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UAV Update
Thought I'd provide a brief update on some UAVs I was observing during some collaborative work with Wagengingen....

posted on: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

QGIS Under the Raedar
Really nice article from Alasdair - I can only echo his comments. QGIS has reached a nice level of maturity and usability and is now well worth the investment of time. I would add a couple of my own points to this: 1. Portability: just copy the QGIS folder on to your USB stick. It runs from there happily 2. Speed: for such a large application it is relatively fast. I have been working on a project with colleagues at Wageningen (Saskia Keesstra and Niels Anders) involving some spatial processing using Python - this utilises shapefiles for data storage and QGIS is wonderfully rapid for loading, symbolising and querying data.

posted on: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Open GIS Classes
Nice link to a range of open GIS classes at the Open Source GIS Blog. Worth a look...

posted on: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Orfeo Toolbox
Nice piece on the Orfeo Toolbox

posted on: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

WorldView 3 Up and Away
Yup, launched and shortly ready to rock-n-roll with 31cm imagery. Nice article by Jonathon Amos at the BBC

posted on: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Dive into Python
Good catch on Dive into Python over at GoGeo

posted on: Tue, 05 Aug 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Crowd georeferencing at the British Library
A really nice georeferencing project over at the British Library that has been going on since 2011!! Scanned by Microsoft, the >3000 maps are available for the public to georeference so they can be overlaid with modern mapping. Thoroughly worthwhile project and a slick interface - watch the 57s video, log in, get going!

posted on: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

What is Paolozzi?
Quick link to a press release for a project I'm involved in..... should be very interesting to laser scan a studio. And its as much about the use of technology, as innovative ways of engaging wider audiences. There is a very strong art history link, but linking to education and engagement. Lots of scope for some creative work!!!

posted on: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

QGIS Chugiak Released
Just a brief note that QGIS Chugiak has been released. For those that haven't used QGIS recently it is highly capable and becoming increasingly user friendly. Well well well worth further exploration. Also worth noting that by default it is a portable app - simply copy the QGIS folder on to your USB stick and run it directly from there! How cool is that?!

posted on: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Britain' Mapmakers
Nice blog on Major General William Roy over at the OS - and a really great link to a free e-book on Map-makers to Britain since 1791.

posted on: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

A-Level Students Forget Knowledge
"New students have forgotten bulk of A-level knowledge" reports The Times Higher Ed... well no real surprise there given what we already know about the forgetting curve. In fact its a bland study that has been repeated over and over - Eric Mazur's work has shown that memorisation of facts is dangerous when you need to understand concepts

posted on: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Intro to spatial visualisation in R
Nice catch over at GoGeo

posted on: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Best email of the day.....
Best email of the year actually... after some (slightly) slow customer service from Fast Lane couriers, they sorted my problem (well done!) and end by saying: We hope we have resolved this matter to your satisfaction, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. If I can be of any further assistance please don't hesitate to contact me. Heroic regards! Dan McGeoghan Fast Lane Support Top one Dan - heroic email!!

posted on: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Skybox Sold
As Ive noted before, micro satellites are a hot topic. So perhaps its no surprise that Google have snapped up Skybox. Lots going on in the spatial data arena at the moment....

posted on: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Using OSM Data in QGIS
A nice practical guide to using OSM data in QGIS from download, to conversion, to styling

posted on: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

How to present your data
Two brilliantly simple animated slide decks at Dark Horse Analytics - the first on presenting tabular data and the second on presenting graphical data. I regularly simplify my graphics and tables - many templates overstyle their design so simplifying is good. It also makes your design stand out from the rest because its different. These are REALLY well worth a look.

posted on: Sat, 07 Jun 2014 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

The things streetview photographs....
Gotta admit, its classy.....

posted on: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

BBC hexacopter pizazz
Some great videography from the BBC

posted on: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Android Mindmapping
I'm a big fan of mind mapping for blatting out ideas (using on a piece of paper!) and then structuring them in to an editable document....

posted on: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Brancaster Staithe Gigapan
A vista of the coastline at Brancaster Staithe looking north across Scolt Head Island..... the students we took on fieldwork won't recognise this view as there is no rain.....

posted on: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Earth Gigapan
How much fun is this?!

posted on: Fri, 23 May 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Magnetic Mapping
Interesting article on interior mapping over at the NY Times.... the Finnish Company Indoor Atlas is using changes in the magnetic field of a building interior to location your position (to within ~2m). Interior is definitely the new frontier and paves the way for you to optimise your route through Tesco - traveling salesman all over again!

posted on: Thu, 22 May 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

HEPI Student Academic Experience Survey
HEPI published their 2014 Student Academic Experience Survey today with a brief summary over at the THES....

posted on: Wed, 21 May 2014 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

This drone's a'smokin!
What a great story!!

posted on: Wed, 21 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Spritely
Great, positive, article on KickSat Sprites over at the BBC - these are femtosats (read "very small"!) with very limited sensors on board but went "crowd collecting" their data can add up to more than the sum of their parts. What I like about this is that it piggy-backed on a SpaceX resupply mission - technologies using one another to achieve new things using off-the-shelf components on wafer thin margins. Great stuff!

posted on: Mon, 19 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

In lectures... *write* notes
Came across this nice piece over at The Atlantic on taking lecture notes.... the short takeaway is that writing lecture notes helps you remember them more easily....

posted on: Thu, 15 May 2014 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Parrot HD Drone
Nice video over at the BBC on the new Parrot HD drone - yes, wifi controlled, fisheye lens, 2km range and the virtual reality Occulus Rift headset to give a bird's eye view!

posted on: Wed, 14 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

A flock of.....
cube sats... obviously! Planet Labs Flock-1 has been in the news quite a bit since it successfully launched its initial 2 cube sats from the International Space Station....

posted on: Wed, 14 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

ALOS World 3D
Another piece of news that slipped past the radar (O dear O dear....).... JAXA is intending to produce another DEM, this time from ALOS PRISM data....

posted on: Wed, 14 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Adding a horizontal bar in Excel
This is one of those things you just think should be easy (one line of code in R!) and turns out to be not quite so simple!...

posted on: Tue, 06 May 2014 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Remote Sensing in 1961
Nice piece over at Very Spatial and a link to the iconic photo below.....

posted on: Mon, 05 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

SPOT archive to be opened for non-commercial use
I missed this earlier in the year, but the SPOT archive (older than 5 years) is to be opened up, free, for non-commercial use. Should start becoming available later in the year.

posted on: Sat, 03 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna
Just back from the European Geosciences Union in Vienna (more on that in later blog entries), but thought I would post a vertical panorama of St....

posted on: Thu, 01 May 2014 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

BLOG REC: Getting started writing QGIS 2.x plugins
Thanks to the people at GoGeo for the link to Getting started writing QGIS 2.x plugins.... useful! (and BLOG REC is of course short for blog recommendation!)

posted on: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

OS Carto Home!
The OS unleashed their cartography "home" this week titled Cartographic Design and Development - its well worth dropping in to and it shows some excellent resources, examples and advice on sourcing, resourcing and designing maps. I particularly liked the Cartographic Design Principles and the examples they show. Well worth a look for anyone who needs to design and make maps.

posted on: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Data maintenance and recovery
Several things landed across my desk this week which reminded me of the the thorny problem of file formats, data media, archival and redundancy....

posted on: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

QGIS Primer
A primer for QGIS - good starting point (picked up by GoGeo)

posted on: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Sentinel 1 First Images
The first images from Sentinel 1 are now in - see the general Sentinel page over at ESA or look at a nice IOTD over at NASA

posted on: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Mount Everest Foundation
Late last year I became a trustee at the Mount Everest Foundation, an charity (and company) dedicated to "provide grants and recognition to assist particularly deserving expeditions for the exploration of, and scientific work in, the mountain regions of the world."...

posted on: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Happy Birthday Landsat 7
15 years and counting with plenty of good data behind it - nice primer over at the USGS (and just think what you can legally do at 16!)

posted on: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry