Saturday, April 12, 2014

Boise River Enhancement Network - Sharing Information Via an Online Community

In June 2012, we (Mountain Visions) started a unique online community networking project for the Boise River Enhancement Network (BREN)  Currently we are maintaining and updating the site as community members are collaborating on a two year effort to create a comprehensive enhancement plan for the long range future.
People interested in sharing, discussing and organizing enhancement concepts events and projects are encouraged to join this BREN “On Line / All the Time” communication effort.

Recently on the BREN site we have also initiated the experimental collaborative mapping project below in an attempt to start the creation of a comprehensive and interactive Google Earth/Map of the boise River Watershed.  This map provides a way for BREN members to identify map place marks that provide transparent web based information links to information resources and example restoration and enhancement projects that have happened in the past, that are currently in progress and those that are, or might be, planned for the future. 

View Boise River Enhancement Network Map in a larger map

Friday, March 28, 2014

On the Boise River, I have been shooting 360 degree panoramas with the iPhone. This is an example of one that I have produced into a video that moves from left to right and zooms in and out that also includes a sound track and text overlay.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Esri Enables Federal Agencies to Open GIS Mapping Data to the Public

This article by Alexander Howard on February 10, 2014 at provides details on how government agencies will be able to make more geospatial data available to developers and the public.

"The mapping software giant will take an unprecedented step, enabling thousands of government customers around the U.S. to make their data on the ArcGIS platform open to the public with a click of a mouse."
"Government agencies can use the new feature to turn geospatial information systems data in Esri's format into migratable, discoverable, and accessible open formats, including CSVs, KML and GeoJSON. Esri will demonstrate the ArcGIS feature in ArcGIS at the Federal Users Conference in Washington, D.C. According to Turner, the new feature will go live in March 2014."
Notice that the KML format used by Google Earth and Maps is mentioned.  It will be interesting to experiment with this new open source data availability as it becomes available for the Boise River Watershed.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Humongous Megaload Turns 90 Degree Corner

Using a Nikon DSLR camera and shotgun mike I recorded the movements of the megaload as it turned the corner in Marsing Idaho on Saturday night December 28, 2013.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Megaload Parked in Idaho - 270 degree panoramas

For several days around Christmas the huge megaload shipment traveling secondary highways through Oregon, Idaho and Montana has been parked 2 miles west of Marsing Idaho.  The plan is to start moving the megaload again on Friday December 27, at 10 PM.  The megaload rig will have to turn a sharp corner in downtown Marsing as it moves toward the towns of Grand View and Bruneau, Idaho.

Visit this link to see the High Resolution panoramas on Picasa Web.

I also posted 8 still photos of the megaload area and people looking at the pull and push trucks and the haul rig.

Here is the link to that Picasa Web Album.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Citizen Exploration / far beyond Citizen Science.

Tim O'Reilly on Google+ "This piece is utterly brilliant, an important manifesto on how the DIY movement is enabling a new era of citizen exploration (far beyond the vision of "citizen science.") He is referring to this article titled: Makers: the New Explorers of the Universe by David Lang, 11/02/13 Tim provides One Sample: "People have been talking about the Internet of Things for years. But the aesthetic of the industrial internet always conjured up visions of connected devices that spoke quietly to each other: thermostats that never needed tending, plants that watered themselves and toasters that knew the day’s weather. It was always a promise of convenience (and automation and sleekness). What wasn’t obvious, to me anyway, was that an Internet of Things could usher in a golden age for curiosity. Where everyone, even a luddite like me, was constantly at the edge of what was possible. Where a new adventure — a new set of questions about our world and our place in it — was only a group friends and an internet connection away." Or as Stewart Brand said, in the memorable quote that opens the piece: “[In] the last century, discovery was basically finding things. And in this century, discovery is basically making things.”

Monday, December 02, 2013

Stellar Jays at Thanksgiving Tables

Using a GoPro camera, tripod and WiFi setup with iPhone I recorded these Stellar Jays coming to a bird feeder on Thanksgiving day, 2012.

Credits to David Dudley for building and placing the bird feeders.

I uploaded the same 1080p video to Vimeo and YouTube for comparison in various resolutions, including 1080p.

Video uploaded to Vimeo
Stellar Jays Thanksgiving Table from Gary O. Grimm on Vimeo.

Video uploaded to YouTube