Links: Sola G2, DIY sensor web, ArcGIS Explorer gets GeoRSS support

New high resolution imagery:

  • Ecuador, Peru, Senegal, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, India, Iran, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and The Philippines.
  • 2.5m imagery for part of Western Australia

Updated Imagery:


  • USA: LA, San Diego, Houston, Miami, Chicago and Milwaukee area suburbs, New York City area suburbs, much of coastal New Jersey, and Harney County (Oregon).

Europe, Middle East & Africa:

  • England: Isle of Man, Suffolk
  • Spain: Madrid
  • Portugal: Lisbon, Guimaraes, Porto, Sevilla, Coimbra, Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca
  • Italy: Milan
  • France: Toulon, Montbeliard
  • The Netherlands: Assen

Asia & Oceania:

  • Armenia: Yerevan
  • Australia: Melbourne, Darwin

Updated Terrain:

  • Westport, Ireland
  • Hawaii
  • Puerto Rico

3 thoughts on “Links: Sola G2, DIY sensor web, ArcGIS Explorer gets GeoRSS support”

  1. It sounds like Parks gave the same presentation. The IRC channel was buzzing with many “WTF?” comments. I started asking some serious questions about interpretation of spatial media’s ecology. There are a number of assumptions she ignorantly stretched out before us. But on our side, how many of us view our work as “media” and the impact it might have?

    So, there was a reflexive reaction on our part as producers not able to whether some criticism. On the other hand, much of it was justified because her research methods and observations are inherently flawed due to access within the geo community. (Aka, asking the wrong questions and people.) She needs to talk to Mark Monmonier and read “How to Lie With Maps” and “Spying With Maps.”

    BTW: She edited a book of essays on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV show.

  2. Lisa Parks’ presentation was not completely loopy, though many of your criticisms were apt. Satellite photography has become prominent in a short time period, largely thanks to Google Maps/Earth, and not a lot of people are thinking about it critically.

    She makes a good point that a lot of people don’t understand how satellite imagery works and and certainly don’t think about it critically. To some extent her talk read as a postmodern critique: far from presenting an ‘objective’ reality, satellite images are taken at a specific point in time and space, by a government or large organization, for a specific reason, and exist within a larger context. That all seems pretty spot on.

    However, many of her specific examples were lacking: a jumble of inaccuracies mixed in with pat academy buzzwords. (“Neoliberalism!” “Branding!”) The Old News Media / Google Earth comparison chart was pretty useless, and the discussion of the Darfur Layer similarly misconceived. (OK, I worked on the Darfur Layer, too.)

    If I recall correctly, she did amend the talk to note that Google Earth provides timestamps and provider info for visible imagery.

    Despite the above reservations, this is a discussion worth having.

  3. To those of us with a practical, scientific bent the speech seems loopy. Those steeped in Modern Literary Theory find it brilliant, I’m sure.

    I think the social ramifications of widespread availability of global imagery (which is new, as opposed to the existence of such imagery, which is not) deserve exploration. Unfortunately, Ms. Parks has only a hammer, post-modern deconstructionism, so everything is a nail to her.

    In her cloistered academic world, she may not realize that MLT has already turned into self-parody for for a lot of people. I found her talk comedic.

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