Something quite awesome from Google on the horizon, in particular, a great opportunity for educators and those involved in Geo at the higher education level – enter Geo for Higher Education Summit. Taking place July at the Googleplex in MountainView, CA, the Summit will bring together instructors and researchers in GIS and remote sensing technologies from higher education institutions. This workshop is designed for mapping and technology specialists, instructors, faculty, and advisers in higher education research and teaching, who are actively working on projects or teaching courses related to mapping. The event is free to attend for those lucky enough to be selected (Deadline is May 1) take note that travel related expenses etc… are not provided. See more – An exciting opportunity is coming up in July: the first annual Geo for Higher Ed Summit
Archives for April 2013
A news map from Esri provides the latest flood data and information related to recent floods via the National weather service. the map is also complemented by social media updates from the public which includes flood related photos, videos, and tweets.
See the map Here
Transit data is co cool and there’s no doubt that the transit app (on mobile) is now the defacto go-to example for coolness when it comes to mobile app development rather than the previous favorite pizza finder or coffee house locator examples. Thanks to James for tipping me off to this interesting article on TNW that explained the very cool SanFran LiveBus service showing real-time(almost) bus movements – yes they are actually all moving in real-time in front of your eyes. Indeed Google transit data is awesome and WAY useful to any local bus service so it’s so awesome to see more clever apps and services being built by the clever developers. Note, the LiveBus app is available to iOS users from iTunes and was inspired by a similar service from the UK showing a live Underground map
Note: code used for the LiveBus app has been made available on Github
For some time now I’ve been very impressed with the folks in Philly and their efforts of using social media to enhance their tourism and local tourism efforts. Well, now something new coming from the Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. In a cool, new marketing effort designed to show off the city, the crew will be turning over their Instagram and Pinterest accounts to local photographers, social media mavens, and other local “experts” – interesting idea! Should be interesting to watch the results… see also @VisitPhilly on Instagram and Twitter. More about this effort HERE
Here’s an opportunity for you to learn about the easy-to-use mapping software designed with field crews in mind thanks to Juniper Systems. Juniper Aspect is a mapping software specifically designed with field crews in mind, allowing you to:
- Cut costs by improving worker efficiency
- Save time with accurate field asset documentation
- Improve communication between field personnel and customers
- Make faster repairs with GPS guidance to hard-to-find components
- Keep cleaner maintenance, repair, and upgrade documentation
- Improve accuracy of billing using GPS-verifiable documentation
- Integrate with your existing Esri GIS
Register for one of two sessions:
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT
Are you Creating Location Aware Apps and Mapping Apps for Apple iOS 6 and the iPhone 5? Here’s 10 Must have documents for developers looking to migrate to iOS 6 or those looking to get started creating location-aware apps and services for the iPhone 5 or iPad. The Apple Dev Center is a great starting point and there’s a wealth of material there. Of particular use to developers and those wishing to get started with iOS 6 are the following 10 documents and developer resources:
Another tragedy and cowardly act of senseless violence rocking the World today, this time in Boston, MA – our heartfelt wishes go out to the city and all affected. Of note, Google has established a resource that may be of interest to those looking to touch base with someone who was running in the Marathon or perhaps in the area where the incident took place… http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/
According to Google – All data entered will be available to the public and viewable and usable by anyone. Google does not review or verify the accuracy of this data.
An interesting data tip from NOAA… The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory has been updated. The inventory is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic data, primarily lidar, as well as bathymetric data, such as NOAA hydrographic surveys, multibeam data, and bathymetric lidar. The data are shown on a map with their geographic extents and each entry includes information such as vertical accuracy, point spacing, date of collection, and often a direct link to download data. This project is an ongoing collaborative effort between NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey, with contributions from the FEMA. The inventory is current as of November 2012 and will continue to be updated annually. See www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/topobathy
A whole bunch of OSM mappers will be getting together next week (April 20) in a cool effort to help build out the basemap in a cool event designed to spread the word and get a whole bunch of edits made. Sixteen cities across the country have signed up, including mapping parties to be held in San Francisco and Sunnyvale in California, Tampa Bay, Florida and Washington, D.C. The groups will begin work at about 12pm, and are expected to continue editing as a group until 6pm each evening. So far companies that have stepped up as sponsors include MapBox, Esri, and Telenav… maybe you can help out too! See the official PR HERE
For a complete list of sites hosting Edit-A-thons in April, please visit: http://www.openstreetmap.us/2013/03/april-spring-editathon.
Good news for all of you facebook fanatics that happen to be sporting Android devices running OS 4+ as the much hyped facebook home app is now available for you. The app hit Play today, April 12 although I suspect many folks won’t be able to run it unless of course you have the latest Android device running the latest OS – darn, I wish I had the Google Nexus smartphone now! The service brings together all your social services into a handy environment, providing you with quick access to comments, photos and such from your services… Like I said before, I had similar functionality on some Symbian devices and also find that the Windows Phone experience also provides similar functionality… I guess we’ll just wait and see what the feedback is like (note, currently the 1 star rating seems to be the overwhelming choice of those rating the app!). Of note, for some tips on updating your Android OS on your mobile see this post