Mountan View, CA Now Our Prime Meridian?

Filed under: Geographic Exploration Systems, GES — geoLibro @ 11:54 am

I was reading a particularly obtuse Digg exchange when I came across this (particulars changed):

For anyone interested, Google Earth Coords for Hubbard Park:

41° 39′ 42" N

091° 32′ 18" W

…suggesting to me that even the coordinate system is now being credited to Google. But it also suggests another way to leverage Google’s infiltration for good: if the U.S. government is serious about us learning and using the National Grid (USNG), they need to have Google use it for U.S. locations. That would take care of it shortly, I suppose.



Indiana Bolsters Google Earth

Filed under: Data Sources, Geographic Exploration Systems, GES, Uncategorized — geoLibro @ 7:22 pm

It looks like the hint Senator David Ford let out at IU’s GIS Day keynote is true: Google Earth has been updated with very high-resolution imagery that looks to be courtesy of the Indiana State government. And all of those rural areas whose states haven’t provided Google Earth with high-res coverage are just going to have to groove on that.


Wow, That Did Not Take Long

Filed under: Geographic Exploration Systems, GES — geoLibro @ 4:30 pm

Not 12 hours after I first heard that ArcGIS Explorer has been released comes the first (of many, no doubt) instance wherein somebody chooses Google Earth over Explorer because of GE’s name recognition. They even chose to limit functionality in favor of the easy factor GE provides. And I don’t blame them. ESRI and ArcGIS Explorer have a big hill to climb, I’m afraid.


If You Have Google Earth Pro, Open It…

Filed under: Geographic Exploration Systems, GES — geoLibro @ 2:13 am

…Because the Movie Recorder and Shapefile Import tools have been made operable even for those who didn’t pay for it. OgleEarth’s RSS feed just announced it, and sure enough it’s true. You can even see a cap of a movie I just made below. And the shapefile import works, but so does importing a previously-rectified .tif (not rectified within Google Earth, but in ArcMap. See that one below, too.



Global Search and Viewer Day, I Guess

Filed under: Apple Computer, Geographic Exploration Systems, GES, Mac OS X — geoLibro @ 11:27 pm

Beginning with The Earth is Square’s post about Geody, a different kind of search engine (that just so happens to be geographic, with results available as WorldWind, Google Earth, Celestia, and Stellarium, I’m collecting a couple of like items into this one post. Next up is a new[?] (WW2D beta 0.99.88). I’m ashamed to say I lost track of this one, thought it was dead. Apparently it’s not, however, and if you’re willing to install your own JOGL libraries you’ll have a new, improved WorldWind-ish GES on your hands. Even if you have a Mac.

And I guess the only other thing was Celestia, another project I hadn’t kept up with. (Wanna know why? Because anything without an RSS feed is dead to me.) Anyway, it’s also available on Macs (not sure about the Intel issue), if you’re interested.

P.S. If anybody want to subscribe to Purdue’s academic calendar as an .ics file, you can do so here, as announced here.


Okay, Listen: About Dapple…

Filed under: Geographic Exploration Systems, GES, GISUI (GIS User Interfaces) — geoLibro @ 1:21 pm

Near the end of July Bull’s rambles mentioned a WorldWind spin-off called Dapple. I didn’t have a way to test it out (I was Mac-only, driving across the country), but James Fee posted a quick review of it. I got a little snide about some user interface stuff (the more Windows I use, the more I become an Apple fanboy), but today let me say that Dapple has some good things going. I recommend everybody try out its WMS implementation at least, and be sure to try out the keyword search function in the table of contents. Ideally, this "lookup" function would be tied to a more standardized, taxonomized vocabulary or catalog (something an enterprising GIS Librarian might want to look into), but it’s still about the only attempt I’ve seen at being able to search for data layers from within the display app (yes, yes, the Mapdex toolbar could be considered). I’d be happy to be corrected on that, by the way.


Major New Announcements for Google Earth

Filed under: Geographic Exploration Systems, GES — geoLibro @ 6:02 pm

The Google Earth Blog made an announcement today, maybe you heard:
The most interesting part in my opinion is that there’s a new Beta version (build 1563, I think) available for Mac and Linux. Google Earth Pro (Windows only) doesn’t seem to have been updated as of this writing.

I can’t tell if they tried to make the new UI OS X-ified or KDE-ified. Maybe its GNOME-ified, I guess I sort of don’t care. It will still burn the eyes of Mac users.

Take comfort, though, in the news that Google SketchUp (née Sketchup) free is now out for Mac. Now go spend fifteen hours building digital models of that birdhouse you promised your first-born. (Or use it like I plan to: build interactive, intuitive models of campus and campus libraries to help usher students to and from the great stores held at Purdue University Libraries.)


Ogle Earth: Google Earth Linux will be native, after all

Filed under: Geographic Exploration Systems, GES — geoLibro @ 4:51 pm

From Ogle Earth: Google Earth Linux will be native, after all

It doesn’t look like we’ll be putting any *nix machines in the GIS Lab in EAS (except on the triple-boot MacBook Pro I intend to bring with me to campus), but this is still good news for a decent amount of the Purdue computing community, no?

(By the way, if you’re interested in having Linux support [for GRASS, for example} in the lab, please let me know.)

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