Connected Resources: Web 2.0 and Assembling the Virtual Choir

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Most of my posts are tied to natural disasters, mapping and bringing together people from various backgrounds to look at connected resources to solve problems facing the world.  Sometimes with such serious topics, we can lose sight of the incredible resources that we have with Web 2.0 technology to collaborate and bring together people from diverse backgrounds and interests in order to celebrate even in a world that is all to often chaotic.

Today, I was introduced to the Virtual Choir by Eric Whitacre.  The Virtual Choir has performed twice, and Virtual Choir 3.0 will be announced this coming week.  Below are several videos from the previous two Virtual Choirs.  One of the items that caught my attention was the way that singers were visually connected to one another in Virtual Choir 2.0.  They were assembled by country, creating a “map” of the singers showing the countries that were participating in the choir.  This type of data visualization is something that I have seen done for tweets, but I had never thought of doing this for individual videos or messages that paint a common picture – like what was done here.  Absolute GENIUS! Continue reading


Quick Web Maps – How’d you do that???

  • As a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professional for nearly 10 years, I’m used to having people ask, “can you make a map of…”  With the increase in the use of Social Media and the use of web services to share information, it has become much easier to share the data behind the scenes.  Enter in a concept called interoperability.  For many years, the term interoperability was used when two public safety agencies (ie. police and fire) used different radio frequencies and they couldn’t talk to each other.  But as new technology has been developed, interoperability is being used more to describe:

Assembling separate but related pieces of information from different sources and/or disciplines in order to answer a common question

In this morning’s post, October snow and Online Web Maps, I put together a web map showing elevations above 3,500 feet (a snow level discussed my many meteorologists and spotters).  Let’s walk through the separate but related pieces of information and steps to the process to show how they are interoperable with one another to answer the common question “If it snows above 3,500 feet, where will the snow occur?” Continue reading