By Brady Forrest
OpenAerialMap is a site for collecting, hosting, and mapping freely available aerial imagery. The project comes at a good time. There is increasing interest in DIY aerial imagery. DIY Drones is a community started by Chris Anderson for aerial imagery enthusiasts. Commercial venture Pict’Earth offer aerial imagery systems that includes their custom geopositioning software. And of course Make has had a project for aerial photography via a kite for a while.
You can view any uploaded imagery set on a map. You can apply an OpenStreetMap layer if desired. Current sets include: Burning Man 2007, Afghanistan, San Diego 2003, and the San Diego Widlfires of 2007 (pictured above).
Anyone can register as a datasource. You can then upload and geoposition your imagery using the site’s tools. Though the project idea has been around for a while it was only recently put together by Chris Schmidt, an OpenLayers (Radar post) contributor and MetaCarta (Radar post) employee. Chris has made the site’s code available.
Why is the project necessary? Though the imagery that Google, Microsoft, and others make freely available is excellent in its quality and coverage, you are only able to use it under their terms. This project makes imagery fully available and in one place. Also it can take 6 months or longer for an area to have its imagery updated on the larger sites – in the case of certain events you may want to capture a change now. I would love to see this project scale out like Open Street Map has, but that will take a while as the barrier to volunteer is much higher.
Button typography. Very bespoke. Similar to minimal type faces made from 5X7 grid or LCD calculator numerals, I had never seen, or thought possible for that matter, that all the letterforms would be possible. You can download the font as well.
via Michael Surtees’ very excellent DesignNotes
At nearfield a presentation on RFID as a Material in Design outlines the background, goals and findings of the research into NFC (nearfield communications) using RFID.
I have long loved the work of matta clark. In architecture school he came to be one of the most important architects in my mind. I obsessed over his active making of architectural work and absorbed much influence from him. Ubuweb has 4 short films available for view and download.