New Open Source Mobile GPS Tracking Protocol

MDFlynn writes "With GPS popularity rising, a new Open Source mobile GPS tracking protocol is now available and includes a full-featured reference implementation. The project, OpenDMTP (Open Device Monitoring and Tracking Protocol), was designed as a highly configurable/extensible protocol for obtaining data from remote devices over high-latency/low-bandwidth networks. We take OpenDMTP on a field test using a Linux laptop, GPS receiver, and a GPRS modem, to showcase the capabilities of the protocol."

GIS-Trained Manpower Short in India

All Points Blog links to a short Deccan Herald article about GIS-trained manpower woefully short in India. From the article: "“Though the GIS technology was evolved over 40 years ago, its presence in India is still in a nascent stage,” Mr Gowda said during the inauguration of a two-day State level seminar on ‘GIS and its applications’ at Government Arts College here recently." Meanwhile, Very Spatial links to a The Times of India article about the use of GIS and GPS for police operations in India.

NOAA Study of the Remote Sensing Industry

GIS Monitor host an article discussing a NOAA study of the remote sensing industry. From the article: "According to the report, "The most frequently mentioned technical advances centered around improvements on existing technology rather than the development of new technology." This included the integration of technologies that are currently independent or semi-independent, similarly to the way that GPS receivers, inertial measuring units (IMU), and aerial film and digital cameras have already been integrated."

Web Services Will Generate More Printed Maps

Vector One has an interesting entry describing how web services could lead to more map printing. From the blog: "Yet, Web Services will make use of spatial data - cheaper. You will get more value for less cost than attempting to set up your own system and develop products from scratch. This is a paradigm shift, both in the business of making maps and purchasing data and services."

Carbon Project Joins ESRI's Business Partner Program

The Press Release says the Carbon Project, the world leader in Open-Geospatial .NET technology, announces that it has joined ESRI's Business Partner Program. From the PR: "The Carbon Project has developed an interoperability extension platform for ESRI's ArcGIS, CarbonArc, to enable seamless access and use of [OGC] services in ArcGIS. The first module of CarbonArc, CarbonArc Lite, will be an extension product complete with intuitive tools for accessing and using any OGC Web Map Service (WMS) or Web Feature Service (WFS) data source as an integral part of [GIS]" Very Spatial tells us CarbonArc Lite is already available.

Jabber Contacts Mapping

Ogle Earth discuss Talk Maps, a site to map instant messaging contacts (Jabber network, including Google Talk) to Google Maps or even Google Earth. From the blog: "You add a bot to your friends list, so that it knows when you are available, and you also enter your coordinates on a special form once. Bingo, yet another way to meet new people from all over the world."

South-American Trade in Google Earth

The Google Earth Blog (via Ogle Earth) has an interesting entry about a serious business application of Google Earth targeting South-American trade. From the blog: "Now that GE is out of beta, we should begin seeing many more businesses taking note of the powerful combination of global visualization with a large and growing user base bolstered by the top brand in the world"

Less US Efforts for Earth Observation?

The Surveying, Mapping and GIS blog links to a TCS Daily article about the decreasing emphasis on Earth Observation at NASA. From the article: "Partly because of the Administration’s new emphasis on missions to the moon and Mars, and partly due to NASA’s (budget-limited) focus on simply demonstrating new technologies with single satellites, rather than providing an Earth monitoring capability from a series of satellites, the future of Earth science research in the United States currently looks pretty gloomy."

Best-Ever Antarctic Maps from NASA

This press release tells us that most detailed maps ever produced of the vast snow-covered Antarctic continent has been created with the help of RADARSAT-1. Here's the Mosaic of Antarctica on NASA's website. From the PR: "The Mosaic removes the terrain distortion and produces a more accurate and natural-looking view of the continent and its very subtle surface features. "Using the Mosaic map together with the Canadian satellite, RADARSAT, is a real breakthrough," says Ted Scambos, one of the creators of the Mosaic at NSIDC. "The Mosaic shows the snow and rock surface almost perfectly, and RADARSAT reveals some of the features below the snow. It's very informative.""

ArcWeb Explorer Beta Available

Rosso World reports the first public build of ArcWeb Explorer. From the ArcWeb website: "ArcWeb Explorer is a Web-based map viewing application based on Macromedia Flash 8. The ArcWeb Explorer uses vector mapping technology to render maps quickly in the browser instead of having the server render them. The result is improved speed and performance, greater control over the map appearance, and desktop-like functionality over the Internet." Our previous coverage of ArcWeb.

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