Batch Geonews: 25m European DEM, OpenLayers 3 vs Google Maps API v3, GeoMedecine, and much much more
Here what's probably our latest geonews in batch mode entry for 2013, have a nice holiday break!
From the open source / open data front:
- Boundless published a OpenLayers 3 & Google Maps API Compared
- Python and raster data? Introducing rasterio
- Here's an entry on the 25m European Digital Elevation Model (EU-DEM, Version 1)
- Much more efficient, OpenStreetMap's Redesign Goes Live! More Focused, More Inviting, More Map, and still on OSM data, Disability Mapping with OpenStreetMap
- In updates, GeoTools 10.3 Released and GeoServer 2.4.3 Released and MapGuide Open Source 2.5.2 and MapBox.js v1.5.0
- Beautiful, Using the 25m EU-DEM for shading OpenStreetMap layers
From the Esri front:
- A summary of What’s New in ArcGIS Online (December 2013)
- Still breathing, ArcGIS 3.6 for Flex Released
From the Google front:
- Having kids? Join Santa and his elves in the countdown to Christmas Eve
- An entry telling you how to Create your own Street View
- The Bing Maps architect Blaise Aguera y Arcas is joining Google
- Google is improving maps in Building Better Maps in Brazil, Israel, and Russia
- You might be interested by National Geographic shares rich map content with the world via Google Maps Engine
- There's the classic, New Google Earth Imagery – December 6, 2013
In the everything-else category:
- If you haven't heard of the GeoPackage draft standard yet, read this, OGC's Geopackage standard enables geospatial data sharing for mobile devices
- Things do change, Open Geospatial Consortium updates its vision, mission, policies and procedures
- A new Eye in the Sky, First Images form Skybox’s SkySat-1 Released
- An interesting read about How Can Geography Literacy Be So Bad At The Age Of Google Earth?
- Wired shares an entry named 6 Reasons to Get Over Your Fear of Coding and Start Making Better Maps
- The rise of GeoMedecine? A 10-minutes TED talk about named Your health depends on where you live
Apple geo-related news:
iBeacon Technology Tapped to Unlock Location-Specific Newsstand Content on iOS Devices and Apple Updates Apple Store App with Support for iBeacon Systems, but Apple is far from being alone in that race, Qualcomm Launches 'Gimbal' Bluetooth LE iBeacon Competitor
- If you're not already convinced autonomous cars going to happen;
Geo and privacy:
- If there was doubts, NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide
- An extreme scenario, Meet Jack, or What The Government Could Do With All That Location Data
- But there are watchdogs? FTC Drops the Hammer On Maker of Location-Sharing Flashlight App
- and hope, Boston Police Stop Scanning Registration Plates, For Now
- but it's really everyone, Indiana State Police Acknowledge Use of Cell Phone Tracking Device
- and sometimes it's good, New GPS Tracking Bullet May Render High-Speed Police Chases Obsolete
- Not that surprising, Need Directions? Might Not Want To Ask a Transit Rider
- We heard lots about drones, now it's time for SkyJack, a hacking system taking control of drones and the discussion on the topic, How To Hijack a Drone For $400 In Less Than an Hour - talking of Drones, that's impressive Drone Footage of Bangkok Protests
- In Canada? The new Canadian Geodetic Vertical Datum of 2013 (CGVD2013) recently launched
- Reality surpasses fiction once again, New MIT Camera Takes 3D Photos in the Dark
- You see, geospatial is evenin our heads! Memories Are ‘Geotagged’ With Spatial Information, Penn Researchers Say
- Underwater, First 3D topography of Great Barrier Reef derived from EO data
- A discussion about National GIS for India
In the maps category:
- Wired shares Some of the Year’s Best Images of Earth From Space, nice indeed
- Income distribution across the US, Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US
- Here's a long review fo the Barrington Atlas iPad App
- Bitcoin? Coinmap – The Interactive Map Of Brick And Mortar Locations Accepting Bitcoins
- Wow, take a look at The “underwater waterfall” of Mauritius Island
Bloggage update: It took five days (after hours) to stand up, learn, tweak and display my East Anglia Fenlands project on Mapcentia's web service. It started with a GISuser group post on LinkedIn on Monday, I used my Amazon Web Service free EC2 trial and GeoCloud2 under beta, and by Friday I had it working and styled. No small thanks to Martin Hogh's original work and help, the result is a simple yet modern and pleasing web map. Not only can I serve up the results of my round-trip Ordnance Survey polygon corrections, but I can also serve up my East Anglia Fenlands project quickly and effectively.Google Plus One
Almost everything geospatial deals with symbols on maps or other types of displaying mechanism. Here's a new source of symbols coming from the OGC MetOcean DWG, the 'World Weather Symbols' available on GitHub.
It is described as "A complete set of WMO weather symbols in SVG with full metadata." It's not a version 1.0, but they are fully usable right away and there's "A set of pre-generated PNGs are available for download [...]". From the same source you can get the 'World Meteorological Organization - Regional Associations' (WMO-RA) in geojson, which is vector data representing the "Six regional associations are responsible for the coordination of meteorological, hydrological and related activities within their respective Regions [...]".
Other openly available geospatial-related symbols sources that I'm aware of include:
- Maki icons - open source pixel-perfect icons for web cartography
- Emergency Mapping Symbology - from NRCan's GeoConnections
- GLYPHICONS - while not specifically targeting mapping, the free section is Creative Commons licensed
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Batch Geonews: New Maki Icons, OpenStreetMap News, Ads in Your Google Maps Maps, ArcGIS Online Update Coming, and much more
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
From the open source / open data front:
- Nice, there's new Maki icons - don't remember? That's open pixel-perfect icons for web cartography
- You're into PostGIS? There's PostGIS Add-ons now, including 15 new functions
- Everything about OpenStreetMap and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, including an impressive OSM before and after comparison - collaboration and open works.
- The OSRM - routing engine for OpenStreetMap has been updated
- And still on the same vein, Drone Imagery for OpenStreetMap
- There were several notable updates: MapStore 1.4.0, GeoTools 10.2, GeoServer 2.4.2 and Geopaparazzi 3.8.0
From the Esri front:
- There's a big ArcGIS Online Update coming on December 10, here's the improvements
- New basemap data for Denmark
From the Google front:
- A new opt-in cleaner way to embed Google Maps in websites, the drawback is the new terms of service now allow Google to add ads, don't say you were not aware
- New to StreetView, Take a hike with Street View through U.S. National Parks and Parks Canada
- Via Ed, on why datums matters, a Scientific American article named What Happens to Google Maps When Tectonic Plates Move?
- Over Slashdot they discuss a story named Google Maps, Lasers Reveal Vatican Catacombs
- Also discussed over Slashdot, Street View floats into Venice
In the everything else category:
- More high resolution satellite imagery coming our way, Relaxing resolution restrictions on satellite imagery, and from the same source, an interesting entry on Nanosatellites for 4D (time + 2D/3D) Earth observation
- Nice pictures, Slashdot discusses ISS Astronauts Fire-Up Awesome 'Cubesat Cannon'
- We mentioned it before, and now Microsoft Releases “3D Builder” Touchscreen 3DP App
- Still on 3D, Apple is to buy Israeli 3D sensing company PrimeSense and here's a nice summary of How Apple Could Incorporate PrimeSense Technology Into Its Products
- Apple also started testing iOS 7's iBeacons in retail commercial areas and a Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Apple's Location Tracking in iOS
- Something we saw before, throw the camera in the air, get a 360×360 image from 36 2-megapixel lenses
- Those working with Microsoft map tech, here's How to Extend Your App with Talking Maps
- Privacy works both ways? Boston Cops Outraged Over Plans to Watch Their Movements Using GPS
- In a school tracking failed, Students Tracked In UK College Via RFID For 1-3 Years
- Tracking is omnipresent already, LoJack To Release Tracking Devices For Consumers, Insurance, and Auto Makers
- Slashdot discusses Scientists Proposing Satellite Early Warning System For Forest Fires
- On a similar topic, Wired has an entry named Incredible High-Resolution Interactive Map of the World’s Shrinking Forests
- Google too have an entry named Mapping the world’s deforestation over time
- Bicycles and GNSS navigation, Hammerhead System Offers a Better Way To Navigate While Cycling
- There's a new MapQuest navigation app, anyone uses it and can comment?
- VR headsets coming our way soon, The Science Behind the InfinitEye's Panoramic Virtual Reality Headset
- Ok, this isn't something I was expecting, Smartphone + Bike + Google Maps = GPS Art
In the maps category:
- Want to learn more on special projections, Projection Smackdown: Cahill’s Butterfly vs. the Dymaxion Map
- Looking for special maps to give at Christmas? ODT's South Up Maps and equal area maps might interest you
- Andrew, a regular contributor to Slashgeo, offers 30 maps around the world collected over time
- Wired shared an entry named 5 Maps That Could Help Solve Some of the World’s Most Daunting Problems
- Via VS, something we'll probably hear more often in the future, mapping Bitcoin
- U.S.: do you live in the right zip-code area? The Washington Post maps America's "Super Zips"
- Not the season, but here's Golf course maps and Mapping a golf course
- Don't get depressed by the Global Depression Map
- Isn't it Thanksgiving in the U.S.? A Real-Time Map of Travelers Suffering From the Thanksgiving Storm
Apple, Google and others have been offering geofencing-related services for a while, and now Esri solidifies their offer with the public beta version of Esri's Geotrigger Service.
From the official entry: "How does the Geotrigger Service work? An invisible area drawn on a map is set to have an action or message associated with it. When your mobile device crosses into the “trigger zone” the Geotrigger Service sends a location-based message to that device, or even notifies your server for custom events. [...] The Geotrigger Service runs in the cloud. [...] Free while in beta."Google Plus One
For some of us, it's already time to think about Christmas gifts. Here's a new nice 'geo' book released earlier this month, it's Yann Arthus-Bertrand's Earth from Space, which includes 150 breathtaking satellite images. Wired shares 12 satellite images from the book - worth taking a look.
The book description: "From space, Earth is a magnificent sight, splashed with vivid colors, patterns, textures, and abstract forms. Views from above can also provide telling information about the health of our planet. To help us understand the more than 150 breathtaking satellite photographs in Earth from Space, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, an aerial photographer and devoted environmental activist, discusses the impact of deforestation, urban sprawl, intensive farming, ocean pollution, and more. Using high-resolution imagery, we can monitor the evolution of vegetation around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site, snow loss on Mount Kilimanjaro, and the health of migratory bird populations. Earth from Space’s compelling selection of satellite images raises important questions about our future, while also showcasing the planet’s beauty—leaving no doubt that it is something crucial to protect."
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We actually mentioned Europe's answer to GPS, Galileo, in 2005. Yesterday the following story was discussed over Slashdot, Galileo Navigation System Gets Go-Ahead From EU Parliament.
Their summary: "Plans to start up the EU's first global satellite navigation system (GNSS) built under civilian control, entirely independent of other navigation systems and yet interoperable with them, were approved by MEPs on Wednesday. Both parts of this global system — Galileo and EGNOS — will offer citizens a European alternative to America's GPS or Russia's Glonass signals. The Galileo system could be used in areas such as road safety, fee collection, traffic and parking management, fleet management, emergency call, goods tracking and tracing, online booking, safety of shipping, digital tachographs, animal transport, agricultural planning and environmental protection to drive growth and make citizens' lives easier."Google Plus One
Being busy is no excuse to wish everybody an happy GIS Day! You can learn more about it on gisday.com and on Wikipedia. And while we're at it, the Geography Awareness Week webpage on National Geographic's website.
Let's quote Wikipedia: "GIS Day is a grassroots educational event that enables geographic information systems (GIS) users and vendors to open their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications of GIS. GIS Day is a global event. Organizations all over the world that use GIS, or are interested in GIS, participate by holding or sponsoring an event of their own. In 2005 more than 700 GIS Day events were held in 74 countries around the globe. The first GIS Day occurred in 1999. GIS Day is held the third Wednesday of November each year, during Geography Awareness Week, a geographic literacy initiative sponsored by the National Geographic Society."Google Plus One
The open source lightweight web mapping library Leaflet quickly became very popular in the past year or so, and now there's Leaflet version 0.7 released for us to play with.
From the announcement: "This is a bugfix-heavy release — as Leaflet becomes more and more stable feature-wise, the focus shifts towards stability, usability and API improvements over new features. [...] You can check out the detailed changelog of what’s already done over the recent months for 0.7 (about 90 improvements and bugfixes) [...] There are several big undertakings in refactoring Leaflet that I’d want to switch to immediately after releasing 0.7 — I’ve been holding them off for too long, and they’ll be extremely beneficial for plugin and Leaflet-based API authors." The full list is available in their announcement.Google Plus One
Batch Geonews: Remaining Relevant as a GIS Professional, OpenGeo Suite 4.0, 30TB of Imagery in Esri, and much more
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode, covering a too long timespan once again.
On the open source / open data front:
- That's just incredible to see this that snappy in a browser, Dynamic hill shading in the browser
- Open source software can be popular, over 2,500 participants for the Free CartoDB for Beginners Webinar
- Tyler Mitchell offers a new book, Geospatial Power Tools - Open Source GDAL / OGR Command Line Utilities
- With Google Maps API v2 going dark, Upgrading from Google v2 API? Free yourself and upgrade to OpenStreetMap
- Getting speed, Marble Virtual Globe Graduates OSGeo Incubation
- GRASS GIS 7 is still in development, but you can learn about it in News in GRASS GIS 7
- Open source software update, Boundless Releases OpenGeo Suite 4.0
- Another update, GeoTools 10.1 Released
- MapBox, strong contributors to open source geospatial, hired, amongst many others, the creator of Leaflet and Sean Gillies, they also announced MapBox.js v1.4.0
On the Esri front:
- 30TB of fresh data, Latest DigitalGlobe imagery updates span the globe
- ArcGIS development is getting multiplatform, Introducing the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Qt and updates, Version 10.2 of ArcGIS Runtime SDKs for iOS and OS X are now available and Announcing the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android v10.2 release!
On the Google front:
- New versions of Google Earth don't happen every day, Google Earth updated to version 184.108.40.2061, mostly a bugfix release
- New features in Google Maps, including virtual trips in full 3D, From where you are to where you want to go
- Another new tool for recording and sharing stories, Tour Builder: Tell your stories with Google Earth
- Related to the recent international surveillance discussions, Brazil Orders Google To Hand Over Street View Data
- An interesting story, Revisiting the UTA Flight 772 memorial in Google Earth
- As usual, New Google Earth Imagery – November 12, 2013
In the everything-else category:
- James is optimistic, Does Ideas4OGC Fix Problems with OGC Standards?, it seems it really helps
- Geoff has a nice summary named James Fee on remaining relevant as a GIS professional
- Not from Google, India gets its own Street View: Wonobo.com
- While Autonomous Cars Will Save Money and Lives, before more driverless cars, we'll get more driverless trucks, Autonomous Dump Trucks Are Coming To Canada's Oil Sands and why not, UK Town To Get Driverless 'Pods' Mixing With Pedestrians
- Also related, Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think
- What's great is that we're also getting closer to Finland's Algorithm-Driven Public Bus
- In Canada, one of the biggest communications provider is tracking location of all users, no opt-out possible, but it won't be that simple, Is Bell's Plan to Monitor and Profile Canadians Legal?
- In the same vein, Seattle PD Mum On Tracking By Its New Wi-Fi Mesh Network, and you can also Connect To Unsecured Bluetooth Car Systems To Monitor Traffic Flow, I did not know that even car tires have RFID tags that can be tracked
- And we mentioned before being tracked in malls, it gets even more serious with Google Starts Tracking Retail Store Visits On Android and iOS
- Nothing really new there for our regular readers, Police Use James-Bond-Style GPS Bullet, and in the US, Court Rules Probable-Cause Warrant Required For GPS Trackers
- Not the first time we see a similar initiative, Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile, and this one titled Police Tracking License Plates Nationwide for Massive Data Base of Citizen Car Trips
- There's the usual story on the theme of US Mini-Satellites to Track and Kill Terrorists
- Unsurprisingly, New Job Listings Point to Continued Work on Transit Options in Apple Maps, transit is currently the big absent from Apple Maps, and what might be surprising, Apple Maps Significantly More Popular Than All Other iOS Mapping Apps, Including Google
- VerySpatial shares an entry named The Geography of Twitter
- Two articles on maps and marijuana; Tabulating the Underground Economy, and the DEA’s Pathetic Attempt to Map the Marijuana Trade and Unnecessary Environmental Destruction from Marijuana Cultivation in the United States
- In case you need to know, RapidEye changes name to BlackBridge
- Remote sensing will be more popular than ever, Government and industry to combine for 1150 satellites over next decade (including telecommunications)
In the maps category:
- It has been popular recently, the Digital Attack Map, A Live Map of Ongoing DDoS Attacks
- It happened to Google Maps in 2005, Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China
- In the U.S.? Is there too much arsenic in the soil where you live? Metals, Minerals, Poisons and Maps
- Also for the U.S., Two Detailed Rail Maps and an attempt at Mapping Honesty and Property Crime
- Crime? Police.uk relaunches its crime map
- Let's learn a bit more, Get to Know a Projection: Lambert Conformal Conic
- The paper edition is $400, you can get the digital version for $20, The Barrington Atlas Comes to the iPad
- A map of the Countries most vulnerable to climate change
- I'm not certain if we shared that link before or not, the excellent series of 40 maps that explain the world
From the official page: "CLAVIN (Cartographic Location And Vicinity INdexer) is an award-winning open source software package for document geotagging and geoparsing that employs context-based geographic entity resolution. It extracts location names from unstructured text and resolves them against a gazetteer to produce data-rich geographic entities. CLAVIN does not simply "look up" location names – it uses intelligent heuristics to identify exactly which "Springfield" (for example) was intended by the author, based on the context of the document. CLAVIN also employs fuzzy search to handle incorrectly-spelled location names, and it recognizes alternative names (e.g., "Ivory Coast" and "Côte d'Ivoire") as referring to the same geographic entity. By enriching text documents with structured geo data, CLAVIN enables hierarchical geospatial search and advanced geospatial analytics on unstructured data."Google Plus One
Bloggage update: Over a year ago I QC'd UK Ordnance Survey data for East Anglia, and sent the polyline spike and kickback errors to the Agency, who posted the corrections this year. They noted the errors I reported fell below their own QC criteria, but they invited me to retest their updated dataset. If results were very good in 2010, with 25 errors out of 1777 polygons, they were even better in the 2013 update at only 1 spike out of 1779 polygons! Again, making public data available does help spur on data improvements, and online data validation helps identify errors quickly and efficiently. This makes it easier for the public to communicate, and for data custodians to high-grade their holdings.Google Plus One
Google Geonews: Introduction of Google Maps Engine Pro along with several Connectors, Google Glass News, and more
Here's the recent Google-related geonews.
From official sources:
The big news is certainly the Introduction of Google Maps Engine Pro: Helping businesses create, visualize and share their data on a map, from the announcement: "By importing data like addresses, names, office locations and sales leads from various file formats onto a map, businesses can edit, analyze and share their information in a simple format. Google Maps Engine Pro can be as easy to use as creating a document and it gives businesses an added productivity tool to help make decisions, organize information, and plan operations using Google Maps."
- You can ask for an introductory account to test it for your business. And GeoAwesomeness shares a short entry about it providing some complementary details.
- Google's Kurt led me to Google Maps Engine Connector for QGIS provided by Google themselves on GitHub, and there's the Google Maps Engine Connector for ArcGIS too, along with a Safe Software connector for FME announced for January
- DM also shares a related entry named What is the Google Maps Engine Public Data Program?
- Google+ Hangouts now supports location sharing, ie sharing your current location
- Google tells the story of an Indian boy lost in 1986 who used Google Earth to finally find is home town decades later
From other sources:
- Unsurprisingly, Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket
- More competition is good, Patent Filing Reveals Samsung's Designs For Google Glass Competitor
- What about Using Google Earth to teach math (targetting 5-10th grade students)
- Cube Cities have an entry on Rent Rolls in Google Earth
- The GEB reports there's New 3D Imagery in Detroit, Salt Lake City, and likely other cities and there was the usual New Google Earth Imagery on October 21
(sorry for the recent down time and geonews hiatus, we'll be back to full speed soon!)
Yesterday Mozilla announced their own location services, here's a discussion named Mozilla Location Service: Geolocation Lookups From Cell Towers and WiFi Data.
The slashdot summary: "Mozilla today launched an experimental pilot project called Mozilla Location Service. The organization explains its goal is to provide geolocation lookups based on publicly observable cell tower and WiFi access point information. Mozilla admits that many commercial services already exist in this space, but it wants to provide a public one. The company points out there isn't a single 'large' public service that provides this data, which is becoming increasingly important when building various parts of the mobile ecosystem."Google Plus One
The GeoExt community is proud to announce the release of GeoExt 2.0.0.
Download it at https://github.com/geoext/geoext2/releases/tag/v2.0.0
GeoExt 2.0.0 is the first official GeoExt version that is built atop of OpenLayers 2.13.1 and ExtJS 4.2.1. It is being released 2 weeks after release candidate 1 was published and no serious bugs were discovered.
The newest major version of GeoExt wants to provide mostly the same API you know and love from the 1.x-series. It comes with support for the autoloading-mechanism of ExtJS, support for the single-file build tool of sencha and with exhaustive documentation that is built using the same tools that the mother library ExtJS uses (see http://geoext.github.io/geoext2/docs/ and http://geoext.github.io/geoext2/docs-w-ext/).
This release wouldn't have been possible without the sponsors of the above mentioned sprint. Also we want to thank the companies behind the contributors of GeoExt for supporting GeoExt development in numerous ways and for such a long time.
We invite you all to use GeoExt 2!Google Plus One
Tidbits published a short story named The iPhone’s Positioning Sensors Were Never Good that summarizes the recent findings regarding smartphones accuracy of their positioning sensors, specifically the level, gyroscope, compass and accelerometer.
From the article: "Some were off as much as 20 degrees, and the worst deviation came in three different iPhone 5 units. TechHive also tested the compass of the Android-powered LG G2 smartphone and found that it was the closest to the Suunto, off by only 3 to 4 degrees. [...] In short, despite the proven problems, the iPhone’s positioning sensors still work sufficiently well for the uses that most people demand of them."Google Plus One
HALE is an open source solution that brings interactive visual decision support to schema transformation projects, such as providing INSPIRE-compliant geodata.
To make the start with HALE easier, HALE now offers the possibility to use project templates, e.g. for mapping to the INSPIRE Application Schemas. This saves you steps such as loading the schemas and setting up codelists. You can share your own projects as templates, example, or even as reference mappings online, to let others in your community profit from them:
The Join Retype operation
HALE now offers attribute based joins of different feature classes – to an arbitrary depth.
Export to JSON/GeoJSON
Transformed data can now be exported to JSON or GeoJSON, independently of what kind of schema the data is associated to. Objects are generically encoded as JSON/GeoJSON according to their structure.
Improved support for INSPIRE
HALE now supports the new code list XML format introduced recently by the INSPIRE registry. These code lists are relevant for the latest versions of the Annex II and III Application Schemas. In addition, transformed INSPIRE compliant features can now be saved to GML directly as an INSPIRE SpatialDataSet instead of the deprecated GML FeatureCollection.
To learn more about HALE, visit http://blog.dhpanel.eu.
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Bloggage update: More and more free data are available that are quality-controlled and verifiable. Guardian Data Blog's @smfrogers (now at Twitter) was quite sanguine about this: "Comment is free, but facts are sacred". This reflects the geo-industry's credo is "say what you want, but ensure your data's Triple-A rating: available, accurate and auditable."
Guardian Data posted Great Britain's train station data, and they used Google Fusion Tables to post some of the data. I downloaded the data set, mapped it against UK post code data from Doogal UK to place stations at post code centerpoints, and classified it by year and frequency. UK Ordnance Survey County and District data, and NOAA GSHHS coastal outline subset completed the picture. The maps were created on ArcMap for Home Use. then posted on arcgis.com. giscloud.com loader for ArcMap data was then used to post it online here and below, together with USGS SRTM web map service for background.
This is yet another example where posting data and making it publicly available can move forward map making through mashups of various data sources. The key proviso, however, is that data sources are acknowledged all the way. Not only will it allow auditing and referral, but it also allows others to create more of the same according to their particular expertise. Isn't that, after all, what crowdsourcing is all about?Google Plus One
Batch Geonews: Esri's FileGDB Reversed-Engineered, China to Rent 5% of Ukraine, U.S. Government Shutdown Map, and much more
The recent geonews in batch mode:
From the open source / open data front:
- At the beginning of the month, followers of Slashgeo's Twitter feed learned right away about the announcement by the City of Montreal that they'll make their textured 3D buildings publicly available in OGC's CityGML format later this Fall - this was announced at the Geomatics 2013 event - I'm waiting for a link to share for a full story (they showed impressive fly-troughs), and as far as I'm aware, that's the first major city to provide detailed textured 3D building to the public, is that right?
- The 20-minutes video of Paul Ramsey's closing session of FOSS4G 2013, on Being an open source citizen, well worth watching
- Using a drone and open source software to make an image mosaic of mountains
- Users of the R open source statistics software, mapmap 0.7 released: "Import, plot and analyze bathymetric and topographic" data
- Here's about using CSS instead of the SLD standard to style layers in GeoServer
From the Esri front:
- There has been a GDAL/OGR driver for the Esri File Geodatabase since January 2012, but what's new is that the FileGDB format is being reversed-engineered, which opens the door for deeper support than what the API provides
- Updated, Esri Maps for SharePoint 3.0.1 Released and why not, Esri Maps for Office 2.1.1 Released
From the Google front:
- Google offers a New Google Maps preview, which includes directions for multiple destinations, your reservations, upcoming events and more
- This may interest some of you, A Google Earth Exercise for Biblical Geography
In the miscellaneous category:
- Interesting, James Fee on remaining relevant as a GIS professional
- Via VerySpatial, I learned about the article named China 'to rent five per cent of Ukraine'
- We mentioned Semantic Mediawiki since 2007, here's a fresh article named Semantic MediaWiki: A promising platform for the development of web geospatial crowdsourcing applications
- Can you believe them? NSA Abandoned Project To Track Cell Phone Locations
- Location tracking is getting more insidious with an accuracy of 10cm through walls without any transmitter, MIT Develops "Kinect of the Future"
- Yes, you can even do that, Satellite Maps Reveal Who’s to Blame for the Sinking of Venice
- A reminder, What four things do map projections distort?
- Locating things matter, The Internet of Things will be a $1.9 Trillion business by 2020
- With all the NSA / spying / privacy stories, not surprising to hear Germany Announces Rules on Sale of Commercial High Resolution Imagery
In the maps category:
- A former colleague shared an interesting collection of 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
- A Map By Nokia Shows All Windows Phones With Language Set To “Chinese” In Asia And Europe
- A map named Roads of Death, mapping road accident deaths per country
- For the U.S., a New York Times “Immigration Explorer” Interactive Map
- In New York? Lower Manhattan Growth Animation (1840-2020)
- Oh, but you might currently be more interested by the Government Shutdown Map by the Washington Post
- Still U.S.-related, via APB, BitLy's Media Map
This year again Slashgeo will be a proud media partner of the 9th International gvSIG Conference to be held from November 27th to 29th 2013 in Valencia, Spain.
From their objectives: "So what does this have to do with technology? Everything! In the XXI century, can anyone imagine technology as not part of strategic sectors? There is practically no activity or progress, whether industrial, social or within the business environment where technology is not a fundamental aspect. In this sense, and by following the example of where sovereignty lies, whether with the people or within the financial markets, what we need to ask ourselves is whether we govern technology or if technology governs us. [...] We are again talking about the need of having access to knowledge, and when it comes to software, knowledge is only possible if we are talking about free software, which provides us with technological independence, which enables us to at least aspire to be Sovereign. It is a Matter of Sovereignty, which is the main idea that we are claiming in the 9th International gvSIG Conference in Valencia."Google Plus One