Details of a crowd-sourcing effort is being touted by the USGS and partners in the National Map. The agency is looking for crowd participants to help enhance the National Map and currently has some 18 States open for data editing, updates, and new features. Participants will become part of the National Map Corps. Collaborative pilot projects in Colorado were recently used to test the concept of crowd-sourcing. Over a trial period of ten months, 143 volunteers collected, improved, or deleted data on more than 6,400 structures in Colorado. The states in the first expansion of TNMC are: Arkansas, Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, West Virginia
Archives for April 2, 2013
Balloon mapping, you’ve seen and heard about this cool, crowd-sourced effort to capture aerial imagery and low-altitude aerial photography. Well now, thanks to PublicLab (an awesome effort) you can buy your very own balloon mapping kit for just $95. These tools are being developed to provide a low cost, easy to use, and safe methods for making maps and aerial images. Over the last two years, we’ve built a global community of mappers who are engaged in discussion around the development and use of this tool and others. These balloon kits have been used to map the deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico!
To learn more about balloon mapping and get involved in the community, check out the open source documentation on the Public Lab website.
Hopefully you had a nice Easter week-end and enjoyed some awesome Spring weather in your part of the World – I know we had killer weather here in the PacNW finally! A quick reminder that this morning (April 2 at 11 AM PDT) Lizardtech will be hosting another free, 30 minute webinar on serving imagery. Act fast and you still have time to register for the session titled “Effortless: Serving Geospatial Imagery Doesn’t Have to be so Hard” – should be a good one, Register HERE. If you were following last week’s Esri DevSummit then perhaps you’ll also enjoy some reading about it and a few handy summaries. Thanks to the developers at GISi we have recaps from a number of fine sessions – read all about it HERE. Speaking of developers, a handy resource being used by many is Github. If you need more info about Github and how you can use this popular resource check out this fun video and useful update, Using Github to fork your data. Finally, job seekers and those of you looking for a change, be sure to have a look at all the new opportunities that have hit our Career Center, there’s a number of new postings for you – Good Luck!
Finally, see also our Geospatial Reading and 10 Recent Additions to GISuser