Best of the Blogs 20/12/11

By on 20 December, 2011
Lockheed Martin recently delivered its first test satellite for the new GPS III system – the much needed update to the current, aging GPS II. To coincide with this, Digital Trends have created an ‘everything you need to know’ guide to GPS III. It’s well worth reading.
The Sydney Morning Herald has an article on how researchers have created a smartphone app that they are asking tourists to install on their phones while they move around Sydney. The app will provide information that Tourism NSW will use to get tourists leaving the capital and exploring rural regions.
Directions Magazine has published its list of the ‘top ten GIS stories of 2011’. To quote: “Each year Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg picks out 10 events, ideas, themes, products, etc. that stood out over the preceding 12 months.”
LiDAR News has a video produced by Ball Aerospace that shows off real-time 3D geo-referenced video generated by using an ASC 3D Flash LIDAR and 2D colour cameras. Very cool.
GIS Lounge has put together a post defining exactly what a ‘basemap’ is. Handy for the newer GIS users to get their head around some common terminology.
If you’re still interested in the post-meltdown Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, then mosey on over to Between The Poles, where Geoff Zeiss talks about the recently announced cold shutdown as well as the Japanese legislators’ recommendation that the plant be opened to independent scientists.
And, finally, Map Butcher has a great piece on his efforts to drop his ‘Esri baggage.’ It’s a great tale of how (and why) he is trying to transition from vender to open GISoftware.

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