Good news, two new topics joined the crowd: the RFID and Maps (about time!) topics. There's also a new poll about book reading (previous polls). And finally, some statistics about slashgeo.org itself, read more below for the stats (with a picture!) and my analysis.
ScottD writes "Crime Mapping is becoming more common across law enforcement agencies of all sizes. The US Department of Justice is producing everything from software applications to publications on this topic. This article in a recent NIJ Journal discussed using GIS to solve crimes by predicting a criminal's journey to crime. From the article: "The utility of these computer programs as crime-solving tools is promising. "We can use computer programs to analyze crime patterns and depict geographically where certain crimes are clustered, relate those crimes to the environment in which they occur, and identify where the potential suspects most likely live," says Canter, chief statistician for the Baltimore County Police Department. "That’s as important [to solving crimes] as a suspect’s description. It helps police understand better the areas where crimes occur. And it lets them focus on suspects with the highest probability of [having committed] the crime.""
Directions Mag host an article named SmartWay – An Innovative Approach to Transportation Reporting, developed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. From the article: "SmartWay components include, but are not limited to: * Roadway traffic speed sensors to report real-time traffic speeds, * Live video surveillance to monitor congested freeways and provide improved incident management capabilities, and * Dynamic message signs to provide traffic and construction information to motorists, as well as provide information on Amber Alerts, a national system of alerting the public about missing children."
All Points Blog have an entry concerning the announcement of a mapping application for the PSP platform. From APB: "[...] the device does not have a built in GPS, works like a regular desktop app. The innovation? Added places and comments can be shared wtih other PSP users via Wi-Fi."
dct writes "The Cartography Blog has an entry on the mapping of the universe through cosmic microware radiation. From the entry: "The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, or WMAP, was sent into space by NASA to record the background cosmic microwave radiation of the universe.""
Very Spatial tells us about the United Nations Environment Programme which recently published One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment, available in print and in pdf. From the Atlas' website: "One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment demonstrates how our growing number of people and their consumption patterns are shrinking our natural resource base. The challenge is, how do we satisfy human needs without compromising the health of ecosystems. One Planet Many People is an additional wake-up call to this need.""
dct writes "Google Earth Blog is presenting new data sources to be view with the well known tool. This link points to Night Land Temperature, Enhanced Vegetation Index, Biophere and this one to Day Land Temperature"
Directions Mag offers a book review of Google Maps Hacks. From the review's introduction: "It's only somewhat amusing to say that one of the biggest challenges facing Google Maps Hacks is that it's a book. But it's true. This book, started not long after Google Maps debuted last February, is dated. Google Maps is now known as Google Local. Throughout, we hear about how the software is beta and how the API was not released officially until July, at the Where 2.0 conference (more on that later). That does not make the book useless, far from it; but it makes the reader well aware of "Internet time" and "book time.""
Very Spatial links to GeoSpeech, a prototype which integrates speech in ArcGIS. From the website: "GeoSpeech is a prototype to demonstrate: 1) Storage and retrieval of sound in a geodatabase, and 2) Execution of ArcMap commands using verbal commands."
dct writes "Vector One has a story on the mapping of Europe as seen by travelers. From the entry: "Distances are distorted in Europe when high-speed trains trek across the landscape. ... Such maps appear warped and change shape as time is represented through high-speed train travel.""