Best of the Blogs, 4 October 2011

By on 4 October, 2011
Vector One asks the question: is the gap between surveying and GIS contributing to lower precision farming uptake?
Map Butcher has a great post that talk about GIS on the web, specifically, how it’s changing, how it’s failing, and how it’s working.
Google Maps Mania point us to a map application that may be of interest to any tweeps out there; it’s a map showing where all your Twitter followers come from (only 34% of mine were Australian, and only 10% were nearby).
Techworld have an article updating us on the LightSquared debacle happening in the US: turns out that LightSquared might take legal action against GPS vendors… watch this space.
BigThink has a nice post that outlines Cedric Price’s (1934-2003) view of cities as eggs. Definitely worth a quick look.
Not to go overboard on Google Maps Mania posts or anything, but they also highlight a new Android app that I think is pretty cool. It allows you take a photo of any map, then plot two or more points on it (using your phone’s GPS), to then be able to use it as an offline map. For example, you can take a photo of a paper map (maybe a nautical map), or of a map posted a the beginning of a hiking trail. Useability will all come down to how well it works, but I think it’s a great idea.
Archaeology buffs should mosey on over to Spatial Sustain, as they have the skinny on how remote sensing helped uncover the agricultural fields of the lost city of Loulan in China, which used to be an important stop along the Silk Road.
And, to round it all off, PC World have a post outlining a new feature in Google Maps that allows you take a virtual helicopter ride of your selected route (although it’s not yet available in all areas).
And that’s it from the spatial blogosphere this week. Don’t forget to check Spatial Source out on Twitter and Facebook, or to email me with any interesting stories at schester [at] intermedia dot com dot au

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