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Heavenly Sentinels
A nice summary article by Jonathan Amos over at the BBC on the EUs Sentinel series of satellites. Provides a good upbeat message for this ambitious EO programme, the impact of the Landsat programme (and how the removal of the $600 fee increased usage) and the future potential for the Sentinels, their use and space activities for the EU.

posted on: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Kiev in the news
The video is just great!

posted on: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Louisville Timelapse
Stunning timelapse from Eric Stemen shooting in Louisville. Great explanatory article over at DPS. Sit back and enjoy! Louisville In Motion. A timelapse tour of Louisville Kentucky. from Eric Stemen on Vimeo.

posted on: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Tournament Earth: the Semi-Finals
Go there - VOTE!

posted on: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

The best part of life is...
....failing. Failing is absolutely vital to success and this is a nice piece picked up by Garr Reynold's in a recent blog (yes he of Presentation Zen fame....

posted on: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Student debt.... pay more to get....less
Interesting article at The Guardian and salutary tale on bad government and how this impacts of student careers, lives and the success of HE more widely

posted on: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

OS develop QGIS Stylesheets
Nice post over at the OS about their development of QGIS stylesheets for use with OS Opendata - and all made available on Github. Take a look and use

posted on: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Testing techniques to quantify drumlin height and volume: synthetic DEMs as a diagnostic tool
Hillier, J.K. and Smith, M.J. (2014) Earth Surface Processes and Landforms Glacial bedform height (H) and volume (V) likely preserve important information about the behaviour of former ice sheets....

posted on: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

PDF XChange Viewer
Just saw this come up - PDF-XChange Viewer - which is small, lightweight, fast and portable. Having played with it, it is now quite a bit faster than my old favourite (Foxit) so has replaced it. Sure its funding model is based around getting you to purchase the "pro" version which has a variety of features. But if all you want is fast and, well, fast, getting you viewing quicker and easier, then look no further

posted on: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Tournament Earth is back!!
Tournament Earth is back! GET YOUR VOTES IN!

posted on: Wed, 05 Mar 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Journal of Maps Editorial: Summary of 2013
For the next 50 clicks, get access to the Journal of Maps Editorial: Summary of 2013

posted on: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Pisa Scanning
Nice pick-up at GoGeo on interior scanning of the leaning tower of Pisa - difficult job and great tech!

posted on: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Father of GIS: Roger Tomlinson 1933-2014
Noted on GoGeo and a nice NPR tribute

posted on: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Toilet Humour 2
And a second and final..... great to see that there is both a sense of humour in companies and a great way to communicate a message. It grabs your attention (because its long), makes you laugh and makes you remember.

posted on: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Toilet Humour 1
Can't resist a little toilet humour every so often.... yes this is a real sign....

posted on: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Embedded PDF Viewer
Test post for an embedded PDF viewer using viewer.js.... very impressed and it supports ODF as well as PDF.

posted on: Sun, 19 Jan 2014 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Journal of Maps Best Map 2013
It is with great pleasure I can announce that the paper "Relief-Rock-Soil relationship in the transition of Atlantic Plateau to Peripheral Depression, Sao Paulo, Brazil" by Fernando Nadal Junqueira Villela, Jurandyr Luciano Sanches Ross and Sidneide Manfredini has been given the Journal of Maps "Best Map" award for 2013....

posted on: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Programming for geographers....
Nice thoughtful piece from Alex Singleton.... Very ,much in the vein of neogeography and touching upon the practical elements espoused in Mapping Hacks. More than ever, making use (aka hacking) of tools and methods to understand, develop and present thoughts, ideas and innovations is vital for those wanting to bring new energy, drive and value to the workplace. Get ahead, make yourself valuable.....

posted on: Mon, 06 Jan 2014 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Smartphone vs DSLR
Very interesting and fairly detailed comparison over at Digital Photography Review. It's not intended to be purely scientific but takes a broad sweep look and compares a range of historic (expensive!) DSLRs, a film camera and an iPhone 5S and Nokia Lumia 1020. The results are quite remarkable - worth the read

posted on: Mon, 06 Jan 2014 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

AF Assist on the D700
Note to self - AF-assist only works when in single servo mode and with single point focus on the centre spot. It don't work otherwise and you can't focus in a dark location!!!!

posted on: Fri, 27 Dec 2013 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Relive those compouter games!!
For those raised in the 70s and 80s there is a nostalgia for some cracking and quaint old games - forget Elite (although it is cool!). Pacman and Frogger are the name of the game!!!! BBC News carried a nice article on the Internet Archive's emulation of some classic consoles and the games they run all within a web browser. Easy way to fritter away a few hours :)

posted on: Fri, 27 Dec 2013 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Packt boot deals
Try them out.... (I reviewed the Python one earlier this year

posted on: Fri, 27 Dec 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Earthrise
See Earthrise as Apollo 8 saw it in 1968 - for the first time. Fabulous Earth Observatory and great NASA video.

posted on: Tue, 24 Dec 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Digital Globe Best Image
Cast your votes! Some corkers here.....

posted on: Mon, 09 Dec 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Why are maps still so powerful?
Nicely blogged by the OS - and listen directly at the BBC here

posted on: Sun, 17 Nov 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Night skies....
Night skies by Mark Gee.... stunning. Make it wide screen, pump up the volume, get lost in the universe....

posted on: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Big data.... (some) big problems
Nioce post from Donald Clark on when big data goes wrong. A timely reminder about how messages become distorted, pushed to serve the purposes of their authors...... and up front is a classic map issue which all GIS students should be more than familiar with!

posted on: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Hexaheaven
Everyone's at it!!

posted on: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

SPOT VEGETATION Data
Nice pickup by GoGeo on free SPOT VEGETATION data with the impending end of the product. Comparable with AVHRR and worth a punt if you need wide coverage

posted on: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

iPhone 5s Head-to-head
What a stunning review...... there can be only one.....

posted on: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

European Space Agency Earth Images
Some cracking ESA images over at DPReview - take a look!

posted on: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Homemade drones.....
Nice video over at the BBC on a drone enthusiast and some great aerial videos. WATCH IT!

posted on: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

OS Postcode Viewer
Nice link over at the OS blog on a postcode viewer developed in Processing. Worth a glance!

posted on: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Journal of Maps Most Read
Just wanted to flag the Journal of Maps Most Read Articles - its a good way to see what has been trending and maybe take a peak at some of the articles. Our top article (at over 2000 downloads) is The Spanish population during the twentieth century and beyond which was our "Best Map" of 2012. This is currently a "free view" as it was released under our "Editor's Choice".

posted on: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

REDUX: Bibliographic webmap: the Physical Landscape of Britain and Northern Ireland
This one passed me by in the depths of my inbox.....for the first 50 people interested, my paper Bibliographic webmap: the Physical Landscape of Britain and Northern Ireland has 50 FREE E-PRINTS. Please click on the link and download your copy.

posted on: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Live London Buses
The Live London Bus Tracker is just too cool to pass up - pick your route and be mesmerised by the buses passes to-and-fro. Want to get on an old Routemaster? Look up route 15 (amongst others) - OK, they're not all Routemasters but its fantastic to be able to see where the buses actually are!! There are train and tube trackers around, but this for me is a winner!

posted on: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Geomorphological Mapping
Smith, M.J. and Pain, C. (2011) In: Gregory, K. and Goudie, A. (eds) SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology, International Association of Geomorphologists Mapping of landforms is probably as old as the making of maps....

posted on: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 | path: /publications/reports | permanent link to this entry

Geovisualisation
Smith, M.J., Hillier, J., Otto, J-C. and Geilhausen, M. (2013) In: John F. Shroder (editor-in-chief), Bishop, M....

posted on: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 | path: /publications/reports | permanent link to this entry

Section 2.6: Geomorphological mapping
Otto, J-C. and Smith, M.J. (2013) In: Clarke, L. (Ed.) Geomorphological Techniques (Online Edition). British Society for Geomorphology Geomorphological mapping is regarded as a fundamental technique of the discipline producing valuable base data for geomorphological and environmental research and practice....

posted on: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 | path: /publications/reports | permanent link to this entry

Back after the hiatus.....
Long summer and very busy start to the term.....but back with some posts!

posted on: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry