Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Base map update and software of Interest....

The Owyhee River study area base map:

I am formally beginning the process of creating the map and have decided to develop the base map using All Topo Maps v7, a product of iGage software that provides a platform for developing clean and seamless maps using various USGS topographic map products at a range of scales. As soon as the map is generated, I will post a link to it (give me a week or two). The map will be in NAD83, UTM Zone 11 and will have an irregular shape to encompass the relevant map area...actually it will be an inverted 'L' shape given the planform of the river, and may involve two panels. The iGage software also interacts intelligently with GPS units, but doesn't do the handy active downloading of maps, landsat data, and DOQQs that the Topofusion software does.

Goodbye to endnote and procite?

You may also like to know about a very cool Firefox add-on for collecting and managing scientific citations and references of all sorts. This program can quickly and simply extract all relevant bibliographic information from online scientific literature databases (eg., GeoRef, Google Scholar) to store and to generate ref lists for publications. It takes about an hour to figure out. I have already used it in conjunction with UNR library resources to completely research a recent mapping proposal.

Here's a quote from the site (and a link):

'Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself'

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