Bioconductor : Open Source Bioinformatics

October 30th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Mapping, Programming | No Comments »

Bioconductor is an open source and open development software project for the analysis and comprehension of genomic data. The project, written for the R language environment, aims to provide a variety of visualizations for the analysis of genomic data. [download]

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Mapping American Toponymy

October 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Social | 1 Comment »

Plfy has assembled a revealing series of toponymic (place naming) maps of the United States, based on the GNIS (Geographic Names Information System) dataset provided by USGS. The results instantly illustrate the regional preferences over naming their local body of water, ____ Brook or ____ Creek, ____Pond or ____ Lake, etc.

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Common Census Map : Where is your "The City"?

October 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Social | No Comments »

The CommonCensus Map Project is redrawing the map of the United States based on ‘spheres of influence’. Using a growing set of votes, maps of regional associations with cities and sports teams are generated.

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Morphology database going global

October 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Future, Mapping | No Comments »

Morphbank is an open web repository of images serving the biological research community. It is currently being used to document specimens in natural history collections, to voucher DNA sequence data, and to share research results in disciplines such as taxonomy, morphometrics, comparative anatomy, and phylogenetics. With a $2.25 million NSF grant, Fredrik Ronquist and his team at Florida State University hope to eventually have a database accessible by everyone from kindergarteners to researchers with user friendly features such as image recognition to identify the species of an organism from a user-uploaded photograph.

via Biology News Net | FSU

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Logarithmic Maps of the Universe

October 10th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping | No Comments »

View a map of the entire Universe using a map projection based on the logarithm projection of a complex plane. Local shapes, from the Earth’s core to the Big Bang, are preserved using this technique for analysis of large scale structures.

ImproViz: Visual Explorations of Jazz Improvisations

October 9th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping | No Comments »

ImproViz, by Jon Snydal and Marti Hearst, diagrams the melodic landscapes (general contours of musical phrasing) and harmonic palettes (musician’s tendency to use a particular combination of notes) of jazz improvisation. Viewing the jazz standard All Blues through the lens of ImproViz illustrates the contrasting melodic and harmonic styles of three musicians. This analysis uncovers some surprises, such as how Miles Davis played musical ideas that contradicted his own composition. ImproViz offers jazz students a new way to study jazz theory and can also serve as a real-time improvisational aid, allowing a student to borrow the harmonic vocabulary of jazz masters. [ImproViz pdf]

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Masaki Fujihata : Field Works

October 4th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Virtual Reality | 2 Comments »

Equipped with a GPS receiver, a wide-angle video camera + microphone, a pocket computer, and an electronic compass, Masaki Fujihata records his walks through sites chosen in terms of the possibility of developing a project there linked specifically with its geography and history. The material is then mapped into a 3-dimensional space using the GPS information to orient the sequence into a Field-works virtual excursion.

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AI Weather-talk

September 30th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Future, Mapping, Technology | 1 Comment »

Weathermen don’t know what they’re talking about. Or, more precisely, have biased vocabulary when it comes to describing the weather. So, computer scientists at the University of Aberdeen, UK have created an AI WeatherAgent (part of the SumTime project) that interprets numerical data sets into a written summary to dish out unambiguous descriptions. [SumTime demo]

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Genetic Explorer

September 20th, 2005 | Filed under: Biotech, Mapping, Programming | 1 Comment »

GNOM‘s latest genetic network explorer combines the oracle (circular) and landscape (nodal) interfaces to represent the structural description and functional relations of Escherichia Coli genes.

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Real-Time Mobile Landscape

September 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Social, Technology, Urbanism | No Comments »

Digital Derive, by senseable city lab, taps into the social network of the ubiquitous cell phone in Graz, Austria. The density of cellphone calls, origins and destinations of the calls, and position of users are tracked anonymously in real time, visualizing the organism that social networks of communications are any moment.

Thanks, EZCT.

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