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Reinstalling Windows
I've just completed a fun session of reinstalling Windows XP on to my home machine; I'm a big fan of apps that require no installation and carry all my data and many apps with me....

posted on: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Future of the OS?
Well there was much anticipation (e.g. GIScussions) about the budget and it's implications for the operation of the OS, particularly after all the reports that have been published (Power of Information, UK Location Strategy, Models of Public Sector Information Provision via Trading Funds)....

posted on: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

More Python Training
After my Python taster at ESRI last November I was left wanting for more. It was only a 2-day course and in that time that had to introduce Python and focus upon the framework that integrates with ArcGIS....

posted on: Sat, 25 Apr 2009 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Palm Pre Update
There's been a slow trickle of PR concerning the Palm Pre and it increasingly looks like a May release date on Sprint....

posted on: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Academic programming and research
Paul Mather wrote an interesting editorial in the latest RSPSoc newsletter (2009, 32, 2) detailing recent comments proposing that photogrammetry is dead as a subject....

posted on: Sat, 18 Apr 2009 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Editorial: Summary of Activities 2008
Smith, M.J. Journal of Maps, v2008, 510-516. It is with much tiredness, and anticipation for 2009, that this annual December editorial is being written....

posted on: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Editorial: Quaternary of the British Isles and Adjoining Seas
Smith, M.J., Rose, J. and Lukas, S. Journal of Maps, v2008, 290-298. This volume of the Journal of Maps is one of four volumes published from an Annual Discussion Meeting (ADM) of the Quaternary Research Association (QRA), in January 2008, to examine the Quaternary of the British Isles and the adjoining seas. This volume deals with evidence for Quaternary environmental change in map-form, and the other volumes, which will be published in the journals Quaternary Science Reviews, Journal of Quaternary Science and Proceedings of the Geologists' Association will be concerned, respectively, with Quaternary climates and climate change, Quaternary landscapes, and Quaternary Geology.

posted on: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Editorial: Applied Geomorphological Mapping
Paron, P. and Smith, M.J. (2008) Journal of Maps, v2008, 197-200. Mapping forms and deposits, and inferring processes, of a landscape is a very complex exercise (Demek, 1982)....

posted on: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Glacial striae observations for Ireland compiled from historic records
Smith, M.J., Knight, J. and Field, K.S.(2008) Journal of Maps, v2008, 378-398. Glacial landform mapping is one of the primary inputs for the reconstruction of past glacial environments and processes, potentially inferring maximum ice sheet extent and dynamics....

posted on: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Glacial geomorphological maps of the Glasgow region, western central Scotland
Rose, J. and Smith, M.J. (2008) Journal of Maps, v2008, 399-416. This paper presents a 1:25,000 scale geomorphological map of the Glasgow region, western central Scotland, an area that was glaciated during the Last Glacial Maximum and, in part, during the Younger Dryas glaciation....

posted on: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Making Maps and Free Books
John Krygier has a blog well worth keeping track of and his latest post is on some excellent free introductory PDF books on advocacy/graphic design/map making, including a nice one from Map Action introducing GIS for humanitarian use in developing countries and how to do the implement this using the very useful MapWindow open source GIS. All good stuff to look at.

posted on: Thu, 09 Apr 2009 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Close Range Terrain
Following on from the recent blog on my close range KAP photogrammetry comes another report from Technology Review looking at emergency response teams....

posted on: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Philanthropic Google?
There has been a lot on the GIS blogs recently about "geographically volunteered information", that is (useful?)...

posted on: Sat, 04 Apr 2009 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry