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
http://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/3/4/204/

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
http://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/3/4/228/

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
http://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/3/4/248/

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
http://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/3/4/281/

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
http://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/3/4/298/

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
http://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/3/4/319/

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
http://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/3/4/344/

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
http://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/3/4/362/

Arzu Coltekin and Tumasch Reichenbacher


Review: High Quality Geographic Services and Bandwidth Limitations
Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 379-396; doi:10.3390/fi3040379
http://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/3/4/379/

Author Bio

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

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Sketchup Google Earth Rapid Modelling

Google had a stroke of genius when it purchased Sketchup and made it freely available. It suddenly opens up basic Computer Aided Design to the masses and with it the tools to model urban areas. If you run a simple search on London in the Google 3D Warehouse it become clear that something has started – people from all over the world are now modelling cities.

What is needed is simple to use tools so you don’t need mapping data or on site surveys, all you need is a digital camera. To this end Sketchup has come up trumps with the ability to push and pull images onto a face and recipe them. Sure its basic and the accuracy of your heights will be out but as a guide its a great way to push and pull buildings into shape rapidly.

Author Bio

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

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Digital Future – 21st Century Calling circa 1962

Punch card auto dialling and the move from dialing to push button phones – welcome to the future 1962 style. The film below, made by Bell systems, provides a charming look at the future of telecommunications as detailed at the Seattle Worlds Fair.

The movie is positively exuding optimism, something that is lacking in many promotional movies nowadays and note how the glimpse of the future is so exciting the couple just simply have to run everywhere…

Thanks to the Arkitektur blog for providing the YouTube link.

Author Bio

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

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