Best of the Blogs 24 May 2016

By on 24 May, 2016

Each week Spatial Source highlights the best that the internet has to offer.


Mars is open for exploration! NASA is seeking help from spatially capable minds to find the best place to set up an exploration zone (EZ) on Mars. Click here’s to see NASA’s plans and Planet Carto’s long list of possible EZ’s, based on the possibility of water and signs of life.


As a country prone to Earthquakes, Japan is all too aware that the odds of a catastrophic earthquake hitting its industrial centre are over 70% for the next 30 years. Preparing in advance is critical and this map-led story by the Financial Times runs through the risk to the region and the preparations being made.


This month cyclist performance tracker Strava held an international Bike to Work day, and used the shared information to create an animated map showing the huge uptake of some 148,602 Strava users who uploaded their route on the day.


What is the best passport to have in the world? The worst? Find out with the extensive spatially enabled, Passport Index. Based on the ‘Visa-Free Score’ and ‘Passport Power Rank’ Australia scored a rank of 8. While at the top of the list, Germany and Sweden scored equal first.


Researchers have mapped the tourist activities of visitors to Tasmania with unsurpassed fidelity. Tracked using CSIRO’s Sense T technology, tourists departing from Melbourne to were tracked to within 10 metres using  a smartphone app. The amazing results are compiled on ABC News showing tourists traipsing the island state like ants.


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