Dr Mike J Smith

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Population swap?
Really nice map and explanation over at Strange Maps..... "what would happen if the world were rearranged so that the inhabitants of the country with the largest population would move to the country with the largest area? And the second-largest population would migrate to the second-largest country, and so on?"

posted on: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

UK Public Data Corporation
Interesting article over at The Guardian on the creation of a public data corporation next year potentially to include the OS, Met Office and Land Registry. This has the potential to reorganise Trading Funds as we know them at the moment and possibly sell of parts of the businesses to the private sector. If nothing else, this government is moving at a fast pace...

posted on: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

CrossRef Annual Meeting: what's happening in the world of DOIs?
I attended the CrossRef annual meeting yesterday (see previous post). It's the first time it's been held outside the USA and London was certainly a fitting venue....

posted on: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

AGI'10: Open Source GIS
I gave a talk at the AGI this year on Open Source GIS. I've now placed the slides online as there were loads of URLs in them. The talk is by no means comprehensive in terms of open source geospatial software, but I gave a broad-brush approach providing examples of software from a wide range of domains we often use in the geospatial world. One extra element (as I'm a proponent of portable apps) is that, where possible, I've given links to portable (USB) versions of the apps. Hopefully this will prove useful to people.

posted on: Mon, 08 Nov 2010 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

27,000 for a degree....
So there we have it, the cost of a degree looks set to march onwards to 27,000, plus living expenses. Not an insignificant amount of money. The BBC provides an alternative discussion, but in essence prices are rising to 6,000 pa, with an upper cap of 9,000, although this will come with requirements for fair access. The concern of many universities is that, with the removal of state funding, 9,000 will only allow them to tread water and probably slip back in real terms. There are some other articles around the issue: $200,000 degree, 2yr degrees... I guess we'll see if a market will develop and, indeed, if we see a rise in state-funded science courses.

posted on: Wed, 03 Nov 2010 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Blackboard Woes: uploading marks
Spent ages going around in circles today trying to upload marks in Blackboard. I've just finished marking 80 odd essays, with comments, and wanted to upload this back in to the Grade Book....

posted on: Wed, 03 Nov 2010 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

The Geospatial Revolution
For those who missed it first time around on the blogs, Penn State University Public Broadcasting are putting together a 4 episode series on The Geospatial Revolution. This is a (relatively!) high budget project that is executed to a very high standard. The first episode covers why geospatial is important, what it's used for and where we are going. Almost a who's who of interviews. Episode 2 is now out covering the use of geospatial in different "market" areas. Not to be missed.

posted on: Tue, 02 Nov 2010 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry