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Satellite Images Updated for Urbana

May 13, 2009

Up until yesterday, every time I checked out our town on Google Maps or Google Earth, I was frustrated by the low-res images that were in the database.  Well thats changed and now there are great images for Urbana, although they’re a year or two old.  (You can see the veggie-diesel truck in the yard from a former housemate)

Satellite view of our yard, with labels

Satellite view of our yard, with labels

There are a lot of sweet GIS tools that Google offers through Earth and Maps that allow you to play with the images and add your own content layers.   I drew a path that shows my bike route to work everyday. Then I made a screen capture.

My bike route to work

My bike route to work

GIS (geographic information systems) is an exciting field that has many possible community applications. La Casa member, Jacob, made this map last year that shows where all the fruit trees are growing in town. This is a form of community asset mapping. Pretty sweet.  What else can we do?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Maria permalink*
    May 13, 2009 12:19 pm

    Awesome!

  2. Maria permalink*
    May 13, 2009 12:21 pm

    Ugh. Also, how can we get rid of that stupid “Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)”

  3. May 13, 2009 1:07 pm

    The presence of the chicken tractor on the east side of the garden, but no leaves in the trees, suggests that this was satellite image was taken in March 2008.

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