Dr Mike J Smith

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Portable Apps
With vast memory sticks now available, it is easy (and common) to carry your entire "working data" with you....

posted on: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Well the beta version of ESRI's ArcWeb Explorer is finally here. After a somewhat quiet development (most of the news bites have been based around the up coming ArcExplorer), the beta version has been released....

posted on: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

USB Direct Copy
Ever needed to copy files from one USB memory stick to another? Or copy data from one type of media to another?...

posted on: Mon, 23 Jan 2006 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

University Fees and Living Expenses
We have regular open days at Kingston University and one of the topics that is often at the forefront of students (and parents) minds is that of the total cost of completing a degree. In particular, from September 2006, UK universities will be able to levy tuition fees ("topup fees"). There are, of course, also living expenses to think about. In terms of a no-nonsense review of each of these areas I would highly recommend reading Mike Baker's (BBC Education Correspondent) views on these topics: Who pays the fees in your family? What university is going to cost

posted on: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

ESRI Podcasts
Following up my last post on podcasts, a colleague forwarded me details of podcasts that ESRI make available. There are two selections; Speakers (currently most available from the ESRI 2005 show in San Diego) and Instructional. There are only a handful available at the moment, but expect a growing selection. The lists of available podcasts are also provided via RSS feeds which makes monitoring any new ones easy.

posted on: Thu, 19 Jan 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

SoC Publication
I've just had a paper published in the Bulletin of the Society of Cartographers following my presentation at their conference last summer. In the paper I outline the scope of open access journal publication, focusing on the Journal of Maps within the cartographic domain. The latter part of the paper provides further insight in to the use of Creative Commons licensing at JoM, as well as third-party copyright issues pertaining to the incorporation of data in maps published by JoM. Please see here for further details.

posted on: Sun, 15 Jan 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Downloading audio streams
Quite often I find audio streams that I want to download and listen to on my MP3 player at a later date. Many providers only stream audio files and don't allow this. However after a little digging I have found that the generic downloading tool NetTransport also allows you to directly download Real audio streams (RTSP files). These can be saved directly on your PC. I then use the free WavePad audio processor to convert to MP3 and stick on my PDA. Very useful!!

posted on: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Math ML Hits the Mainstream
You can't go farther than three websites before you come across an ML-ism. In GIS we have GML, in web design HTML and data exchange XML....

posted on: Sun, 08 Jan 2006 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

The Journal of Maps: rationale for its establishment and review of initial operations
M.J. Smith The Cartographic Journal, 43(1), 90-96 Maps have been central to the research goals of spatial disciplines for over 150 years; to store, analyse and present geographical information....

posted on: Sun, 08 Jan 2006 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

ArcMap PDF Export
It's nice when you find a simple solution to a straight forward problem. And often the answer has been staring you in the face. Well I had recently been advising a colleague on using ESRI's ArcMap to produce a map for the Journal of Maps and I was asked how to output a PDF. Having been generating PDF's for many years from both Actobat and, more recently, the very good PDF Factory I naturally suggested he install a PDF printer driver and "export" it that way. Half-an-hour later I had an email saying that all you actually had to do was go to "File" and "Export Map" in ArcMap and select PDF. Simple!

posted on: Tue, 03 Jan 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry