December, 2007


GPS

Which GPS?

Which GPS?

David Pogue, the technology columnist for the New York times, has reviewed five GPS units that meet his three requirements: portable and tiny, able to display live traffic data, and voice annunciation that includes actual street names. The GPS units reviewed are: Cobra Nav One 4500 Harman Kardon Guide + […]

GPS

GPS Gang Tracking

GPS Gang Tracking

Solving the murder of a young woman killed in a drive-by shooting was made easy by the fact that one of the seven gang members involved was wearing a GPS bracelet issued to him by the Los Angeles Police Department. On November 12, authorities starting tracking the movements of about twenty […]

GPS

GPS Not Welcomed Here

GPS Not Welcomed Here

Some British towns, up in arms over repeatedly experiencing trucks getting stuck on roads too narrow to accomodate them, are moving toward the drastic step of asking companies that supply mapping data to in-vehicle GPS navigation systems to remove roadways that are inappropriate for commercial travel.  In an article from the […]

GIS Data

Volunteered Geography

Volunteered Geography

Michael Goodchild, a professor of Geography at UC Santa Barbara, explores the historical and current trends of collaborative geographic data creation in what he terms “volunteered geography” in an article published in GeoJournal.  In dissecting this phenomenon, Goodchild seeks to answer the following questions: “what drives people to do this, how accurate […]

GIS Learning

GeoBriefs: Has China Banned You?, Juicy Geography

GeoBriefs: Has China Banned You?, Juicy Geography

Are you curious if your web site is accessible in China?  Test out your URL on the Great Firewall of China to see if your site can be viewed within China: Great Firewall of China. Steve Dahl, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune opines on the beauty of simply unfolding a […]