The miniaturization of GPS tracking devices is leading to a revolution in ornithology, reports the Boston Globe, as smaller and smaller birds can be tracked.
Yet another story about how Google Earth is empowering the individual, and yet again it’s set in India. This time, farmers used Google Earth to win higher compensation for their land when forced to sell it to the government, apparently because they were able to show it was more fertile than the government had contended. Moneycontrol Indiahas the story.
James Fee detects an inkling of GIS developers wanting to veer away from ESRI server products in favour of their home-grown server-client solutions. This leads to an interesting question: Is ESRI about to feel the sting of widespread adoption of open-source server solutions? Bear in mind that whereas Linux has not had a big impact on Microsoft’s desktop OS business, Microsoft has never caught up with Apache in the web server market.
Google Earth continues to remain in the UK public’s zeitgeist. “Google Earth” was the 18th most popular search term in September, according to Hitwise. It wasn’t the most popular mapping search term, however — that honor went to “Multimap” at #17, whose maps have long been the staple of UK cabbies.
Clickable Culturewonders whether Second Life might not be the victim of its own success, given the number of attacks it has suffered of late, and the effect this has had on the overall stability of the system.
In case you haven’t read it, Newsweek has a nice color piece about how the growing internet mapping “industry” is fuelling demand for aerial imagery and the companies that provide it.
Notes on the political, social and scientific impact of networked digital maps and geospatial imagery, with a special focus on Google Earth.