Great to see GIS making front page in today’s Coloradoan – Fort Collins. Seems the Poudre School District, with some help of a couple of businesses, have secured a small grant to help fuel interest in geo technologies for future high school graduates. The district will be putting a course into place in the spring where some 50 students will be able to take a class in either clean energy for companies, or GIS technologies. The funding has come out of the Metro Denver Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) program. I find it interesting how the Geo-technologies (GIS) has been tied so closely to the booming clean energies sector. See more via Coloradoan
Archives for September 2008
Indeed there’s tons of images and video that came out of Helsinki at the recently held Nokia OpenLab… almost overwhelming since about 3 dozen attendees and the show planners were all generating content (live) while there. The Nokia team put together a very cool video montage that summarized some of the cool moments during the 3 days… enjoy.
And more videos from the adventure!
As more and more cool, new devices come out (most of them now GPS enabled) I have the need to test and install numerous apps and services. Recently I was trying to install and use Samsung PC Suite when I ran into an obstacle… seems the app is forcing me to get rid of Nokia PC Suite… Frustrating since my main mobiles are Nokia and in order to test the functionality of the way cool GPS-enabled SGHi560 seems I need to make a choice or remove PC Suite do my thing with the Samsung, then grab the 100+MB Nokia PC Suite and re-install…
For those of you interested in accessing data on Galveston Isl, post Hurricane Ike, NOAA has made available a vast collection of data including loads of imagery. See http://ngs.woc.noaa.gov/ike/IKE0000.HTM or the homepage at http://ngs.woc.noaa.gov/ike/. Data are 50 cm resolution imagery, SHP file downloads and World files with metadata are available. These are some of the best data I’ve come into where users can identify damaged properties for a pre-visit analysis. For some simply amazing imagery of Ike captured from the International Space Station see this page from NASA.
So, it was a beautiful fall day here in Northern Colorado… what to do??? No, not go to the CSU game, although that would have been cool! Instead, I loaded up the family and we headed on up to Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park) to catch some Elk Bugling and pay a visit to the Stanley Hotel (ya, the place where the Shining was filmed)… I was sick as crap but still, what a great day! FYI, if you’re ever in the area be sure to take in Estes Park and if you’re really into learning more about elk, visit the RMEF. For topos and GIS information on the area see Larimer County GIS.
The Arctic Regional Ocean Observing System (Arctic ROOS) web site presents daily updated maps and plots of the arctic sea ice from satellite observations and ice forecasts from ice-ocean modeling. The presentations are prepared by Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center and other members of the Arctic ROOS. Arctic ROOS will promote, develop and maintain operational monitoring and forecasting of ocean circulation, water masses, ocean surface conditions, sea ice and biological/chemical constituents.
The annual minimum of arctic sea ice occurs in September, and present data shows that the sea ice minimum in 2008 will be very close to the 2007 minimum, which set a record for the lowest ice area since satellite observations began in 1979. The daily images are available at http://www.arctic-roos.org
Nokia wants to keep the gaming community informed about N-Gage via a cool, new resource called the N-Gage Industry Insider. It’s cool, fun, educational, informative, and even has a Sauna! (Please don’t try accessing the n-gage service from the sauna though!)
Visit the insider to access information about global events, N-Gage developer issues, news, learning aids and much more. You can access the insider via http://insider.n-gage.com
I find this particularly interesting as Ovi rolls out even more functionality, bringing together Nokia services like maps, music, gaming and build on the community aspects of the service. N-Gage, connecting people through gaming… see more in Sauna Talk with Mikka!
The CAG has released an invitation to submit nominations for the Massey Medal. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding personal achievement in the exploration development or description
of the geography of Canada. Some of the previous winners are:
2008 Bruce Mitchell,
2007 Eddy Carmack,
2006 Serge Courville,
2005 Tim Oke,
2004 Larry Bourne,
2003 Dr. Richard Colebrook Harris,
2002 John Oliver Wheeler,
2001 Lawrence McCann
For a complete list see:
For instructions on how to make a nomination, please go to;
An interesting follow-up out of last week’s Nokia OpenLab08 comes from musician, Steve Lawson. Steve has a done a great job at sharing his thoughts post-OpenLab, sometimes expressing his frustration at not being able to take part in conversations where he should have been and he also shares some cool vision on his take on the role location-awareness can/should play in the real of mobile music in the future (great stuff Steve!) I love this suggestion from Steve and this is exactly the sort of output that I’m sure Nokia was hoping to get from the event… “the ability to map a tour, plot any media captured on it onto it, group crowd-sourced flickr-photos by location and date, and even to network a street team by geo-tagged data are the stuff that every band in the world should be jumping on”
Indeed Steve is hot for location-awareness as it pertains to his passions (like music) and I have no doubt there’s many clever solutions that will come. Imagine your device listening to a tune, providing feedback on the song artist, a chance to purchase the song etc… and then the abililty for your mobile sensor to provide playlist suggestions based on your location, or perhaps based on who you’re with at the time, then connecting you to people nearby that may share your love for an artist or particular genre of music. I like the possibility of tracks or even concert tickets etc… being offered to me (maybe at a discount) via mobile, based on where I’m located…
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