Yes indeed, I’m a bit of a storm freak and I have a slight addiction for following storm related news, maps, and visualizations (particularly tornado and hurricanes). Historical hurricane data is amazing to mashup and there’s been some really cool maps and visualizations over the years. IDV Solutions has done a really cool job in a recent blog post (thanks for the tip @JohnNelsonIDV) showing off historical hurricane tracks over the past 150+ years. Using the NOAA historical hurricane tracks data, IDV has used a nifty Polar projection to display storm intensity data that paint a pretty interesting picture of storm structure and highlight the void near the equator where hurricanes cannot pass over – see more on the IDV blog HERE
Archives for August 2012
Doing business in Canada can be a little challenging, particularly to stay in the know about public tenders, RFPs and bid opportunities. Many local governments maintain their own RFP and tender section on their website, I suggest you search your local resources for these, however, there’s also a number of official Provincial government resources of interest. these can be a little tricky to locate online, mainly because there are a large number of copy-cat private RFP services that masquerade as official hubs. These knock-off tender sites typically have a government look and feel and will often offer email alert services typically at a cost. The official government resources are free and open, for the most part, although some of these sites do offer paid for alert notification services. I’m totally opposed to the governments forcing businesses to pay or subscribe to a paid for service in order to access public tenders and RFPs – that’s a total OpenGov Fail in my mind!
Here’s an interesting mobile travel app of interest – I just updated it on my Android device – TagWhat. The app connects you to nearby popular places of interest while also delivering updates and information about these places served up from facebook, foursquare, and Twitter. The updates are powered by the TagWhat “SuperSlider” – The Superslider works by analyzing the content in a Tag after it is opened by a user. It instantly and intelligently queries the web and social networks for related, real-time content. Powered by a set of proprietary algorithms that automatically “geo-tag,” Tagwhat attaches a latitude and longitude to related third party feeds. Tagwhat comes from Boulder-CO based startup TagWhat and is available for Android and iOS – see more details Travel Smarter with Tagwhat
Amazing that already we’re headed into September and with that another hurricane season is upon us (I’ve always been somewhat of a hurricane tracker since my days living on the Gulf Coast). Hard to believe that it’s been 7 years since Hurricanes Katrina And Rita and get this, during that time FEMA has spent some $19 billion in rebuilding and recovery in Louisiana State. This financial update has been provide by FEMA.
To assist in rebuilding disaster-damaged public infrastructure, FEMA’s Public Assistance Program has provided approximately $11.5 billion for the restoration of roughly 23,669 Katrina and Rita recovery projects throughout Louisiana. Such FEMA aid has enabled significant impacts across various public sectors, including approximately:
- $3.9 billion for education and learning facilities
- $1.1 billion for public safety facilities
- $5.4 billion for general infrastructure (e.g., roads, transportation, parks and sewerage and water facilities)
- $1.1 billion for health care facilities
For more info see the seventh anniversary of hurricanes Katrina and Rita: www.fema.gov/la7year .
This image is worth 1,000 words! Vertical profile shows where the city of New Orleans is positioned relative to Lake Ponchaltrain and the Mississippi River (Source: flhurricane.com)
If you need to track hurricane Isaac then the latest Esri news map update could be of interest to you. Follow regular news and social stream updates that relate to the storm as it gathers strength and heads towards the SE USA mainland. See the storm resource HERE
Even in this gloomy economy a number of job opportunities have recently hit our career board on GISuser and there’s no sign of things slowing down as savvy Geo tech professionals continue to be in demand. Check out these opportunities and more… good luck!
- Programme Specialist (Project Appointment) UNESCO – If you have a postgraduate qualification in Geographic Information Systems, Computer Science (with a specialism in spatial mapping), Data Management or a related field, you can play a central part within the Ocean Observation and Services Section of UNESCO.
- GIS Analyst, Houston TX – GIS Analysts are responsible for working with and synergizing large data sets. You will collaborate and interface with various departments while providing expertise to solve GIS related needs.
[Read more…] about 10 Must Consider GIS/Geo Tech Job Opportunities
Well, well lookee there… a Google Canada blog… I’m almost kind of stunned! Even with many Canucks flocking to the Googleplex over the years (Mike Pegg a Google Maps evangelist comes to mind) it took them until 2012 to finally get an official Google Canada blog (I’m actually a bit surprised it took that long) a full 10 years after the official Google Canada office opened – perhaps this means that one day Canada will even get Google apps and services in a timely manner – but I won’t hold my breath ;0)
Some new improvements from Klout are now in place in order to give users a more “Accurate” Klout scrore with additional influence now being provided via Wikipedia, LinkedIn and K+ (get mentions on these resources to influence your Klout score). According to Klout, influence factors from Youtube and others will be coming soon. Overall, my Klout score has remained steady (around 58) even with the new functionality, however, others may have received a little added Klout! Are you on Klout (http://klout.com) yet? If not I suggest you check it out as it seems to be growing steadily in popularity… if anything it really is sorta fun!
Via their blog, Klout announced a number of new features that have been incorporated into their algorithm. These include:
Increased accuracy with an updated Klout Score that now includes significantly broader data sets and signals, including our first steps towards including real-world influence. We now include many more actions from Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more, and for the first time incorporate Wikipedia as a signal. We’ve published more information about what goes into the Score here.
More transparency with a brand new feature called “moments” that showcases your most influential social media activity – the times when your ideas most impacted and touched the people in your world.
New, elegant site design that emphasizes your best content from across your connected networks.
Who doesn’t love Lego?/ Heck, just yesterday my daughter and friends pulled out a big box that I have and created for several hours… the stuff is timeless! And thanks to Gary in the UK for sharing this awesome story about an amazing Geo creation using the building blocks – about a million of them!
Yes indeed, some savvy Lego engineers got their hands on a ton of the stuff and created an amazing and HUGE World Map in the UK near Royal Festival Hall. Read more about this on Gary’s blog
Ok, this one likely goes in the category of “Slightly off topic” or perhaps “slightly meaty!”… Just in time for the two major political parties’ national conventions, Jack Link’s® Beef Jerky has unveiled the ultimate tribute to the year’s political race: mosaic portraits of “Barack Obameat” and “Meat Romney.” Painstakingly created by a noted mosaic artist from thousands of pieces of Jack Link’s Jerky, the two presumptive presidential candidates now join Sasquatch, the brand’s icon, in the distinct honor of having their likenesses recreated entirely from jerky. Americans can vote online for their favorite “meathead’ in this unique portrait showdown.
Jack Link’s fans, jerky lovers and political junkies alike are invited to cast their votes for their favorite meathead portrait: Barack Obameat, Meat Romney or Sasquatch. To vote, simply visit JackLinks.com or Facebook.com/JackLinksBeefJerky. One lucky voter will receive a $5,000 Snack Stimulus prize package. Results will be posted on JackLinks.com and on Facebook.com/JackLinksBeefJerky.