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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

New Orleans Hurricane Damage Map - Katrina

MSN has posted an interactive map of New Orleans damage from Hurricane Katrina. It has links to video, photos, personal accounts and much more from all parts of the city.
Check out their New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Damage Map.

Friday, August 26, 2005

GPS School Bus Tracking

Brockport School District in New York will test a new GPS system on one of its school buses. The bus will be equipped with a GPS receiver, a signal transmitter a television camera and other devices. The GPS location of the bus and the picture will be transmitted to the school district via a web-based system. This will enable school officials to monitor the location of the bus at all times.
Read more about GPS School Bus Tracking at

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Mountain Bike GPS

Catherine Lutz has posted a very good article on the uses of GPS by moutain bikers. In addition to covering that subject there is also a good discussion on why a combination of GPS and a map is the best set of navigational tools.
Read more about Mountain Bike GPS at

Thursday, August 11, 2005

GPS with Satellite Weather and Topographic Maps

The new Garmin GPSMAP 296 combines GPS functionality with satellite weather data and topographic maps. This is the first portable GPS unit to feature Next Generation Radar (NEXRAD), Aviation Routine Weather Reports (METARs), Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs), Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs), Lightning and Winds Aloft, and other important weather products to help pilots make informed navigational decisions.
Learn more about GPS with satellite weather

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Driving Distractions: Mobile Phones, Text Messaging, GPS, TV

A comprehensive discussion of driver distractions is included in an article by Simon Tsang at He cites numerous experts on distractions which includes the use of mobile phones, text messaging, gps devices and onboard television sets. The article also describes some interesting new safety featues such as smart headlights, blind spot information systems and lane-departure warning systems.

Read more at his article on Driver Distractions at

Thursday, August 04, 2005

USGS Map Archive Challenge

An interesting article at discusses the growing volume of map data and the limited abilities of libraries and other repositories to archive the documents or digital data and make them available to map users. For this to succeed properly there clearly must be a coordinated effort that involves central digital map archives and the conversion of paper maps into digital images that can be shared through computer networks.
Read more about Digital Map Archiving at

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