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Data Publishing
The GRADE project, which I am a collaborative partner on, is concerned with scoping geospatial repositories....

posted on: Tue, 31 Oct 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

More on TOIDs
Following on from my earlier TOID blog, I was at EDINA (University of Edinburgh) where I was briefly chatting about the Mastermap trials....

posted on: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Palm Opera
Whilst I'm on the theme of playing with my Palm, I saw the recent release of Opera Mini for the Palm (and this interested me because WebPro that shipped with my Palm is not great)....

posted on: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Google Maps for your Palm
Google Maps was recently released for the Palm platform so I wandered on over to download it. Whilst Palm OS as a platform for PDAs is dwindling (but has a fantastic software base), Palm has been moderately successful with its range of Treo smartphones....

posted on: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

LaTeX: Abiword
LaTeX is a mark-up "language" that users learn in order to write LaTeX documents. If you have ever done any HTML by hand then it is similar....

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

LaTeX Musings
Before I get in to this blog, I should note that this will form one of several entries on LaTeX. When we first started the Journal of Maps we decided to typeset the material ourselves and pondered for quite a while about which software to use....

posted on: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Latte Heaven
Bit of a plug for one of my local coffee houses, Latte Heaven. Great coffee (using a blend of their own, roasted in Leighton Buzzard), a good menu of food and a nice place to chill out. The website is, well, not very good. It is template driven though and, amusingly, gives a link to the control panel for the site at the web hosts. Funny what people leave online. Anyway, if you're passing through Dunstable, give it crack. You won't be disappointed.

posted on: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

BBC News: The map gap
BBC News had an interesting article today entitled The map gap. It covers familiar catographic ground on how we actually represent an ellipsoidal Earth on a flat piece of paper (Nice quote from Steve Chilton: "If you peel an orange, you can't lay it flat and there's never an answer to that"); first year geographers, this is exactly why we have a lecture on map projections and coordinate systems!...

posted on: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Searching TOIDs?
Following on from my initial thoughts on Mastermap, I was having a ponder about the use of TOIDs. TOIDs essentially represent another addressing system for the UK, allowing identification at the object level. And of course, following on from my blog on AGI Tat, the OS are advertising TOIDs as royalty free. So whilst they can be used for much more than simply addressing, are there any searchable interfaces based on TOIDs (i.e. web based)? Anyone know?? P.S. I can be TOIDed at 1000041424855 (but does anyone know where that actually is!)

posted on: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Mastermap Styling
With EDINA preparing OS Mastermap data for general distribution as part of Digimap, one of my colleagues has become an early adopter for trialling purposes....

posted on: Thu, 05 Oct 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry