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.



GeoTagging Photos on a Mac

Filed under: Data Processing and Conversion, GES, Mac OS X — geoLibro @ 1:12 am

Nobody needs me to monitor news about geotagging, but I have to mention that it’s finally gotten very easy to tag photos with spatial attributes on a Mac. Like it should be. Ogle Earth reports that iPhotoToGoogleEarth’s Craig Stanton has recently and quickly taken advantage of AppleScript support in Google Earth. The result is a small .app called Geotagger that takes a dragged image and ascribes coordinates to its exif fields based on where your also-running Google Earth is centered. Very easy, and a great, great way to tag photos (if you don’t already have a GPS track available to sync to).

And it works, too. Below this is a screencap of four shows’ worth of album art from Tom Waits’ tour through the midwest/east. It proves Geotagger works, yes, but it also reinforces my disappointment at not being able to attend any of these shows (I was busy starting a new job, see, and traveling across the country). I’m almost the centroid of the polygon these four corners would create.

Four Shows' Worth of Live Orphans


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.


Bull’s rambles points to Dapple (WorldWind GES)

Filed under: GES, Open Source GIS — geoLibro @ 3:02 am

From Bull’s rambles: More NASA World Wind based GIS software

I haven’t tried Dapple yet (would have to drag the old Toshiba out of whatever box it got put into), but I wanted to register the news. I’m especially excited to see that WorldWind isn’t being forgotten about. I always did like it better than Google Earth in most respects, but I fear that it’s just not developing fast enough.

Anyway, James Fee has posted a quick review of it which might help evaluate it (except he seems to think people will be “scared off from the non-Windows appearance that it gives off,” which is either testament to how well the NASA guys designed the WorldWind GUI [is that a magnified dock hanging from the title bar?] or how self-restrictive Windows adherents are).


Explore Shakespeare with Google

Filed under: GES — geoLibro @ 9:06 pm

Come on, Google. Why you wanna make us do all the work? Google launches Explore Shakespeare with Google and asks us to “take a literary field trip” by downloading Google Earth. Well, that would be step 1, perhaps (could be WorldWind, after all). But since you have all of those computers and all of those dollars, why not geotag the texts themselves so we can click straight out of the text into Earth or Maps? Or get a robot to do it. An entire summer of code and no Classic literature geotagging robot? Not even a Roomba mod? Sheesh.

Besides, it’s sort of been done by humans already anyway. Plug it into your fancy machines already, Google.


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.)

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