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Experience the songlines of Uluṟu with Google Maps Street View and Story Spheres

Jun 07 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  google in asia maps

In the heart of Australia’s red center lies the UNESCO World Heritage site, Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. It is deeply sacred to the Aṉangu people, who have lived there for more than 30,000 years. It’s also home to a wide range of species—21 mammals, 73 reptiles, 178 birds—and Australia’s most iconic natural landmark, Uluṟu.

Starting today, people across the world will be able to visit Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park on Street View, walk on the desert sand and enjoy the vibrant hues of the rock—from ochre to rust to wild plum and charcoal.

Standing 348 m (1,142 ft) high, and with a total circumference of 9.4 km (5.8 mi), the immense scale, colors and contours of Uluṟu stir a sense of reverence. While visually and geologically extraordinary, the physical features of Uluṟu hold a deeper meaning for its traditional owners. For Aṉangu, the land carries sacred “songlines”—creation stories about the journeys, battles and adventures of their ancestral beings.

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Traditional Owner of Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Reggie Uluru

All aspects of Aṉangu life are governed by Tjukurpa, the knowledge which guides relationships, values and behavior. At the core of Tjukurpa law is a deep respect for the land. Aṉangu believe that if they look after the land, it will look after them. These teachings are passed down from generation to generation through stories, songs and inma (ceremony).

‘’Sometimes visitors come here and they see a beautiful place, but they don't understand the Tjukurpa, the culture and the law and the knowledge and the history that this place holds…. It’s the living keeper of our culture,” says Sammy Wilson, Aṉangu traditional owner of Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. “We want to teach those visitors about the Aṉangu understanding of this place.”

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Traditional owner, Sammy Wilson, sharing Tjukurpa stories with Miranda Schooneveldt, Parks Australia

Over the past two years, we collaborated with Aṉangu Traditional Owners of Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Parks Australia and the Northern Territory Government to capture the park for Street View according to Tjukurpa law. The Street View journey ventures to the vista of Talinguṟu Nyakunytjaku, the winding trail of the Kuniya Walk, the cool respite of Kapi Muṯitjulu (waterhole) and ancient art at Kulpi Muṯitjulu (Family Cave). It invites you to zoom in on the curves, crevices and textures of Uluṟu—and gaze up at its glowing gradient of color.

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Lindsey Dixon, of Northern Territory Tourism, captured the Street View content at Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park in accordance with Tjukurpa law

Since 2007, Google has mapped imagery of unique locations across 83 countries, including heritage monuments, touristic sites, museums, national parks and transit locations across the globe.  In the case of Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Tjukurpa warranted a more nuanced approach.  For Aṉangu, there is no distinction between the physical and metaphysical, or the animate and inanimate. People, earth, plants and animals are inextricably connected. This means that Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park could never be truly represented or understood (virtually or otherwise) without the presence and voices of its people.

We knew we had to bring these cultural and spiritual dimensions to the Street View experience. So we used the Story Spheres platform to add immersive audio stories and songs of Aṉangu traditional owners to the 360° Street View imagery. The result is an interactive, audio-visual guided tour, narrated by Sammy Wilson and with song and music by Traditional Owner and Aṉangu Elder, Reggie Uluru.

Because Tjukurpa teachings are traditionally handed down through an ancient oral tradition, Aṉangu stories, songs and ceremonies are largely unrecorded. The generosity of traditional owners has made a rare and revered piece of culture available to, and archived for, the world.

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Traditional owner, Sammy Wilson, sharing Tjukurpa stories with Miranda Schooneveldt, Parks Australia

Together with our partners, we’re privileged to help celebrate and preserve Aṉangu culture through technology. We hope this model will lead to stronger partnerships with indigenous communities across Australia—to share more sacred sites and instill greater value and respect for the land.

Get a behind-the-scenes view of the Google Maps Street View and Story Spheres project in our video.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park | Google Maps Street View Launch


Virtual Wall Relies on Lidar

Jun 07 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at In The Scan under tags  uncategorized

You may not know Palmer Luckey by name, but he sold Oculus Rift to Facebook earning two billion dollars in the process. Luckey has now turned his attention to surveillance technology for defense and in particular the use of lidar … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Published Story Maps

Jun 07 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis online configurable apps delete protection story maps

When you share and promote a story map with the public you want to make sure it stays up and running as long as you intend it to be available. But accidents happen, there’s always a small possibility that you, … Continue reading


Health vs. Power – Risking America’s Food for Energy

Jun 07 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Articles – FracTracker Alliance under tags  articles co colorado data and analysis farms

Over 50% of land in the United States is dedicated to agriculture. Oil and gas development, particularly hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” is taking place near many of these farms. Farms feed us, and unfortunately they are not protected from the impacts of fracking. Even if drilling can be done responsibly, accidents happen. In Colorado, for […]

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Snapchat buys Placed to prove location advertising leads to sales

Jun 07 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  geo business location-based marketing location based ads snapchat

Snapchat’s parent company Snap has acquired location analytics firm Placed to show its advertisers how online advertising leads to offline store visits and purchases. US-based Placed specializes in tracking and measuring the locations of consumers through their phone’s GPS and turns that information into actionable insights for advertisers. Attributing store sales to online ads is […]

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Quick Tip: ArcGIS API 4 for JS – When stuff is ready?

Jun 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at odoenet under tags  arcgis esri javascript

When working with the ArcGIS API 4 for JavaScript, the occasion may come up when you ask yourself, Is my layer ready for me to use yet? This question popped on a recent email chain of mine recently, and I realized that there are handful of ways you could answer this question depending on what...

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Women in STEM: SFU Technovation Challenge

Jun 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Safe Software Blog under tags  about data sponsorship students women in tech

On May 6th we had a glimpse into the future and it looks amazing! Safe Software co-founders Dale Lutz and Don Murray with participants from the SFU Technovation Challenge If you’re worried about reports of a looming skills shortage in the tech sector, and that females remain underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) […]

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Arctic Elevation updated with new, high-resolution data

Jun 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis online arcgis pro arctic elevation elevation imagery

With the largest release of data to date, the Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) has significantly expanded the high-resolution coverage of the Arctic Elevation dataset. The new data is available to ArcGIS users as a part of Esri’s ready-to-use Arctic Elevation … Continue reading


An Important Message About Web Security and Story Maps

Jun 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis online security story maps

Attention Story Map Authors: Please read this important message as it may require you to take action and change how you build story maps. When you make a story map, you expect it to work and that your audience will … Continue reading


Forest Fragmentation and O&G Development in PA’s Susquehanna Basin

Jun 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Articles – FracTracker Alliance under tags  articles gas oil pennsylvania

In this analysis, FracTracker looked at existing vegetation height in the northern portion of Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Basin.  The vegetation height data is available from LANDFIRE, a resource used by multiple federal agencies to assess wildfire potential by categorizing the vegetation growth in 30 by 30 meter pixels into different categories.  In the portion of […]

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Apple Maps gets smarter with iOS 11 indoor mapping, DND mode

Jun 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  apple maps geo news indoor mapping

Apple Maps are getting a lot more details and improvements with iOS 11, Apple has announced at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Here’s what caught our eye: Indoor Mapping: Apple is looking at the great indoors for its next big mapping adventure. iOS 11 is going to introduce indoor maps for malls and airports in […]

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What’s Powering Your Phone Battery in Different Parts of the Country?

Jun 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  carto energy maps open data renewable energy

Because I worked for an electric utility company during an era of dramatic change in the industry, I was interested in understanding how the generation mix of the United States was evolving and if it was keeping up with technologies that would enable renewables. Also, as a millennial, I take a deep personal interest in […]

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Collector for ArcGIS Updated Today!

Jun 05 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  apps arcgis online collector collector for arcgis gnss

On June 5th, we released a new version of Collector that is now available in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and the Windows Store. This is a minor update but adds some strategic new enhancements that … Continue reading


Insights for Water Utilities – Answering Questions with Powerful Analysis

Jun 05 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  analysis & geoprocessing arcgis 10.5 business intelligence insights insights for arcgis

Insights for ArcGIS is a new web-based application that helps you integrate spatial intelligence with your organization’s data.  Whether it is looking at adoption of rebate programs or analyzing your main breaks, Insights allows you to answer questions quickly and … Continue reading


World Imagery Updates (May 2017)

Jun 05 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis online basemaps community maps digitalglobe imagery

As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance the World Imagery map, we released several more updates to our imagery last month.  The latest updates feature NAIP 2016 imagery from the USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA) for 16 states, as … Continue reading



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