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Friday, April 4th 2014

Cartographer Bill Rankin decided to explore the many maps of the Midwest, compiling them all into a single image. The final result included more than the census Bureau’s 12 states. It even included other countries.

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

A deep history of maps and navigation, from the ancient Polynesians to the pinpoint GPS on your smart phone now and the pinpoint tracking to come. Among the guests on this episode of the NPR show OnPoint: Hiawatha Bray, technology reporter for the Boston Globe. His new book is “You Are Here: From The Compass To GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves.” (@watha) David Petersen, vice president of mobile advertising at YP, a search and advertising company. (@djpetersen) Udi Dagan, founder of Split, the “anti-social” app.

Thursday, March 13th 2014
by Adena Schutzberg

Jules White, Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University served as a guest editor of the February Special Issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE on the topic of augmented reality (AR). He explains the value of computer vision technology, ponders the role Google Glass will play and provides some counterexamples to the idea that AR is a solution in search of a problem.

Wednesday, March 5th 2014
by Joe Francica

Janine Benyus is the author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature and founder of Biomimicry 3.8. She recently spoke at the Geodesign Summit in Redlands, Califorinia where she discussed how nature and biological phenomenon might contribute to the design and sustainability of the built environment. Editor in chief Joe Francica discussed the concept of biomimicry and what geospatial professionals can learn from nature's problem-solvers.

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

From On the Media (NPR): A rash of state laws considered or passed in 2013 seek to rein in drone surveillance. They offer a patchwork of restrictions that seem to reflect the particular culture, or business interests, of individual states. Bob talks with Margot Kaminski, executive director of the Information Society Project and a lecturer at Yale Law School, who has surveyed the legal landscape and noticed a trend.

Wednesday, February 19th 2014

Lauren Hood works with Loveland Technologies, a company which developed a new way of mapping Detroit. They call it "blexting" – sending teams throughout the city to text pictures and descriptions of blight to a database. Hoods says in a few months, that data will be available as an app for anyone to access, or correct. Image: One of the tens of thousands of abandoned houses in Detroit via Wikipedia, public domain.

Thursday, February 13th 2014

Roger Tomlinson, the man widely regarded as the father of GIS — Geographic Information Systems — has died at age 80. Tomlinson's 1960s innovation, using computer software to overlay different types of maps on top of one another, revolutionized industry and government. Photo by Directions Magazine

Friday, February 7th 2014

Why do states have strong concentrations of liberals and conservatives? Why isn't there more mixing? New research explores the answer to these questions.

Friday, January 24th 2014

A historical tour through health mapping from WHYY's new health, science and innovation program, The Pulse. Taunya English was at the Esri Health GIS Conference this fall in Boston.

Wednesday, November 27th 2013

The BBC Click podcast interviews Patrick Meier who is on his way to The Philippines about the crowdsourced response to the typhoon.

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