Google News Pilipinas: University of the Philippines opens portal on Taal Volcano data, 1st in Asia to offer public access

Good News Pilipinas: University of the Philippines opens portal on Taal Volcano data, 1st in Asia to offer public access. “The Taal Volcano LiDAR datasets were derived through the use of airborne systems mounted on an airplane. The output of the LiDAR sensor is a 3D point cloud containing points that were scanned. The LiDAR technology was able to generate maps with resolution of up to 1×1 meter which can be used for planning and reconstruction of areas damaged by the Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas on January 12, 2020. The Taal Volcano mapping is free and downloadable by anyone with internet access and by most modern GIS software.”

‘Ultimate gift to future generations’: plan to laser map all land on Earth (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Ultimate gift to future generations’: plan to laser map all land on Earth. “A project to produce detailed maps of all the land on Earth through laser scanning has been revealed by researchers who say action is needed now to preserve a record of the world’s cultural, environmental and geological treasures.”

Ars Technica: Archaeologists map centuries of history beneath world’s oldest cathedral

Ars Technica: Archaeologists map centuries of history beneath world’s oldest cathedral. “The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran doesn’t quite look its age. The basilica, where the Pope presides in his role as Archbishop of Rome, was already ancient when it was rebuilt in the 1650s…. Centuries of Roman history lie buried in the darkness in layers stretching down to 8.5 meters (27.89 feet) below the modern floor of the cathedral, and the subterranean archaeological sites are like a honeycomb through the city’s Caelian Hill. Now, using a combination of laser scanning and ground-penetrating radar, archeologists have made a complete map of the site.”

Software to Build Minecraft Towns From Open Data

A brilliant individual has developed software that lets you make Minecraft towns from open data. “‘To create the model I had to painstakingly measure everything from maps and aerial photography and do my best to guess the height of the cliffs and buildings,’ said Chris [Gutteridge]. ‘I thought, there must be a better way to do this with all the open data that is now available. So I started work on combining OpenStreetMap with LIDAR – 3D data published by the government. I developed a software tool that when you put this data into Minecraft you can automatically create a lifelike model of any place in England within a very short time. The first time I saw what I had produced I was really excited, it looked so accurate.'”