Thursday, June 07, 2007

Less-than-elegant geo-blogging

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Here is a cumbersome version of a technique that we are hoping to make much more simple in the future: a photo blog posted directly from a cell phone and georeferenced on a map or 3D globe. I took the picture on the left with a cell phone camera, then recorded my geographic location using a GPS unit and entered it as text for the blog. The photo and lat/long coordinates above were posted directly via cell phone, and this text was added later once I had access to a computer. I entered the coordinates into Google Earth and created the snapshot on the right. This is one of the projects that the GIS Crew (hopefully in conjunction with some students in a computer science class) will be working on in the coming months.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Alums set sail to promote conservation GIS

Recent WWC alum Julia Kernitz, who was a stellar member of our GIS work crew, has joined the staff of Service at Sea and will be spending her summer (and maybe longer) on a sailboat! You can read more about Julia's upcoming adventure here. Service at Sea is the brainchild of Andrew Stephens, also a WWC alum. The main goals are to work with nonprofit organizations needing guidance and training in conservation GIS while packaging up modules for primary and secondary schools back in the U.S.

We wish them luck and look forward to hearing from them after they set sail from the ESRI User conference in San Diego later this month. Bon voyage!

Field notes from China

Here is an excerpt from the diary of Global Studies student Brittany Cusworth, who is currently in China on a two-month internship at Liaocheng University. She will be keeping us posted on her experiences over the next several weeks.