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SD Cards and beyond
SD cards are all the same right? You stick them in your camera, PDA, laptop etc and they just work? Well have a look at the above article and you'll quickly realise that this isn't the case....

posted on: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Cadcorp and GeoPDF
Geoplace report on a recent tie up between Cadcorp and Terrago's GeoPDF. I've already blogged about how much I liked Cadcorp's layered PDF export and the opportunities for good quality output (a significant benefit over ArcGIS). Well TerraGo have been developing along similar lines including ArcGIS and Acrobat extensions. Well it seems that Cadcorp have licensed GeoPDF creation for its users in what should be a mutually beneficial tie up. It'll be very interesting to see the results.

posted on: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Free Our Data @ Kingston
OK, well its not quite the Free Our Data Campaign roadshow, but Charles Arthur, Technology Editor at the Guardian and one of the campaign founders, was speaking at Kingston last week. I would love to say that his talk was excellent, well founded and thoroughly thought provoking, but unfortunately I was ill and my colleague Ken was covering for me. However Charles apparently did stimulate quite a bit of discussion which he mentions here. So yes, we will be able to post the video once its been processed (and I'll be watching it!).

posted on: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Super-duper-Zoom have launched a beta version of their "Super Zoom" aerial imagery. I saw this on Mapperz last week and thought I would check it out. And yes, the UK is covered at 12.5cm (no surprise there) and central London at 4cm (although their press release doesn't actually state the resolution, the date of acquisition or where the imagery came from)!! The Guardian have a thoughtful piece on the privacy implications. They interviewed's CEO and note the 4cm resolution, flown during 2007 and licensed from the OS. Anyway, the data itself is amazing and well worth a look.

posted on: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Pythonian Adventures 3
Over the last two blogs I've briefly covered why we may want to use a scripting language and how this fitted with ESRI's view of how we should use ArcGIS....

posted on: Wed, 06 Feb 2008 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Pythonian Adventures 2
OK, ESRI had VBA, no scripting language and some frustrated "power users". Thankfully ESRI realised that this was a problem and from v9....

posted on: Mon, 04 Feb 2008 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry