Learning to make Polygons in Google Earth

Today I am messing around and making KML and GPX files from our trip to Nigeria.

Reading: https://developers.google.com/kml/documentation/kml_tut#polygons and http://projects.visualstudies.duke.edu/isismapping/sites/default/files/isisguides/earthguide.pdf.
Watching:

I hope to take some of our photos, a polygon of the language area, and our GPX route traces and overlay them on an Open Street Map page in WordPress.

The one thing I don't think is possible with GoogleEarth is to move polygons. I created them and then they were about a mile off, so I just wanted to move them... not possible. - to my knowledge.

Types of Linguistic Maps: The Mapping of linguistic Features and Researcher Interactivity

A couple of years ago I had a chance meeting with a cartographer in North Dakota. It was interesting because he asked us (a group of linguists) What is a language or linguistic map? So, I grabbed a few examples and put them into a brief for him. This past January at the LSA meeting in Portland, Oregon, I had several interesting conversations with the folks at the LL-Map Project under Linguists’ List. It occurred to me that such a presentation of various kinds of language maps might be useful to a larger audience. So this will be a bit unpolished but should show a wide selection of language and linguistic based maps, and in the last section I will also talk a bit about interactive maps. Continue reading

Some current challenges in using GIS Information in the SIL International Corporate Knowledge System

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This paper is motivated by an experience in collecting, analyzing, and then redeploying (sharing while making relevant to other corporate SIL functions) corporate intellectual assets. These assets are relevant to both products SIL products and services and corporate processes. This paper attempts to document some of the current challenges presented to the SIL staff person as well as present some items for consideration in overcoming these challenges.
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Review of Garmin eTrex Venture HC for Language Documentation

In a recent (2010-2011) Language Documentation Project we decided to also collect GIS data (GPS Coordinates), about our consultants (place of origin and place of current dwelling), about our recording locations and for Geo-tagging Photos. We used a Garmin eTrex Venture HC to collect the data and then we compared this data with GIS information from Google maps and the National GIS information service. This write up and evaluation of the Garmin eTrex Venture HC is based on this experience.
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