dct writes "Mapz has compiled a list of recent geography-related theses that he likes best. If you are interested, follow this link." Feel free to use Google Scholar to find other geospatially-related theses and papers.
Here are some of the entries I found regarding the Canadian election. The GISuser weblog offers a lot of links. The Cartography blog generated its own maps. Of course, the official site is also a good starting point.
All Points Blog tells us about the Platial social mapping project and links to a Daily Vanguard article. From the article: "Similar to sites like Facebook, Friendster and MySpace, Platial allows users to create a profile and then add their favorite places, which are then displayed on custom maps. Platial users can form lists of favorite restaurants, bookstores, hiking spots or places to skate. Users can also utilize tags or keywords to describe an entry. Other users can then search for tags like “fair-trade” or “cheap” to find new places that cater to their specific interests."
GeoPlace and Very Spatial link to Chigaco Tribune and CNN stories reporting the "Mexican government commission said Tuesday it will distribute at least 70,000 maps showing highways, rescue beacons and water tanks in the Arizona desert to curb the death toll among illegal border crossers. [CNN]" From the Chigaco Tribune: "Mexico's National Human Rights Commission announced it was sponsoring the maps to show potential immigrants how dangerous the crossing can be. The map shows red dots where scores of immigrants have died and carries warnings such as "Don't go" and "There's not enough water."" The PerryGeo blog offers additional links.
dct writes "All Points Blog has a this story on the use of RF chips to locate golf balls. It this the beginning of a gadget frenzy? From the story: "The ball holds an RF chip and the user carries a radar device to track it down. Interestingly, the balls do not contain different chips, so there's no way to determine if you've found your RadarGold ball or someone else's.""
I'd like your opinion on the different open source GIS projects. I'm looking for a GIS for our 50+ non-GIS-savvy scientists here. We use mainly use Debian. I quickly looked at GRASS, Quantum GIS, uDig, OSSIM and others. Some look great, but I can't decide which one to adopt! Here are our requirements: (a) easy enough to use for non-geospatial scientists, (b) able to read, convert and save most GIS/RS file formats, (c) allow basic data processing (e.g. reprojections, interpolations, data cropping, merging, cookie cutter, etc). For my personnal needs, I'd like the chosen GIS powerful and have a bright future. So far, I believe QGIS is my front runner. Am I doing a good choice?
dct writes "Mapz offers a new compilation of firefox browser extensions on his blog. This link points to the most recent entries, and this one on the previous one. Feel free to complete the list here." We covered Firefox extensions before.
This slashdot story about Wikimedia's repository of free, public domain, or GFDL images, sounds, and animations, which reached 400,000 files, lead me to Wikimedia's list of public-domain historical maps. You'll find plenty of other public-domain maps on the website, some definitly valuable.
Konquest writes "Google just announced that they had updated their imagery for Google Local and Google Earth. From their announcement: "Not only have we added extensive 6-inch imagery for many parts of the U.K ., but we've updated the Google Local database to match the coverage we have in Google Earth, and (drum roll, please) ... we've added two more zoom levels in Google Local's Satellite mode!""
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