From the latest news update from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Geography, and interesting, award winning map from a student. The map is a fine example of excellence in cartography and is very interesting at the same time – the author did a great job gathering data and presenting it in a very meaningful and simple to understand format. From UWM…GIS/Cart graduate student Ben Coakley took second prize for the National Geographic Society Award in Mapping. Ben’s winning map is entitled “Scheduled Service on Small Airlines in Canada, Summer 2008” and shows regularly scheduled passenger air service to remote communities in Canada. Ben won $300 for second prize and a National Geographic Atlas – kudos and congrats to Ben! See the map here (PDF)
Archives for May 2009
Here’s a heads-up on a new title available from the ASPRS (asprs.org) – The manual of GIS, Marguerite Madden, Editor, with Foreword by Jack Dangermond. From the book… This volume is designed to be a comprehensive resource on GIS for students, researchers and practioners who are interested in asking spatial questions, assessing landscapes, building geodatabases and envisioning a world of integrated geospatial technologies. See more at http://www.asprs.org/gis_manual/
I thought I’d share with you a first look at my unboxing of the cool, Nokia 5800 (Express Music) S60 smartphone. This is the first touch UI device from Nokia and sports loads of cool features and some impressive functionality. The device is based on S60 5th edition, has touch UI, USB, Bluetooth connectivity, WiFi enabled, Micro SD expansion (comes with 8GB MicroSD card), 80 MB internal memory, integrated GPS, Dual LED flash, 3.2 megapixel camera, 640×480 video support, FM radio and much more.. stay tuned for more on the 5800 over the coming weeks.
In what Twitter has referred to as a a “small settings update” loads of Twitter users are up in arms. An interesting uprising has started today on Twitter, much thanks to a piece on Mashable that seems to have broken the story. At the heart of matters are some planned changes by Twitter that will restrict who can see what.
As reported in this article the following is what’s up… “Twitter has determined that the options for whose replies you see on the service were too confusing. Rather than simply hide this advanced feature for the 2% of users who utilize it, Twitter has decided to turn it off completely.”
Here’s the skinny… prior to recently users had several options for setting how @replies were handled. Options included:
viewing @replies from nobody
viewing @replies from everybody
or viewing only the @replies of people you were following
In plain English… no more half conversations!
With the new update, there’s only the last option available. Big deal you might think.. well, given that Twitter is a “social” service it really is all about people and connecting with people (and companies and brands etc…) this latest move will really put a damper on how you can locate people and perhaps most important, see who’s talking about you or trying to get your attention. Case in point… maybe I wrote an article about your application or service. I then Tweeted about it and mentioned your company twitter using the @reply within the tweet… now you’ll never know that I mentioned you. For publishers like me who tweet a fair bit, I’ll now not notice when people retweet (RT) something of interest that might contacting an @reply with my Twitter name (unless I already follow the person). Simply put, it really does restrict how we can grow our network… myself, I like connecting with people who share an interest in what I discuss or with people who mention me.
Twitter users are now up-in-arms and organizing their efforts with the #fixreplies hashtag – If this latest move pisses you off you search out the following and RT accordingly!
A new mobile mapping workhorse… Topcon Positioning Systems’ (TPS) new GRS-1 is a modular, all-in-one, dual-constellation mapping system that incorporates high-accuracy capabilities into a single, small hand-held device. Topcon’s new GRS-1 for mobile GIS mapping at any accuracy level. The GRS-1 addresses mobile GIS applications as it incorporates an optional internal GSM or CDMA modem used to dial up to a reference station network for real-time correction data. See more in this PR
* Submeter, Subfoot or “GIS-RTK” <5cm Accuracy
* Internal GSM or CDMA Modem
* Windows Mobile 6.1 Operating System
* Integrated 2.0 Megapixel Camera
* 256MB SDRAM, 1GB Flash Memory
* Built-in Bluetooth and Wireless LAN Technology
* GNSS (GPS + Glonass) Satellite Receiver
Details specs HERE
California-based Space-Time Insight is prepping for storm season… San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) and have deployed Space-Time Insight to enable rapid response to wildfires and enable preventive efforts. Using the solution, utility operators can click a link to see the human impact, financial liability and regulatory issues associated with each asset affected by the storm. Next, operators can link directly to workflow systems to enable rapid crew mobilization, evacuation and situation management from the same screen. Space-Time Insight was designed primarily for customers in the utilities (power, water, gas), chemicals processing, oil & gas, telecommunication, and transportation industries. See more HERE or jump to this recent announcement
It’s amazing how many new, clever online mapping services are out there – and there’s no signs of things slowing down! In the past several days a couple of new resources have gotten my attention; ZoomProspector (zoomprospector.com) is a data-rich resource with community mapping, socio-economic data, site selection tools and much more – use it to locate a property or a community based on a number of pre-selected criteria. PolicyMap is another impressive web service that was just updated to R.2. The website provides quick and flexible analysis of neighborhood-level data nationwide. – think demographic data and analytical tools in a single Web-based location (very impressive!)
PolicyMap subscribers can find those neighborhoods that meet up to three criteria from more than 4,000 data indicators related to demographics, real estate markets , education , employment , money and income , crime , energy , and public investments. TRF aggregates data from a variety of public and private sources including U.S. Census , Claritas , FBI , IRS , the Postal Service , and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. Additional PolicyMap 2.0 functionality lets users rank data, download public datasets and provides for an extraordinary level of customization.See http://www.policymap.com/
Have you been to the new NAVTEQ.com yet? the company has rolled out a new look to the website featuring a “showcase” right on the homepage. From the get go you’ll be greeted with a map that’s centered on your location (approx) and have local search at your fingertips. You can easily enter an address then search for major POIs nearby, printing directions or emailing yourself the results. You’ll also have access to drive times and traffic information as well (from Traffic.com).
NAVTEQ.com showcase content includes the following Top 10 new features:
1. The Freshest Version of the NAVTEQ Map
2. Point Addressing
3. Junction Views & Sign As Real
4. Branded Icons
5. 2D Footprints
6. Satellite Imagery
7. Enhanced Elevation Contours
8. Transit Access / Transit Stops / Taxi Stands
9. Real-time Traffic Data
10. Integration of Map Reporter
The following is a sample map that shows the search results for “Treasure Island hotel, Las Vegas, NV”. Very interesting and useful to see the building footprints along with labels for nearby hotels – very useful and this is exactly the kind of information that people need!
Webinars are very common these days and provide some great education material that can help you get that competitive edge.. oh, and best of all, most of them are free! Here’s details of a webinar coming up next week from eSpatial… Interested in hearing why Spatial Data and its Web Delivery are so important for Public Sector Service Provision? Want to hear how other Council’s are implementing Spatial Data Strategies Successfully? This 45 minute long webinar takes place Wednesday, 20th May 2009, 3.00pm – See details
Those of you hooked on Twitter like me, or perhaps thinking about it, you might be glad to know that there’s a new Twitter photo sharing app available as of today – enter TweetPhoto (http://www.tweetphoto.com) Its much like TwitPic but has some cool functionality tossed in as well. The app is linked to your twitter account(s) and you simply upload via web UI and tweet a notice to your Twitter acct (optional). But there’s also more. The app integrates closely with your Twitter account so you can see your friends streams as well and you can even see who’s been looking at your photo uploads. Even cooler, the app provides a friendly email address for secure uploads via email or mobile – I’ve added the email to my Shozu upload settings so now I can easily send a crunched version (think saving data charges) from my mobile directly to tweetphoto. The application also has a facebook conenct option, so when you upload via PC UI you are provided with an option to also send to your facebook wall as well… nice! I have a couple of small stream going see my @gletham stream or the @gisuser stream
FYI, for our @GISuser twitetr stream I may start sending photos or images from interesting news that hits GISuser.com – for added traction the photo will hit the TweetPhoto, twitter and announce short details about the news… I’m sure I’ll think of some other uses too!