Dr Mike J Smith

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OS Trumped
Just returned from a pleasant day at the RGS-IBG annual conference. An event well worth attending as its mellow and covers a range of subjects. However it is largely colonised by human geographers, a strange breed. Thats not for want of the RGS trying to get physical geographers involved... Time will tell. Anyway the OS are one the of the primary (platinum?!) sponsors of the RGS (along with Land Rover and Rolex from memory). So the map of the venue, and how to get to it, prominantly displayed on the back cover of the abstracts naturally used Open Street Map data. Nice one!

posted on: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

C5 Aviator
I have a habit of destroying watches and, over the years, have always ended up coming back to my old trusty Casio Flight Planner....

posted on: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Getting things done...
I've been an advocate of the Getting Things Done (GTD) for a number of years now. In a management era that seems to be defined by self-organization manuals, this one stands out from the crowd by its relatively simple explanation of why things don't get done and how to go about rectifying the situation....

posted on: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Maximising the benfits of publication
As Editor of the Journal of Maps, I've recently been chatting to the British Geological Survey about the potential for publishing some maps....

posted on: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Came acrossTagCrowd today which is an interesting service that analyses a piece of text and provides a visual cue as to the types of words and their frequency....

posted on: Thu, 07 Aug 2008 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

NGA Coastline Data
I came across the NGA Prototype Global Shoreline Data, otherwise known as NGA PGS, after a link from the EVS Islands Project. This seems to be one of the best (freely available!) world datasets around at the moment. Its derived from LANDSAT 7 (GeoCover) multi-spectral imagery and uses the Short-Wave Infra-Red (SWIR) bands to define the land water interface to about 50m. Gaps are in the dataset due to cloud, snow and ice (~10%). Well worth a look!

posted on: Fri, 01 Aug 2008 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry