Urban and Regional Information Systems Association's (URISA) GISCorps coordinates volunteer GIS services to underprivileged communities. GISCorps is looking for GIS professionals to volunteer for emergency and relief efforts in the region affected by Hurricane Katrina. "The immediate need is for 5-10 volunteers at this point. These volunteers must have enough GIS experience to work effectively in an emergency situation. Volunteers must have expertise in map production, performing analysis, data management, and etc. Opinion
Sep 1, 2005   By Abhijeet Chavan
Let's take a moment for New Orleans, folks. Better coverage elsewhere -- check out Boing Boing for links in the blogosphere. So here, you just get an observation: nature, abetted by dumb human decisionmaking, has killed that city. In a lot of ways, New Orleans is -- maybe was -- a great place. Tremendous food and music. Like Las Vegas, it was a place where Americans kept their decadence, like a precious thing in a box. In Europe, every city and town blows up into a party Carnival; in the US, we keep our Carnivals going non-stop, 24/7, but they're geographically confined. Opinion
Aug 31, 2005   By
Yes, we are all riding on the hype that Google Maps started, and the endless possibilities it provides. But looking at it from a planners/geographers perspective, are these possibilities really endless?In the Directions magazine, Adena Schutzenberger points out:  ... these services (Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSN Earth….) give programmers all the tools they need to make maps. Indeed. It may be time again to explore that age old question: what’s the difference between map making and GIS? Opinion
Aug 25, 2005   By Ken Snyder
Seriously supergood article on the history and technology of traffic here, at Cabinet magazine. How it works, what the terminology means, and how it's (not) controlled. Opinion
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Our newborn twins, Rowan and Grant, reading the latest Planetizen news before setting off on a busy day. Opinion
Aug 9, 2005   By Chris Steins
So if both Microsoft and ESRI are concerned about the Google's move into mapping with the impressive Google Earth, then perhaps a Microsoft-ESRI combination would be the way to fight back. Wow. That's a big rumor. Opinion
Aug 8, 2005   By Chris Steins
First -- I just loved Ken's post on GeoTagging. What a great collection of links he's included in his post. We've got a couple projects at UI that could potentially use this type of interface/solution. I just got my weekly Nemertes Impact Analysis (Nemertes specializes in quantifying the business impact of technology) and this one focuses on the growth of Enterprise use of Open Source tools. Opinion
Aug 5, 2005   By Chris Steins
Interesting idea under development at the University of Cambridge. "Printed maps can be designed and printed to show fine detail and yet remain easy to take in at a glance. They are also simple to use in group discussions. However, a new map needs to be printed whenever information changes. Computer-based maps on a screen can change dynamically to represent a changing situation, but are not as easy to use. Opinion
Aug 4, 2005   By Scott Page
The "trace", as some designers and planners refer to them, are marketed and annotated tours that cover specific topics including waterfronts, historic districts and parks. Traditionally, they've been undertaken through marketing efforts and physical improvements such as signs, markers and designated trails. Until recently, they have been developed top-down with funding and the identification of historic markers and sites by specific organizations. Ken Snyder's excellent post Opinion
Jul 29, 2005   By Scott Page
In his 1992 novel, Snow Crash, writer Neal Stephenson imagined the ultimate user interface to access geographic information: "There is something new: a globe about the size of grapefruit, a perfectly detailed rendition of Planet Earth, hanging in space at arm's length in front of his eyes... It's a piece of CIC software called, simply, Earth. It is the user interface that the CIC uses to keep track of every bit of spatial information that it owns -- all the maps, weather data, architectural plans, and satellite surveillance stuff." [More excerpts ] Opinion
Jul 29, 2005   By Abhijeet Chavan