Best of the Blogs 1 April 2014

By on 1 April, 2014

Pokemon Challenge

Happy April Fools! Of course, the internet has been abuzz with pranks the world over – even in our little Geospatial world. For instance, Google has released a map that plots the locations of over 150 Pokémon. As well as this post from GMM about ‘live’ Street View imagery.

Of course, most of the pranks won’t hit the world until the US gets its April 1st (the live StreetView one above is actually dated March 31), but if you see any notable geospatial pranks, be sure to let me and other readers know in the comments.

 

The Strange Maps blog exhibits a rather clever use of cartography in a map designed for George Orwell’s 1984.

 

WA Today outlines Landgate’s collaboration with Google that has resulted in the publishing of an archive of photos and aerial imagery that reaches back to the 1800s.

 

Geospatial World has a piece on a new e-book that hoped to ‘demystify’ open source GIS. Keen-eyed readers should also follow the link to the William Shatner narrated video on GIS (specifically GRASS) from 1987.

 

Andrew Zolnai asks the question: ‘…now HOW open is open?

 

A cool little site has popped up on my radar that gives the real-time position of the International Space Station, as well as a virtual view out its window.

 

The Queensland Government has announced a Science for Solutions open data competition, in order to ‘promote the use, reuse and repurposing of science that is freely available on the Queensland Government open data portal.’ A total of $5000 in prizes is available.

 

While not strictly GeoSpatial, GIS User links readers to the 2014 edition of the ‘Social Media Guide For Parents’. Very handy.

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