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A Quick Roundup of GIS, Maps and More from GreenInfo Network
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On to the news!California Protected Areas Database (CPAD) v1.3 is now available!
Released in August, GreenInfo's CPAD v 1.3 has undergone major improvements, especially in urban areas. CPAD is a comprehensive GIS inventory of all protected open space lands in the State of California (it's been downloaded over 2,500 times in the past year!). Visit http://www.CAlands.org for more information and to download v.1.3 - and check out http://www.ProtectedLands.net for information about national efforts on protected area inventories.
ESRI - ArcGIS Online
ESRI has recently enabled its online mapping system, ArcGIS Online. For users of ESRI GIS software, the ArcGIS Online web site offers very interesting opportunities, as does a companion site for open source approaches to online mapping, Mapping for Everyone. AND, if you are using GIS and don't know how to access the ESRI imagery and other base map data as a service that you bring into your ArcGIS documents, check out this information.
What exactly is the right font type and size for map labels? Good cartographers know that labeling can make or break a map. If you've found yourself asking this question while designing maps, Type Brewer may be a good resource for you. This website provides examples of different map labeling styles. AND best of all, it provides optimal font type names and sizes to get you started.
Never been to Buckingham Palace? Go there with Google. Use this Google Mash-Up to take a driving tour of London, and then stop over in Paris. This 3D Driving Simulator uses Google Maps Street view and MS Virtual Earth Birds Eye View to simulate a realistic driving experience for the user. Popular tourist attraction routes can be viewed. Requires installation of Google Earth Plug In. Safe driving!
MSR MapCruncher for Virtual Earth
Have you ever wanted to integrate your map with MS Virtual Earth? Use the MapCruncher mash-up to import a map and augment existing roads data and aerial imagery. This is especially useful for trail maps or building footprints, however any possibilities can be explored using your very own maps.
GIS and Related Conferences
GreenInfo Network recently attended the NACIS Conference (the organization of cartographers)
and presented at the Land Trust Alliance Rally. Check out the links for conference summaries.
The GreenInfo Team
Larry Orman, Amanda Recinos, Tim Sinnott, Maegan Leslie-Torres, Jennifer Strahan, Rhonda Friberg, Alex Barnish, John Kelly, Jason Jones, Stephanie Ding and Aubrey Dugger
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