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Notes on the political, social and scientific impact of networked digital maps and geospatial imagery, with a special focus on Google Earth.



Last Build Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:35:01 +0000

 



What does Crimea tell us about Google?

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:16:08 +0000

[TL;DR: Google appears to be voluntarily tampering with its maps to appease the local populations of Russia and Ukraine, rather than being forced to do so by local laws, which was the case until now.]   What can we infer about Google’s technology, politics and business from observing its approach to mapping Crimea, a few … Continue reading What does Crimea tell us about Google?



MH370: Google adds satellite search imagery to Google Earth; black box heard?

Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:59:03 +0000

Two new pieces of information today relevant to the ongoing search for Malaysian Airlines MH370: There is a potential location for the black box, and Google Earth now shows recent satellite imagery of the search area in its default layer. 1. Black box heard? A Chinese patrol ship has picked up pings that match those … Continue reading MH370: Google adds satellite search imagery to Google Earth; black box heard?



MH370: Amateur hour at the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency?

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:37:28 +0000

The Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA) today released an annotated satellite image purporting to show a debris field in the Southern Indian Ocean, near the area where the plane is believed to have perished. Unfortunately, using only the information contained by the image, it can easily be proven to be self-contradicory, and hence useless. I’ve … Continue reading MH370: Amateur hour at the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency?



MH370: Updated route, final radar plot (Updated)

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 22:04:05 +0000

UPDATE March 22: Keith Ledgerwood, who devised the theory that MH370 may have shadowed another plane, argues (convincingly) that the track shown to the media and families in the photo below is not of MH370 but of either UAE343 or SIA68, both of which were in the area at the time. If this is true (which it … Continue reading MH370: Updated route, final radar plot (Updated)



MH370 – Airports in flight range on Google Earth

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:54:46 +0000

Over the weekend, several initiatives mapped airports that could serve as potential landing spots for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. WNYC first mapped large airports within MH370’s flight range onto Google Maps; then David Strip used data from OurAirports to cast a wider net of potential landing spots and put that in Google Maps. That’s … Continue reading MH370 – Airports in flight range on Google Earth



Flight MH370 — search data in Google Earth

Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:22:06 +0000

[Update April 5: New post: Google adds satellite imagery to Google Earth; Black box heard?] [UPDATE March 22: I have updated the KMZ file for Google Earth to show the latest imagery released by China, pinpointing another possible peace of debris from MH370. I’ve now also added the imagery itself to the placemark’s info box.] … Continue reading Flight MH370 — search data in Google Earth



4 reasons why Google’s Lego-Maps is not your average tech demo

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:43:28 +0000

(This is a cross-post from an article I wrote earlier today for work, on Söderhavet’s blog, tough it is equally at home on this blog.) Today’s extraordinary new time-sink is Build With Chrome, a collaboration between Google and Lego that lets you claim a spot in Google Maps and then build on it with virtual … Continue reading 4 reasons why Google’s Lego-Maps is not your average tech demo