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."
We did make it to 8 years after all :-) That was Monday last week. Thanks to the positive feedback we got and significant readership, we made it through another year! Launched in September 2005, Slashgeo's news aggregation service now reaches over 10,000 unique geospatial professionals according to Google stats.
Let's be honest, the website needs a major refresh. For instance, it needs to be readable on mobile devices. Three years ago already, we migrated the website's engine from Slashcode to Drupal. While such major changes require efforts, I now want to move the site to WordPress. My personal conclusion is that Drupal's for large projects that benefit from expert maintainers which will be required to do a lot by themselves. Slashgeo is just a small voluntary/community project and we don't have that kind of resources. So if everything goes as planned, we'll get a new website in the coming months!
We're still looking for fellow enthusiasts who'd like to contribute to Slashgeo by sharing content and any other contribution that comes to mind. It's by lots of small contributions that in the end, it makes the all the difference in the world. In any case, thanks for reading Slashgeo and enjoy working on your geospatial projects! Have fun not just with what you do, but with how you do it too :-) -- Alex, aka Satri
Ok, I did it again, way too much time since our last batch mode edition, but here it is, thanks for your patience!
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:
And the final bonus, totally unrelated to geospatial though, if you have a smartphone or tablet, try Just a Reflektor
Another software that was released at FOSS4G 2013 a week ago was the open source Java library GeoTools 10.0.
From the announcement: "Summary of the new features for the GeoTools 10.x series:
The 10.x series has a number of research and development activities that may be of interest:
It's been a crazy week for me and I essentially failed to aggregate geonews - expect me to catch up in the coming days.
The open source routing engine pgRouting version 2.0 has been released, and this a major new release. We mentioned it a few times since 2010.
A reminder of what pgRouting is, from the official website:
Advantages of the database routing approach are:
And here's a list of features including what's new for version 2.0:
Another significant release done at FOSS4G 2013 is the open source GeoServer 2.4. Along with MapServer, GeoServer is a popular server to disseminate geospatial data in WMS, and other standards of the same family.
Since I failed to find a nice list of what's new specifically for version 2.4, I feed you with a reminder of what GeoServer is according to their front page: "GeoServer is an open source software server written in Java that allows users to share and edit geospatial data. Designed for interoperability, it publishes data from any major spatial data source using open standards. [...] GeoServer is the reference implementation of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Feature Service (WFS) and Web Coverage Service (WCS) standards, as well as a high performance certified compliant Web Map Service (WMS). GeoServer forms a core component of the Geospatial Web."
This is major news. The popular open source desktop GIS formerly known as Quantum GIS, now simply QGIS, has released its version 2.0 at FOSS4G 2013. This release reduces the gap with some of the mature commercial desktop GIS available. There's also QGIS 2.0 for Android in the works.
Here's the full list of what's new and changed - it's just too long to copy it all, so here's some of it:
Feature: Expression based label properties
There's a lot more to it. Head to the full list to learn more and see numerous screenshots.
I thought this RTI-developed web-based synthetic population viewer would be of interest to some of you. It allows users to explore the amazing diversity of human household population distributions in the United States. The viewer enables the user to see synthetic households by income, race, size, and age. These synthetic populations form the agents for many ABMs, but aside from that key purpose, they also provide a rich basis to explore the demographics of the United States as illustrated in the viewer. Over 112,000,000 households are at your fingertips.
Most interesting to look at are large cities—NY, Chicago, LA, DC, etc. Be sure to try it in ‘Quad View’ and with a Black background!
Please view here: http://portaldev.rti.org/10_Midas_Docs/SynthPop/portal.html.
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Do a Map is an easy internet service to create a map and share it with your friends or customers, include it on a website or blog or publish it on the main social networks (Facebook, Twitter, ...).
The main property of this service is how quickly you can create a map: no account, no registration, no verification emails. Just accessing to Do a Map, the user can draw and share maps on most popular social networks in less than a minute.
For example, the restaurant position where you are going to meet your friends, or the place where you are going to meet with a client.
Do a map has a simple editor to draw polygons, routes or add markers to the map. As easy as draw on a blackboard, we can draw elements, remove them and create them again, to make simple maps with some makers or completed ones adding polygons and routes.
Once created, you just have to save the map and you get a map link to share it or use it like you want: add a map to your own web or blog, share it on Facebook or Twitter, send the map link by mail or whatsapp…
In summary, Do a map is an excellent solution to create quickly (and in an anonymous way) maps on internet.
I'm happy to announce Slashgeo will be a proud media partner of the 'Geomatics 2013' event in Montreal, to take place on October 3 and 4. We've been a media partner of the 'Geomatics 2011' event and I have personally missed it only once since year 2000 (I missed it because I was at the FOSS4G conference!).
The recurring Geomatique 20XY event in Montreal is the conference to attend in the Quebec province. It attracts about 700 participants. While most of the presentations are done in French, mostly everybody attending speaks English (Montreal is in North America after all ;-). From their main page: "Geomatics 2013 is:
I'll be on-site myself, and will give a presentation related to my real day job, the official worldwide weather and radar layers available in WMS and KML for free.