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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

How can scientists best share the gigabytes of data related to ocean research? OneOcean has the answer.

OneOcean, a stealthy Seattle startup whose board includes MySpace founder Aber Whitcomb, sees that as an opportunity. And the 15-person company just reeled in $6 million from private investors to bring its cloud-based “Ocean Data Exchange” to market next month, GeekWire has learned.

One funder from the private investors, GLE Capitol, provided the original $2 million in funding. The CEO, Don Pickering also founded, a site I use quite a lot; it sells outdoor gear. He explains the problem and solution:

“Ocean files, surveys and data are extremely large files … and the industry standard has been to FedEx hard drives around to move data,” said Pickering. “We’ve assembled a team of cloud, geospatial and GIS experts to solve a problem and build a platform where we can easily catalog and aid in the transferability of these files.”

He sees users from oil and gas, energy, and telecomms among others. And, he feels GIS is behind in tapping the best possible technology.

“This is an area where we have gone deep, and marine GIS is a very specific niche,” he said. “And so we understand and have developed technologies to work with that type of data…. We’ve taken big data and storage and cloud and SaaS, which is our backgrounds … and merged it with the GIS and geospatial world. The GIS world is really sort of behind the curve in terms of the rest of IT in how they leverage best available technologies, and marine GIS is even more so.”
There's no word on tech behind the offering or support of standards at this point.
by Adena Schutzberg on 01/09 at 05:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Auburn City Council Exponare API: Exponare is a service that links geographic information from a range of databases and applications and displays this information in one map interface. This particular implementation of Exponare is hosted and used by the Auburn City Council, which is located in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. It's functions can be accessed programmatically using SOAP calls issued in XML format.


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by Adena Schutzberg on 01/09 at 04:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Bureau of Meteorology's interactive weather forecasting chart has added new colours – deep purple and pink – to extend its previous temperature range that had been capped at 50 degrees.


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

And that's 50 C aka 122 F for those in the U.S. The new range extends to 54 C aka 130 F. The change was made since some models predicted new record highs this past week.

The new colors go beyond current record temperature of 50.7, hit in 1960 in South Australia. Average country record temps have been recorded during the current heatwave and the 50.7 might be broken, too, save that areas where it's most likely, there are fewer monitoring stations.

While the change is interesting from a cartographic standpoint, it's not from a practical one: wildfires are breaking out across the country.

- Sydney Morning Herald

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/09 at 03:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A new study (lots of math, only one map) by researchers within the Social Cognitive Network Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute drew on data from Gowalla. It finds that despite connections to individuals far and wide, people are most likely to have friends that are local and be influenced by those locals. Taking people at random at the same location, at a concert say, does not make them more likely to be friends. A key stat: 80% of people's friends live within 600 miles of them. 

- Brafton

In somewhat related news, the New York Times addresses why it's so hard to make "real" friends after 30. The answer? Frankly, geography:

As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other, said Rebecca G. Adams, a professor of sociology and gerontology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This is why so many people meet their lifelong friends in college, she added.

- NY Times

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/09 at 03:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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