Best of the Blogs 2 September 2014

By on 2 September, 2014

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The Google Maps Mania Maps of the Week include an interesting map from ProPublica that shows one effect of the continuation of oil and gas exploration and consumption – the 16 square miles of land lost in southern Louisiana annually – that’s a football field every 48 minutes – to rising sea levels. This, of course, comes at a time when Australia is doing its best to continue polluting the atmosphere at unsustainable and damaging levels. The post also contains some other interesting maps, including images from the International Space Station and a Google Maps StreetView game.

 

In one of the more peculiar uses of UAVs, Disney has filed a patent for an “Aerial Display System With Marionettes Articulated and Supported by Airborne Devices” – a PuppetCopter. Interesting…

 

The ABC has a post that aims to shed light on the current conflict in the Ukraine by getting three experts to discuss three different maps.

 

SpringWise reports of a new routing algorithm developed by Yahoo! Labs in Barcelona that allows users to take not the quickest route to a destination, but the most beautiful. A must have feature for tourism maps of the future!

 

Asian Surveying and Mapping talks of a new open source initiative started by the founders of TomTom that aims to give a memorable way to locate a point on the globe in place of latitude and longitude. The idea is to aid navigation in countries or regions that don’t have an address system in place by allowing users to locate their house or POI on a map, and then providing a 4-7 digit code that can then be shared and punched into a navigation device.

 

While it’s impossible to become a good developer in 24 hours, the AnyGeo Blog has a post that provides several resources that will help complete beginners “learn Python in 24 hours.” Given the popularity and usefulness of the language, you’d be a fool not to check it out.

 

Cameron Shorter has announced the release of OSGeo-Live v8.0. The free downloadable software collection creates a bootable disk, and gives you a full, live operating system where you can try out over 50 open source, standards compliant geospatial applications.

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