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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

“The Australian company NearMap has air photos from January 14th on the web today [Jan 17].  Some of these air photos are only 3 days old and they are already on the web!!!”

Reader Bernie sent that on and offers this example. I for one love that the date of the imagery is right there on the app. I’ve written about NearMap before (1, 2). Bernie suggests this YouTube video on NearMap.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/18 at 07:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Members of the Severn River Association (SRA), Maryland, were recently briefed on how the county’s website now allows citizens to assist with Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration efforts. Included in the briefing:

[SRA Steve board member] Barry then showed the group how to use the GIS on the county’s website to calculate the percentage of the impervious surface of any given lot in Anne Arundel County. Impervious surface is an important factor because a greater amount of impervious surface leads to a greater amount of storm water runoff.

- Broadneck Patch

On Thursday, Wabasha County will launch an online GIS and Property Management Search Portal on its Web site. It uses a service called MapsInDeed, which is new to me and uses OSM.

- Post Bulletin

The Virgin Islands has been selected as a beneficiary member state to receive the results of a Geographical Information Systems (GIS)-Based Early Warning System Project. It is being implemented by Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in conjunction with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

- BVI Daily News

Among the tools for planning the new New Orleans is GIS. “Estimating a neighborhood’s growth in three or five years’ time was even more challenging. “We worked with demographers and created a point map on GIS”—geographic information systems—“which showed where people were living and where they were moving back to,” Bingler [architect Steven Bingler of firm Concordia] says. ” That’s key in forming the Nexus vision he’s put forward, with schools anchoring new neighborhoods.

- Metropolis Magazine

The town of Medway, MA is live with MapsOnLine, which “uses geographical technology that allows residents to zoom in and out, identifying specific parcels, town buildings and trails. It was created by Arlington-based PeopleGIS and uses information collected from town departments and the state.” The core code is MapServer.

- Milford Daily News

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/18 at 07:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The event starts today and Joe Francica and others are already tweeting pretty regularly.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/18 at 06:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

VGI-NET, which I believe is the name of the project from UW, Ohio State and UCSB, is putting together a one day conference on VGI the day before the AAG in Seattle, April 11. It appears to have nothing else to do with the AAG, so it appears membership is not required. The call for papers runs until Jan 31 and topics of interest include:

The use of VGI in time-critical situations
Ethical and legal issues emerging in collection, use, representation of VGI
Innovative methods of analyzing, synthesizing, and visualizing VGI
New concepts and theories promoted by VGI
Data quality and credibility issues in VGI
The role and impacts of VGI in activism and civic engagement
The epistemological significance of VGI in science
The role of social networks in facilitating VGI; and the role of VGI in the study of social networks
The relationship between VGI, neogeography, crowdsourcing, citizen science, and related concepts

Logos on the event page suggest participation by a number of VGI-related efforts, but I think they are examples, rather than commitments. The site also has a site inventory, a list of public and private VGI efforts.

- VGI-NET via @mhaklay

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/18 at 06:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

We asked about your plans regarding Esri Technical Certification back in December. (Registration opened yesterday here.) Of 147 respondents:

34% - I’m not aware of the program
30% - I do not plan to take any of the test
22% - I plan to take one or more of the tests
17% - I’m undecided about taking one or more of the tests

Next up: When was the last time you tried a new search engine? Vote on the lower right hand side of the main page.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/18 at 06:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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