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FOSS - 2012, alt update
A nice list of FOSS software, with a particular focus upon geoscience and academia. Everyone will find something new and useful both in the main list and also the comments (good pickup from GoGeo). Some of the new picks for me included Shotwell (wish there was still a Windows port) and SQL Manager (a Firefox extension). The latter is particularly useful where you want to store structured data in a database that you can use SQL queries on. And the following two catches are quite interesting: tutorial on creating maps in R and Natural Earth data.

posted on: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

What is education for?
A seemingly innocuous question that is thornier to answer than you might think..... indeed, what *is* education for?...

posted on: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Envisat still in trouble.....
The Envisat mission still remains suspended with the satellite still unresponsive to communications. Great image of the satellite from Pleiades which shows there has been no substantive damage. The search goes on....

posted on: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Envisat in trouble
Not to be outdone by NASA, the European Space Agency now has it's own satellite in trouble, Envisat. Like Landsat, Envisat has done sterling service (10 years in fact) in monitoring the Earth. It's the biggest EO satellite ever launched and has a sophisticated range of sensors on board. Anyway, another "watch this space"....

posted on: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Office 2003 End-of-Life
Aggghhhhhhhhhhh..... Microsoft announced end-of-life for Office 2003 this week. Come on guys, I've only just upgraded from Office 97 ;)

posted on: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

North Korea's Satellite Ambitions....
....ended up in the Yellow Sea. Hopefully the rocket launch in North Korea hasn't escaped people's attention over the last week, not least because of the diplomatic tensions it has caused and the potential for using this launch as a test for the development of ballistic missiles. Anyway, the "reason" for the launch was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-Sung and to place an EO satellite in to orbit. Jonathan Amos has a nice piece highlighting the difficulties in rocket launch and satellite development.

posted on: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Landsat MSS back online!
And here we have it.... Landsat MSS is officially back online and collecting data (see earlier blog). According to the news item this is the first time in over a decade MSS has been collecting data and we have a raw image of, well, somewhere, to prove it. What that space.

posted on: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Wellcome Trust goes OA - academic publishing and the future
An interesting story over at the BBC about the Wellcome Trust publishing it's own open access journal, eLife....

posted on: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Far side of the moon - photos taken by kids
Great news story over at Earth Observatory - wonderful way of engaging kids in science.

posted on: Sun, 08 Apr 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Gatewing bought by Trimble
Hot on the heels of Geo12, Trimble announced yesterday that it had acquired Gatewing (an industry comment here). An interesting move that really ups-the-ante and brings small drones in to the arena of major mapping. Clearly Trimble not only wants a piece of this pie, but to actively develop it in to markets where it already provides terrestrial solutions that this can add to. And I bet Gatewing founders are sitting on a nice big healthy pile of cash which is nice for 4 years work (well, and some, because they were working on it before then). A good success story and also showing how much potential low altitude aerial photography (LAAP) and photogrammetry are showing at the moment.

posted on: Sat, 07 Apr 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

KAPping in Delft
I've just spent a couple of days delivering an introduction to KAP for MSc students at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft....

posted on: Wed, 04 Apr 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Open UK rail timetables
This is what open data is really all about... although overnight success might make the server a bit... laggy!

posted on: Mon, 02 Apr 2012 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Txt polls.....
It's good to bring a little more interactivity in to talks and presentations, particularly where you want to generate some feedback, produce discussion points or gauge audience consensus....

posted on: Mon, 02 Apr 2012 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry