dct writes "Vector One has a story on the mapping of Europe as seen by travelers. From the entry: "Distances are distorted in Europe when high-speed trains trek across the landscape. ... Such maps appear warped and change shape as time is represented through high-speed train travel.""
Artem Pavlenko writes "I'm pleased to announce that there is a new release of mapnik (0.2.5a), together with a new website. Mapnik is a Free Toolkit for developing mapping applications. Above all mapnik is about making beautiful maps. A key goal is to provide high-quality anti-aliasing rendering of geo data - think Google Maps at their best. It is easily extensible and suitable for both desktop and web development."
dct writes "Cartography has an entry about an animated gif map of the greening of the planet between 1999 and 2002 from its Globcarbon project. From the entry: "This is part of ESA’s attempt to chart ten years of the Earth's vegetation. ... In processing terms we had about 45 terabytes of input data and 18 terabytes of output data...""
dct writes "In this entry on Vector One, Jeff Thurston reminds us that the Olympics are coming and there is plenty of mapping to do. Who is going to be first to map the downhill ski track? Or perpare a world map of won medals? On your maps, Get set, Go!"
mapz offers pertinents links regarding a step-by-step tutorial to open source web GIS. From the tutorial's abstract: "By following the accompanying step-by-step tutorial instructions, interested readers running mainstream Microsoft Windows machines and with no prior technical experience in Web GIS or Internet map servers will be able to publish their own health maps on the Web and add to those maps additional layers retrieved from remote WMS servers."
The Cartography blog links to maps [1, 2] and a small article about original maps of Luftwaffe raids on Britain being used to protect building workers from unexploded Second World War bombs from news.telegraph. From the article: "Paul Spaven, a partner with Tuffin Ferraby Taylor, said: "While some maps of unexploded bombs are held by the emergency services, they are unlikely to be 100 per cent accurate and no substitute for a thorough survey and risk analysis.""
Mikel Maron writes "I've reworked some code for parsing GeoRSS in Google Maps into a proper extension: MGeoRSS.
This can be quite useful for quickly building maps, like Node.London, and promotes an interoperable geospatial web based on a common data format.
With GeoRSS standardization in the works, its important to get the big map players on board to support. * How bout it Google -- are you ready to step up and promote GeoRSS directly in your API? *"
GIS Matters offers his views on 'geospatial intelligence', 'Geographic Exploration Systems' and 'enterprise GIS'. From the blog: "Intelligent GIS have superior analytical tools for statistical analysis—inductive, data mining approaches (such as pattern recognition and descriptive classification) as well as deductive approaches (such as spatially weighted regression and cluster-significance testing). These provide deeper information understanding and insight. Paradoxically, understanding aspects of the advanced constructs and interpreting aspects of the statistical output from some methods can be daunting for some users."
GeoPlace links to a Post-Gazette article about travelers disagreeing on the usefulness of online mapping services. From the article: "And let's face it: A computer printout is often more succinct than human directions, filled with confusing travel tips such as "make a left where the Kroger's store was.""
GIS Monitor offers us three interviews (following last week's GeoEye): one with SPOT Image's Clark Nelson, one with DigitalGlobe's Chuck Herring and the last one with Airborne1's Todd Stennett. From the former one: "Another big trend, according to Nelson, is globalization — which means more outsourcing and more global cooperation. (However, he points out, "smaller companies often don't have the resources and the reach to do that.") The United States "will retain some national capabilities," but U.S. companies will both export and import more data. "That's when it will get really interesting," he says."