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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Backpacker (at one time my favorite magazine - from which I stole “The View from Here”) offers a new website with some geo-goodies:

Featured prominently on the homepage and the destinations page is a new interactive Flash map directing users to more than 1,200 edited and approved GPS-supported hikes, from the Appalachian Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail. Another 10,000 trips are accessible to site users. The hikes, which are submitted by volunteer Backpacker readers and staff contributors, can be searched by city, state, park, and long trail.

...

Tech-savvy participants can also upload GPS tracks, geotagged photos, and Google Earth screenshots.

- press release

The National Geographic Channel also launched a new website.

Of the changes to the site that are most readily apparent, the new Nat Geo schedule application presents viewers with a more intuitive calendar of show descriptions, allowing users to navigate through programming descriptions via a drag-and-drop fashion that’s similar to how visitors engage with Google Earth.

I don’t understand how this interactive calendar (while sexy!) is similar to Google Earth.
- MediaWeek

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The satellite is the second experimental satellite in the constellation. The EU is going forward with the GPS competitor and B will take over for “A” launched in 2005, as it hits and of life.

- UPI

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The ZIP code database contained in ‘zipcode.csv’ [zip file] contains 43204 ZIP
codes for the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico,
and American Samoa. The database is in comma separated value format,
with columns for ZIP code, city, state, latitude, longitude, timezone
(offset from GMT), and daylight savings time flag (1 if DST is observed
in this ZIP code and 0 if not).

...
The database and this README are copyright 2004 CivicSpace Labs, Inc.,
and are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike
license, which requires that all updates must be released under the same
license.

It’s about four years old, but free is free!

- Mapping Hacks

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land details a paper from Cornell and Yahoo titled Spatial Variation in Search Engine Queries. The idea is to map the “centroid” of search queries. What’s the center of the search for the Red Sox? Other teams? Pretty much what you’d expect. Other queries, such as about hurricanes change at the storm moves. Interesting, but how’s it useful? I guess it could be used as another “context” valuable to determine the type of query of its not clear.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The incumbent is pro GIS having invested in it quite a bit. The Gary Post-Tribune describes it as “a computer mapping system similar to Google Earth that can put large amounts of information into an interactive map.”

Two others want to cut back on the GIS budget. One candidate wants “to “slash” spending on the GIS, and build it with free software, rather than the proprietary software used by the county’s consultants.”

Another wants the focus to be on flooding thus he said, “I don’t think (GIS) should be a priority.”

It says quite a lot about the state of geospatial that such issues should be raised to the public during a local election.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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