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Have you ever tried to create a large map from a number of separate images?  Some people take a number of screenshots of a zoomed in area (say Google maps), and then use a some sort of photo editing software to stitch each image together to make a single large image.

This will work of course, but why not use the free Microsoft Image Composite Editor?

What is Image Composite Editor?

Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the application creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images. The stitched panorama can be shared with friends and viewed in 3D by uploading it to the Photosynth web site. Or the panorama can be saved in a wide variety of image formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to the multiresolution tiled format used by Silverlight’s Deep Zoom and by the HD View andHD View SL panorama viewers.

 New features in version 1.4.4

  • Stitch directly from a video (only on Windows 7)
  • Automatic lens vignette removal
  • Improved blending engine
  • Options dialogue to control memory usage and scratch disk locations


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The New South Wales government has tied its spatial data with Google Earth to help better visualise the information and historic imagery.

The NSW Globe tool was launched over the weekend by the Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance.

“By combining spatial data with detailed satellite and aerial imagery, the tool is able to display property, local government, and electoral boundaries, as well as road and rail networks,” Constance said in a statement.

The spatial data includes information from global positioning systems and geographic information systems.

“NSW has combined spatial data about land surveys, titles, valuations, and aerial photography to facilitate the creation of tools for managing land use,” Constance said.

The minister said that the tool could find relevance in the real estate industry, since home buyers and agents would have more accurate information to draw upon. The information could be valuable for potential or existing home owners also, giving them a chance to view historical information, such as aerial photographs from the 1940s, as well as flood maps.

“By using a platform that is familiar and easy to use, NSW Globe will allow the public to view information about their property anywhere, at any time.”


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southwoodscenter.com has created a great Plant Mind Map for Permaculture Educators.

Plant Mind Map

Plant Mind Map

SouthWoods Forest Gardens : Source

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Welcome to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Search digital library here.

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Cartagen (http://cartagen.org) is a vector-based, client-side framework for rendering maps in native HTML 5. Written in JavaScript, it uses the new Canvas element to load mapping data from various sources, including OpenStreetMap.

In short, Cartagen lets you make beautiful, customized maps with a simple stylesheet.

Maps are styled with Geographic Style Sheets (GSS), a cascading stylesheet specification for geospatial information – a decision which leverages literacy in CSS to make map styling more accessible. However, GSS is a scripting language as well, making Cartagen an ideal framework for mapping dynamic data. See About Gss and Gss Usage for more on GSS.

Mobile devices and networks have made possible distributed reporting of geographic and temporal data, from unfolding natural disasters to organizing protests in real time. Cartagen allows users to integrate real time data streams and display them in novel ways.

Cartagen 0.5 Demo from Jeffrey Warren on Vimeo.



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Mind Map

I had a lot of interest around my article on FreeMind, the free mind mapping software.  See my original article here.  Since writing this post I have found a useful way of presenting the mind map on-line with Flash Browser.  This tool allows you to present your mind map on-line in a flash viewer.  It has all the useful functions you need to look at your mind map.  So using FreeMind and now Flash Browser, you could present your permaculture ideas on-line in a mind map.

Flash Browser


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Zone map

Zone map

“There are a few plant hardiness zone maps available on the web, mostly for Western nations. The quality and detail varies but most follow the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s guidelines for zone classification. Be sure to check the map you are refering to for details.

AustraliaA fairly generalized map of the country is available. Keep in mind that Australia uses a different rating system then the USDA; a comparison chart is available.

Canada: Both 1967 and 2000 versions are available in interactive web mapping format. The 2000 map is also available as a pdf. Seeing as this is the Canadian cartographic Association’s weblog, I may be biased in saying that this is the best plant hardiness zone map available anywhere on the web but I doubt if I would be wrong.

Europe: Two plant hardiness maps of the continent are available at PlantIdeas (1and 2). Another is available at GardenForum. None are particularly detailed.

New Zealand: A generalized map is available through Liddle Wonder. Unforntunately there is no map text that can be used for reference.

United StatesThe U.S. map covers all of Canada and Mexico as well and is zoomable to a region level. The detail is not great. Sunset Garden has a different plant hardiness map that takes into account the amount of rainfall, summer and winter temperatures and other environmental factors. As a results, their classification system is very different from the USDA’s (Sunset Garden link by way of Rich – thanks).”


PlantMaps.com :
Plant Maps and Mapping – Specializing In Hardiness Zone Maps, Gardening Maps, Botany Maps, Climate Maps and Horticultural Maps

Interactive USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for the Continental United States.

Plant Adaptable Range Maps

Plant Native Range Maps

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