Flickr has finally made geotagging simple as drag and drop on a map… sweet! All one needs to do is go into the user “organize” utility and select the “map” tab (new). A map will be presented (Yahoo! map obviously) and then you simply select your photo(s) of choice, zoom in to a location on the map, drag and drop a picture onto the map, and that’s it… sweet! Some added privacy protection has been provided so you can set geotagging to be made available to your friends or everyone. Then, when visitors browse photos, if a photo is geotagged an optional map tag will be hyperlinked to a map where the photo can be seen on a map. You’ll know if a photo is geotagged if it says something to the effect of “taken in San Diego, CA” and has a “map” hyperlinked. See sample photo here. More on the flickr geotagging functionality available in the Flickr Blog or see this handy video tutorial (source of inspiration for this post was scrappad.. thanks!)
Archives for August 2006
Is your company sending promotional material over the Canada / US border? If so then your clients may be in for a surprise when they get invoices from the courier company to pay Provincial (PST) and Federal (GST) taxes. I tell ya, this Canadian government never ceases to amaze me and I won’t hesitate to tell you that the main reason I’m sooo looking forward to returning to the US to live and work.. simply put, the government here makes me want to puke! These guys can’t catch people cheating on their taxes or even avoiding paying taxes at all yet they can manage to get me an invoice to $2 in taxes to be paid on an envelope i received 4 days ago that contained brochures and product specs on some hardware and a simple t-shirt. Now they want me to slap 85 cents worth of postage on an envelope and submit $2 and change to cover taxes… are you freaking kidding me???? What the hell is this going to cost in paperwork alone??? Way to promote doing business up here guys… you folks in Ottawa are indeed rocket scientists aren’t you. How about the thousands of Canadians every single day that trek over the 49th parallel for cheap(er) gas and fill up in the USA, grab a case of cheap beer and come back to Canada sans duty on these products. Oh, most average Canucks will also grab a block of cheese and a few groceries on their daily trip over the border too…. however, the small business up here trying to make a deal is constantly raked over the coals… ever wonder why there’s a brain drain inn Canada??? It never ends. So a tip, when you send any literature of anythinng over the border be sure to state that the value of the goods you’re shipping in about $2 and no more unless you want your potential clients to get ticked off. Of note, I once had a cell phone sent to me as a trial unit and got slammed with $100 bill for taxes.. this was for a demo unit that I was to send back in several weeks… you gotta love free trade! So, I guess I better start practicing again – I pledge allegiance to the flag…..
James led me to this story and its quite cool… one individual’s efforts to FREE the DRGs. In an effort billed as “Map Ransom” Jared has designed a clever initiative where he plans on raising some cash to pay for the entire catalog of DRGs.. then, once he’s received enough donations to offset the expense he plans on turning them loose for free… nice idea. Jared got into this effort as after getting “pissed off” that he couldn’t easily acquire public domain data (like DRGs) for free and is ticked off that resellers continue to whore out these data – anyone who knows me is well aware how ticked off I get that people are still stupidly opening their wallets to the likes of the datadepot and others to buy these free data… WAKE UP PEOPLE! Here’s the speil from Jared…
Help liberate over 56,000 digital USGS maps. Donate or purchase maps on DVD to meet the ransom demand. Once the $1600 ransom is met, all maps will be handed over to the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive will make every map available for free download forever!
Users can purchase state DRG bundles for as little as $13 until the ransom has been met. Best of luck to Jared. I only hope this isn’t just a clever scheme to help one guy come up with a business model on everyone elses dime. I don’t get that impression and having another locale with free DRGs would indeed be a welcomed addition. Of note, there actually are loads of places where you can access Free dRG and other data (DOQs, DEMs, etc…) for example, see your state government agencies, universities, etc… many have vast clearinghouses of free data. Some examples where I’ve tried to help people access free data:
- The GISuser’s Guide to locating and downloading Free USGS data
- GISuser Guide to downloading Free 7.5 minute DEMs
- State GIS Clearinghouse Directory – Update, July 2004
- FGDC Suggested State Clearinghouse Websites
- GISuser Guide to downloading Free 1:250K USGS DEMs
- The GISuser’s Guide to locating and downloading Free USGS data (Part 2)
See also our vast data directory at http://www.gisuser.com/content/section/10/41/ with hundreds of pointers to free data repositories…. and good luck Jared! See more on the map ransom at http://ransom.redjar.org/
NOTE: In the past I’ve spoken to many people at various government agencies regardinng the apparent distribution of “their” data (ie… regarding DOQs, FEMA data, DEMs etc…) none of these agencies really cares who’s disctributing their data. Even with specialty products and with the likes of NRCan and GeoConnections if they see a business simply repackaging data and shipping on DVDs (or CD) that is good enough for them and they see that as a value added service. So, the next time you buy a government produced dataset from anywhere, you can likely feel free to create duplicate DVDs and start giving them away or re-selling them!
I’ve been a Brad Paisley fan for some time and now I’m more of a fan seeing that he’s using Local Live to take fans on a tour of Memphis, TN. Check out this resource where Paisley shares some of his favorite destinations using the Local Live Map UI… nice touch
I just watched the little league world series US championship and how cool was it seeing such amazing sportsmanship from these kids. Kudos to the crew from Georgia for making it to the finals and even more congrats to them for being such gracious winners – they were taking a victory lap around the field but first they went and grabbed the Oregon team out of the duggout to join them — a class move! I’ve always felt that it’s pretty easy (and fun) to win, however, the true test is how well you bounce back after a loss…
Some lively discussion about Manifold.net was spawned recently over at Spatially Adjusted (nice job throwing the bait out there and getting this going James!) The discussion made me think about a paper that was published a couple of years ago comparing how to accomplish tasks using Manifold.net (5) as compared to the same task done using ArcGIS. Would it be amazing to see such a publication that compares several applications??? Obviously a HUGE task but maybe there’s a few keeners out there that have a few hundred hours to killl.. if so you’d have a best-seller on your hands! Here’s some details about the publication I reference… “How do I do that in ArcGIS/Manifold” – Edited by Arthur Lembo Jr. Cornell university, the document steps through 50 “classic” GIS tasks and compares the process in Manifold side-by-side with the same process in ArcGIS… this document is a must read for anyone shopping for a low-cost GIS solution – this comes from a Spotlight feature at GU – see http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/3006/ – oh, and those of you who haven’t already done so, the saga continues still over at Spatially Adjusted in this very heated discussion thread… ouch!!
fumes from trains, cars and buses, as well as subway vibrations, have been damaging the 3,200+ year old granite statue at Ramses
Square, its home since the early 1950s, when it was taken from a temple at the site of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis.
there’s no doubting that maps, imagery, and most recently, mashups are ideally suitable for the real estate industry. So whay the hell are most realtors so technologically challenged and spatially clueless?? It never ceases to amaze me how few of the “professionals” in the real estate biz have adopted or even looked into what technology is available. The clincher for me was hearing from my realtor today how he hates computers, isn’t into maps, and doesn’t have a clue what “zillow” is… oh, this guy has a degree in Geography too… ohmygod!! For examples of some GIS-centric solutions developed for the real estate bizness see the likes of pretty much any county property appraser website, www.zillow.com, http://www.housingmaps.com/ (mashing craigslist & google maps), http://www.forsalebyownercenter.com/maps/ , http://www.ononemap.com (a cool UK mashup), http://nosyneighbormap.com (see info about neighbors) and even this cool app at http://www.mapbuilder.net/ where anyone can build their own mashup! With tools like Craigslist, (for listing) mapbuilder (for building the mashup) flickr (for posting photos) who the heck needs a realtor these days?? To get an idea of just a few of the companies providing GIS-centric solutions for the real estate industry see this archive of news items — http://www.gisuser.com/content/category/1/224/2/