Thanks James for this tip… I always love the USGS imagery! Now you can add a widget to your website, blog, or iGoogle page showing you some very cool imagery from the USGS. See below and enjoy! Grab your own code here
Archives for September 2007
Given that the Northern Colorado area and Front Range is a hotbed for geospatial technologies (and baseball!), I thought there might be some of you out there interested in supporting a competitive minor league (13 yr old) baseball team during the 2008 season. Some details… The club is a 13-year-old competitive baseball team affiliated with the Fort Collins Baseball Club. The team is made up of 11 enthusiastic and committed young men who love the game of baseball, and will be playing in tournaments state-wide during the 2008 season – this is a tournament travel team. The team are seeking corporate sponsorships (starting at $100) to help offset the cost to the families on the team. Your contribution to the team is fully tax deductible through the Baseball Club and their 501 C3 non-profit status. Additionally, anyone interested in contributing, I’ll also provide you with some value added promotion via GISuser that is valued at at least the amount of your contribution… you’ll also receive recognition and promotion directly from the club (banners etc…) feel free to ping me (glenn at gisuser.com) for more info… Play Ball!
More news on the open source front today as Autodesk has announced its intent to donate the source code for CS-Map to the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. From the company… The donation of CS-Map, software from recently acquired company Mentor Software, will enable all open source geospatial projects to have access to powerful coordinate conversion technology, enabling them to support the projections and transformations necessary to support over 3,000 coordinate systems worldwide and giving them access to capabilities not previously available to the open source community. Autodesk believes that this donation will help to accelerate innovation for the larger geospatial community through faster development cycles and lower costs. This donation will free many customers and developers from the cost or need to re-engineer coordinate conversion technology and, thereby, “reinvent the wheel.” See more
This out of Tele Atlas as the company rolls out highly detailed Tele Atlas 3D landmarks and elevation models. According to the company, developers can add recognizable building representations that enhance screen images in in-car and portable navigation systems. Also, the 3D content enables local search applications on mobile devices to more closely match what users actually see in their surroundings. The company says they will make available more than 400 detailed 3D (three dimensional) landmarks of notable North American structures for use in navigation devices and location-based applications. Currently, Tele Atlas 3D landmarks in North America are available for more than 400 structures in 14 major U.S. and Canadian cities including: Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, Toronto and Washington, D.C., with images spanning from the legendary Fenway Park in Boston to the historical Washington Monument in D.C. See below for images of Maple Leafs Garden (Toronto) and General Motors Building (Detroit)
3Dconnexion, developers of that very cool 3D mouse we’ve seen used for Google Earth has now migrated to the ESRI environment. The company has just today announced the device is now supported by ArcGIS. Recall, with the SpaceNavigator 3D mouse, users apply very slight movements to the device’s controller cap to seamlessly fly through 3D terrain… some people have difficulty using this at first, however, once you get used to it, navigating through 3D datasets is way cool! See www.3dconnexion.com or see the announcement here
Thanks to John over at LizardTech for sharing this cool mashup of interest to those needing wind.. maybe you surf, windsurf ,fly kytes or maybe kyteboard… the application so far has been developed for the Pac NW (Washington and B.C, Canada) and California users and shows hot recreational spots where wind is an important factor. Click on a station location and retrieve real-time wind-speed data, barometric pressure, Web cameras, and forecasts.. nice! See:
Washington – http://www.windonthewater.com/washington.htm
California – http://www.windonthewater.com/california.htm
Here’s something cool for those of you that pack data and sensitive docs around on a USB drive… IronKey: Enterprise Special Edition, a secure flash drive designed for use on sensitive government, military and enterprise networks. Some of the featrues include:
– Hardware-Encrypted USB Flash Drive: With its strong hardware AES cryptography and authentication, there is no need to install additional hardware, software or drivers.
– No Administrator Privileges Needed: Unlike many other encryption products, the IronKey does not require Administrator privileges on Windows XP or Vista.
– Designed for Enterprise Networks: The IronKey performs dynamic drive letter mapping for use in enterprise environments with network-mapped drives.
– Tamper-Resistant and Waterproof: The IronKey is designed so that it cannot be physically tampered with or disassembled by a determined hacker. The IronKey has also tested, passed, and exceeded military waterproof standards (MIL-STD-810F).
– Easy to Inventory: Each IronKey has a unique, easy-to-read serial number, making it easy for IT managers to inventory the devices.
– Assists in Regulatory Compliance: The IronKey helps organizations meet regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley and GLBA.
– Rugged and Durable: Unlike plastic USB drives, the IronKey’s rugged metal casing is filled solid with epoxy, making it both tamperproof and waterproof.
Schmap, the developer and publisher of those very cool, free guides and Schmapplets has not only just passed the 30 million download mark, but they also have some cool updates. Most recently, the company is boasting Schmap for Mac, online guides, an open developer platform, and customizable widgets.
Schmap for Mac – Schmap desktop guides are now Mac compatible: Schmap Guides for both Mac and Windows can be downloaded for free at www.schmap.com.
Schmap Guides online – Readers who don’t require all our desktop functionality can now browse Schmap Guides online, complete with the same content as their desktop counterparts. Schmap Washington DC, for instance, can be browsed online at www.schmap.com/washingtondc.
User authored “schmapplets” – open platform for users to author their own map-integrated travel or local content. A showcase selection of user authored schmapplets can be viewed at www.schmapplets.com.
Customizable map widgets – simple for anyone to customize a map widget for a website or blog, with choice of size, color, city and map or satellite image via Google, Yahoo or Microsoft. Schmap map widgets can be customized at www.schmap.com/widgets.
More about Schmap Guides:
Online and desktop travel guides available at www.schmap.com.
30 million desktop travel guides downloaded since March 2006.
Guides include photos from 50,000 travelers and local residents.
200 worldwide destinations schmapped.
Unique platform integrates maps and travel guide content.
See more about Schmap and schmapplets in the article at http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/12070/
Tha sample widget below uses the Yahoo! maps API