Best of the Blogs

By on 24 January, 2012
irevolution has a good post examining the recent Google Map Maker and World Bank collaboration that is stated as “empowering citizen cartographers”. The devil, of course, is in the details. Read on for a great examination of exploitative crowdsourcing.
After the recent Lightsquared debacle beginning to draw to a close (Spoiler: GPS won), the ever-interesting Spatial Sustain has a great piece that asks the question: ‘How fragile are the networks that we depend upon for today’s GIS?
The Map Room shows off a great animated map that shows global rising temperatures over the last 100 years or so.
GotGeoint has a post talking of a new US Army UAV that, with its 65 steerable windows, can capture 80 years worth of video footage in a single day. For a better explanation, including a short video, check out the source link.
GIS Lounge have a post talking about Harvard’s open source mapping application, WorldMap, designed to make it easier for users to upload large GIS datasets (up to a maximum of 100MB vector, 200MB raster) and create online maps from them.
In more anti-Google news, Slashgeo points us to a conversation on Slashdot about how deliberate vandalism of OpenStreetMap data has been linked to Google-owned IP addresses in Kenya and India, and asks the question “has Google become too big to effecitively police its ‘Don’t Be Evil’ motto?”
And, finally, Directions Magazine has an interview with the CEO concerning ‘geospatial data content licensing and marketing in the era of data as a service’.
Of course, don’t forget to check us out on Twitter and Facebook, where you can discuss any of the articles posted, as well as post your own.
Until next week!

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Best of the Blogs

By on 20 July, 2010

On the blogs today MIbazaar points out a site that has developed new way of browsing international news geographically that highlights those cities where “news” is increasing. Moving your mouse over the globe reveals each city’s top news story.

Googlemaps mania reports that Google has updated some of the satellite imagery on Google Maps and Google Earth, including Queen Hatshepsut's temple in Egypt.

And the All Points Blog says the SAS purchase of Vision Systems and Technology could be a play to get back in the geospatial market.

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Best of the Blogs

By on 13 July, 2010


Welcome mapping, surveying and geospatial fans. This new feature will provide you with a regular update on the most interesting, quirky or downright nerdy things going on in the geospatial blogosphere.

This week we kick off with All things Spatial which takes a look at the use of colouring to make it easier to visualise geographic distribution of specific attributes.

The  blog also pointed out that this month was the birthday of the Google maps api.

And take a look at this depiction of the spatial distribution of the twittering classes at various cities around the world courtesy of the Urban Tick blog.

The same blog describes a project where a contextual landscape map was drawn by walking the landscape and “tracing” it with a GPS.

Meanwhile Spatial Vision  are congratulating Jeremy Alcorn for winning the overall ideas category of the App My State Victoria competition.

Jeremy’s Disability Access Information Victoria was selected as the overall winner of the ideas category.

Watch this space for further regular updates and please feel free to send ideas, hat-tips or any thoughts to Tom at

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