Entries by Jill Saligoe-Simmel, Ph.D.

Google Mashing Up the Mashups

Hoping to make it even easier to turn its online maps into collages of local information, Google is introducing tools that will stitch together applications from a hodgepodge of Web sites. Google is hoping to unite the information mishmash by encouraging mashup developers to package the creations into mini-applications called “mapplets” that will be posted […]

Yesterday, I Visited Syria… on 360cities

Use the new web site “360cities” as your virtual travel guide when you plan your next arm chair vacation. 360 is traveling the world capturing 360-degree images of landmarks and key cultural locations. You can fully rotate the scenes, tilt and zoom. Check out the World’s Virtual Reality Portal to navigate to your next stop, […]

Guidance From Above: IndianaMap Across Indiana

Over the past several months, I worked with producer Aric Hartvig of WFYI to document some of the uses and benefits of the IndianaMap for their series Across Indiana. In 2005, Indiana developed very high resolution orthophotography (aerial photography) as part of a single, consistent digital base map for geographic information systems — called the IndianaMap. […]

My Wonderful World

How do you get kids involved with geography? Check out My Wonderful World for activities, links, and resources for parents and teachers. Geography Is 10 Cool Things It’s big. It’s more than maps. Geography’s about knowing what’s where, why it’s there, and why it matters. Knowing geography will make your life more interesting, more exciting, […]

Indiana Governor Signs GIS into Law

I’m back! I had a two month hiatus spent largely on the Indiana legislative session, and boy am I glad it’s over. I have a new-found respect for our law makers who do that year after year – and I was following only one bill! I am very pleased to report that Governor Daniels signed the […]

Census Mapping Made Easy

Social Explorer is a web service designed to help people easily map Census data from 1940 – 2000. The site has a friendly user interface and is very intuitive. One of the coolest features is the ability to create a slide show from the Census data to visualize change over time. This is a public […]

Loss of Free Data Services

Access to free web mapping services has many of us hooked – but what does the future have in store? Here is a recent experience with free going to fee. It leaves me wondering where the industry is heading over the long haul regarding web mapping services, and at what cost. Shortly after September 11th […]

Quote of the day: “Maps can endanger freedom.”

In a story in the 3/13/07 edition of the Cape Gazette “Positive Growth Alliance: NEMO lacks balance” Mr. Rich Collins, executive director of the Positive Growth Alliance (PGA), is quoted as saying “Maps can endanger freedom.” This is in reference to the Delaware Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program which educates municipal officials about […]