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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The OpenWeatherMap.org wants you to share data from your weather station.

OpenWeatherMap.org is a crowdsourcing project to collect information about the weather worldwide. Everybody owning a weather station is free to contribute and the results are licensed under Creative Commons By-Attribution Share-Alike 2.0

via SlashGeo

Is it time for map-based crowdfunding?

Cielex, an equity-based crowdfunding portal, today announced the launch of its site. Using a map-based user interface, Cielex seamlessly connects entrepreneurs with investors, all on a transparent and secure platform.

 
A crowdsourcing effort to look at satellite images to serach for lost climbers came up short when the pair were found dead over the weekend.
Tomnod was started by four friends who were looking for Genghis Khan's tomb in Mongolia. By putting satellite images on the Internet and allowing people to look through photos and tag signs of the missing tomb, Tomnod -- which means "big eye" in Mongolian -- was able to process thousands of images and map out the area.
The founders, ciimbers themselves, put their experience to work trying to locate Gil Weiss, of Boulder, and Ben Horne, of San Diego, who were reported missing in Peru. Sadly, the work done by volunteers had identified an area near where they were found as a potential spot to look.
 
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/01 at 05:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The City of Denton, TX is updating its map of where mosuitos carried West Nile virus are found. The map, alas, is pretty useless.

- Denton RC.com

The Nebraska State Records Board has awarded $250,000 in grants to Hitchcock County and 11 other governmental entities for development of projects to improve online access, according to Secretary of State John Gale, board chairperson.

Most of the grants were awarded for geographic information system -- GIS -- projects, which are designed to store, analyze, manage and present all types of geographically referenced data.

The GIS grants included $23,742 to Hitchcock County and similar amounts to 10 other counties.

- McCook Gazette

The public can now access an online digital map that shows more than 12,000 miles of North Carolina’s estuarine shoreline.

The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management and East Carolina University worked together to create the detailed map of estuarines, which are transition areas where freshwater and saltwater mix. The map identifies shoreline types, such as marshes or swamp forests, and structures, such as piers and bulkheads, along estuarine waterways.

The new maps and older ones seem to be built on ArcIMS.

- WRAL

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/01 at 05:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Remember during the Deep Water Horizon spill a quick services fed map appeared that many thought was geoplatform.gov? It was built on code from UNH (and includes Google Maps, MapServer and OpenLayers, see p 7. of this user guide pdf) and went up in two weeks? In the end Geoplatform.gov was moved to ArcGIS Online. 

ERMA is still doing good work, this time in the Alaskan artic where it will serve as a resource for managmenet and response as Shell plans drilling exploratory wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas later this summer. Data is provided by, among others, Alaska Ocean Observing System, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the state’s Arctic boroughs.

David Hayes, the Deputy Secretary for the U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI) noted this app was in the works in his keynote at the 2012 FedUC (APB coverage).

- FuelFX

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/01 at 04:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A key Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas engineer testified that he repeatedly told his bosses the company was relying on flawed data to vouch for the safety of its gas transmission lines before the San Bruno disaster, but that the utility took no steps to fix the problem.

In a civil deposition that attorneys for 350 plaintiffs filed Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court, PG&E's Todd Arnett said gas-system managers had ignored his and other employees' concerns that the company was relying on incomplete and inaccurate records contained in its geographic information system.

Legal actions are continuing after the San Bruno explosion and on Sept. 9, 2010 that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.
 
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/01 at 03:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The iLondon 2012 app delivers updated medal standings, event news and a list of venues with directions to them.

 

iLondon 2012 Apple iTunes

2012 Summer Games London Offline is a helpful app that won’t bust your budget. The iPhone and iPad app fromTidels opens with a countdown to the Olympics. From here, you can use the app to learn about a variety of different sports and find out where and when they are happening and as well as how many athletes are taking part. Additionally, you can study up on the different venues, including the new Olympic Stadium.

And as the name suggests, it works offline suggesting to me you are loading static data onto your device. The review suggests the app is sluggish and incomplete.

- MacWorld

London 2012: Official Join In App (iOS/Android/Blackberry)

The second of the two official London 2012 apps, this one is far more feature rich than the Official Results app. This is app is designed with the intention to help people who are actually in London to enrich their spectator experience, featuring detailed and interactive maps of all the event venues and trip planning tools.

It's available free on iOSAndroidBlackBerry
 
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/01 at 03:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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