Best of the Blogs 2 February 2014

By on 11 February, 2014

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It’s Winter Olympics fever, and as much of the news flooding out of Sochi is concerning poor infrastructure, or controversial policies, Al Jazeera has created an Esri Story Map telling of 20 infamous events from the history of the Olympic games.

Esri has also created, for the Canadian Olympic team, an interactive map of Sochi, so you can explore just where the events are going down.

And, of course, Mashable has posted the obligatory Winter Olympics medal map. Here’s hoping Jamaica finds glory.

 

GIS Lounge has an interesting post that outlines a method to create 3D objects from satellite imagery using the shadows cast by objects to estimate their height.

 

GCN has a post that rounds up some of the best ‘open data’ practices from the US. Well worth a look for anyone involved in the sphere.

 

GIS Café has a post looking at ‘3 Exciting Applications of GIS for Non-GIS Users’, including its growing applications in businesses, public offices, and consumer tech.

 

Space.com alerts readers that NASA launched 33 cubesats (small, cubic satellite) into orbit from the International Space Station on Feb 6. It’s believed that it was the largest single deployment of satellites in history.

 

For the Android users in the audience, GeoAwesomeness has a roundup of some of the many free GIS apps available on the Play Store.

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