As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to start turning your attention to the upcoming New Year and reflect on what steps to you can take to improve your GIS skills and participate more in the geospatial community.
Using mobile phones, 360-degree cameras, car dashboards and helmet cameras, Mapillary’s users take geo-tagged pictures of the roads they travel which the app automatically uploads to Mapillary’s platform. Then, Mapillary stitches the photos together and turns them into an immersive, navigable, street level view of the world.
The North American Cartographic Information Society and the FixWikiMaps Project are organizing the first ever MapLift from August 28th through September 4th this year. MapLift is a program to identify and fix bad, outdated, or incomplete maps on Wikipedia. Volunteers are being solicited to help with the program. Those interested can signup via the MapLift signup […]
Over fifty million users have downloaded Waze. Waze is a crowdsourcing traffic app that relies on user inputs to tell other users where there are traffic problems such as accidents. The reporting function of Waze also includes the ability to alert other drivers about speed traps and the location of […]
Dutch researchers were able to successfully map levels of atmospheric particulates by pulling data from over 8,000 smartphone users. A team from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands developed a smart-phone adaptor called an iSPEX. This inexpensive, mass-producible add-on is attached to the front of the phone’s camera that […]
In August of 2014, the World Health Organization declared a public emergency in response to the growing number of Ebola cases that have struck several West African countries. So far, the countries that have been hit hardest include Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Senegal. In those countries, more than […]
There is a new crowdsourced funding drive on behalf of the nonprofit, GIS: YES (which stands for Youth and Educational Solutions). The project is named Geoporter (Geospatial EducatorsOpportunities for Partnership Outreach Research and Training).
Typhoon Haiyan (locally referred to as ‘Yolanda’) made landfall in the Philippines on Friday November 8th 2013. Officially, 1839 people have been killed as a direct result of the disaster, 2624 have been injured and 84 people are missing. Since then, aid has been pouring in from all over the […]
Users of Google’s mapping products will notice the addition of more detailed traffic data, courtesy of Waze, an app that collects traffic and roadway conditions from its users. Last week, Google announced the integration of Waze user incident reports into its Google Maps for Mobile apps. Android and iOS users […]