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:

Map Catalog, Page 4

Bloggage update: added British Geological Survey web mapping services to East Anglia web map, in order to compare historic and current geology. The Snapshot format also give the catalog a variety of viewing options of the catalog. As I say in More East Anglia Web Mashups , such small scale maps are intended to engage and inform, and point to more detailed maps and fieldwork or possible avenue of research subject to an upcoming paper.

Map Catalog, continued

(late) bloggage update: Global vector datasets on AWS, see the opportunities and challenges.

I wrote a decade ago at Esri that accuracy in geological mapping and interpretation, need no longer be a compromise of computer system speed and storage capacity. Well it appears like we are finally getting to achieve that with the variety of platforms available to we the people as data democracy starts to gain traction.

MapCentia GeoCloud integrate Open Source Geospatial Software

A couple of years ago I started developing MyGeoCloud an open source project that ties PostGIS, MapServer, TileCache and OpenLayers together in one integrated geospatial solution. Since then a lot has happen with the project: The development has moved from a big consulting firm to a small startup called, the project is renamed to MapCentia GeoCloud, the codebase is rewritten and Leaflet, OpenLayers3 and Elasticsearch are included in the stack.

The goal of the project remain the same: Provide an all-in-one open source solution for storage, geospatial operations, geospatial web services and web mapping.

A more detailed description of the project can be found here:

Get the source code here: or quickly spin up a server at Amazon AWS:

Standards & Metadata, Part VIII

Bloggage update: My previous post on Standards and Metadata stated how careful documentation and appropriate metadata high-grades any information that is shared online by giving origin, context and other information. It helps build bridges and I quipped a well-known tear down this wall that also closed my second last post on free data and apps.

In that post I described how UK Parish data underpinning my geo-history project came from publicly released Ordnance Survey Boundary Line data. I attributed the data in both figures of that post. And also adds a data source to each of their web maps.  Now Mapcentia, whose service is used to post said geo-history project, also added a metadata button next to each Table of Contents item, as entered in GeoCloud2 database - and to repeat them, see how it works on my map there (and thanks Martin for the referral).

Batch Geonews: 2014 Predictions, Near Real-Time Imagery of Earth, Location Privacy, LiDAR Formats, and much more

The first batch geonews edition of 2014!

On the open source / open data front:

On the Google front:

On the Apple front:

Discussed over Slashdot:

In the everything else category:

In the maps category:

Poppy 3D: $60 3D Stereoscopic Camera and Viewer

Tidbits made me aware of Poppy 3D, a very affordable box that turns your iPhone into a 3D camera and I thought this is of interest for geospatial-related usage.

Tibtibs' summary: "The first magic gizmo I saw accomplishes its wonders with mirrors, if not smoke. The Poppy from Hack Things converts any iPhone 4 or later (or fifth-generation iPod touch) into a 3D stereoscopic camera and viewer. Slot your iPhone into the Poppy, and rotate the outer portion of the Poppy 180 degrees to take two side-by-side videos or photos from slightly different vantage points. Then rotate it back to convert the camera into a viewer and watch your video in 3D. Anyone who grew up with a View-Master (still going after 70 years!) will feel a twinge of nostalgia upon using a Poppy. The Poppy is available from Hack Things for $59."

WiTrack: Through-Wall 3D Tracking Using Body Radio Reflections

Happy 2014 to all our readers! Yes yes, I'm later than I'd like, but anything geonewsworthy will be shared with you. Thanks for your patience, and you're still welcomed to contribute!

Via O'Reilly, I learned about MIT's WiTrack, used for Through-Wall 3D Tracking Using Body Radio Reflections. You can't do anything to stop being tracked!

O'Reilly summarizes it this way: "Witracktracks the 3D motion of a user from the radio signals reflected off her body. It works even if the person is occluded from the WiTrack device or in a different room. WiTrack does not require the user to carry any wireless device, yet its accuracy exceeds current RF localization systems, which require the user to hold a transceiver. It transmits wireless signals whose power is 100 times smaller than Wi-Fi and 1000 times smaller than cellphone transmissions."

They give examples for entire-home gaming, but for elderly monitoring and fall detection too.

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:

From the Esri front:

From the Google front:

In the everything-else category:

In the maps category:

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