08
Apr 08

Plant a Tree, Watch it Grow in Google Earth

Babytree.org

It’s a really cool way to combine ecology with technology:

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) offers you the opportunity to buy a tree which will be planted in a rainforest in Sebangau National Forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. In return, they not only plant the tree, but give you a Google Earth KML file in return with the location coordinates of your tree. Theoretically, as Google continues to update with higher resolution satellite and aerial imagery, you should be able to watch the growth of your tree (and the others who donate trees) over the coming years. To get started, you simply go to the web site mybabytree.org. They have a very cute animation that will guide you through the process, and you can use Paypal to make your donation. You can see the location and list of trees purchased so far here. Borneo is another location, like the Amazon, where rain forests are disappearing due to logging at a freightening pace. I hope WWF will extend the concept to the rapidly declining rain forests in the Amazon.

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06
Apr 08

Feature preview: CSV Import

We are glad to inform you that the next release of MyInfo will offer a fully functional delimited text (CSV) import. It will be compatible with the CSV exported by MyInfo Professional, Microsoft Excel and almost any other application on the market.

CSV Import Dialog

It will offer field auto discovery (automatically map matching field names and topic attributes).

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