Best of the blogs 18 March 2014

By on 18 March, 2014

ESRI map MH370

In the wake of the mysterious disappearance of Flight 370, BlackRidge has opened up its imagery to the MapBox tool to aid in crowdsourcing any signs of the wreckage.

Speaking of, The Conversation has also highlighted the role that satellite imagery could play in helping find the flight.

But, the most interesting post (and use of maps) on the disappearance of flight 370 is by Mashable, which has a frequently updated account of possible scenarios.

 

Jody Garnett from Boundless has written a great write-up of the recent GeoNext conference, which is well worth a read by anyone that has been wondering what all the fuss was about.

 

GeoLounge alerts readers that NASA’s second annual Tournament Earth has begun, where readers can choose vote for their favourite satellite image from the previous year. The third round of voting is underway, so make sure you get in soon before it ends on April 7.

 

The Guardian reports on the SA government’s recent promise to purchase a fleet of drones for maritime surveillance.

 

The Poor Man’s Math Blog has a post on ‘how much time is wrong around the world’, which features a nifty map showing the adjustments in time that make life easier for citizens, but mess with initial premise  of ‘midday is the middle of the day’. Quite interesting, actually.

 

GIS User has a quaint little how to guide for taking a 3D selfie using Kinect – that is, how to 3D scan yourself in and get a 3D model of yourself made for the ultimate in “I love you, you love me” gifts.

 

Between the Poles has highlighted an interesting discussion happening over at the Open Street Map blog, which questions whether the share-alike requirement of OpenStreeMap’s Open Database License (ODbL) is actually hindering the wider use of OpenStreetMap data.

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