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January 24, 2006

GIS software

Filed under: GIS — admin @ 9:26 pm

I’ve come across what’s seems to be a large and useful listing of open-source GIS software. Over at Very Spatial, bloggers are also trying to build the definitive list of desktop GIS software. Such initiatives are useful for others to discover what is out there.
My own, less-organized, bookmarks to many GIS resources can be found on my GIS ‘thin blog’ here; the section on GIS & science will be vastly expanded in mid-February.

January 19, 2006

More on Turkey mutations

Filed under: avian influenza — admin @ 5:01 pm

Just a pointer to a long article I’ve published in Nature today on the three mutations found in human cases of H5N1 in Turkey — “Alarms ring over bird flu mutations.
It’s a follow up to last week’s article “Bird flu mutation sparks concern.

For more avian flu news, see my flu ‘thin’ blog or sign up to its RSS feed.

January 13, 2006

Turkey updates to avian flu maps

Filed under: avian influenza,GIS,Google Earth — admin @ 11:00 pm

Given the current interest in the outbreak of H5N1 in Turkey, I’ve exceptionally manually updated the Google Earth global avian flu outbreak maps to show the location of the latest human cases in Turkey (red dots), and links to relevant WHO updates.

January 11, 2006

BBC Radio 5 has a piece on the Google Earth flu maps

Filed under: avian influenza,GIS,Google Earth,Uncategorized — admin @ 12:07 am

Here’s the link

January 4, 2006

Google Earth featured in Nature’s podcast

Filed under: avian influenza,GIS,Google Earth — admin @ 11:21 pm

This week’s Nature podcast features a short interview with me on Google Earth.

Avian flu maps in Google Earth

Filed under: avian influenza,GIS,Google Earth — admin @ 8:16 pm


Nature has a Google Earth map of avian flu outbreaks online tonight.

Download the network link directly from here.

It accompanies an article I’ve published in Nature: “Mashups mix data into global service.” The article also has a box on methods; a shorter version of this post: “Nature gets mashed up.”

The visualization of avian flu outbreaks is the first online map, to my knowledge, of each of the more than 1800 individual outbreaks of avian flu in birds that have been reported over the past two years. It also provides a geographical overview of confirmed human cases of infection with the H5N1 influenza virus.

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