Archives for September 14, 2007
I had to test the Mapmixer for myself now that I located some cool data from the US CEnsus bureau. Using data from http://tiger.census.gov I created a simple map that uses 1998 TIGER/Line® data and 1990 Decennial Census data. I mixed it using the mapmixer app and voila.. ok this is cool! Try messing with the layer opacity tool to see the 2 different map layers that I combined. Sweet! Try for yourself at http://maps.yahoo.com/mapmixer
This is a cool app and very premlim but this Mapmixer project out of yahoo! research labs is quite cool. I’m not sure of the usefulness yet but I guess its cool! See http://mapmixer.com & http://maps.yahoo.com/mapmixer Apparently this is an internal pet project that lets users create a mashup by adding any GIF or JPG map to a Yahoo! map session as an overlay. Users can also embed the map as an iframe into their webpage (see below) . Any idea where to find some georeferenced GIFs? Thanks to slashgeo for this tip!
Man, when will this slow down.. on the heels of Google earth launching the space/stars view a couple of weeks ago, reports have it that the company is now bankrolling a contest that could give a boost to the commercial space flight industry. From the report… Google partnered with the X Prize Foundation for the moon challenge, which is open to companies around the world. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit prize institute is best known for hosting the Ansari X Prize contest, which led to the first manned private spaceflight in 2004.
The Google Lunar X PRIZE is an unprecedented international competition that will challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. The X PRIZE Foundation, best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private suborbital spaceflight, is an educational nonprofit prize organization whose goal is to bring about radical breakthroughs to solve some of the greatest challenges facing the world today.
From the AP… The Google Lunar X Prize joins another prize already dangling in front of potential competitors: $50 million that hotel magnate Robert Bigelow is offering the first private American team to rocket a manned craft into orbit by 2010. The race to the moon won’t be easy or cheap. But whoever fills the requirements in the Google contest by the end of 2012 gets $20 million. See http://www.xprize.org – see also the announcement HERE