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Urban Observatory

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"The Urban Observatory city comparison app enables you to explore the living fabric of great cities by browsing a variety of cities and themes."


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This is really very cool. The ability to compare urban areas allover the world is brilliant. I can see lots of discussions generated by this.
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 6, 10:48 AM

At the 2013 ESRI User Conference, the Urban Observatory was unveiled (I shared this earlier, but the URL has since changed, I'm sharing it again).  The physical display contained images from cities around the world to compare and contrast diverse urban environments.  The online version of this was announced during in a 10 minute talk by Jack Dangermond and Hugh Keegan.  This interactive mapping platform let's users access 'big data' and have it rendered in thematic maps.  These maps cover population patterns, transportation networks, and weather systems.  This is a must see.  Read Forbes' article on the release of Urban Observatory here.

 

Tags: transportation, urban, GIS, geospatial, ESRI.

Brian Weekley's comment, April 14, 8:20 AM
This is fabulous, Seth! Thanks for sharing.
Brian Weekley's curator insight, April 14, 8:21 AM
This is just spectacular.
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Google holds a mirror up to the world

Google holds a mirror up to the world | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The team behind Google Maps won't stop until it has every last inch of the planet stored on its servers. Would we really be so lost without them?
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This is interesting. I am somewhat torn here. As a kid I imagined being able to see myself moving on a map and how cool that would be. When I was at university and studied GIS, I could imagine it even more clearly. And now that I can look at my phone and actually see a wee dot on screen moving along the road as the bus/taxi I'm on does, just blows my mind. However, as a teacher I am concerned about the "dumbening" of people, especially kids. People question whether getting kids to physically draw maps & diagrams is relevant these days. Yes, I say! A thousand times, yes! I think is really important that we (all of us not just kids) go analogue sometimes. To read an actual book (especially if it's an atlas!), write or draw something with a pen and/or pencil, use our own brains to do things rather than Google's. We need to exercise our brains in a variety of ways so that we can forge new pathways and strengthen our minds. I'd love to hear other people's thoughts on this. 

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Teaching MOOCs


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I've signed up for the same course:)

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 16, 2013 1:10 PM

This is a great quote from an article on MOOCs from the persepective of a teacher who has actually taught a MOOC.  I'm signed up to take a MOOC titled: Maps and the Geospatial Revolution and I'm looking forward to the experience.   

Tony Hall's comment, April 16, 2013 7:54 PM
Signed up for the same course. Totally looking forward to it:)
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Are we ready for the big one? - National - NZ Herald News

Are we ready for the big one? - National - NZ Herald News | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
It starts with an earthquake.
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Seismic risk in NZ. This is a very interesting topic for the risk management section of IB Geo Hazards option. Great scope for using GIS to make planning decisions.
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Home - gisrecord2014

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This is a really cool idea! I am looking forward to participating next week. 20000+ students from 160+ schools around the world. Can't wait to see the data generated.

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Google Maps Mania: The Game of Life on Google Maps

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This is quite cool, although the sounds are a touch freaky at times. A nice illustration of the practical uses of GIS and Geography. Enjoy:)

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The Politics of Google's Mapping - GIS Lounge

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Being one of the world's leading online web mapping service means also trying to walk the impossible tightrope between the political bickering of countries.  More ...
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Although border disputes are not a new phenomenon, perhaps the prospect of national governments suing companies because of the way things are portrayed or not is a 21st century issue. This article raises all kinds of discussion points. For me, the first couple are how much do we reply on the likes of Google and what can go wrong with an over reliance on technology like this? Intriguing, no?

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