All Points Blog tells us about the good news, Landsat-8 should be launched in 2010. From the Government Computer News: "One of the programs slated for an increase is the Geological Survey’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission, which would receive an additional $16 million to build a system to process data from the Landsat 8 satellite set to be launched in 2010."
The Hobu blog has an interesting entry about MySQL spatial support for GDAL/OGR. From the blog: "Under the direction of Frank Warmerdam, I have been bringing the OGR driver up to par with the rest of the vector data drivers in OGR. [...] MySQL is known for being fast, widely deployed, and frequently used. Unlike PostGIS, however, it does not support spatial predicates and operators (for testing whether one geometry exists in another, for example) [...]"
The EOPortal offers a summary of the SeaSAR 2006 conference, aimed at radar and oceanography. From the summary: "Extreme weather was the focus of much interest, including the presentation of research surveying the occurrences of extreme waves measuring more than 25 metres in height, thought to be a leading cause of ship sinkings in bad weather." Vector One also makes the EOPortal a top pick.
You can't get enough of such an important event. Direction Mag have another account of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation meeting. From the article: "A common complaint on the part of the private labels about open source GIS is the lack of organization behind the software. While various open source titles certainly have enjoyed a great deal of organization behind their individual titles, a formal organization among projects has indeed been lacking." Various previous coverage.
Spatially Adjusted introduces Zillow, a story also on the New York Time, a website who provides house prices directly in a Google Maps-like interface. From the NYT article: "The new site provides data like previous sales prices and the prices of similar properties on 60 million residential properties, information that real estate agents do not display in the public multiple listing service. The site also includes price appreciation (or depreciation) data in a form that resembles stock charts." Here's the press release.
Imagine having to receive a RFID injection prior getting to work, slashdot tells us this is today for some Cincinnati workers, not the future. From the Security Focus article: "In the past, employees accessed the room with an RFID tag which hung from their keychains, however under the new regulations an implantable, glass encapsulated RFID tag from VeriChip must be injected into the bicep to gain access [...]" RFID are getting everywhere, even helping tracking well covers in Beijing.
Jeff Thurston at Vector One shares his interesting view of the geospatial workforce. From his blog: "I think we have passed through the technology dominant phase into a new dawn. We are discovering more now then ever before. As we turn the random discovery into networks of shared exploration and discovery then we will begin to connect to the enlightenment and knowledge that geotechnology allows anyone to solve problems - big ones - if they choose." Vector One also shortly discuss geospatial training and military service.
Geospatial Solutions offers a great article about NASA's investments in open geospatial interfaces to make its Earth observations, model outputs, and online processing services more accessible to its federal partners and other stakeholders. From the article: "Overall, the ROI study yielded quantified assessments of the benefits of standards utilization. It provided a solid endorsement of a standards-based, Internet-based strategy for providing access to geoscience data, models, and services. Currently, NASA is using OGC interfaces and other standards in a number of ways."
Spatial Galaxy has an interesting discussion about existing free support for open source GIS. From the blog: "One of the often overlooked support mechanisms for Open Source GIS applications is Internet Relay chat, better known as IRC. Many OS GIS projects maintain an IRC presence. Often times you will find the project developers hanging out on the channel and willing to answer questions (more about that in a bit)."
dct writes "It seems spatial analysis can help enlighten the creation of policies, especially in the field of understanding demographic and crime association. From the Very Spatial entry: "The Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University has been working with the Justice Mapping Center to map the phenomenon of “million dollar blocks” in US cities. These are US Census Blocks where the cost of incarcerating the residents of that block who are in prison is $1 million or more.""