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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Week Ahead

Back to work after last weeks AGI conference and this week brings a range of thoughts on creating cities and visualising urban form.

We will be posting some more Google Earth Panoramas shortly as well as a quick and easy way to create clouds in Photoshop. Also later today, if we get the time, there will be a post on PixelArt and cities, an intriguing way to draw and visualise urban form in MSPaint.

Later this week we are at a conference on Grid Computing to look at batch rendering for city visualisation and simple ways to visualise data in Google Maps. At CASA we have produced a demo of visualising GPS data in both Google Maps and Google Earth simultaneously complete with animation. We should be able to get the demo up later this week.

Finally a free piece of software to convert ESRI .shp files to Google Maps is in the pipeline from CASA and we will run a preview on this as soon as we can.

Author Bio

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

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Slow Week?

Not many updates this week as I have been called away from work to look after my Dad who fell off the roof while chasing squirrels.

Next weeks got some interesting posts coming up though – we have a series of posts on Fantasy Architecture with drawings for a Geography Class to be made into 3D Models and put into Google Earth. The drawings arrived in A3 format and we have a A3 Scanner arriving Monday.

We are also thinking of a ‘How To’ series to put together a series of tutorials on how to do the things we put on the blog. If there are any tutorials you would like see then please post a comment and we will start writing….

Author Bio

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


  1. Carl Ahearne - March 17, 2006

    I use AutoCAD and ADT to produce 3D models for construction projects. It would be great to see how to get these into Google Earth correctly lined up etc. Would be a very useful tuorial.

  2. Derek Jackson - March 29, 2006

    Just came across this thanks to CGArchitect.com. Amazing stuff – I’ve never seen Quicktime VRs of that quality and resolution before!

    I work for an architecture firm and would love to be able to create similar VRs for some of the buildings we’ve done.

    Could you give some sort of guide as to how you make them?! What software do you use? What sort of camera? And what’s a “panoramic rig”?

  3. Smithee - March 29, 2006


    Thanks for comment – yep we will do a show and tell post in a few weeks i hope on panoramas.

    If you drop me a email – asmith@geog.ucl.ac.uk then i can give you some info..


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