Looks like Dopplr has added a LinkedIn Connectivity function. Recall Dopplr is a popular social networking app for frequent business travelers. Now you can invite your LinkedIn contacts to track and follow you while your on the road… makes sense. See also www.dopplr.com
Archives for May 2008
This out of the Nokia Press Bulletin Board… Snake, the most iconic mobile game franchise of all time, was the inspiration behind what could be arguably the world’s longest human snake. The streets of Lisbon, Portugal set the scene for the stop-motion film titled ‘Get out and play’ where more than one thousand volunteers took part in forming the famous snake.
DigitalGlobe was kind enough to share with me some of the imagery captured over Windsor on May 24, 2008, the day after the powerful F3 tornado went through the town, just 1.5 miles West of my office. Some details about the image… On May 22nd, a powerful EF-2 or EF-3 tornado struck the northern Colorado town of Windsor causing heavy damage to more than 250 homes, buildings and property. On May 24th, DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite collected a strip of 60-cm imagery along the east side of Interstate 25, including the town of Windsor, Colorado. The imagery clearly shows the extent of damage from the large tornado.
Of interest in the image below, More than 150 children were in the Windmill Child Enrichment
Center, on the east side of Windsor, when the tornado struck on May 22nd. Teachers at the day care center were able to safely protect all of the children within the building, while the tornado tore off part of the roof. As the QuickBird imagery reveals, virtually all of the surrounding
buildings next to the day care center suffered significant damage or were totally destroyed
by the tornado.
A reminder that GeoEye-1 is Gearing Up For Launch this summer – Save the date, on August 22. the GeoEye-1 Satellite Imaging Sensor is Scheduled to Launch From Vandenberg AFB, CA, perhaps you might be in the area over summer? GeoEye-1, developed and launched by GeoEye, will be capable of acquiring image data at 0.41 meter panchromatic (B&W) and 1.65 meter multispectral resolution. GeoEye-1 will also feature a revisit time of under three days, as well as the ability to locate an object within just three meters of its physical location. This newly developed sensor will also be optimized for large projects, as it will be able to collect over 350,000 square kilometers of pan-sharpened multispectral satellite imagery every day. See more details on the launch here. See also http://www.satimagingcorp.com/satellite-sensors/geoeye-1.html
Jason over at Latitude Geo in Victoria shares details of the recent release of Geocortext Essentials 1.3 last week. Some details… New functionality with this release include:
Authentication (setting permissions on layers and tools using different membership providers)
Data Linking (using OLEDB, ADO.NET, ODBC, Oracle Client and SQL Client Providers)
Print Templates (using a designer to build templates)
Reporting (using a designer to build reports)
Work Flow Engine (using Microsoft Workflow Foundation)
Recall Geocortex is the web-based GIS division of Latitude Geographics. For more info see:
An interesting new social mapping community has popped up over at MapMe.com. Developed by a team from Down-Under, MapMe enables users to map and share their experiences via maps, video, textual comments and more. the application is powered via the Google Maps API. From teh developer team… MAPme.com can be used to create anything from travel guides for any entire country, or a detailed view of a specific street. The maps can be personal (and private if required) or community based (where content is moderated) or a complete free for all (where anyone can contribute). Hopefully these various map ‘types’ will give map creators enough flexibility to adjust the way that other people view and relate to the maps they create. Thanks to John McCann, developer, for the tip on another great app! To get rolling, simply create an account and start making a map – the create community map feature is way cool. See www.mapme.com
You know I’m big into free data, so here’s a reminder about a cool data initiative from the USGS, coming soon – From http://landsat.usgs.gov/ here is something that may be of interest: A reminder, this came out of the USGS [see news] on April 21, 2008 – Imagery for Everyone By February 2009, any Landsat archive scene selected by a user will be processed, at no charge, automatically to a standard product recipe and staged for electronic retrieval. In addition, newly acquired scenes meeting a cloud cover threshold of 20% or below will be processed to the standard recipe and placed on line for at least three months, after which they will remain available for selection from the archive. Details can be found in the USGS Technical Announcement – .pdf (66.8 KB). See more here or For further information on Landsat satellites and products, see http://landsat.usgs.gov
Speaking of imagery, the USGS has just released this RFI — the DOI seeks information and capability statements for a “Satellite Ground Station Services for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM).”
An amazing online archive from the New York Times… check out the “TimesMachine”. Start reading the “Times” from volume 1, edition 1 or see the coverage when the Titanic sank! Impressive… http://timesmachine.nytimes.com
Just realized that I never shared my Nokia World video montage from Amsterdam last December… enjoy
Sorry about the lack of updates but my comcast has been down since yesterday and isn’t expected to be back up for a bit due to the tornado that hit about 1.5 mi east of where I am. All is cool, although the beautiful little town of Windsor, Colorado looks a total mess! Luckily loss of life was minimal here but people are pretty shaken up. Everyone seems to have a story, mine is that my wife was in a salon on Main St in Widsor huddled in a bathroom while the tornado passed and destroyed buildings about one block from where she was… needless to say she was pretty shaken from the experience. The car looks like it was parked on a driving range as a result of the hail… a few picks are posted on my flickr. Anyway, more to come later and indeed we have a renewed respect for the power of mother nature. Once again communications were a story around here as people turned to their mobiles to try and communicate with others around them. Later, hopefully I’ll be back up and running soon. Later… Thanks to all the emergency responders around here for doing a great job – this is an amazing community!