All Points Blog discuss and links to a PC Mag Windows Live Local review. From the review: "Windows Live Local, in beta testing now, has to be one of the most addictive Web search tools out there. We're most excited about the 45-degree bird's-eye images of major U.S. cities including Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle (with others coming)."
GeoPlace host an article about lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina by the GISCorps. From the article's conclusion: "As a volunteer organization, affiliation with GISCorps provided a neutral venue for efficient service delivery with transparency to inevitable politics. Of the many lessons learned by Katrina GISCorps volunteers, perhaps the most important is the need to establish geospatial technology resources as a core functional component in every local emergency operations plan in the United States."
The gisuser weblog tells us about new software (MacOS X and iPod) for route planning. From the TrailRunner website: "TrailRunner is a route planning software for all kinds of long distance sports like running, biking, hiking, inline-skating, skiing and more. If you ever asked yourself how long your workout routes are and what route you should choose for this evening - then TrailRunner should be your training-partner."
Konquest writes "Volkswagen has decided to partner with Google in order to use Google Earth's database in their navigation system." Additionnally, the press release states: "Volkswagen, Google, and graphics chipmaker, nVidia, are working on an in-car navigation map system and display that is 3-dimensional and more real looking than anything that’s available today. [...] These photo-realistic, high-resolution 3D images are not only more engaging for the user, but they are also more efficient and accurate at conveying information than traditional 2D mapping representations."
The press release says it all: "Part of ESRI's Commitment to Open Standards and IT Interoperability [ESRI] announced support for the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) data format on top of the upcoming ArcGIS 9.2 software platform. [...] The power of open software and data is the ability to quickly and easily exchange, share, and distribute information to anyone and in any format."
The import cartography blog indicates MapServer 4.8.1 has been released. Honestly, the changelog list is so huge I can't tell you what important features have been added. There's no roadmap on the site either (or I haven't found it).
Spatially Adjusted offers a great roundup on ArcGIS Explorer ("AGX"). From the entry: "6. How will AGX affect other ESRI products?
At this point we don’t know. It isn’t a replacement for ArcReader so AFAIK you can’t view ArcPublisher documents in it. I’m not sure if ArcGIS Engine will be enhanced with some capabilities as AGX, but that is also a possibility. AGX is really designed as a server client rather than a GIS reader application even though it does support adding local data sets so I suspect we’ll see more integration with AGS and ArcIMS in the future as opposed to ArcGIS Desktop." We covered ArcGIS Explorer in the past.
Very Spatial provide a link who ultimately ends up on textually.org where we learn about a pointing-based search solution for mobile phones. From the GeoVector website: "With Mapion Local Search, users can now walk down the street anywhere in Japan and point at over 700,000 objects such as buildings, shops, restaurants, banks, historical sites and instantly retrieve information on what they are looking at or find what they are looking for just by pointing their phone. Just like one uses a mouse to click on an object on a computer screen and retrieve information, now users can Click on the Real World using their mobile phone."
Gary Sherman writes "This is an unofficial recap of the OSGF meeting, based on my recollections having spent 10 hours on IRC and the phone. I’m sure the foundation will release an official version of the day’s events, so take my comments with a grain of salt." Our story yesterday links to pictures and transcript. Update: 02/05 13:50 GMT by S :Spatially Adjusted indicates Matt Perry also offers his first thoughts.
Slashdot links to ComputerWorld article about fighting WMD threats with sensor fusion at the Super Bowl event. From the slashdot summary (part): "Members of the Michigan National Guard will be at the Super Bowl on Sunday to deploy 'sensor fusion', a real-time, IP-based wireless technology that combines readings from portable and fixed devices that can potentially detect terrorist threats. While sensors capable of detecting chemical, biological, or radiological threats have been used at previous Super Bowls, the readings had to be communicated by radio between different security personnel. Sensor fusion automatically takes readings from the devices and uploads them to a central, secure Web server, where security staff anywhere can monitor conditions at the event." All Points Blog offers an additional pertinent story (Detroit News).