The previous poll has been running for much too long, finally, here's the results! Out of 168 votes, there's clearly two camps. 58% of answers indicated that geospatial is special, at least a special type of data or that its overarching nature makes it special. That said, 20% (that's still 1 out of 5 of us) say that geospatial isn't special at all. In the 'neutral' answers, an additional 13% chose the option indicating that too many people deal with geospatial data without considering its spatial nature, and 10% admitted that no matter what, geospatial is special to them anyway! Yes yes, I will eventually write a followup on my entry named Is Geospatial Special? in order to provide precision on my point of view :-)
You are also invited to participate to the new poll on Google's augmented reality 'Project Glass'.
Here's the recent Google-related geonews.
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Bloggage update: Geocurrents.info posted an interesting item on UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS) list. I suggested that their otherwise lovely static maps could be augmented via dynamic maps. They're not computer mappers, so I pointed them to Google Fusion Tables as the simplest way to post simple aggregate maps by country.
Do the raw count of WHS however reflect various countries' interest in preserving heritage, or rather the sheer size of population? Consolidating the WHS counts by class and merging the UN population and World Bank area data shows that WHS proportions even out when normalised against area, and even reverse against population density.
These very simple maps from data by country show a variety of ways data can be easily linked and posted in order to enhance static maps. Research data are often far more varied than single maps can portray - however beautifully - and simple web mapping techniques described here can enhance their scope. As maps are important political and policy tools, the ability to easily portray data in as many ways as possible is critical
Here's the recent Google-related geonews. From official sources:
Google have recently launched a new project called the “World Wonders Project”.
The Google World Wonders Project is a platform that brings world heritage sites of the modern and ancient world online. Using Google’s Street View technology, 3D modelling, photos, videos and in-depth information, you will be able to explore the world’s treasures from your classroom.
There are many interesting geographical locations available to explore on the site, including the Banks of the Seine in Paris, Yosemite National Park in the USA and the Dorset & East Devon Coast.
Viewing geographical locations as they are today can help your students to visualise and understand the significance of the subjects they’re studying.
Google is also offering three free and easy-to-use Geography resources, available to download from the site, which are designed to support teachers in delivering Geography in a fun, engaging and thought-provoking way. The resources are clear, well-structured and offer many ideas for using the Google World Wonders Project site in the classroom. The suggested activities are relevant for a variety of different locations and could be a useful inspiration for a range of geography topics.
Here's recent Google-related geonews, with some pretty interesting.
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Shortly after Apple dumped Google Maps for iOS, Google announces it's time to dramatically cut the price for others using the online service. Google also gives a plug for its map-based ad service.
Editor's note: in addition to this CNET article shared by user 'rk', the official Google Geo Developers Blog shares a full entry on the topic: "We’re beginning to monitor Maps API usage starting today, and, based on current usage, fees will only apply to the top 0.35% of sites regularly exceeding the published limits of 25,000 map loads every day for 90 consecutive days. We aren’t automating the application of these limits, so if your site consistently uses more than the free maps allowance we’ll contact you to discuss your options. Please rest assured that your map will not stop working due to a sudden surge in popularity."
Bloggage update: So how does all this web mapping stack up @ home? Meaning: would my wife & daughter actually use it? I put this idea to the test when we planned a cross-Europe drive from my parents' in SW France to my cousins' in central Hungary via N Italy and Slovenia. I chronicle our evolution from Nat Geo atlas and pen&paper calculations, thru Google Maps and Via Michelin, to Lonely Planet and Google Earth. The result is that travel planning was made quick, plain and simple by combining various web maps with routing info and a bit of tinkering.
Here's the recent Google-related geonews in batch mode.
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