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Google Maps Now Lets You Explore Mars And The Moon, If You Know Where To Click | TechCrunch

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Hey, you! Want to explore the surface of Mars? No problem! All we need is a few billion dollars, a couple hundred of the world's brightest minds, and for..

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Елена Полякова's curator insight, August 6, 2014 1:31 AM

Можно исследовать Марс и Луну

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Let's explore the solar system with Google Maps.

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Ikea's flat-pack refugee shelter is entering production

Ikea's line of flat-pack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week, after being tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Lebanon. The...
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How Big Is Space – Interactive version

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Buckle up and ride a rocket through our interactive view of the Solar System to explore our cosmic neighbourhood

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Guilhes Damian's curator insight, March 24, 11:14 PM

Space Race: an interactive infographic takes you on a journey to the edge of the solar system http://bbc.in/1HAwsgr #space #science

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Google Puts Online 10,000 Works of Street Art from Across the Globe | Open Culture

Google Puts Online 10,000 Works of Street Art from Across the Globe | Open Culture | Navigate | Scoop.it

Since last we wrote, Google Street Art has doubled its online archive by adding some 5,000 images, bringing the tally to 10,000, with coordinates pinpointing exact locations on all five continents (though as of this writing, things are a bit thin on the ground in Africa). Given the temporal realities of outdoor, guerrilla art, pilgrims may arrive to find a blank canvas where graffiti once flourished. (RIP New York City’s 5 Pointz, the “Institute of Higher Burning.”)

A major aim of the project is virtual preservation. As with performance art, documentation is key. Not all of the work can be attributed, but click on an image to see what is known. Guided tours to neighborhoods rich with street art allow armchair travelers to experience the work, and interviews with the artists dispel any number of stereotypes.

Cultural institutions like Turkey’s Pera Museum and Hong Kong’s Art Research Institute, and street art projects based in such hubs as Rome, Paris, Sydney, and Bangkok, have pulled together official collections of photos and videos, but you can play curator too.

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 24, 8:32 AM

Now this is geeky-cool stuff! 

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Cuban tourism skyrockets in wake of US push to rekindle ties

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People have long thought of Cuba as a last bastion resisting the clutches of Coca Cola, McDonald’s and rampant capitalism. But now the US is moving in, tourists are flocking to the island republic to experience it before the rot sets in.
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Behind the scenes: painting conservation | Tate

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Have you ever wondered what happens in our painting conservation studio? These photos give a snapshot of some of the team whose job it is to preserve our precious artworks.
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How Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’ Went Viral

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Katsushika Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’ takes a starring role at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston April 5
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On the Road Again: Mapping All the Cities in Willie Nelson's Songs

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"City of New Orleans" isn't a song about New Orleans. It's a song about a train called the City of New Orleans. Willie Nelson didn't write it. But he made it a Grammy Award-winning hit in 1984.

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A 3-D View of a Chart That Predicts The Economic Future: The Yield Curve

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The current flatness of the curve shows investors expect mediocre growth.
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Educational Technology Guy: field trips

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, March 21, 7:43 PM

Excellent field trip links to take you around the world virtually.

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Street Art Isn't Forever. But This Google Project Is Trying To Change That.

Street Art Isn't Forever. But This Google Project Is Trying To Change That. | Navigate | Scoop.it
If you're a follower of street art, you get used to seeing your favorite works disappear before your eyes. The wheat pastes, graffiti and stencils that show up on walls across the globe are, by their very nature, ephemeral. Whether they're planned or...
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World's Largest Tree Of Life Visualizes 50,000 Species Over Time

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Temple University researchers recently put together the world's largest tree of life visualized across time. The family tree of living and extinct organisms encompasses 50,000 species—only a fraction of the world's history of life—and would easily take up hundreds of pages if laid out linearly. To fit their work onto a printed page, the researchers, led by evolutionary biologist S. Blair Hedges, instead decided to visualize the data as a spiral.


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World's Most Dangerous Walkway Set To Reopen Next Week

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Thrill-seekers who really want to walk on the wild side need to head to southern Spain ASAP. There, in the village of El Chorro, they will find Caminito del Rey, aka the world's most dangerous walkway.

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

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How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth's core? And what would you see along the way? Discover what lies beneath...

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Guilhes Damian's curator insight, March 24, 11:09 PM

An amazing BBC's interactive visualization of what lies beneath the Earth's surface http://bbc.in/1DWFxlG #infographic #geology #design

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Download 422 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry.
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Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today Show How Far American Educational Standards Have Declined

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There\'s a delightful and true saying, often attributed to Joseph Sobran, that in a hundred years, we\'ve gone from teaching Latin and Greek in high school t
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Do stars have a sound? A new study says they might.

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Researchers present evidence that stars might make a sound (sort of).
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Pathways between Milky Way and 100,000 other galaxies mapped

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The gigantic supercluster, which stretches 500 million light years across and has the mass of a hundred quadrillion Suns, has been named Laniakea - Hawaiian for 'immeasurable heaven'.
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This site transforms Earth into a 'Tron' map of the world

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Have you ever wished you could see the entire world through the neon-laced lens of Tron? This online map lets you do just that.
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http://tangrams.github.io/tangram-docs-assets/?procedural/tronish.yaml#16/40.7057/-74.0094

 

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26 charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better

Poverty is down, literacy is up, and life expectancy is rising.

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Roam the World in (Almost) Real Time

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A groundbreaking Mapbox project ushers in a new era for online cartography.

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YEC Geo's curator insight, March 23, 11:59 AM

This sounds really cool.

 

UPDATE:  I've had a chance to look at this. 

 

Cool things:  great images.

 

Not so cool:  It's not a substitute for Google Earth.   You can only pan out or in to a limited degree, so to go from Texas to Timbuctoo, for example, would take a lot of clicking and dragging.  Best way to get to a place is to type it in the search box.  No 3-D view also. And if there are a lot of clouds when the image was taken, they'll obscure the landscape.

 

That being said, if you want to see large-scale, recent images of a particular place, it's a good site. 

Seth Forman's curator insight, March 23, 4:34 PM

Summary: This interesting article talks a lot about modern technologies effect on the popularity of geography. This article talks about how programs like Google Earth have caused a general interest to arise about physical geography.

 

Insight: This article is significant to unit 1 because it shows how GIS can be so influential to not only geographers but to the rest of society.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, March 25, 12:16 PM

unit 1

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Mapping

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Find our interactive map, outline maps, satellite imagery, and information on how to interact with and create your own maps.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, March 22, 4:01 AM

National Geographic's Mapping Resources

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What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like

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Shakespeare in Love it ain't
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A million first steps - Digital scholarship blog

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We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose.

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theo kuechel's curator insight, December 16, 2013 8:23 AM

All interested in educational curation should welcome  the news that the  British Library  has released  over a million images  into the public domain on  Flickr Commons  with "No Known Copyright Restrictions."  These images cover  a diverse range subjects, sourced from  17th, 18th and 19th century  book scans. The project  has already  been shared widely on twitter and  covered quite well in such as Open Culture and  Boing Boing, also my friend and colleague  Danny Nicholson; all have their own take on this project.


It is interesting to note that the image above has  already been viewed  over 39,000 times, (possibly because it is featured  on a significant number of  blogs and also the British Library's  own selected highlights set), whereas  a quick random dip into the collection suggests the average for most images is  currently around 3-4,000 views.  I think this suggests that social media channels  will be very important for disemination and engagement. I like the fact that with many of the images you can choose to see all the images from that particular book or download the entire book itself, to see all the them in context. The other piece of exciting news is that  the British Library  are developing a  crowd sourcing tools to increas the cultural and research value of these digital assets.


However even now there  is plenty of  opportunity  to engage with and contribute  -- anyone who is logged on to Flickr can tag the images - as Ben O'Steen suggests in a tweet  " mundane tags  - 'map', 'portrait', etc -  are very helpful!   Such activites are an  ideal focus for meaningful learning activties in the classroom, (as well as great fun).  Indeed, I have begun a small scale tagging exercise for places and topics that I am familar with such as Dumfries and Galloway. 


Finally -  many thanks to the good folks at the  British Library and Microsoft who had the vision to bring us these raw materials.  Let's see what we can build with them. If you have any thoughts on how you would use them, especially in education,  It would be great if you could share them as comments.