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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Toldedo Blade July 11 is suing the city to gain access to a map used by police to document and combat gang violence. The paper feels the map should be public under the state public records act. The city feels differently.

The city responded to the request saying that the map would not be made available because it is "actively being used" and labeled it a "confidential law enforcement investigatory record," the complaint said.

- Toldeo Blade

An updated, interactive vineyards map with several helpful features can now be found on the new Lake County [CA] Winegrape Commission website,
Winegrape Commis-sion Chair Peter Molnar enlisted the talents of Daniel Opalacz, creator of, an online wine-mapping project. The mapmaker's work enables the Commission to be the first to have high resolution, fast processing soil and geology maps integrated into its countywide vineyard map.
by Adena Schutzberg on 07/18 at 03:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The list (which uses "open source" rather broadly) includes: OpenStreetMap, OSGeo, TileMill, GeoExt, JQVMap, Modest Map, Stamen, MapNik, OpenGeo, and Cloudmade.

I can't speak to the accuracy of all of the content, but this is certainly misleading:

 is a collection of open source packages for creating maps and displaying them in browsers. Some of the projects are old and effectively obsolete, and some are newer versions that effectively replace the old ones.

OSGeo is described this way, per the website:

OSGeo was created to support the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use.

- InfoWorld

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/18 at 03:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Syrian government forces are increasingly using sexual violence and gang rapes as a weapon of war in the conflict there, according to a project using social networking technology to document each reported attack.

Published last week by the New York-based’s Media Center, as part of its Under Siege project, the research uses a crowd-sourced mapping platform to pinpoint where rapes or sexual attacks have been reported and allows victims to report any further cases in real time.

The tool? Crowdmap.

- Jerusalem Post

The Ordnance Survey has collected thousands of colloquial or informal place names in local use across the country with which it hopes to make its maps more accurate and up to date.
The data were collected from the public, but to be used need to be validated and then the OS must decide exaclty how to use the informal names alongside existing formal ones. The Coast Guard has already started adding names into three of its databases.
Adam Voiland at NASA found a giant letter "V" in a MODIS Image of clouds. That got him thinking about compiling the whole alphabet in natural phenomena. He's looking for some help!
by Adena Schutzberg on 07/18 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Andrew Curtis, University of Southern California associate professor of geography, is attempting to track devastation and health hazards in dilapidated areas. His ongoing research includes a focus on real-time GIS (geographic information systems) analysis of emerging infections.

He used video cameras tied to GPS, akin to those I'm familiar with that are used to capture data about pavement quality, during Hurrican Katrina. That work was covered in the NY Times. He uses the images to do a sort of change detection. More recently, he headed to Joplin, MS to examine tornado damage and now is moving on to Haiti. In Haiti the goal is to determine where cholera might spread and how to better provide safe water sources. Neither the article, nor resources at USC explained exactly what Curtis would look for in the video data to determine where cholera would spread.


 An interactive map created by The Baltimore Sun using city data illustrates many of the stark differences between city neighborhoods:

  • The median income for Roland Park is 90,000 while in Upton it is 13,000.
  • In the wealthiest parts of the city, people are dying from heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory diseaseand injury.
  • In the poorest parts of the city, people are dying from heart disease, cancer, stroke, HIV/AIDS and homicide.  
  • Life expectancy also follows these trends.  Life expectancy in Roland Park is 20 years higher than in Upton.

The map and data observations are helping highlight Healthy Baltimore 2015, the city's plan to target the city’s top 10 ailments. 

- Baltimore Sun

The Council on Foreign Relations offers a map of vaccine preventable outbreaks (funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) using Google Maps. And, you can add points to it.

The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has been tracking news reports since 2008 to produce an interactive map that plots global outbreaks of diseases that are easily prevented by inexpensive and effective vaccines. These diseases include measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, and rubella.

via ‏@CanGeoEdu

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/18 at 02:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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