The Pléiades satellites, operated and built by Astrium have captured images of Moore, Oklahoma, which clearly shows the devastation caused by the massive tornado that swept through the region on May 20, 2013. By comparing today’s image with an image acquired on April 29, 2013, it is very easy to see that buildings, trees, cars and virtually everything else has been completed destroyed along the tornado’s path. More on the imagery can be found here
Archives for May 2013
GCS has announced a new webinar series focused on developing solutions to the challenges of Geospatial Big Data by leveraging the fusion of location analytics, mobile platforms and cloud technologies. The first webinar (June 12, 2013) will feature Montana Site Selector, a cloud-based, web-enabled GIS application that GCS built for a consortium of economic development organizations. he first GCS Geospatial Big Data webinar will offer valuable learning opportunities for large organizations that must manage and make geospatial information available to staff in many locations across the enterprise. Webinar attendees will learn to:
- Develop a next-generation, web-based GIS enabled with Cloud technology
- Streamline complex workflows with advanced location analytics,
- Derive meaningful intelligence from multiple disparate data sets,
- Deliver business insights to personnel and the public via the mobile
devices they use every day.
To register for the first GCS Geospatial Big Data webinar, visit the new GCS website at www.YourDataSmarter.com. The one-hour free webinar will be broadcast live at 3 pm (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
Register for the New GCS Webinar Series: “Geospatial Big Data” First Webinar – June 12 – “Building, Deploying and Managing Geospatial Applications in the Cloud.”
WOAH, this is just downright awesome! The annual CTIA wireless industry show is on this week in Vegas and as usual, there’s plenty of cool announcements coming out of the mobile ecosystem. One announcement that really got my attention comes out of Cat (Caterpillar Inc), you know, the guys who make all that awesome, rugged, construction equipment and plenty of other goodies! This week Cat has announced their very own, rugged, smartphone – the Cat B15.
About the device – The Cat B15 is designed to be the most progressive, durable and rugged device available on the market. Its robust design includes the ability to withstand a 5.9 foot drop and being submerged in up to 3.2 feet of water for 30 minutes. In addition, the 4-inch multi-touch screen can be used with wet fingers and the device is also dustproof and scratch resistant. The Cat B15 is designed for a diverse audience from outdoor adventurers (snowboarders, mountain bikers, etc.) to industrial/construction workers or anyone looking for a phone that withstands dropping, bumping, water and dust. The new device runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and dual core 1GHZ processor. I luv it!! See more detail in the official PR
Nokia launched the Nokia 925 in an official PR launch event last week (May 14, 2013) in London, sadly the invite to yours truly @gletham seems to have gone missing ;0) but regardless, here’s a cool video from the event .
About the device – The Nokia Lumia 925 includes the most advanced lens technology and next generation imaging software to capture clearer, sharper pictures and video, including the best low light images. The Nokia Lumia 925 also introduces the new Nokia Smart Camera mode, coming as an update to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Nokia Smart Camera offers an easy way to capture ten images at once and edit the pictures with options like Best Shot, Action Shot, and Motion Focus for creating the perfect high quality image. See full specs HERE and Read more about the Nokia Lumia 925 on Nokia Conversations.
Free Webinar! Rebuilding After Sandy: Surveying the Aftermath – Last October, the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history put our mapping and forecasting systems to the test. As it turns out, the tragic truth is that the best means of determining the accuracy of risk predicted by the Flood Insurance Rate Maps is to have a flood. In this edition of the Amerisurv webinar series, we’ll cover key areas of interest to land surveyors, planners, GIS and mapping professionals.
The content portion of the presentation will last from 1:00-1:45pm EST. Q&A will last from 1:45-2:15pm. We recommend that you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the webinar in order to connect with our system.
Register for “Rebuilding After Sandy: Surveying the Aftermath (May 29th, 1pm EST) here.
To my surprise the new Google maps is available already. Upon receipt of the email providing me with a special link I immediately launched maps from Chrome for a quick, first look. The first thing I noticed was the browser was all maps… no wasted space, simply a huge browser and screen with a map canvas. An “Explore” search box is shown in the upper left area and to my surprise has recalled some of my recent searches. I also have quick access to Directions and transit or bicycle information as well (depends on region). I immediately try a test search and opt for the “coffee” search (See image below). I search for “coffee” in Victoria, B.C. Results are displayed right on the map and labelled along with a nice little coffee mug icon. I can optionally see places suggested by top reviewers or from my circles – yes those G+ circles can come in handy! The results from “experts” are quite interesting… I’m not seeing the full results of Starbucks, Tim Horton’s and the like, rather, the map is showing me a nice selection of local shops, many are coffee roasters and other specialty shops, no doubt offering a “superior” coffee experience. Mousing over any of the icons reveals an info box showing a stars rating based on customer reviews.
Another roundup of webinars of interest being delivered to your desktop in the near future… these are an awesome way to test drive a solution, hear directly from industry experts, and experience a little professional development. The following webinars of interest to the geo tech professional will take place in the very near future (Oh, and those of you hosting a webinar and looking for promotion contact us at GISuser to help you out!)
Webinar on Canada’s Spatial Data Infrastructure and Geospatial Operational Policies
learn more about the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI), and the policy, legal and administrative issues that impact the access, use and sharing of geospatial information (May 21)
Free Webinar! Rebuilding After Sandy: Surveying the Aftermath
Last October, the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history put our mapping and forecasting systems to the test. As it turns out, the tragic truth is that the best means of determining the accuracy of risk predicted by the Flood Insurance Rate Maps is to have a flood. In this edition of the Amerisurv webinar series, we’ll cover key areas of interest to land surveyors, planners, GIS and mapping professionals (May 29)
The cool crew from Seattle-based Socrata are providing government users, opendata enthusiasts, developers, and others with a very cool OpenData resource in the form of a “hackathon in a box” – a toolbox of resources, documents, tools and other handy items of interest to anyone getting involved in an opendata hackathon or similar event. Need help running a hackthaon? Need some ideas? Need pointers on tools, APIs, and other developer resources? See the hackathon in a box http://hackathon-in-a-box.org/
Note: all resources are licensed under Creative Commons License
Some fine civic engagement from the Parks and Wildlife service in Colorado as some new resources designed to connect with Anglers have been released to the public. Colorado Parks and Wildlife have released the Colorado Fishing Atlas, a live webmapping service designed to provide anglers and outdoor enthusiasts with valuable information to help plan outings, fishing trips, and other recreational opportunities. Using the map service anglers can identify all the known fishing areas of interest in Colorado along with relevant information like fishing related news and information about the area, fishing regulations, license information and other important updates.
A few days ago I sent out a tweet about some Interesting research from HSU (Humboldt State) on the geography of hate and the Hate Map of racist and homophobic tweets – interesting to see that today the maps seems to be going viral on Twitter. The map from Humboldt State U shows what they have termed the Geography of Hate, an interesting look at data from Twitter (scraping geotagged tweets) that report to tweet out racist, homophobic and other terms that one may include in a group of “hate tweets”. The map is very red and apparently the entire US east of the Mississippi seems to be full of “haters”…
About the project… The data behind this map is based on every geocoded tweet in the United States from June 2012 – April 2013 containing one of the ‘hate words’. This equated to over 150,000 tweets and was drawn from the DOLLY project based at the University of Kentucky. Because algorithmic sentiment analysis would automatically classify any tweet containing ‘hate words’ as “negative,” this project relied upon the HSU students to read the entirety of tweet and classify it as positive, neutral or negative based on a predefined rubric.
and Read all about the project and methodology at http://www.floatingsheep.org/