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13-year-old to climb Mount Everest

Monday, May 10th, 2010

“Thirteen-year-old Jordan Romero partnered with ESRI to share his Mount Everest climb with the world via geographic information system (GIS) technology. The Jordan Romero Web site features an ESRI GIS mapping application that integrates Web services to track Romero’s journey. The application lets the public see Team Romero’s location in near real time, explore daily tracks, view distance and elevation statistics, and browse weather and route information. The application also gives geographic context to social media—for example, Flickr photos and Twitter posts from the team throughout the trip,” according to a press release issued today.

The thirteen-year-old Romero is already a mountain climbing pro, having already climbed six of the “Seven Summits,” the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents. Joined by his father, Paul Romero, and his stepmother, Karen Lundgren, the trio left for Everest on April 5 and expects to reach the summit some time this month. The trio have reached all six summits together. The young Romero is aiming to be the youngest person ever to summit Everest, which would beat the current record by three years.

Around the World

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Some interesting GIS news from different parts of the world:

New Technology Generates Database on Spill Damage by Sarah Wheaton, May 4, 2010, The New York Times (registration required)

China Information Security Ups Guidance, May 10, 2010, The Street

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Crime Mapping Frederick County GIS

A social map of the Gulf oil spill May 10, 2010, Robert L. Mitchell, Reality Check, ComputerWorld

Flood control projects under way locally May 09, 2010, by Neil Young, Mohave Valley News

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