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Obama’s Earth Mapping Policy and Landsat Data Continuity Mission

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Spatial Sustain offers a nice entry named Obama’s Earth Mapping Policy. It’s been a year since we mentioned the Landsat Data Continuity Mission.

From the entry: “Green indicated that while the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LCDM) is now funded, there’s still a need for the incoming administration to act in order to shore up the commitment to earth observation, including the call for Imagery for the Nation. […] In fact, Gene Whitney, former Assistant director for Environment at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, spoke solely about a reasoned approach to the incoming administration that would focus less on technology and the investments that are needed, and more on the societal benefits of earth observation.

And somewhat related, the Landsat 7 data archive now provides a GeoRSS feed for updates.

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Don’t miss the NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge America

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agrabow837 writes “Don’t miss this opportunity
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See also our NAVTEQ section.

g-speak Spatial Operating Environment

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Slashdot discusses g-speak spatial operating environment. Their summary: “Oblong Industries, a startup based in LA has unveiled g-speak, an operational version of the notable interface from Minority Report. One of Oblong’s founders served as science and technology adviser for the film; the interface was an extension of his doctoral work at the MIT Media Lab. Oblong calls g-speak a ‘spatial operating environment’ and adds that ‘the SOE’s combination of gestural i/o, recombinant networking, and real-world pixels brings the first major step in computer interface since 1984.'” The video shown on Oblong’s front page is an impressive demo.”

360Cities Panoramas in Google Earth

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Mentioned a month ago, both the GEB and OE informs us that 360Cities 3D panoramas are now a default layer in Google Earth. From the GEB: “The new 360Cities layer contains placemarks to nearly 10,000 full 360 degree panoramas which are viewable inside Google Earth. Here’s what 360Cities’ Jeffrey Martin has to say about being included as a Google Earth layer:

“This ranks at the top of 360cities’ achievements to date. It brings our beautiful content to a whole new audience and it serves as a great showcase for VR photography, which is starting to get the attention it deserves. It’s a real honor.”

Mathematica 7 Integrates Geodesy & GIS

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Ogle Earth offers a very informative entry on the integration of geodesy and GIS in Mathematica 7. Slashdot also covers the release of Wolfram’s Mathematica 7. From the official site: “Mathematica 7 adds support for advanced high-precision geodesy, providing a modern foundation for accurate geospatial information and computation. With comprehensive support for all standard reference ellipsoids, datums and projections, Mathematica 7 streamlines the process of importing, combining and computing with geospatial data from varied sources—as well as supporting symbolic geodesy, fully integrated with Mathematica’s broad mathematical computation capabilities.