Keep Austin Spatial

Here’s an item that I haven’t yet found in our local daily, which has begun a faith page but not a corresponding science page. Those of us still inhabiting the natural world do find interesting the observation and inquiry into various phenomena. In addition to (or instead of) “Finding faith when you’re not looking” why doesn’t our newspaper run a section titled “Finding science all around us”? I guess they sell more papers pandering to the incurious.

For those who are curious, the City of Austin’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Services is celebrating Austin GIS Day at Austin City Hall on Wednesday November 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Free parking in the City Hall parking garage; use Lavaca Street entrance.)

You can learn how the city uses GIS for in its various services from 911 to repairing water and wastewater systems to protecting the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. Cool interactive, 3D aerial images of Austin will be shown.

There is also a contest for showcasing GIS technologies. All this via Prentiss Riddle who reports that in 2004, John Cook won with his Keep Austin Weird map. Are you in the weird zone?

4 Comments so far

  1. Pat Doyle (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 10:21 am

    Yes, it appears to be blantant pandering to the knuckle-draggers. ACA recently posted a great article about the Statesman’s fundie-love:

    http://www.atheist-community.org/library/articles/read.php?id=744


  2. Annie In Austin (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 10:34 am

    Prentiss Riddle’s a favorite, and I saw the map last night. My area is only a little weird on John Cook’s 2004 map; I wonder how much the map will change with time?

    The interactive GIS images do sound cool! Thanks, MSS.

    Annie the Garden Blogger


  3. mss (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 1:22 pm

    Annie, I’m guessing (and I say this with true regard) that the weird quotient in your neighborhood has gone up since you moved in. I submit the photo of you dressed up as “Magenta” and your fondness for Stranger in a Strange Land as evidence.


  4. Prentiss Riddle (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 6:55 pm

    In deference to John Cook’s great idea, I didn’t want to go too far into poking and prodding at it. For starters, note that his data mostly consist of business and organizational addresses, not residences, so they don’t represent the weirdness that goes on in private homes in Austin. (Thank god!)



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