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Studio of Objects: post-processing (Guest Post: Adam Goddard)
With the scan complete for the Studio of Objects project, our starting point was the 41.7GB of compressed data from the P20 in the form of ....

posted on: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

"Why Your Students Forgot Everything On Your PowerPoint Slides"
It's nice to see this cropping up in other education circles....

posted on: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: The BIG One
(please view the accompanying gallery to this post) I've already talked about the initial objectives of the Studio of Objects project - and I say objectives, but if we could boil it down it would simply be to "recreate Paolozzi's studio."...

posted on: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

FSP Viewer
In an earlier post I talked about the spherical panoramas we have created for the Studio of Objects project. These are humungous 295MP images which, even when compressed, are pretty big files. Obviously with a (spherical) panorama rather than just looking from left to right it would be good to be able to fully rotate (as if you were standing in the middle) around them, in the same way you can in a point cloud. Well there are a few viewers for spherical panos, my favourite being FSP Viewer which is fast and easy to use. (and once I've set up the online image viewing I'll post a pano there) in close association with hijack and Dacapo

posted on: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

The Doves Type
Adam Goddard sent me this link to a recreation of The Doves Type.... this story is told in the fabulous little layman's book entitled Just My Type that I recommend to my cartography students. There's no point in me recounting the story, just read about the font's recreation and buy a digital copy of it. It's a beautiful font and will set apart any publication you use it in.

posted on: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

A Mother’s Illness, a Daughter’s Duty
A tender, haunting and very personal project photographing death - it's hard to not feel a sense of attachment and loss at the very personal photographic story telling of the end of a persons life.... it comes to all yet we feel so unprepared for it...

posted on: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: point clouds from photogrammetry (Guest Post: James O'Connor)
(Ed: this is a guest post by James O'Connor) Whilst the main aim of the technical side of the Studio of Objects project was the use of laser scanning to reconstruct and archive the 3D geometry of Paolozzi's studio, as conserved at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, we were interested in, at least partially, trialling the use of photogrammetry to achieve the same goal and in particular Structure from motion....

posted on: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: Testing Times
(please view the accompanying gallery to this post) The initial objectives of the Studio of Objects project led us to define a technical requirements and with this a plan to rent the Leica P20 rather than use our own Leica ScanStation 2, purely from a perspective of speed and size....

posted on: Sun, 01 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Study of Objects: External Camera Image Processing
This post is slightly out-of-sequence with the earlier ones (I had meant to cover our first trial in West London scanning Paolozzi's Krazy Kat archive) but it does follow neatly from the last post on the technical setup for our external camera....

posted on: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Google Earth Pro available at no cost
As reported at Mapperz and Google Earth Blog, Google Earth Pro now appears to be made available at no cost (just signup for an extended license key)....

posted on: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: External Camera Panoramic Spheres
Following on from the last blog post (Paolozzi's Studio of Objects) I wanted to touch upon the external camera setup that we used to integrate photographic imagery with the laser scans from the Leica P20....

posted on: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: Technical Setup
In this post I briefly want to outline the technical requirements for the Studio of Objects project. With a requirement to "laser scan the studio" the latitude for requirements is quite wide....

posted on: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

As easy as 1-2-3
My PhD student James O'Connor (and by the way, check out his cool 3D model generated from video) reminded me of my (unknown until this point!) mantra/advice for a PhD: 1. Complete ONE PhD thesis 2. Write TWO publishable papers 3. Any talk/presentation will (nearly) always have THREE main points Can't go wrong!

posted on: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Journal of Maps Best Map 2014
It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the award of the 2014 "Best Map" to Jerzy Zasadni (AGH University of Science and Technology) and Piotr Klapyta (Jagiellonian University) for their map reviewing the Tatra Mountains during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM)....

posted on: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: Scanning a studio.....
Following on from my (very much earlier!!) blog on "Studio of Objects" I'm involved in, I wanted to flesh out the project itself a little further and also talk about some of our initial experiences....

posted on: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

FREE EPRINT: Summary of activities 2014
For the first 50 people, get your free eprint of Summary of activities 2014 Smith, M.J.

posted on: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Best Map Giveaway: 20 free copies
At the Journal of Maps we are having a small clearout and are giving away 20 FREE high quality prints of the Journal of Maps 2013 Best Map award winner: Relief-Rock-Soil relationship in the transition of Atlantic Plateau to Peripheral Depression, Sao Paulo, Brazil Fernando Nadal Junqueira Villela, Jurandyr Luciano Sanches Ross and Sidneide Manfredini These are printed to the following specifications: Flat Size: 297 × 420mm (A3)...

posted on: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Kingston MobileLite MLW221 Storage Reader
Just purchased the Kingston MobileLite MLW221.... this is potentially very useful as it helps (partially) solve the problem of reading storage medium from mobile devices when a computer isn't available....

posted on: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

SpaceX Controlled Landing
Nice piece at the BBC reporting on SpaceX's attempt at a controlled landing on their off-shore platform of the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket. Looks like partial success which is a big leap forward for the potential reuse of rocket components. UPDATE: and the video

posted on: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

More Transcoding
Following on from my previous update, I had a serious problem with the audio syncing just on some DVDs. Not sure why and I tried various solutions to re-sync the audio, none of which worked. That sent me back to looking at alternatives to DVD Shrink to extract the VOB files from the disc - and the solution lay in the granddaddy, and original, DVD Decryptor (Wikipedia). This worked perfectly (although remember to switch to Mode->IFO) although all the VOBs are separate files. My preference is to merge them (using VOBMerge) before transcoding in TEncoder). So far its worked seamlessly.

posted on: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Shooting some film.....
Now this article really brings new meaning to the phrase!!! I REALLY gotta get myself one of these - imagining doing a portrait session in a studio!!!! Or going out shooting some street photography - me thinks you might get in to a little bother. So cool though!

posted on: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Preset White Balance
Another photography note to self.... many cameras allow you to directly measure the white balance in a scene and set it prior to shooting. This can be very useful particularly if you are shooting JPEGs. Nikon's use what they call Preset White Balance. If you set white balance to "PRE" (rather than auto or any other setting), who have 6 (on my D700) memory banks which can store a white balance setting. Long press the WB button to put the camera in to measurement mode and fire the shutter. The measurement is then stored in the memory bank and all subsequent photos then use that white balance setting. Very handy!

posted on: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Transcoding Update
Following on from yesterday's post I hit a few problems with some encoding - whilst MPEGStreamClip worked fine (albeit slowly) with conversion from a DVD, it didnt work properly with a file copied off my Humax....

posted on: Thu, 04 Dec 2014 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Transcoding for the Acer C112
So, following on from the last post, in order to play videos reliably from the Acer C112 you need to transcode them....

posted on: Wed, 03 Dec 2014 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Pico Projectors
Pico projectors (not overly detailed Wikipedia page; a nice "simples" guide here) have been around for a few years now and - as the name suggests - offer projection in a small form factor over relatively short throw distances....

posted on: Wed, 03 Dec 2014 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Updated JISC-OS Licence.... why this matters to UK academics
I have on several occasions blogged about the OS-JISC licence including the 2009 version (including my reference to smoking!)...

posted on: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

OS Terrain5 Update
The new JISC-OS Licence Agreement is out and, in terms of summary, one of the great bits of news from my perspective is the licencing of OS Terrain 5, a new product I blogged about earlier. Should be available in the Digimap store forthwith!

posted on: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

207mph bike
Totally crazy.... it beat the Ferrari!!

posted on: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Ten truths for a PhD student.....
Fun article by Tara Brabazon - and if you haven't seen her speak then she's great value - well worth pondering upon for all potential and future PhD students, although don't necessarily take everything to heart as people and subjects vary across the academic world. Good advice though!

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

Have a mapping Christmas......
A nice gift guide selection of cartography books from Jonathan Crowe.....

posted on: Tue, 04 Nov 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Life isn't fair....
These did the rounds quite a while back from the looks of things, but Bill Gates' 11 rules of life are still pretty pertinent: 1....

posted on: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

1960s Earth Revealed
A totally wonderful article on National Geographic about the recovery of "lost" satellite images of the Earth from the early 1960s when satellite imaging was in its infancy. To quote: "Earth scientists David Gallaher and Garrett Campbell liberated the data from a National Climatic Data Center archive in North Carolina, uncovering 25 boxes of magnetic tapes and photographic film from three Nimbus weather satellites launched in the 1960s and 1970s." The examples in the article are brilliant including the ecological disaster that is the shrinking of the Aral Sea. Total treasure trove for image hunters!! (and thanks to the person who sent me the link!)

posted on: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Digimap offers file geodatabase
Digimap is now supporting the file geodatabase format for downloading Mastermap. Whilst GML is a good standard for data transfer, Digimap's users by an large use ArcGIS and QGIS and by offering it this way it should make life much easier for using Mastermap. Note that the file geodatabase has long been touted as the successor to the shapefile, but Esri dragged it's heels over publishing the api although it now works on Windows, Linux and Mac (32/64bit) so hopefully this will help push things along a little more.

posted on: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

gvSIG MOOC: get your head into open source!
This gvSIG online training course is shortly to run - those wanting to dip their toe in the waters of open source GIS might find it useful.

posted on: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

SRTM Update
It's been a little while since I hoofed over to the SRTM webpage to take a look at what's going on......

posted on: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Drone Wars
The drone wars - how cool is this?! Get me a pod racer - NOW!

posted on: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

FREE EPRINT: Manual mapping of a synthetic landscape to assess operator effectiveness
For the first 50 people, get your free eprint of Manual mapping of a synthetic landscape to assess operator effectiveness Hillier, J.K., Smith, M.J., Barr, L., Boston, C., Clark, C.D., Ely, R., Fankl, A., Greenwood, S., Gosselin, L., Hattesrand, C., Hogan, K., Hughes, A., Livingstone, S.J., Lovell, H., McHenry, M., Munoz, Y., Pelicier13, X., Pellitero, R., Robb, C., Robertson, S., Ruther, D., Spagnolo, M., Standell, M., Stokes, C., Storrar, R., Tate, N., Wooldridge, K. Journal of Maps

posted on: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Rosetta Closes In
Hopefully you'll have seen from all the news coverage that the Rosetta Missions is closing in on its target the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko....

posted on: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

What I wish I’d known when I first started editing a journal…The role of reviewers
A short piece on the Role of Reviewers over at Taylor and Francis Editor Resources

posted on: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Manual mapping of a synthetic landscape to assess operator effectiveness
Hillier, J.K., Smith, M.J., Barr, L., Boston, C., Clark, C.D., Ely, R., Fankl, A., Greenwood, S., Gosselin, L....

posted on: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry