How do you use technology?

I generally tell people that I’m a techno-peasant. But the truth will out: the PEW Typology Survey says that I’m a technology omnivore – one of the 8% who devour all things technological. Unlike most members of that group, I’m not a young male.

Here’s the whole result:

Your Results

Based on your answers to the questionnaire, you most closely resemble survey respondents within the Omnivores typology group. This does not mean that you necessarily fit every group characteristic.

Omnivores make up 8% of the American public.

Basic Description
Members of this group use their extensive suite of technology tools to do an enormous range of things online, on the go, and with their cell phones. Omnivores are highly engaged with video online and digital content. Between blogging, maintaining their Web pages, remixing digital content, or posting their creations to their websites, they are creative participants in cyberspace.

Defining Characteristics
You might see them watching video on an iPod. They might talk about their video games or their participation in virtual worlds the way their parents talked about their favorite TV episode a generation ago. Much of this chatter will take place via instant messages, texting on a cell phone, or on personal blogs. Omnivores are particularly active in dealing with video content. Most have video or digital cameras, and most have tried watching TV on a non-television device, such as a laptop or a cell phone.

Omnivores embrace all this connectivity, feeling confident in how they manage information and their many devices. This puts information technology at the center of how they express themselves, do their jobs, and connect to their friends.

Who They Are
They are young, ethnically diverse, and mostly male (70%). The median age is 28; just more than half of them are under age 30, versus one in five in the general population. Over half are white (64%) and 11% are black (compared to 12% in the general population). English-speaking Hispanics make up 18% of this group. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many (42% versus the 13% average) of Omnivores are students.


Afarensis: "Polynesians beat Columbus to America"

Via Afarensis comes this proof that Polynesians brought chickens (and probably sweet potatoes) to the Americas long before Columbus managed to reach the West Indies. Chicken bones found in Chile were carbon-dated at 1301-1407.

Read the comments, too: they are most informative.

Ontario GeoBase

The Ontario Geobase is an online resource of geological data for the province of Ontario in Canada. You can find it here.

GeoBase is … undertaken to ensure the provision of, and access to, a common, up-to-date and maintained base of quality geospatial data for all of Canada. Through the GeoBase portal, users with an interest in the field of geomatics have access to quality geospatial information at no cost and with unrestricted use.

Web Mapping Service (WMS)

The GeoBase WMS permits direct access to GeoBase data through WMS functionalities following Open GeoSpatial Consortium (OGC) standards.

The data sets include

  • geopolitical boundaries
  • digital elevation data
  • geodetic network
  • Landsat 7 orthoimages and control points
  • geographical names
  • national road network

The Web site is in both French and English.

Qu’est-ce que GéoBase?

GéoBase est une initiative des gouvernements fédéral, provinciaux et territoriaux parrainée par le Conseil canadien de la géomatique (COCG). Cette initiative a pour but d’assurer l’approvisionnement et l’accès à une base commune de données géospatiales de qualité, à jour et actualisée pour tout le Canada. Grâce au portail GéoBase, les utilisateurs du domaine de la géomatique ont accès à de l’information géospatiale sans frais et sans restriction d’utilisation.

I think I can use that phrase voted most boring by American readers: “worthwhile Canadian initiative.”

This is the overview map of Landsat data for all of Canada.

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