We are pleased to announce the publication special issue of  Future Internet, Volume 3, Issue 4 (December 2011).  Edited by Dr. Christopher Pettit Principal Research Scientist and Research Manager, Spatial Information Sciences, Department of Primary Industries Victoria, Australia and Dr. Arzu Coltekin,Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 80750 Zürich, Switzerland, the issue represents a series of notable papers:

Table of Contents:

Olaf Schroth, Ellen Pond, Cam Campbell, Petr Cizek, Stephen Bohus and Stephen R. J. Sheppard

Article: Tool or Toy? Virtual Globes in Landscape Planning Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 204-227; doi:10.3390/fi3040204

Philip Paar and Jörg Rekittke

Article: Low-Cost Mapping and Publishing Methods for Landscape Architectural Analysis and Design in Slum-Upgrading Projects Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 228-247; doi:10.3390/fi3040228

Mark Imhof, Matthew Cox, Angela Fadersen, Wayne Harvey, Sonia Thompson, David Rees and Christopher Pettit

Article: Natural Resource Knowledge and Information Management via the Victorian Resources Online Website Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 248-280; doi:10.3390/fi3040248

David Parsons, Ramesh Lal and Manfred Lange
Article: Test Driven Development: Advancing Knowledge by Conjecture and Confirmation
Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 281-297; doi:10.3390/fi3040281

Haifeng Li and Bo Wu

Article: A Service-Oriented Architecture for Proactive Geospatial Information Services
Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 298-318; doi:10.3390/fi3040298

Subhash Sharma, Christopher Pettit, Ian Bishop, Pang Chan and Falak Sheth

Article: An Online Landscape Object Library to Support Interactive Landscape Planning
Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 319-343; doi:10.3390/fi3040319

Saviour Formosa, Vincent Magri, Julia Neuschmid and Manfred Schrenk

Article: Sharing Integrated Spatial and Thematic Data: The CRISOLA Case for Malta and the European Project Plan4all Process Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 344-361; doi:10.3390/fi3040344

Sabrina Lai and Corrado Zoppi

Article: An Ontology of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of City Masterplans 
Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 362-378; doi:10.3390/fi3040362

Arzu Coltekin and Tumasch Reichenbacher

Review: High Quality Geographic Services and Bandwidth Limitations
Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 379-396; doi:10.3390/fi3040379

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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Virtual Library of Birmingham in Second Life

The Virtual Library of Birmingham, built by Daden Limited, has opened its doors to the public allowing access two years before the real life building is ready for occupancy. The virtual model allows visitors to explore and learn more about the public spaces within the new library as well as leave their comments.

Birmingham City Council contracted Daden to deliver an interactive virtual model of the new library in Second Life. The purpose of the REIP (Regional Efficiency and Improvement Partnerships) funded projects was to support community engagement, and to inform the internal fit-out:

Daden used the architect’s images, plans and drawing to build the Virtual Library of Birmingham in situ on Centenary Square in Second Life. Working with the Library of Birmingham team, Daden also created a warehouse of furniture and objects. They trained the Library of Birmingham team in the skills necessary to make changes and to also furnish the Virtual Library, as and when more detail was known regarding the internal spaces.

We have always been fans of Second Life, despite its sometimes muted reception at research grant meetings, although we cant help but think that perhaps the whole virtual world scene needs a revamp. That said, the use of rating systems for place and space in the model is a really nice innovation by Daden.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Anonymous - July 28, 2011

    Please stop spending tax money on this crap

  2. Brenda Henderson - October 23, 2011

    In fact, it isn’t much money, comparitively, and isn’t wasted. It’s far better being able to examine buildings and ‘walk through’ before a vast amount of money is spent on them. It’s a lot easier to adjust things virtually than when they are built in bricks and mortar!

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Digital Urban is Undergoing Cosmetic Changes

We are about to implement a new look to the blog – one of the joys of blogger is that all the changes go live so for the next few hours the site could well have some strange behaviors…

We should be back up and running shortly..


The first phase seems to be up and running, there will be some tweaks over the coming days but for now we have a new layout with comments up front and hopefully a easier to use site.

Any thoughts?

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Anonymous - February 23, 2008

    looking very nice

  2. Daniel - February 24, 2008

    Looks very nice, Andrew. I might, though, reduce the opacity of the background graphic — to keep it from aesthetically distracting the roll-over button navigation.

  3. Frankie Roberto - February 24, 2008

    Having a main navigation button link to a mailto: is a bit odd an unexpected. It would be better if it led to a page with contact details on it.

  4. atomicsmith - February 24, 2008

    looks great.
    I agree with daniel, also think the bg image could be slighlty larger and the logo slightly smaller. just a thought. overall though nice clean look.

    you mentioned switching to a mac in one of your posts. I’ve just switched (back) too. and am loving it. maybe you could do a post on it??

  5. Andy - February 25, 2008

    Thanks a lot for the comments – we will fade out the background a bit and add in a ‘contact us page’ the mailto was a bit of a quick fix while we put up the changes.

    Will also take a look at the logo size 🙂

    The next few weeks will see various tweaks so any more thoughts are really welcome.


  6. Andy - February 25, 2008

    A post on moving to the Mac sounds like a good idea.

    It has completely changed how we have worked over the last month and up until the final straw with a Vista crash we were complete Windows users.

    IMovie, KeyNote, Garage Band etc have been a joy to use. Its been a bit of a revelation to be honest so we may well write a post on our experiences.


    – just off to get a keyboard so we can add our own music to the movies via Garage Band – could be interesting…

  7. Frankie Roberto - February 25, 2008

    The header background image is much darker on a PC than on a Mac by the way (I think it’s something to do with different gamma settings).

  8. eAi - February 25, 2008

    Looks good – the little tabs out the right side of the buttons along the top look a bit strange though… What purpose do they have? Mousing over the buttons seems to give them a drop shadow that goes over the little tab, so they don’t appear to be part of the buttons…

  9. Andy - February 25, 2008

    Thanks for pointing that out – fixed 🙂


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