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Thursday, March 03, 2005

John Paul Bichard, a digital artist at The Interactive Institute in Stockholm is trying to solve the Уare we there yetФ problem without subjecting children to an ongoing parade of DVD cartoons and movies in the back seat. His project, Backseat Playground, just recently funded by Microsoft Research, aims to use the trip as part of an interactive game. It would use GPS, pointing devices, local wireless connectivity and even digital maps. The adventure game would weave a plot into existing landscapes using objects outside the window as part of the story. Sounds complex to build, but potentially fun to play.

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Greene County is in Indiana. Its GIS consultant will now receive 2/3 of funds received from its sharing of its GIS data. The complex system charges up to $1500 for what seems to be online access to the data. The fee is $750 for one time CD delivery. There are different hourly rates for data preparation and map preparation. The data, however, canТt be used for commercial purposes. Hmm. I wonder if Fed Ex, who requested access, will get it so it can deliver packages faster. ThatТs a commercial use, right? This sort of decision will set back GIS decades.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The European Joint Research Center (JRC) in Ispra, Italy, analyzed 15,000 ERS, Envisat (both European) and Radarsat (Canada) images of oil spills from the past four years. The goal was to analyze their effectiveness in identifying oil spills. The news is mixed. The image analyses were compared to eye witness accounts, aerial images and other data. The images returned quite a number of false positives and failed to identify oil just below the surface of the water. Guido Ferraro, a JRC oil-spill program manager, put it this way, УPrices are still too high for the final users.Ф

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

ItТs after March 1, do you know where your fish house is? March 1 is the deadline for removal of the houses which protect ice fisherman in the southern half of Minnesota. Fines, jail and confiscation of the house are potential penalties for owners who fail to remove their temporary abodes. To insure removal, Department of Natural Resource staffers are using GPS, digital cameras and other technologies. I like to think they used the GPS to literally map the houses and insure they are no longer standing come March 1. I saw two fish houses on Horn Pond in Woburn, Mass just this weekend, though I do not believe these are left on the lake over night, let alone over several weeks or months.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In the UK, an Ordnance Survey (OS) partner Latitude Maps has okТd local libraries to become resellers of some OS map products. The library visitor, with the help of a librarian, can look at maps via secure Internet connection and then download/buy them. With all the consolidation here in the U.S. at USGS, perhaps something like this might be valuable to consider? Perhaps have УrovingФ map specialists that visit libraries once a month to sell USGS products?

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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