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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

Train Time: changing times
Love this side-by-side-by-side of the London-to-Brighton line shot by the BBC..... its a great social take on the trip and the article provides some interesting comments on the changes. Well worth a view

posted on: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Mapping Workshop - Loughborough 3 Sept 2013
If you haven't clocked it already, I am involved in organising a workshop on the mapping of glacial landforms this September....

posted on: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Tablets phablets......
Tablets clearly show no sign of abating and here we have Intel with some offerings..... these are reference designs but clearly schools are seen as a big market

posted on: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

QGIS Training Manual
Get your hands on the latest QGIS Training Manual from the helpful peopl at Linfiniti. Also available in print and don't forget the training data to go with it.

posted on: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Nexus 7: re-rooting Android 4.3
So Android 4.3 has landed with a slew of minor updates that create more than the sum of the parts. The headline feature is restricted profiles - aka restrict what user profiles can access....

posted on: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Styling OS data
Nice entry on styling OS maps - OS are keen to make the "style" recognisable, based upon their data and to make it familiar to viewers. They are widely available, easy to implement and have been converted to other formats (e.g. QGIS). So use them!

posted on: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

OS Terrain 5
As mentioned in an earlier post, the OS has now released, what was somewhat sketchy, Terrain 5. The website and technical specs are both quite scant of detail but looks to be photogrammetrically derived and on a rolling 3-5 year programme of maintained updates however "only required when real-world change has occurred; for example, a new motorway cutting."...

posted on: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

7" Tablet
Interseting summary of pricing over at PCPro on the pricing of 7" tablets - this is a really hot market with great competition from Nook, Amazing, HP, Google and Samsung. And, for me, it is the form factor of choice. OK, its not as lush as reading a magazine on an iPad with a Retina display, but its far more portable and so far more useful. And generic Android allows you to do some remarkable things with an amazing price point. If you havent bought one, buy one as you'll be surprised at how effective it is for consuming media!

posted on: Mon, 08 Jul 2013 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Danny MacAskill 1
And for those of you that missed his first episode way back in 2009......

posted on: Mon, 08 Jul 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Bike world speed record......
186 kph on a bike?? Astonish video clip below and nice write up over at road.cc...... and yes 186 kph, 48 year old frenchman, 1961 and a 130 tooth chainring!!

posted on: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

BOOK REVIEW: Programming with ArcGIS 10.1
It's been on my "to-do" list for a while, but I finally got around to taking a more detailed look at Programming with ArcGIS 10....

posted on: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Long live the king.....
Landsat 5 is no more...... On June 5, 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey Flight Operations Team transmitted the last command to the Landsat 5 satellite, effectively terminating the mission 29 years, 3 months and 4 days after its launch by NASA from Vandenberg Air Force Base on March 1, 1984....

posted on: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Nook Simple Touch
Over the last wee while I've written sporadically about the Kindle ebook reader, with a wide range of posts....

posted on: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Journal of Maps Impact Factor
Just a quick note.... the notional "ranking" of journals through impact factors are out for the 2012 publishing year. Good news for authors and readers of the Journal of Maps which sees the Impact Factor rise to 0.769..... maps are important and this emphasises that, even with us publishing more articles, there is a significant increase in citations demonstrating their relevance to contemporary research. This is no better demonstrated than through our Best Map award winner last year which is currently available for a free download from Taylor and Francis and also available in print form for purchase.

posted on: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Danny MacAskill - Imaginate
A second stunning video from Danny MacAskill with a big budget to match...... amazing stuff.

posted on: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Landsat 8 Fully Operational
Landsat 8 is now fully operational as the EROS Data Centre run by the USGS had control passed over to it - get downloading them there data!

posted on: Mon, 03 Jun 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Let there be stoning!
I can't really add to much more to Garr's blog entry, other than to point you to the short essay/editorial that appeared in Ground Water back in 1985 (Lehr, J.H. 1985 Let there be stoning! Ground Water 23, 2, 162-165)..... in the first instance it makes you laugh, then you can feel the anger and then the wisdom. In short, whilst nearly 30 years ago, the detail of this paper holds the presentation essentials for any academic - it's a treasure trove of wisdom. Read it and compare yourself against his yardstick - there is no excuse for boring your audience to death.

posted on: Fri, 24 May 2013 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

1926 London
Fabulous COLOUR film of 1926 London from the BFI..... what's startling (for me) about this is how little has changed in a lot of London, yet notice that there is no highrise and the streets are so clean. London in 1927 from Tim Sparke on Vimeo.

posted on: Mon, 20 May 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

The Long Swath
Great post from the NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day - this is 9000km swatch running from Russia all the way down through Africa offering stunning images along the route. It was captured shortly after the calibration and testing of LDCM completed and it was moved into its operational orbit - note its not due to enter full operational status until late May. Watch the video FULL SCREEN. It is stunning. And check out further details of "The Long Swath" which includes a fabulous GigaPan at full resolution.

posted on: Thu, 16 May 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Asda's Not-so-easy Wifi
I was in my local Asda recently and saw the stand below - I don't think "Follow these simple steps....." could be further from the truth! The words "can't be bothered" spring to mind.

posted on: Thu, 09 May 2013 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Word for the Day: Pareidolia
I came across the word Pareidolia at 500px yesterday which I didn't know, so looked it up on Wikipedia. This is what it had to say: a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.... Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse. Perhaps one of the most famous remote sensing examples (below) is the face on Mars..... we've all seen them and the WIkipedia page has some great examples.

posted on: Tue, 07 May 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

CONFIRMED: CBC council officially provide no educational leadership
Well this week saw Central Bedfordshire Council organise an open meeting to "discuss changes to schools and academies in Dunstable and Houghton Regis" (something I've blogged about before)...

posted on: Fri, 03 May 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Landsat 8: Landsat Data Continuity Mission
This passed me by for some reason last year, but a great summary on the Landsat Data Continuity Mission is available over at Remote Sensing of Environment. Gives a lot of detail on the instruments a is a great pre-cursor read to the impending wide availability of data.

posted on: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Journal of Maps Editor's Choice
Just wanted to flag to people the Editor's Choice over at the Journal of Maps. These are available to download for free and include many of the previous Best Map Award Winners. So, take a look, there are some great maps.

posted on: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Antarctic Archive Data
Jonathon Amos provides a nice overview of a team that put together a mosaic of archive data of Antarctica (published in The Cryosphere which is open access) from the 3-week long Nimbus-1 satellite from 1964. Its a great example of the importance of old data and how it adds to our knowledge of the Earth system.

posted on: Fri, 26 Apr 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Sony RX100 - a compact DSLR
I've gotten far more in to my digital photography recently - see gallery - and my DSLR (Nikon fanboy!)...

posted on: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

And the winner is....
submarine volcano eruption. Coooooool.

posted on: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

First satellite image
Well almost.....i09 shown the first weather satellite image of the Earth. This was taken from TIROS 1, a research satellite launched in 1960 to test the efficacy of remote observation from space....

posted on: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

LDCM Calibration
Nice article over at EO IofD as NASA/USGS prepare to ready LDCM for full operation status. As they say in the article....."You don’t just strap a satellite to a rocket, launch it, and voilà, it takes measurements." There's a bucket load more stuff to do. Worth having a read and watch as LDCM is prepared for routine data collection.

posted on: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

The Final
Cast your vote

posted on: Fri, 05 Apr 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

OS Terrain 50
OS announced this weekend the availability of OS Terrain 50 (T50), a maintained 50m DEM of the UK. This is great news as 50m provides an incredibly useful spatial resolution for a variety of tasks....

posted on: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Google Translate goes offline
Google Translate is an excellent service and so useful for many translation tasks. It really is the closest thing to the Babel Fish that we have. As with many Google services (although alas not Reader) it is available across mobile platforms and it is really good to see this being offered as an offline service for Android 2.3 and higher. That doesn't leave all those Gingerbread devices orphaned (and it still remains a very active platform), offering an extremely valuable service. Download!

posted on: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry