29 August 2014

Irresponsibility

November 2014 vote on open space: "I'll be voting no," Christie said during a news conference today in Sea Bright. "It's irresponsible to earmark (money) this way."

28 August 2014

Killing Time?

When people saw that this one plane was "pacing back and forth" it seemed suspicious. After all, this plane was low and slow. But the website Metabunk.org, which "is dedicated to the art and pastime of honest, polite, scientific debunking" took a closer look. Turns out it wasn't a North Korean bomber or aliens, but LiDAR.

Hence the new motto I propose: "LiDAR - Not as scary as aliens."

27 August 2014

Organized information

Through much of the literature of GIScience there is a theme of information organization. Information about metadata seems pretty meta, sometimes. But this List of lists of lists from Wikipedia top it all.

26 August 2014

Using maps for tough issues

FiveThirtyEight blog found itself turning to maps to explain some elements of the Michael Brown shooting and public response. With tough issues, like race and income, the maps tell a more complete and nuanced story than the statistics that 538 is so famous for. I think that in situations like these, they feel more true than simple numbers. But, just as importantly, as many readers are still trying to understand the basic landscape of the area, they provide a richer context.

25 August 2014

Lower Raritan partners and possible friends

The Lower Raritan Watershed is a large area and there are a lot of different groups that are either interested in it, or useful to those interested in the watershed. For our students, this list gives you some to explore, but is not close to being complete. It avoids companies and government groups except for environmental commissions.

Edison Wetlands Association

Riverkeeper

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership

The Watershed Institute

Central Jersey Bicycle Club

Raritan River Project at No Water No Life

American Littoral Society

Edison Greenways Group
East Coast Greenway

Highland Park Environmental Commission

Cranbury Environmental Commission

NJ Audubon

Endangered New Jersey

The NYNJCTBotany site has plant inventories for many sites within the watershed including (but not limited to) the Monmouth Battlefield State Park (in Monmouth County), Washington Valley Park (is Somerset County), Triple C Ranch (in Middlesex County), and the Watchung Reservation (in Union County).

23 August 2014

Art as landscape

Olafur Eliasson has outdone himself this time with a stream installation inside an art museum in Denmark.


Since you might not make it to Denmark this fall, you might have to settle for seeing art in other places.


20 August 2014

Paper for CyberGIS '14

In my talk at CyberGIS '14, I referenced Will Craig's paper:

Craig, W. 1992. "Why we couldn't get the data we wanted," Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), Vol. 4 No. 2. 1992. 
 It is a timeless paper. Although the technology has changed a bit, the basic ideas behind institutional and social barriers to data access haven't.

More urban innovation

Next Cities announces a new infusion of funding for urban innovation:
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday a three-year commitment that will send eligible cities up to $1 million annually to support the creation of “innovation delivery teams” that will use data-driven, results-oriented approaches to solve vexing urban problems.