Batch Geonews: GeoPackage Webinar, Esri and Open Data, Future of Google Earth, OpenLayers 3 News, QGIS 2.2, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. I've been struggling with many fires, I currently publish much less frequently than usual, but don't worry, everything major is in there!

From the open source / open data front:

From the Esri front:

From the Google front:

Discussed over Slashdot:

In the everything-else category:

In the maps category:

And thanks to Andrew Zolnai for his recent donation to Slashgeo, we wouldn't be there without the community!

Historical Maps of Australia Pre and Post European Settlement

ESRI Australia and The Australian National Library have produced an interactive story maps of some significant maps pertaining to the discovery of and mapping of Australia

  • Ramsey Abbey:Higden map c.1350
  • Fra Mauro: Map of the world 1448-1453
  • Diofo Ribeiro: Plainshere, 1529
  • Jean Rotz: Atlas 1542
  • Cook and Smith East coast chart, 1770
  • Hew Holland to Australia
  • Finders voyages (NB this was the standard base map until the 70's!)

For those not aware Australia was "officially" settled in 1788 by Captain James Cook but there is much confusion to how they came looking for the "great southern land". Some say the Dutch others say the Spanish or Portuguese maps lead to this rush and the British colonized in 1788 with ships full of convicted criminals or convicts.

Global Sailings (1662 - 1856, English, Spanish, Dutch, French) revisited

Bloggage update: I originally posted CLIWOC (CLImatological database for the World's OCeans) ship's captain's logs location data as uploads to the web. This 250K point data-set is now posted direct to web for easier access on AWS  via GeoCloud2 stack.  Again, this is only the ships' location data: as per its name, there is scope to add climate data from CLIWOC direct-to- web... so important these days to document climate change using a global dataset from 150 - 250 years ago!

Interactively explore the effects of global topography on surface water flow

SCALGO Live Global provides a unique way of understanding the effect of global topography (mountains, valleys, etc.) on the flow of surface water and flood risk. This is possible through interactions with SCALGO's analysis on a big data representation of the earth's surface. SCALGO is making the analysis freely available to the public.

Due to advances in data acquisition technology, detailed and accurate–and thus very big–terrain data is increasingly becoming available. However, much of the data's potential is in the analysis that it enables, and the knowledge that can be extracted from this analysis.  SCALGO Live Global illustrates some of the benefits of the technology using the 60 billion element, near-global, three arc-seconds (90-meter at the equator) resolution SRTM dataset made available by NASA. 

Google Launches 'Project Tango' 3D-Mapping Smartphone

There's already numerous apps to map our immediate environment in 3D with current smartphones, but this new Google project goes beyond, and because it's Google, the adoption potential of obviously significantly increased. MacRumors offers a nice summary along with several links in a story named Google Launches 'Project Tango' 3D-Mapping Smartphone.

From the official Project Tango site: "Our current prototype is a 5” phone containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you. [...] What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building? What if the visually-impaired could navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places? What if you could search for a product and see where the exact shelf is located in a super-store?"

Here's the 3-minutes video introducing Project Tango.

New Google Maps Launched

Most of our readers were already aware of the new Google Maps interface available in beta for quite some time already, as of yesterday, the new Google Maps is there for everybody.

The highlights according to the announcement:

  • Make smarter decisions. Simply search for “coffee” in your neighborhood, and you’ll be able to see results and snippets right on the map. [...] 
  • Get where you're going, faster. [...]  And with the new real-time traffic reports  and Street View previews, you’ll become a commuting ninja.
  • See the world from every angle. [...]   The new “carousel” at the bottom of the map makes all this imagery easy to access, so you can explore the world with a click.

Here's the 2-minutes video presenting the new Google Maps. It's a significant improvement over the version we're used to.

A new free software that let you fix your shapefile automatically

The Shapefile Fixer has been developed with the aim to get “cleaned” spatial data from most common geometry errors. The software reads a set of shapefiles from an input folder and writes the result to an output folder. The user can decide whether to apply the geometric errors fixing process and / or the coordinates rounding process.

More information at:

Slashgeo is a proud media partner of the Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014 conference in Ottawa

We are happy to inform you that Slashgeo will be a proud media partner of the upcoming Geospatial Advancement Canada conference in Ottawa in March 3-5 2014!

"Geospatial Advancement Canada will bring together Canada’s leaders in Geomatics to continue the discussion on developing a National Geo strategy. You will network and learn from industry experts who will detail, through case study presentations, how you can develop your own program or improve what you‘ve already achieved. Attending the summit will ensure that you are up-to-date on insights from industry leaders, able to defend against critical obstacles, and are implementing effective methodologies into your GIS programs. Register today to confirm your participation at one of the most sought-after events in the industry."

Slashgeo will publish articles during and after the conference on what has been highlighted in presentation and innovative ideas on the geospatial sphere.

Batch Geonews: Sochi Olympics 2014, Esri Maps for SAP, All Cars Tracked by 2020, and much much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. I don't aggregate geonews as frequently as I used to but the content is there and I hope to return to an increased frequency later this Winter. Are you German? If so, you might be interested in these efforts to have Slashgeo translated in German.

On the open source / open data front:

On the Esri front:

On the Google front:

Discussed over Slashdot:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

PostGIS Cookbook Published

No need to say, in the world of geospatial RDBMS, PostgreSQL's open source PostGIS shines and is widely adopted. Lots of us will be happy to learn that the PostGIS Cookbook has been published over PACKT from Paolo Corti, Stephen Vincent Mather, Thomas J Kraft, Bborie Park.

From the announcement entry: "The book, in a friendly tutorial fashion, covers a plethora of PostGIS related topics such as:

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