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  • Open source GIS for engineers

    Between the Poles
    Geoff
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Very excited to see this course given at IIT Bombay.  We need more courses on geospatial technology for engineers and architects. Title : GIS for Civil Engineers - A Short Term Course at IIT Bombay, India When : 01 Dec 2014 to 05 Dec 2014 Where : IIT Bombay Website : http://www1.iitb.ac.in/~qip/QIPBrochure-Q7.pdf Description : The short term course is intended to introduce the following themes: - To spread the importance of GIS in Civil Engineering - To promote the use of open source GIS softwares - Teach the basic concepts and hands on experience on few applications so that at the end of…
  • Four Ways GIS is Being Used to Help Populations Vulnerable to Long Term Climate Change

    GIS Lounge
    Devon Reeser
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The power of GIS is in its ability to be both simple and complex – showing difficult ideas and layers of data with a single software package makes it easily transferable to vulnerable populations and their governing forces. That power is changing the way vulnerable populations relate with their natural world and resources to keep ahead of imminent climate changes.  The post Four Ways GIS is Being Used to Help Populations Vulnerable to Long Term Climate Change appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Hawaii’s Kilauea lava flows

    Google Earth Blog
    Timothy Whitehead
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:42 pm
    The imagery from Google’s November 8th update is now available in historical imagery. A significant proportion of the imagery was not put into the default imagery, so was not accessible until now. The location we will look at today is Pāhoa, Hawaii. The default imagery contains a mixture of images, with the most recent addition at first appearing to be cut out in rather odd shapes. But now we have the full original photo in historical imagery we can see that the reason for this is the large amount of cloud cover in the photo. The reason the image was added at all is because of an…
  • GIS DAY 15th Anniversary: Take the way back machine

    VerySpatial
    Barb
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Take the way back machine to the first GIS Day in Spring of 1999. ESRI ARC News Online announced GIS Day 1999 Slated for November!  According to the press release, ESRI told users to “Get ready to learn more about GIS and geography. The National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and Esri are announcing the first annual GIS Day to be held November 19, 1999–the Friday of Geography Awareness Week (November 14-20, 1999)”.  According to Jack Dangermond, “The idea behind GIS Day is to create a single, worldwide event that effectively…
  • 7 traffic tips to get you to the Thanksgiving table

    Google LatLong
    Lat Long
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Thanksgiving means gearing up for a turkey feast, Thanksgiving Day parades, local Turkey Trots and annual football showdowns. It also means braving some of the worst holiday traffic conditions of the year. You’ve got enough on your plate this Thanksgiving without having to worry about traffic, too. So, Google Maps looked at Thanksgiving traffic conditions over the last two years for 21 cities across the U.S.1 to find the most useful information to make your holiday trip a little easier.Whether you’re traveling near or far, Google Maps’ traffic tips will help you navigate the roads like…
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    Geography News -- ScienceDaily

  • Endangered species success: Idaho salmon regaining fitness advantage

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Once on the brink of extinction with only a few fish remaining, Snake River sockeye salmon are regaining the fitness they need to rebuild wild populations. A new analysis shows that naturally spawned offspring of fish saved by a hatchery program are now surviving to return at increasing rate -- high enough to not only sustain the population but also to rebuild it.
  • Mining can damage fish habitats far downstream, study shows

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    Anglers across the nation wondering why luck at their favorite fishing spot seems to have dried up may have a surprising culprit: a mine miles away, even in a different state. Scientists have taken a first broad look at the impacts of mines across the country and found that mining can damage fish habitats miles downstream, and even in streams not directly connected to the mines.
  • CT scans of coral skeletons reveal ocean acidity increases reef erosion

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    For coral reefs to persist, rates of reef construction must exceed reef breakdown. Prior research has largely focused on the negative impacts of ocean acidification on reef growth, but new research demonstrates that lower ocean pH also enhances reef breakdown: a double-whammy for coral reefs in a changing climate.
  • Biology trumps chemistry in open ocean: How phytoplankton assimilate limited concentrations of phosphorus

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Scientists laid out a new framework based on in situ observations that will allow them to describe and understand how phytoplankton assimilate limited concentrations of phosphorus, a key nutrient, in the ocean in ways that better reflect what is actually occurring in the marine environment. This is important because nutrient uptake is a property of ocean biogeochemistry, and in many regions controls carbon dioxide fixation, which ultimately can play a role in mitigating climate change.
  • Avoiding ecosystem collapse: Experts Weigh in

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    From coral reefs to prairie grasslands, some of the world's most iconic habitats are susceptible to sudden collapse due to seemingly minor events. A classic example: the decimation of kelp forests when a decline of otter predation unleashes urchin population explosions. Three studies hold the promise of helping resource managers predict, avoid, and reverse the tipping points that lead to degraded habitats, economic losses, and social upheaval.
 
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    Google Earth Blog

  • Street View

    Timothy Whitehead
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    Street View coverage continues to expand. There haven’t been any major countries added to the list recently, but within countries the coverage is continuously expanding, and in many places, being refreshed. The most notable additions to Street View are being provided by the Street View Trekker, which was introduced back in 2012. It is used for capturing Street View inside buildings, such as the Burj Khalifa, off road areas, such as the Grand Canyon, and it can also be mounted on a boat such as was done for Venice and the Amazon. Google even created an underwater version of the Trekker,…
  • Google Earth imagery updates 2009 to date

    Timothy Whitehead
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    In the past, Google would publish a network linked KML file that showed the outlines of imagery releases, including all historical releases going back to 2009. However, early this year they discontinued it and instead have been publishing a map on the Maps Gallery that only shows the latest release. Also, other than taking a screenshot of the maps, there was no way to save them for later viewing. Now Google have released a map on the Maps Gallery that once again shows us historical releases. Note that it does not currently include the two latest updates from November 3rd, 2014 and November…
  • Hawaii’s Kilauea lava flows

    Timothy Whitehead
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:42 pm
    The imagery from Google’s November 8th update is now available in historical imagery. A significant proportion of the imagery was not put into the default imagery, so was not accessible until now. The location we will look at today is Pāhoa, Hawaii. The default imagery contains a mixture of images, with the most recent addition at first appearing to be cut out in rather odd shapes. But now we have the full original photo in historical imagery we can see that the reason for this is the large amount of cloud cover in the photo. The reason the image was added at all is because of an…
  • Large artwork in Google Earth

    Timothy Whitehead
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:36 am
    Yesterday we talked about large artwork using GPS tracks. Although the artists did travel to the locations involved in their artwork, the record they left, and thus the actual art, was digital rather than physical. There are, however, some very big works of art that are visible in Google Earth. Here are a few of them. Desert Breath by D.A.S.T Arteam. This is the smallest and oldest, but has lasted well and can be seen in both current imagery as well as historical imagery. Read more about it in this post Mundi Man or Eldee Man by Ando Drawn in the Mundi Mundi Plains in Australia using a…
  • The World’s Largest Marriage Proposal

    Timothy Whitehead
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:36 am
    Back in 2006 we looked at a few marriage proposals visible in satellite imagery. Then in 2008 we saw a marriage proposal in Street View. Tokyo artist, Yassan lays claim to the world’s largest marriage proposal written using GPS tracks shown in Google Earth. You can see some of his work here and watch a YouTube video about him below: Yassan is not the only person to think of writing with GPS tracks. Nick Newcomen created some even bigger writing by this method, which we looked at in 2010. The post The World’s Largest Marriage Proposal appeared first on Google Earth Blog.
 
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    Esri Speaker Series Podcasts

  • Art Meets Science

    Matt Carmichael
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Matt Carmichael, editor of Livability.com, explains how Esri data helps in the creation of the site's 'best cities' lists.
  • A Story Map Success Story

    Carrie Tropasso and Michael Bialousz
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Carrie Tropasso and Michael Bialousz from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources created a Story Map that will help people find the best places to ski, snowmobile, ice skate, and sled this winter.
  • ENVI for ArcGIS

    Mark Bowersox
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Mark Bowersox, strategic product manager for Exelis VIS, explains how GIS and Exelis' ENVI advanced image analysis tools revolutionize imagery processing workflows.
  • A 3D Visualization of Christchurch, New Zealand

    Jeremy Clark
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Jeremy Clark, GIS consultant for NorthSouth GIS, explains how he used 3D GIS technologies such as Esri CityEngine in a Story Map to showcase what downtown Christchurch, New Zealand, will look like in the future.
  • Cartography: Served

    Bill Spicer
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Bill Spicer, president of maps.com, explains how his company uses ArcGIS to deliver cartography to the education and emergency management sectors.
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    GIS Education Community

  • Share Your View!

    Joseph Kerski
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Esri has launched a “Share Your View!” crowd-sourcing initiative.  You are invited to participate!  The theme, “Share Your View!”, focuses on a seemingly local experience – the view from your window (or door).  However, by placing these locations on the map, the application puts things in a broader perspective — presenting a tapestry of views from all over the world.  Visit the live web map to submit your view and see entries that others have submitted. What can you do with “Share Your View”?   You can use it as a starting point for discussing…
  • GIS and Educational REsearch: The Goldilocks Zone of School District Size

    esriedteam
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Does the size of a school district matter? Specifically, does the size of the school district (as measured by the Average Daily Attendance – ADA) affect school academic performance? In California, elementary serving school districts range from an ADA of just over 5 (Panoche Elementary School District – located in San Benito County about 13 miles south of Hollister) to well over half a million (Los Angeles Unified School District). Because municipalities arguably contribute resources to educational achievement, accounting for the location of schools in municipalities is essential in…
  • A GPS Track on a Running Track: Reflections on GPS Accuracy

    Joseph Kerski
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Recently, while at the Applied Geography Conference in Atlanta, I decided to test the spatial accuracy of my smartphone’s GPS in a challenging environment–a rooftop running track.  Although on a roof, the track was surrounded by buildings far taller, and in downtown Atlanta, to boot, a location with many other buildings impeding signals from GPS, wi-fi hotspots, and cell phone towers.  Another challenge was that each lap on the track was only 0.10 miles, and therefore, I would not travel very far across the Earth’s surface. After an hour of walking, and collecting the…
  • Fun with GIS 168: The Only Constant

    Charlie Fitzpatrick
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    In November 1989, the Berlin Wall was coming down. The world was changing, dramatically, and quickly. A decade into teaching high school social studies, I told my students “Remember this. You will be able to tell your kids ‘I remember when…’ And get used to change. Be ready to adapt.” Later, a colleague reported hearing at a teacher conference “I wish things hadn’t changed. I had all my lectures in place. Now I have to have all new material, and nobody has written the new books yet.” Twenty-five years later, the pace of change has only quickened,…
  • Primary School Spatial Thinking and GIS Activities

    Joseph Kerski
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We receive many inquiries about how GIS and spatial thinking can be used with primary (elementary) aged students.  In honor of GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week being upon us, I thought it would be the perfect time to highlight a few ideas and resources that you could use to develop and apply spatial thinking skills. We have always advocated (1) that the most appropriate tool be used for the objective at hand; and (2) spatial thinking skills are developed through a variety of means, methods, settings, and media.  These include the appropriate use of ArcGIS Online, for example, to examine…
 
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    AnyGeo - GIS, Maps, Mobile and Social Location Technology

  • A Year in the Life of Earth’s CO2

    glenn
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    TweetNASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide – An exciting and amazing new dataviz from NASA – this new, ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere … Continue reading →
  • Week-end Reading – GISuser Popular Article Recap

    glenn
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    TweetA few of the latest, trending topics on GISuser and popular articles and news items from the past week: Census Bureau Celebrates 25th Anniversary of TIGER Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) database – the first nationwide digital map … Continue reading →
  • Get Happy! 10 Cities With the Happiest Workers

    glenn
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    TweetEmployees in the Bay Area have a lot to smile about, according to a report from career website Glassdoor. San Jose tops the list of cities with the most satisfied employees for the second year in a row, followed by … Continue reading →
  • Google Maps Looks at Thanksgiving Travel Trends and Headaches

    glenn
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    TweetThanksgiving is just around the corner and with it comes some HUGE traffic and travel headaches. Using historical data and trends, Google has shared some details of the worst travel times and days. According to the research Wednesday is the … Continue reading →
  • Tip – Shoot Photos From Your smartphone Like a Pro

    glenn
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:47 pm
    TweetIf you’ve followed me over the years then you likely know that I really luv mobile photography… yet no, I refuse to call any of my work or myself a photographer, iphoneographer, AndroidOgrapher etc… heck, we’re all photographers in my … Continue reading →
 
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    VerySpatial

  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 488

    Jesse
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 488 23 November 2014 Main Topic: Our conversation with Clayton Whitesides Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode488.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Run Runaway by Great Big Sea News Uber ride service raises more questions about corporate location data collection Target partners with PointInside for indoor mapping in its stores NTSB reverses ruling UAS requests continue OGC “datacubes” TerraGo’s OpenGeoPDF TIGER turns 25 Web Corner Big Map Blog Main topic This…
  • GIS DAY 15th Anniversary: Take the way back machine

    Barb
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Take the way back machine to the first GIS Day in Spring of 1999. ESRI ARC News Online announced GIS Day 1999 Slated for November!  According to the press release, ESRI told users to “Get ready to learn more about GIS and geography. The National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and Esri are announcing the first annual GIS Day to be held November 19, 1999–the Friday of Geography Awareness Week (November 14-20, 1999)”.  According to Jack Dangermond, “The idea behind GIS Day is to create a single, worldwide event that effectively…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 487

    Sue
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:28 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 487 16 November 2014 Main Topic: Our conversation on the GAW 2014 theme of “The Future of Food” Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode487.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Been There by Ex Norwegian News Geologists found not guilty of causing deaths in Italy earthquake ESA’s Rosetta mission lands Philae probe on comet; battery drain may mean early end to mission ESA to attempt to improve Galileo orbits MapQuest provides roadside assistance in…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 486

    Sue
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 486 10 November 2014 Main Topic: Our conversation highlighting last-minute ideas for GAW and GIS Day 2014 Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode486.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Can’t Keep Up by Adri-Ann Ralph News Esri announces SciPy-ArcGIS integration Missing Maps Project continues to map vulnerable places in the developing world Google Maps mobile app gets an update IPCC issues final synthesis climate report Sketchup Pro 2015 now available Trimble and…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 485

    Jesse
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:26 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 485 2 November 2014 Main Topic: All news episode Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode485.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music You Remind Me by Charlie Katt News Commercial space flight issues HTML5 open standard finalized with W3C Recommendation IBM and Twitter partnership to leverage Twitter data for business UK eLoran, US eLoran TomTom to use realtime weather Google Skybox for Good program GTCM 2014 Web Corner Bhutan Geospatial Portal Events Corner Geography Awareness…
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    BostonGIS Blog

  • PostGIS Day Game of Life celebration

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:04 pm
    This year's PostGIS day, I decided to celebrate with a little Conway's Game of Life fun inspired by Anita Graser's recent blog series Experiments with Game of Life. The path I chose to simulate the Game of life is a little different from Anita's. This variant exercises PostGIS 2.1+ raster mapalgebra and PostgreSQL 9.1+ recursive queries. Although you can do this with PostGIS 2.0, the map algebra syntax I am using is only supported in PostGIS 2.1+. My main disappointment is that because PostGIS does not yet support direct generation of animated gifs I had to settle for a comic strip I built…
  • AvidGeo Conference: LocationTech Tour Boston, Dec 8 2014

    2 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
    We'll be giving a PostGIS Introduction tutorial at AvidGeo Conference: LocationTech Tour Boston which will be held 8 December 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at: Hack / Reduce 275 Third St Cambridge, MA, 02142 Tickets are $40 for admission. In addition to our PostGIS Intro tutorial, there is a great line-up of talks from visionaries such as Adena Schutzberg, talking: State of the Geospatial Industry and Raj Singh on the topic of The NoSQL Geo Landscape. Also check out other tutorials on CartoDb and QGIS.
  • FOSS4G NA 2015 Call for Speakers now Open

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    FOSS4G NA 2015 (Free and Open Source Geospatial North America conference) will be running March 9th-12th 2015 In Burlingame, California (Hyatt, San Francisco Airport). Call for talks and workshops is now open and we've already got some submissions to review. Deadline for submission is November 17th 2014. Presenters including (workshop and those giving 35-minute standard talk) get to attend the 3-days general sessions for free. The conference consists of one day of workshops and three days of general sessions, with lightning talks on some or all of of the general session days. Details about…
  • Waiting for PostGIS 2.2 - ST_ClipByBox2D - Map dicing Redux in concert with ST_Tile

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    One of the new features coming in PostGIS 2.2 is ST_ClipByBox2D (thanks to Sandro Santilli's recent commits funded by CartoDB ). However to take advantage of it, you are going to need your PostGIS compiled with GEOS 3.5+ (very recent build) which has not been released yet. Windows folks, the PostGIS 2.2 9.3 and 9.4 experimental binaries are built with the latest GEOS 3.5 development branch, so you should be able to test this out with Winnie's experimental builds. Since the dawn of PostGIS, PostGIS users have needed to mutilate their geometries in often painful and horrific ways. Why is…
  • PostGIS sessions at Postgres Open 2014 Chicago not too late

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

  • 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…
  • Open Foris: The Open Source Software Tools To Monitor, Improve State of World's Forests

    talk
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Open Foris: Open Source Software Tools Launched. Press Release. FAO has launched free software tools that it hopes will improve the way many developing nations monitor the state of their forests to tackle deforestation and climate change.The tools are designed to assist countries through the entire lifecycle of a forest inventory - from assessment, design and field data collection to analysis and reporting. The governments of Finland and Germany have supported the development of the software called Open Foris.Global knowledge sharing platform The Forestry Department of the United Nations Food…
  • Nepal's National Geospatial Portal Launched

    talk
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Nepal's National Geospatial Portal was launched during the Bhutan GIS Expo in Thimphu on Monday. The National Geospatial Portal will serve as a gateway for users across Bhutan to discover, access, and share geospatial data and information. The event was jointly organized by the National Land Commission (NLC) of Bhutan and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The portal was launched to commemorate the third wedding anniversary of Bhutan's King and Queen. With the portal, users will be able to access data related to Bhutan in one place. The portal takes Bhutan…
  • Position Available: Postdoctoral Remote Sensing Scientist

    talk
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    A Postdoctoral Remote Sensing Scientist with research interests in quantitative remote sensing is sought to work on the NASA funded Web-enabled Landsat Data (WELD) project (http://weld.cr.usgs.gov/). The research will focus over the next 5 years on the expansion of the WELD products to global scale and development of Landsat 5, 7 and 8 time series processing algorithms in a Linux environment. The position will involve liaison with the Landsat Science Team (http://landsat.usgs.gov/Landsat_Science_Team_2012-2017.php) and with NASA AMES supercomputer researchers (https://c3.nasa.gov/nex/). The…
  • Winner Of The 2014 Leptoukh Lecture + More

    talk
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Winner of the 2014 Leptoukh Lecture AnnouncementThe Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI) Focus Group is proud to announce that this year's winner of the Leptoukh lecture is Bryan Lawrence from the University of Reading's National Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). The title of his talk will be: Trends in Computing for Climate Research, and it will be given at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting. An excerpt of the abstract: The grand challenges of climate science will stress our informatics infrastructure severely in the next decade. Our drive for ever greater simulation…
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    GIS and Agent-Based Modeling

  • Happy Halloween: Zombie Agent-Based model

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    In preparation for Halloween,  last night in class we explored a simple agent-based model of zombie attack. At each time step, a human moves to a nearby unoccupied space, and a zombie moves to the nearest human. If a zombie and an uninoculated human occupy the same space, a fierce battle ensues, in which the probability that the human will kill the zombie is pkH-z, and the probability that the zombie kills the human and converts them to their horrific undead form is pkZ-h. Zombies, however, are not attracted to inoculated humans and ignore them. If recovery? is enabled, then there…
  • Geosimulation and Big Data: A Marriage made in Heaven or Hell?

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Call for papers: AAG 2015 – Geosimulation and Big Data: A Marriage made in Heaven or Hell? In recent years, human emotions, intentions, moods and behaviors have been digitized 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 the potential to reshape the future directions of social science research, in particular the methods that scientists use to model and simulate spatially explicit social systems. Given the novelty of this potential “revolution” and the…
  • New Paper: ABM Applied to the Spread of Cholera

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Cholera transmission through the interactionof host and the environmentWe are pleased to announce we have just had a paper published in Environmental Modelling and Software entitled "An Agent-based Modeling Approach Applied to the Spread of Cholera"Research highlights include:An agent-based model was developed to explore the spread of cholera.The progress of cholera transmission is represented through a Susceptible-Exposed-Infected-Recovered (SEIR) model. The model integrates geographical data with agents’ daily activities within a refugee camp.Results show cholera infections are…
  • Triangulating Social Multimedia Content for Event Localization

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    As regular visitors will know, we have been developing our ability to collect and analyze social media. To this end we have just received word from Transactions in GIS that our paper entitled "Triangulating Social Multimedia Content for Event Localization using Flickr and Twitter" has just been accepted. Below is the abstract from the paper:The analysis of social media content for the extraction geospatial information and event-related knowledge has recently received substantial attention. In this paper we present an approach that leverages the complementary nature of social multimedia…
  • Scottish Referendum conversation as seen on Twitter

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    There is a lot of talk about Scotland's up and coming referendum for independence. If you are interested in what people are saying live on Twitter you can take a look at our GeoSocial Gauge website. What you will see is a map showing the location of tweets (which you can click on to find more information), along with options for visualizing the intensity of Twitter activity, and whether or not the tweets are negative or positive. You can also see the overall mood of the conversion and the keywords from the tweets.  To see more of our GeoSocial projects click here.
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    ArcGIS Blog » Mapping

  • Resolve recent problems with ArcGIS Pro authorizations

    Rhonda Glennon
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    If you are experiencing recent problems with signing in and authorizing ArcGIS Pro, it is likely that your organization was still using beta license entitlements. These beta licenses expired on November 17, 2014. There are two reasons why you would be experiencing sign in issues: Because you had both beta and prerelease licenses and all were assigned, you now have more Named Users assigned than you have licenses. If this is the case, you may have maxed out your licenses prior to you trying to sign in to ArcGIS Pro. You had ArcGIS Pro beta licenses, but never received your prerelease licenses.
  • Increase your transparency with ArcGIS Pro

    Kenneth Field
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Kenneth Field, Senior Cartographic Product Engineer One of the main benefits of redesigning a software package from the ground up is you can reflect on some of the limitations of what went before and deal with them head on. Most people who have a long history with ArcMap have at one time or another wanted to apply a little transparency to their symbols and have been frustrated to find the options limited (I’m one of these people!). This is something of which we’ve been acutely aware as we began the process of designing and building ArcGIS Pro. The completely redesigned graphics engine…
  • The User Community Has Provided Updates to the Living Atlas Through Community Maps

    Shane Matthews
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The ArcGIS Content Team has updated the World Topographic Map! Another big thanks to the user community who are helping improve the Community Basemaps by submitting new and updated content to the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. Updates this week includes 3 new contributions and 1 update for locations in the United States. Our newest contributors are City of Cupertino, CA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k), City of Newton and Boston College, MA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k), and the University of Richmond, VA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k). City of Cupertino, CA City of Newton and Boston College, MA University of…
  • Esri Southwest User Conference Includes a Community Maps Post-Conference Workshop!

    Shane Matthews
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Attending Esri’s Southwest User Conference? The Conference will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, located at 201 West Marcy Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, December 2 – 4, 2014. Members of the Content Team will be hosting a Post-Conference Workshop. This hands-on workshop will introduce the benefits of participating in Esri Community Maps: a cooperative effort by the ArcGIS user community to build a living atlas of the world using the best available data sources from authoritative sources like your GIS organization. You will learn how the program is…
  • Brewing a new color palette for ArcGIS Pro

    Kenneth Field
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    By Kenneth “there’s a u in colour” Field, Senior Cartographic Product Engineer ArcGIS Pro offers a rich new experience for making maps. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing many of the new and exciting features that will help you better design and share beautiful maps. Today we’ll look at how we’ve rebuilt the color palettes to provide better default options and an improved selection of color choices. When we were designing the new ArcGIS Pro app we looked at all of the color ramps in ArcMap as well as many from a range of sources to inspire us to give our users a…
 
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    Jonathan Crowe: Recent Map Posts

  • Geologic Maps of Vesta

    Jonathan Crowe
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Geologic maps of Vesta, the asteroid visited by the Dawn spacecraft between July 2011 and September 2012, have been produced for a special issue of the planetary science journal Icarus. Above, a global geologic map of Vesta, compiled from 15 individual quad maps and using a Mollweide projection (Vesta itself is decidedly non-spheroid, but still). Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU. Previously: Atlas of Vesta.
  • Sorol

    Jonathan Crowe
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Another one for those of you who like geofiction as much as I do. The Sorolpedia is an online encyclopedia of the distant and fictional world of Sorol, containing articles about the planet and its inhabitants. The maps are something else: far better than you'd expect from such a project (there's even a KML file to import it into Google Earth). Its creator has put it on indefinite hiatus since 2010, so we may not see any more updates, but it's still fascinating stuff.
  • Gift Guide: 10 Map Books of 2014

    Jonathan Crowe
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Every year, at about this time of year, I assemble a gift guide listing some of the noteworthy books about maps that have been published over the previous year. This list is by no means comprehensive, but if you have a map-obsessed person in your life and you'd like to give that person a map-related gift, this list might give you some ideas. This year's list includes several lavishly illustrated histories of maps and globes, interesting reads about map thieves and forgotten places, an a couple of guides to map art and personal mapmaking. Once again, books bought through these Amazon affiliate…
  • Moon and Comet Maps

    Jonathan Crowe
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Maps of planets, moons and other objects in our solar system always get me excited, though truth be told they were among the less popular posts on my old Map Room blog. Here are a couple of rather colourful recent examples: Above left, a preliminary map of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the subject of a visit by the Rosetta mission, that colour-codes several morphologically different regions. Above right, a topographical map of the Moon's surface based on laser altimeter data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team…
  • Fantasy Maps of U.S. Cities

    Jonathan Crowe
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    For another example of using fantasy map design language to create real-world maps, here's the work of geography professor Stentor Danielson, who draws maps of U.S. cities in the style of fantasy maps and sells them on Etsy. Boston, Cleveland (above), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington are available. His Tumblr. Via io9. Previously: A Fantasy Map of Great Britain; A Fantasy Map of Australia; A Fantasy Map of the U.S.
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    Maps Mania

  • The Solar Eclipse Map

    Keir Clarke
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    The Solar Eclipse Finder is an Esri map that displays the path of past and future solar eclipses for any location on Earth. The tool couldn't be simpler to use. Just click on the map and past solar eclipses at the selected location are shown on the map in green and future eclipse are shown in blue. If you mouse-over the path of a solar eclipse you can view details in the map side-bar. The
  • The Rand McNally Trip Planner

    Keir Clarke
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Rand McNally Trip Maker is a new interactive road trip planning tool. Using the map you can get turn-by-turn driving directions for your trip with the option to find interesting places to visit along the route. To create a road trip with Trip Maker you just need to enter a starting location and your destination. You can add extra stops to your trip simply by selecting the 'Add Stop' button. 
  • The Google Maps Virtual Post Office

    Keir Clarke
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:47 am
    The French national mail service, La Poste, is using Google Maps and Street View in its latest online marketing campaign. La Poste - Ca Envoie is a fun little postal delivery simulator which allows you to virtually post a number of silly objects to any address. Using Ca Envoie you can virtually drop a Sumo wrestler, a mermaid, a unicorn, a lumberjack, or some goose pâté onto any address in the
  • Super Mario World

    Keir Clarke
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    If you've ever wondered how Mario and Luigi manage to navigate so effortlessly around the Mushroom Kingdom and Dinosaur Land then you need to check out this Super Mario map from Duncan Graham. This interactive map reimagines the world as an 8-bit map in the style of Nintendo's classic game, complete with golden coins and mushrooms. Accompanying the map is a great 'how-to' guide on how the map
  • The Rapid Beating Heart of LA

    Keir Clarke
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    LA Metro Movement is an animated map of LA's Metro Rapid buses. The map shows the routes of LA's Rapid bus lines with the recorded locations of the city's buses being animated as they transport passengers across the city. I don't know anything about the creation of this map so I'm guessing that the map is using the location data from one or two hours out of a single day. If you follow a single
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    MapPoint Forums

  • Creating a map with longitude and latitude

    Fantomette
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Hi everyone, I would like to create area coverages (type: shadow area) with MapPoint Europe 2011 in the following countries: Czech Republic, Romania, Estonia, Poland, Latvia....So, eastern countries in Europe. I have the postal codes, but I don't think MapPoint 2011 has the capability to do it for countries above... But I could have the longitude and latitude for all the postal codes in each country. So, do you know a way with MapPoint or with an another software to create maps (the countries) with the longitude and latitude ? Then I could do a link between the longitude and latitude and the…
  • Map Point 2013 , cant find roads that are showing on the map

    callassist
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:46 am
    E.g. This Road shows and maps : Peto Avenue, Colchester, Essex. UK This Road shows but does not come up in the Find Dialog : Thornton Drive, Colchester, Essex. UK The road comes off of Peto Ave. The only difference seems to be if you select the first road it displays a tag with Peto Ave , Colchester, CO4 But the Road I cant Find only comes up with the road name , no town or post code. Any ideas? ALSO The Post new Thread entry box is HORRIBE :/ Keeps missing letters and really slow to take input.. :/
  • Skin Care For Anti Wrinkles Cream

    pariaruni48
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:56 am
    You in a single jam-packed eBook introducing skin whitening X Factor the only skin whitening home treatment plan that is designed specifically to achieve fairer and flawless skin whitening X Factor is all you need to finally cheese here lighter flawless skin and also to finally get rid of hyper pigmentation lost mine uneven skin tone age spots dark underarms and freckles you can follow and implement the simple and easy to follow blueprint recipes from the comfort and convenience if your home with ingredients that you can get for dirt cheap and here's how some people have gone with it Susan…
  • Announcing MileCharter for Maptitude!

    Winwaed
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    We have just released "MileCharter for Maptitude" - a version of our popular MPMilecharter add-in for Caliper's Maptitude GIS product. MileCharter batch calculates route distances, travel times, and cost estimates between two groups of data points. For example, it can calculate the driving distances from all of your customers to all of your sales offices. The Professional License adds the ability to perform more sophisticated queries such as "Find the 3 closest sales offices to each of my customers that are also within 30 minutes drive time". MileCharter for Maptitude…
  • Announcing: MileCharter for Maptitude!

    Winwaed
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    We have just released "MileCharter for Maptitude" - a version of our popular MPMilecharter add-in for Caliper's Maptitude GIS product. MileCharter batch calculates route distances, travel times, and cost estimates between two groups of data points. For example, it can calculate the driving distances from all of your customers to all of your sales offices. The Professional License adds the ability to perform more sophisticated queries such as "Find the 3 closest sales offices to each of my customers that are also within 30 minutes drive time". MileCharter for Maptitude…
 
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    GPS World

  • The Fashion Demands of Always-On

    GPS World staff
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Ultra-Low-Power, High-Accuracy Location for Wearable GNSS Devices: From Host-Based to On-Chip As location penetrates smaller and smaller devices that lack memory and computation power, GNSS chips must reacquire the standalone capability that they shed when first going to small form factors such as phones. A new chip with a new architecture demonstrates navigation and tracking and avoids burdening its main processor with heavy software. By Steve Malkos, Manuel del Castillo, and Steve Mole, Broadcom Inc., GNSS Business Unit End users first experienced the amazing capabilities of GPS 12 years…
  • CSR Demonstrates SiRFDrive in Chicago

    GPS World staff
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    CSR has added significant upgrades to its SiRFDRive software dead-reckoning algorithms, improving automotive positioning performance and meeting the requirements of leading OEMs across the globe. This video demonstrates how these latest algorithms improves the overall performance in Chicago, once of the most challenging environments to obtain accurate vehicle positioning results. Learn more in the article BeiDou, Dead Reckoning Added to SiRFstarV 5ea Auto Platform.
  • Ready for Black Friday: Study Shows Americans Aware of In-Store Beacons

    GPS World staff
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A new Placecast poll indicates that nearly 118 million smartphone owners will be relying on their phones for holiday shopping this year. For smartphone owners who plan to do holiday shopping, three out of four will use their phones to find sales, comparison shop, take pictures of possible gifts, and make purchases. The survey also showed that American shoppers are very aware of in-store beacons, despite the fact that it is a relatively new technology; more than half (52 percent) of the cell phone/smartphone owners surveyed said they have heard of in-store beacons, and 15 percent have…
  • New Global Military Market Report Published

    GPS World staff
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Research and Markets has added the report “The Global Military GPS/GNSS Market 2013-2023″ to its offerings. Satellite navigation has been at the forefront of technological developments. GPS, the most efficient and widely used satellite navigation system, is in the process of being upgraded by the technologically advanced satellites called GPS III. Once manufactured only by the U.S., satellite navigation systems are now being developed by other countries as well. The IRNSS in India, Compass (BeiDou) in China, and Galileo in Europe are examples of systems that are either…
  • Report: Moto 360 Leads First Wave of Android Wearables

    GPS World staff
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Nearly 5 million smart and basic wearable bands shipped in Q3 2014, with total unit shipments increasing 37% quarter on quarter as Android Wear made its mark for the first time, according to a report by independent analyst company Canalys. Motorola Mobility’s Moto 360 was by far the most successful of the initial Android Wear devices, accounting for more than 15% of the smart band market according to Canalys estimates. Despite being supply-constrained, its appealing design helped it to easily out-ship other Android Wear products. LG has responded to early interest in the Moto 360 by…
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  • Is your goose cooked on Turkey Day? Never fear, Google Maps is here!

    Lat Long
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Thanksgiving dinner is the meal we look forward to all year. And chances are...all of your family and friends agree! So if you’re hosting and not exactly a whiz in the kitchen, making the meal can be daunting. Good news: if you burn that Thanksgiving turkey, all is not lost. Here’s a go-to guide to keep your family festive (and fed). Our friends over at Zagat.com have made it easy to find top-rated restaurants for Thanksgiving. With city spotlights in Austin, Denver, NYC and San Francisco (to name a few!), you can check out top-notch Thanksgiving dinner options -- whether you want a…
  • 7 traffic tips to get you to the Thanksgiving table

    Lat Long
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Thanksgiving means gearing up for a turkey feast, Thanksgiving Day parades, local Turkey Trots and annual football showdowns. It also means braving some of the worst holiday traffic conditions of the year. You’ve got enough on your plate this Thanksgiving without having to worry about traffic, too. So, Google Maps looked at Thanksgiving traffic conditions over the last two years for 21 cities across the U.S.1 to find the most useful information to make your holiday trip a little easier.Whether you’re traveling near or far, Google Maps’ traffic tips will help you navigate the roads like…
  • Explore U.S. landmarks in honor of Veterans Day

    Lat Long
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    In 1919, after the World War I armistice, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 a day dedicated to honor and remember the servicemen of the armed forces:"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" Today, whether you recognize Veterans Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day,…
  • Google Maps: Your best accessory this season

    Lat Long
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    Bold colors and textures are in—and Google Maps is on trend, with a slick new style to make traveling with Maps even easier. Over the next few days, when you open up Google Maps on your Android or iPhone, you’ll be greeted by bright colors and a fresh new design. This new look is all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world; with Google Maps’ new material feel, layers and buttons come to life so you know just where to touch to get directions, recommendations and imagery.Getting around with Google Maps is even easier with the new design By tapping on a place’s…
  • Explore the haunted corners of the world... if you dare

    Lat Long
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Something wicked this way comes… Whether you’re a trio of witches back from the dead or just a trick-or-treater, chances are you’re hitting the streets (or riding a broom!) on Halloween night. For those looking for an extra fright, take a tour of spooky places from around the world on Google Maps.Start in 19th century Paris. While cheery guests listen to the beautiful arias at the Opéra Garnier, a dreary lake lies beneath the streets. Floating above the silent water, a phantom lurks. Are your eyes playing tricks on you... or is that a cloaked figure looming in the shadows? Opéra…
 
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    Between the Poles

  • Open source GIS for engineers

    Geoff
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Very excited to see this course given at IIT Bombay.  We need more courses on geospatial technology for engineers and architects. Title : GIS for Civil Engineers - A Short Term Course at IIT Bombay, India When : 01 Dec 2014 to 05 Dec 2014 Where : IIT Bombay Website : http://www1.iitb.ac.in/~qip/QIPBrochure-Q7.pdf Description : The short term course is intended to introduce the following themes: - To spread the importance of GIS in Civil Engineering - To promote the use of open source GIS softwares - Teach the basic concepts and hands on experience on few applications so that at the end of…
  • Distributed processing with noSQL databases enables fast geoprocessing of big spatial data

    Geoff
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was lucky enough to attend the High Performance Geoprocessing Symposium in Ottawa.  It is amazing how far some very exciting geospatial projects focused on "big spatial data" under the LocationTech umbrella have come in the last few years. If you are not familiar with LocationTech, it is a working group hosted by the Eclipse Foundation with the objective of developing advanced open source geospatial technologies. Eclipse is a vendor neutral not-for-profit community collaborating on commercially-friendly open source software. The talks today described projects that have been…
  • Rosetta probe landed on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

    Geoff
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Today 12 November, a lander called Philae from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft made the first-ever landing on a comet, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. This image of the comet 3 km away was taken by Philae before it landed.
  • Extending BIM to the full life-cycle of buildings including operations and maintenance

    Geoff
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The UK Government's goal for construction industry is to reduce the CAPEX for public construction (design and build) projects.  To reach its goal for the construction industry the UK Government has undertaken several initiatives, one of which is a commitment to embrace Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Government projects.  For public projects BIM has been mandated starting in 2016.  The main motivation for this incredible effort to transform the UK public construction industry over a 5-year time frame is intended to reduce costs.  When the current government took over the…
  • Owners driving transformation in the construction industry

    Geoff
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    At the BIM Worldwide: Solutions for Canada conference in Toronto, Patrick MacLeamy, Chairman of buildingSMART and CEO of HOK delivered the keynote.  His message was very simple.  In the U.S. buildings are too expensive, are too inefficient to operate and maintain, and don't last long. The problem is that the construction industry is too fragmented.  The process of orchestrating many disciplines in an adversarial, litigation-prone environment is too complex and leads to frequent budget and schedule overruns.   Internationally the U.S. construction industry is falling behind the…
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    GPS Tracklog

  • U.S. Denounces Making Galileo Mandatory

    Liz E.
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
      In a meeting of the International Committee on GNSS earlier this month, United States GPS officials indicated they were concerned that the European Union (EU) would give preferential treatment through regulatory requirements to their Galileo system, which is expected to be completed in the next few years. Space News reported on Friday that Europeanread more The post U.S. Denounces Making Galileo Mandatory appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Indoor Location Technology on the Rise

    Liz E.
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    CSR has announced that they have perfected their indoor location technology and will be offering it to Android developers in the form of an SDK in the first quarter of 2015. This technology uses a combination of real-time WiFi signals, satellite positioning information, pedestrian dead reckoning and the company’s cloud-based CSR Positioning center to calculate accurate indoorread more The post Indoor Location Technology on the Rise appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • TomTom Brings Navigation to Acer Smartphones

    Liz E.
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    TomTom has announced yet another deal this week, this time with Acer, Inc, a Chinese hardware and telematics corporation. This multi-year deal will bring TomTom navingation and maps to Acer’s newest smartphone. Referred to as “AcerNAV” this turn-by-turn navigation application is powered by TomTom’s navigation engine NavKit and will allow consumers to download any TomTomread more The post TomTom Brings Navigation to Acer Smartphones appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Telenav’s Scout GPS App Gets Social Upgrade

    Liz E.
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    It seems like more and more, GPS mapping and navigational apps for smartphones are getting social integration in an attempt to be even more plugged into our lives. While I’m personally not sure that I approve of this—I mean, do people really need yet another reason to be distracted by their phones while driving?—it seemsread more The post Telenav’s Scout GPS App Gets Social Upgrade appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • This Week in GPS — November 21, 2014

    Liz E.
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. This week’s featured image is a photo from the ESA of one of the ground stations for Cospat-Sarsat, the Search and Rescue service that went into testing this week. Read on for moreread more The post This Week in GPS — November 21, 2014 appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
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    GPS Insight Blog

  • Playworks Arizona 3rd Annual Corporate Kickball Tournament

    rdonat
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    This past Friday, GPS Insight competed in the Playworks Arizona 3rd Annual Corporate Kickball Tournament in Tempe, AZ. Team GPS Insight at the 3rd Annual Arizona Playworks Corporate Kickball Tournament Here is a fun video one of our employees made at the event: Team GPS Insight finished the morning rounds with a dominating 3-0 record which earned them a spot in the championship round as the #2 seed. Unfortunately, we lost to EXOS (a 2-time kickball champion). GPS Insight did however earn a 3rd place finish by beating the Arizona Cardinals team in the final playoff bracket. This was a great…
 
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    WordPress Tag: Geography

  • 10 Awe-Inspiring Caves of the World

    smarttoughmom
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:39 pm
    10 Wonders of the World Caves Yellow Dragon Caves – Hangzhou, China Waitomo Glowworm Cave – Otorohanga, New Zealand Eisriesenwelt Cave – Werfen, Austria Lechuguilla Cave – Carlsbad Caverns National Park New Mexico, USA Phong Nha Cave – Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam Harrison’s Cave –  Caribbean Island Barbados Ali Sadr Cave – Hamedan, Iran Crystal Cave – Sequoia National Forest, California, USA Velebit Caves – Croatia Cave of the Cyrstals – Chhuahua, Mexico  1 – Yellow Dragon Caves, China     2 –…
  • Fiction as resource for academic study...

    LiterateOWL
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Excited to use the reading of fiction for a senior academic course. What is typically reserved for recreation reading or English classes, fiction storytelling can be a powerful device in building understanding- amongst many other learning rewards. So, our Geography teacher, a book clubbing LAT and a teacher-librarian are collaboratively planning a PBL unit for Geography 12 AP. The project’s core is exploiting the power of Literature Circles strategies. We are planning to engage the five major curriculum threads of Geog12 with a FICTION reading list. Our Grade 12’s will select a…
  • A day at the Royal Winter Fair - it involved beer

    AtlasToronto
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    There’s plenty to drink at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair this year – most of it, beer. Tu
  • 3 Dreams: 11.21.14

    Pqw
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:22 pm
    #1. Something was going on with my heart. I visited a male cardiologist. I was wearing yellow and white; I was relatively happy and excited and feeling pretty good about myself — I was bouncing gently as I sat on the exam table. The cardiologist was pleased. Then there was a test that the cardiologist thought I should take, “just to be sure”. My results were 354, but they should have been around 58. There was a lot of gobbledygook talking at me after that point. The only phrase I remember clearly was “evidence of long-term nerve damage”. He suggested I take a different test, later.
  • Operation Christmas Child.

    wombridgeprimaryclass4
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Today we filled our shoe boxes with gifts and we wrote a special note for the child receiving our gifts. Our boxes will be sent to children in Europe who will not get a Christmas present. We are very lucky to have so much. What did you put on your shoe box?
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    Google Sightseeing

  • On this day: Band Aid Recorded ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’

    Ian Brown
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    What is this non-descript building in north-west London, you ask? It just happens to be the studio where one of the biggest selling singles in UK history was recorded. On this date in 1984, a star-studded list of pop and rock’s biggest names (and egos) was gathered by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to record a single to raise money for famine relief in Ethopia. From Bowie to Bono to … er… Bananarama, some 40-odd performers made up Band Aid. The single Do They Know It’s Christmas was rush-released three days later. It sold more than a million copies in its first week alone, and three million…
  • On this day: Doctor Who First Broadcast

    Ian Brown
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hello time-travellers… Today we’re visiting the Tardis to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the broadcast of the first episode of Doctor Who on the BBC. Through the wonders of Street View you can tour the interior of the famous “bigger on the inside”1 Police Telephone Box whose full name is Time And Relative Dimension In Space. A year ago we did a longer post to mark the 50th anniversary featuring a couple of Daleks and number of filming locations that have been used in the recent series. or “smaller on the outside” as Clara once said! ↩ Locations: England / Categories: On this…
  • On this day: Lake Peigneur Drained

    Ian Brown
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    In a major industrial ‘oops’, on this day 34 years ago, a man-made disaster drained Lake Peigneur in Louisiana. Although the exact cause isn’t known, it is believed that an oil rig miscalculated its position and drilled into a vast system of caverns left by salt mining. Once the bottom of the 3m (10’) deep lake was compromised, the water had nowhere to go but down, with a large whirlpool pulling in the oil rig, barges and several acres of surrounding land. As we said, a rather big ‘oops’. Once the caverns were full the water pressure stabilized and the lake refilled when a canal…
  • On this day: Geography Awareness Week

    Ian Brown
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today is the start of Geography Awareness Week in the US, and as we’re rather fond of geography here at Google Sightseeing, what better way to celebrate than with a look back at some of the geographically special (or weird) locations which we’ve visited over the years, beginning with the dreiländereck (Photosphere by Michael H Quade) in Basel which marks the tripoint where Switzerland, Germany and France meet. We looked at a few such locations in A Trio of Tripoints. Other geographically-significant posts that are worth revisiting are Interesting US Exclaves and Landlocked Enclaves,…
  • The Pearl-Qatar artificial island complex

    Ian Brown
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    The Pearl-Qatar is a luxurious residential and resort development being constructed on a network of artificial islands in the waters north of the Qatari capital Doha. The development’s name comes from the pearl-diving industry which used to be based on the reef which is now being reclaimed. The design of the islands is intended to resemble a chain of pearls. When construction is complete it will encompass millions of square metres of land divided into several districts. There will be dozens of apartment towers,  hundreds of homes and individual villas, along with luxury hotels and opulent…
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    BrickHouse Security Blog: Tech News, Hidden Cameras, GPS Trackers and more

  • “Mom on a Mission” Looks to Start National Child Abuse Registry

    Erik Helin
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Nearly two years ago we were approached by Whitney Matney, an Arkansas mom who had just discovered her daughter Raylee being abused on a hidden camera. Now, she’s fighting to propose a bill that will prevent others from suffering the same trauma she did. A 20/20 segment from Friday checked in with Whitney and Raylee, retelling their all-too-common horror story: Whitney hired a high school acquaintance (after a thorough background check and glowing recommendations) to look after her one-year-old daughter. Almost immediately after nanny Melissa Medema began watching Raylee, Whitney…
  • Eerie Site Streams Unsecured Surveillance Camera Feeds

    Erik Helin
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    In a couple clicks, you can check in on a crib in China; a couple more, a loading dock in Denmark. The site is called Insecam, and it provides live streams of unsecured IP surveillance cameras from around the world. Whether due to convenience or carelessness or both, a number of IP (internet-streaming) camera users settle for the default username and password when installing their cameras. It may seem like an innocuous time-saver or a simple oversight, but in using “admin” as the username and “admin” or “12345” as the password for a webcam, nearly 73,000…
  • Bra Hidden Camera Ad Exposes Breast Cancer Awareness Message

    Erik Helin
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    If you’ve noticed a disproportionate amount of pink lately, it’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And, in the spirit of awareness, Nestlé FITNESS has launched a clever viral campaign using a hidden camera that reveals how aware many among us are of breasts, for better or worse. In the ad actress Eloise Oliver takes to the streets of London with a button camera affixed to a pink bra with a low-cut top over it. What ensues is about what you’d imagine: strangers of all shapes, sizes, sexes and species (a dog is caught sneaking a peek) are tallied (37 total)…
  • NYPD Institutes Body Camera Pilot Program After Civilian Deaths

    Erik Helin
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The shooting of Michael Brown sparked debate over police practices and oversight around the country; but a local incident, the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY, has brought about not only a commitment to police retraining, but a new pilot program bringing body-worn cameras to 15% of police precincts in the city. The program, initially proposed by Public Advocate Letitia James as a way to cut down on civilian complaints, has been championed by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. “It’s a technology that I support strongly,” Bratton said at a news conference Thursday.
  • Could Body-Worn Cameras Prevent the Next Ferguson?

    Erik Helin
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    With protest and outcry in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., citizens and police find themselves looking for answers on how to improve relations and prevent more senseless death; some argue that the answer is wearable cameras. Recently, BrickHouse Security CEO Todd Morris joined Fox Business’ Liz Claman on After the Bell to discuss the rising trend of officers turning to body-worn cameras for added accountability in dealing with the public. “We’ve heard from police officers who pay with their own money, out of their own pocket, for a…
 
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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • Hell on Earth: Five Experiences of Eternal Damnation before Death

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Devoured by a monstrous worm or boiled nude in a vat of searing pus — what sort of extraordinary agonies await you sinners in the afterlife? Mythological and religious concepts of death and the afterlife are loaded with convolution, ambiguity, and speculation. Many cultures embrace a trial of judgment after death, whereupon their souls are either salvaged or pitched into eternal damnation. Here we will look at five representations of hell, and what transpires during that final judgment. Chinese Mythology: Diyu Fengdu Ghost City, which was built to represent Diyu (photograph by…
  • Lost Museums of New York

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Earlier this year, the metal façade of the American Folk Art Museum was dismantled and taken into storage as the Museum of Modern Art absorbs the institution's former home. The loss of the fortress-like architecture on West 53rd Street is just the latest in the merging and destruction of New York City's museums. These vanished museums — either closed completely or now invisible inside another, larger museum — all contributed to the cultural landscape of the city today, even if their names are mostly forgotten. Below are ten of these lost museums.  SCUDDER'S…
  • The Morbid Journey of Cromwell's Traveling Head

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    In January of 1661, King Charles II of England ordered the exhumation of the corpses of Henry Ireton, John Bradshaw, and Oliver Cromwell. He arranged to have the bodies hanged and beheaded because the three men presided over the trial and execution of his father, King Charles I. The corpses were hanged at the Tyburn gallows, and their bodies were left there until the afternoon. The corpses were then decapitated and buried under the gallows. According to tradition, it took eight blows to separate Cromwell’s head from his corpse. The heads of Cromwell, Ireton, and…
  • When Buildings Attack: Melted Cars, Ruined Art, and Other Troubles With Solar Convergence

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    20 Fenchurch Street, aka "The Fryscraper" (photo by Luc Mercelis / Flickr) Last September, Londoners experienced a pretty unusual architectural phenomenon: One of the city's newest luxury towers, the half-finished 525-foot-tall skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch St., began inexplicably shooting a "parabolic death ray" hot enough to melt cars. The massive building's glass façade with its unusually wide top was concentrating sunlight to the point that it created a reflected hotspot of up to 230ºF — much higher than the boiling point of water. In…
  • The Best New Wonders of November

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    The foundation of Atlas Obscura is contributed by intrepid users around the world, out exploring the places no one else is noticing, or delving into history that's been all but forgotten. Here we are highlighting five of our favorite recent additions to the Atlas. Have a place we've missed? Create an account and become a part of our community. ROYSE CITY FUTURO HOUSERoyse City, Texas photograph by amboy Finnish architect Matti Suuronen had a dream of affordable prefab housing that could roam from beach to mountain, and since he was designing this in the…
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  • Land Surveying and GIS Revisited: An Unnecessary Drama

    Joseph Magnotta
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    Joseph Magnotta presents an opinion piece about the relationship between surveyors and the GIS industry and why it doesn't need to be contentious.The post Land Surveying and GIS Revisited: An Unnecessary Drama appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Open Cities Mapping Project

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    A partnership between Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Bank, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, American Red Cross, USAID, and Development Seed, Open Cities was launched in November of 2012 in order to “create open data ecosystems that will facilitate innovative, data-driven urban planning and disaster risk [...]The post Open Cities Mapping Project appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Latest Release of MapInfo Focuses on an Easier to Use Mapping Experience

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Pitney Bowes, the maker of MapInfo, has released an updated version of the GIS software that is aimed towards lowering the amount of time it takes for a user to be up and running with mapping and spatial analysis. Clarence Hempfield, the Director of Product Management at Pitney Bowes provided [...]The post Latest Release of MapInfo Focuses on an Easier to Use Mapping Experience appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • How GIS is Being Used in Conservation Biology

    GIS Contributor
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Thirty-six years ago the multidisciplinary study of conservation biology was developed to build a bridge between pure ecology and the practical issues of species and habitat conservation (Soulé & Wilcox, 1980). This discipline encompasses genetics, population ecology, wildlife management, social sciences and in particular the measurement and analysis of biodiversity [...]The post How GIS is Being Used in Conservation Biology appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Four Ways GIS is Being Used to Help Populations Vulnerable to Long Term Climate Change

    Devon Reeser
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The power of GIS is in its ability to be both simple and complex – showing difficult ideas and layers of data with a single software package makes it easily transferable to vulnerable populations and their governing forces. That power is changing the way vulnerable populations relate with their natural world and resources to keep ahead of imminent climate changes.  The post Four Ways GIS is Being Used to Help Populations Vulnerable to Long Term Climate Change appeared first on GIS Lounge.
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