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Monday, July 10, 2006

Antarctica is a new board game from a Canadian father and son team that tackles global warming (Edmonton Journal). The goal, in the end, is to “own” Antartica, “the largest uninhabited land mass left on Earth.” The board is a modified map of the World. The pair consulted experts at Queen’s University in Kingston to produce a realistic map based on rising sea levels.

It shows the United States without Florida and much of its eastern seaboard, Europe without Paris and much of its north, and havoc elsewhere because of an 80-metre increase in sea level caused by melted ice caps.

I learned a lot of world geography from playing Risk as a child. This game could give kids a faulty picture, at least in the short term. To be fair, while kids as young as eight might play, it’s aimed at the 15-20 year old gaming crowd.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 07:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I’m not sure the reason but there’s seems to be a lot of buzz about GIS and archeology of late. A blog on the topic is active and just today, not one, but two stories on the topic (one from Tennessee and one from India) popped up.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 07:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

C|net reports that Yahoo is enhancing its Trip Planner tool, a travel app launched in beta in October of last year. The enhancements include the ability to share a travelogue and map of the journey with friends. That certainly fits with the popularity of social networking and user created mapping content.
Per early coverage in Macworld, there’s also:

a world map with icons that each link to a user-contributed trip plan for that location. Zooming in reveals more travel plan icons in a particular region, and moving the cursor over an icon brings a pop-up window with some information on the plan. Clicking on that window brings up the full plan itself.

What is maybe more interesting is that the microsite is being sponsored by MasterCard. Is that a model that might work for other types of sites that include mapping? Could, for example, the PrimalQuest site get a sponsor for its mapping next year? Or might others get sponsors for “custom” mashups to enhance an event or even a shopping site?

Update: The press release is out. By the way, there’s a contest attached to the launch!

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Autodesk hit a new 52 week low last week. The value of the low was $31.72. The 52 week high was $48.27. The change that brouht it this low was -1.70 (-5.09%). Some have tried to connect the slowdown with the slowing construction market, at least here in the states.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Harford County, Maryland public school system will be opening what may be the first U.S. magnet school focussing on homeland security (Baltimore Sun). The school will prepare high school students for further study and careers in disaster response, high-level computer science and law enforcement. Among the topics in the curriculum are “public safety, border control, religious ideology, geospatial technology, cybersecurity, and threat identification.”

The location at Joppatowne High School, along with a limited security clearance, will hopefully allow students to participate as interns at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The program is scheduled to open in the fall of 2007 and is funded by $200,000 state grant. Other magnet programs are available in the county and of course, should this prove successful, it may be copied around the nation.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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