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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DigitalGlobe is sharing these images of damage caused by Irene in Vermont. Per DigitalGlobe they are:

Top: Killington, Vermont-August 29, 2011: This is a satellite image of damage at the Killington Ski Lodge in Vermont. The bright red vegetation is healthy and the grey areas are where earth has given way in a mud slide around the resort and parking lots. (credit: DigitalGlobe) http://www.digitalglobe.com

Bottom: Hurricane Irene Damage, Killington , Vermont-August 29, 2011: This is a satellite image of severe damage in Vermont in the town of Killington along US Hwy 4 and Road 100. Of note is the washout/slide in the upper right between the houses which covers the road. In the center, the pavement that has been washed away by high creek waters. The center of the image has several businesses surrounded by mud and water. (credit: DigitalGlobe) www.digitalglobe.com

Commenters on the DG Flickr page note that the descriptions of the locations may not be correct.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 10:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Phillippines

With the country in the grips of dengue fever, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the state weather bureau have launched a study that will enable health authorities to predict dengue outbreaks in the future.

The idea is to look back and see if there correlations between weather, rainfall and temperature and outbreaks of dengue and malaria.

- GMA News]

Australia

Researchers are attaching GPS tracking devices to flying foxes in south-east Queensland to learn more about hendra virus. The virus transmitted from bat to horse has killed a number of horses and researchers hope to learn more about the risk factors by tracking the bats.

- ABC News

Canada

In the fall, researchers at the University of Western Ontario will resume a study in which they plant global positioning systems on elementary school children in London, Ont., in an effort to understand how their environment influences their activity levels.

The study, which is in its first phases, is the largest of its kind in Canada and will explore factors at school and in the surrounding community. The goal is to help researchers understand how playsets can be intimidating, why some kids who live only a kilometre away get a ride to school every day and how to make changes that encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Research to date suggests that just having "play areas" or what we called "equipment" may not be enough to get kids moving. More subtle things might.

GPS data have helped researchers discover that some kids won’t use the jungle gym because the older kids are monopolizing it, and that tree-lined streets make a child more likely to walk to school because they feel more shielded from traffic.

- Globe and Mail

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 04:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Reader Dana reminds readers: Geodatabase modeling and design requirements survey closes today!

The geodatabase modeling and design requirements survey closes today (Wed) August 31st at 11:59pm Eastern US time. Thanks to those who've already participated. It's a user-driven survey I helped create in support of the Geodatabase Modeling and Design Special Interest Group (SIG) for Esri's 2011 International User Conference.

Qualitative answers (text entries) are more valuable than quantitative ones (check boxes, etc). Please mention specific use cases and anything that would help in your daily work. Skip whatever isn't relevant. The survey isn't just for experts. It's for anyone who designs geodatabases. Of particular interest to me in designing the survey was capturing user thoughts on the integration of Enterprise GDB Design with Relational Database Design and the rest of Enterprise IT. Does it matter to you?
 
A summary of survey results will be posted to my blog http://SpatialDba.com, by October 31st.
 
Direct survey link:
 
A review of the 2011 SIG event can be found below. Hope to do another in 2012:
"A View of the Geodatabase Modeling and Design SIG Event at Esri’s 2011 International User Conference"

Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 03:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The idea is that users of the photosharing site can draw circular areas (of desired radius) are geofences. Photos geotagged as being taken within these areas are shared by default with only  viewers you select (friends, family, baseball team, etc.). Said another way, now you can designate geographies within which photos have a default sharing setting. 

- Flickr Blog via reader Don

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/30 at 03:12 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, August 29, 2011

Both the UK's Guardian and the U.S.'s New York Times are starting crowdsourced efforts to capture information on schools. The former will try to map school data while the latter is more about collecting and organizing data about different regions of New York City.

- Editor's Web Blog

Two San Francisco projects are throwing public energy at making the libraries stock of Sanborn and old photos more usable. Maptcha asks the pulic to help geocode Sanborn maps while Old SF has users geotag the photos.

- Bay Citizen

The City of New York on Sunday launched a website, powered by Google Maps, for Greater New York area residents to map tales of Hurricane Irene-related destruction.

I see Ushahidi, actually CrowdMap, in use!

- PC Mag

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 03:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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