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Posted on October 7th, 2014

Apollo News Snippets – October 2014

Oh the 1980’s, what a glorious time of thrashing metal bands, excessive hair spray and of course 8-bit video games. This is a map of the world done in Super Mario Brothers style.
  • If you are anything like me, you spent many a late-night hour sitting up past your curfew to play video games like Super Mario Brothers when you were a kid. With this in mind, here is a throwback map for you of the world, done in Super Mario style. As an added bonus, you can turn the images into your desktop wallpaper!
  • In honor of Halloween, this month’s Google search plays off our emotions, “GIS and fear.” You are not going to find many results with this search but one of the intriguing ones was this research on fear maps by Jim Nash of the University of Nebraska, Omaha. By surveying students about their feelings on safe and unsafe parts of the campus, Nash used GIS to create a map (a fear map so to speak) showing these areas. Check out his results as they are rather fascinating, for example, males and females identified nearly the same safe and unsafe locations.
  • We stay in the Midwest this month with a look at the online GIS resources of Minnesota’s largest city, Minneapolis. As you might imagine, the online resources of this twin city are under the joint rubric of the Saint Paul – Minneapolis metropolitan area. Referred to as MetroGIS, the online resources of these twin cities are definitely geared to more advanced users. You are able to download shapefiles from an online map interface and then from a more traditional list of datasets. These datasets can also be accessed by streaming services and KMLs here. The one downfall of the MetroGIS site is that novice users will be at a loss as the online map interface leaves much to be desired, for instance the ability to query the metadata of specific map features.

Brock Adam McCarty
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