A new interactive map from the California Air Resources Board taps the versatility of Google Earth software to transform eye-glazing spreadsheet data into a visual, if wonky, feast.
The map shows the locations and greenhouse gas emissions of about 625 facilities — the largest industrial greenhouse gas emitters in the state. The graphical tool can filter by type of facility (cement plant, refinery, electricity generation), by county or air district. You can use the satellite view to see a facility’s physical footprint, then switch over to Google Earth to see how its carbon footprint stacks up against other emitters. The EPA released a similar map earlier this year, but without all the Google Earth bells and whistles.
Gee, the EPAs maps are not as sexy as California's Air Resources Board. If you don't have the Google Earth plug in installed you get the map in Google Maps.
Faribault County, MN, has a GIS system and the local paper wants residents to use it. The reason it was created, per the paper, revolved around drainage issues. The onlne system, however, is a bit of a kitchen sink type viewer. There are many layers and many tools (included drawing ones) to use. The app is built on Geomoose, an open source MapServer-based solution, hosted by Houston Engineering.
South Korea’s Capital city has launched early this week, a location-based mobile application which allows users to register complaints regarding community issues that affect public safety and infrastructure.
The app, which is aptly called the “Seoul Smart Complaint Centre” app, was developed by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and has been designed to map the reported location and allow photos of the location to be attached and submitted via smart phone.