Esri Press has released a new book about applying spatial analysis to the humanities.  In Abstract Machine: Humanities GIS, Charles B. Travis, a senior research fellow at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, uses case studies from history, poetry, and published works to explore out GIS analysis is used to explore and understand [...]The post Abstract Machine: Applying GIS in the Humanities appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Building Better Maps for the Visually Impaired

    Rebecca Maxwell
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    For those of us who can see, being able to read a map is something that we take advantage of every day. We use maps to navigate our way around the city using public transportation, take a field trip to the museum, and remember the layout of a new office [...]The post Building Better Maps for the Visually Impaired appeared first on GIS Lounge.
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  • Economic influences on GIS data

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    The last month has seen a shift in oil prices, and with it, our industry has started to react. Now more than ever, reducing cost while becoming more efficient at what we do is a key goal moving forward. Oil and gas companies will be looking to improve processes while reducing waste. Like it or not, previous ways of doing business are going to be analyzed, with innovations in technology more important than ever. In our world, this means reviewing expensive, long term subscriptions of data that might need justification. Are they adding value and maximizing revenue? So, you ask, what is your…
  • Maps of Interest - Mount St. Helens

    18 Jan 2015 | 10:34 pm
    On March 20, 1980 a magnitude 4.2 earthquake signaled the reawakening of the volcano after 123 years. During the Spring of 1980, rising magma pushed the volcano's north flank outward 5 feet per day. On the morning of May 18, 1980, the largest terrestrial landslide in recorded history reduced the summit by 1,300 feet and triggered a lateral blast.  Within 3 minutes, the lateral blast, traveling at more than 300 miles per hour, blew down and scorched 230 square miles of forest. Within 15 minutes, a vertical plume of volcanic ash rose over 80,000 feet. By afternoon of May 18, 1980, the…
  • Enterprise and National GIS Data

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Presenting Contiguous National Data US Land Grid is proud to introduce contiguous national data sets designed specifically for enterprise environments. Delivered in as many formats as you need for your users, our enterprise data provides highly accurate spatial data that meets or exceeds oil and gas industry standards.   Our experienced GIS technicians regularly migrate companies who have valuable internal GIS data from legacy land grid systems to US Land Grid's accurate and more complete data sets. Ask Us How LAND GRID DATA   Including ALL the layers Our land grid is contiguous…
  • Data Accuracy and Sources

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm
        DATA ACCURACY AND SOURCES It's all about the source Just about all the spatial data that we can think of needs to have an original source. Without a source, it's like not having a soul. It doesn't really have spatial existence. Without knowing much about the  USGS Topo with Vector Land Grid source of your data, you won't be able to determine accuracy or spatial credibility.  In the land grid world, the soul of the data in the PLSS states (non-Texas) is the USGS 1:24k topographic maps. These topographic maps are accurate to roughly + - 40 feet. This is the source for…
  • Texas Well Data

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    We just updated our Texas Well data... and now there is a lot more included! Updated 06/24/2014 Headers file Formations file Perforations file Casings file Liners file Tubing file Available by the state or county in multiple formats and datums. Affordable, accurate and updated regularly for immediate download into Petra, GeoGraphix, Esri, Kingdom, and many other mapping applications. Ask for a Sample Check out our attributes below:
 
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  • 10 Transportation Maps: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

    GISGeography
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:19 pm
    This is one of the most comprehensive lists of global transportation maps on the planet. Whether it's planes, trains or automobiles, you’ll love this guide. The post 10 Transportation Maps: Planes, Trains & Automobiles appeared first on GIS Geography.
  • Passive vs Active Sensors in Remote Sensing

    GISGeography
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:37 am
    Active sensors illuminates its target and measures that reflected backscatter to the sensor. Passive sensors measure natural energy from the sun. The post Passive vs Active Sensors in Remote Sensing appeared first on GIS Geography.
  • Top 6 Free LiDAR Data Sources

    GISGeography
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:58 am
    Does it feel like a big challenge to find LiDAR data sources? Master the art of attaining LiDAR at no cost with this list of 6 free LiDAR data sources. The post Top 6 Free LiDAR Data Sources appeared first on GIS Geography.
  • 6 Amazing Global Agriculture Maps – Farming Visualized

    GISGeography
    4 Jan 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Ever wonder where your food comes from? Feast your eyes on these amazing agriculture maps and learn what the future of agriculture holds. The post 6 Amazing Global Agriculture Maps – Farming Visualized appeared first on GIS Geography.
  • GIS Salary Expectations: Climb the GIS Career Ladder

    GISGeography
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    What are your GIS salary expectations? We give a glimpse of what to expect in a GIS career and how far you can move up the GIS job pyramid. The post GIS Salary Expectations: Climb the GIS Career Ladder appeared first on GIS Geography.
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