As part of ongoing State of the Union coverage, Esri has provided us with a news map to explore geo-tagged social media reactions to President Obama’s address overlaid on state-by-state results from the 2012 presidential election. Note, the map can also be customized and manipulated by panning or zooming, and localize social content by changing the keywords or date ranges. See the map online HERE
Archives for February 2013
This news on the heel of the launch of the next generation of the LDCM and the continuation of the Landsat program – the satellite is expected to transmit images and data about the Earth within 100 days.
Salazar today released a new strategy to strengthen and inspire education and careers in (STEM. Interior’s STEM strategic plan is designed to provide a five-year framework for engaging the American public—particularly youth underrepresented in STEM fields—to become scientifically literate stewards of our natural and cultural resources while building a future workforce that fully represents the diversity of America for the 21st century… Interior employs nearly 15,000 scientists and engineers, many of whom will be retiring in the coming decade. By emphasizing fields of study in STEM, the Department is better positioned to fill in these critical gaps.
The five-year STEM plan is available at:
Great news for Android fanatics and developers as Avenza Systems has rolled out their PDF Maps for Android (Beta). From the company… Avenza is pleased to announce that the PDF Maps beta for Android is now available. We have been working diligently to get support on Android and are pleased to offer a public beta of PDF Maps for the popular mobile platform. The PDF Maps beta for Android app has the following features comprising those which we expect to include in the final release of version 1.0 for Android.
- Load Geospatial PDF, GeoPDF® and GeoTIFF maps
- Add maps from the file system, Dropbox, a URL, or email
- Show GPS position on custom maps
- Add Placemarks
- Find Coordinates
- Measure Distance or Area
- Open current view in Google Maps
Wow, launch day is here already as the Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft takes flight to continue with what may in fact be the greatest space exploration success story of our generation! The Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft is set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base today. Liftoff is targeted for 1:02 p.m. EST, the beginning of a 48-minute launch window. This launch will ensure the continuation of the 40 year history of Landsat… awesome! See live coverage and more – Live Coverage: Landsat Launch Blog
How about a little Friday fun with maps and a sweet, little gem I stumbled upon today… America as viewed by a New Yorker… I just love the “empty space caused by the stupid shape of Idaho”… LOL! Got any more awesome maps and examples or cartographic brilliance to share?? Ping me @gletham with your tips – Sourced from Funnyordie
Just in time for the Grammys, Timbre is an interesting location-aware mobile app that boasts letting music find you, putting live music venues just a click away. The app has been fully localized in 22 languages and is now free to download in 36 countries, including Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, France, Germany and Japan. With over 2 million artist discoveries and 70,000 ticket requests made with the app, Timbre is building on the momentum gained in 2012. When a user selects an artist, they are presented with the band’s most popular songs and a poster page with upcoming concert details including venue, date and time. The user can listen to more songs by the artist, purchase concert tickets or return to discovering other bands performing nearby. Concert information can be shared via email, text message (SMS), Twitter, and Facebook. See more at http://www.timbreapp.com or on Twitter @Timbreapp.
Just in time as the winter storm “Nemo” approaches the US Northeast. A new weather map from Esri has been released to help explore live storm reports, precipitation, and weather warnings with geo-tagged social content from Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. See the real-time effects of the storm via social media posts. To change the search terms, go to the Social menu, click the settings icon, and update the keyword.
Recently, the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society announced plans for its 2013 Data Fusion Contest. The Contest, which helps connecting students and researchers around the world, evaluates existing methodologies at the research or operational level to solve remote sensing problems using data from various sensors. The Contest is open not only to IEEE members, but to everyone, and consists of two parallel competitions: Best Paper Award and Best Classification Award. The winning teams will receive an iPad, an IEEE Certificate of Appreciation, and a free open access publication in an IEEE GRSS Journal. Final results will be announced at the 2013 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2013.
I simply had to share details of this awesome real-time map of the world’s Twitter activity so you could enjoy the awesomeness of it! Enter TweetPing. The project, reportedly based on Node.js has been designed by Franck Ernewein.
Users view the service on a map of the world while real-time tweets stream by at lightning speed, lighting up on the map where the tweet activity originated from. The result is a “World at night” effect on the map with hotspots of tweeting lighting up like the fourth of July! What’s really cool is the dashboard provided in the lower area, divided by continent. The user can hover over a continent tabular region and the corresponding area on the map will then be highlighted. A table of twitter results updates in real time for each area, displaying the number of tweets, popular hashtags, twitter @names of last mentions and more… it really is quite astounding and impressive! A pie chart breaks up the World into pieces of the pie, each representing the relative twitter activity. Check out TweetPing at Tweetping.net
So, you may have received an odd email message from Twitter recently suggesting that you go change your password.. actually, not even suggesting but rather, they’ve reset it for you and you need to go to a provided weblink and complete the update. At first, perhaps like you, I was a little suspect of such a message and brushed it off. However, it seems that indeed the message is legit and my password was in fact reset by Twitter – likely a good thing anyway as I haven’t changed it in some time!
According to a post on the official Twitter blog titled “Keeping Our Users Safe” it seems there’s been repeated attempts at hacking Twitter – Like many recent US cyber attacks I suspect China and hackers in China to be the suspected culprits. Twitter has in-turn taken these precautions to keep our accounts sake, so don’t freak out if you get a similar e-message from them… just click the provided link, reset your PW and don’t forget to remember what it is!