A week ago MapBox released the excellent and nicely designed 2013 OpenStreetMap Data Report. Here's the blog entry about the report. Really worth looking at the report, even if it's just for appreciating its superb presentation.
From the entry: "We've looked back on the project's 10 years in the making, the skyrocket growth to over 1 million users, 21 million miles, and 78 million buildings, and tried for the first time to tell the story of OpenStreetMap as a whole in data. We have traced through OpenStreetMap's 67,629,368 roads and tallied up the incredible sum of 21 million miles - that's 40 years of driving at 60 miles per hour."
Other OSM-related news:
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
From the open source / open data front:
From the Esri front:
From the Google front:
In the miscellaneous category:
In the maps category:
Maptorian is a vector map pack created thinking about the work of graphic designers, journalists, computer graphics and, in general, people who need to create visually appealing maps easily and quickly. Thanks to the maps distributed by layers of Maptorian, any person who knows how to handle a current vector graphic design program, especially a program like Illustrator, can easily shape their own maps.
Everything in Maptorian maps is editable. The distribution of thematic layers is designed to quickly create different types of maps through the activation and deactivation of the same, the change in distribution and, of course, in its edition. Yes, all in Maptorian is editable. The thicknesses, colors, text, fonts, everything can be changed easily to reach the desired map. And all this without leaving your favorite vector drawing program, without having to resort to complex mapping tools.
Maptorian pack maps are created thinking in graphic design in the visual, to communicate information easily. For this, there has been shaped with public domain cartographic databases, like Natural Earth, following as reference the CIA World Factbook maps, from a dumping of raw data into a GIS, later distributed in layers with Illustrator. Each vector object created this way has subsequently been edited “by hand” when the occasion demanded it, as it happened with text labels, elements of color, thicknesses and other graphic aspects. The result is a vector map pack created just to have on hand a number of ideal quality templates when designing visually appealing maps.
Yesterday Apple announced that their Maps application will be integrated in MacOS X 10.9, to be available next Fall. Of course, Apple Maps was mentioned several times in the past, especially since the underlying data and search capabilities behind Apple Maps was / is not as stellar as the popular Google Maps service.
From the Apple page: "The Maps app lets you use every pixel of your display to explore new destinations, and it takes full advantage of the graphics power of your Mac. So zooming is incredibly smooth and responsive. Text and details are crisp and easy to read. And you get gorgeous views such as Flyover, a photo-realistic, interactive 3D experience that lets you soar high above select cities. Maps makes it simple to get information on local points of interest like restaurants and hotels, showing you phone numbers, photos, and even Yelp reviews. It’s also easy to get there on time, thanks to point-to-point directions, real-time traffic conditions, and suggested alternate routes. When you’re ready to go, send your map to your iPhone for voice navigation on the way.3 With OS X Mavericks, maps are built into Mail, Contacts, and Calendar, too. So wherever you see an address, you can see it on a map, just like that."
Here's the recent Google-related geonews in batch mode.
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From other sources:
This news made it outside the traditional geospatial community, Slashdot's story is named GIS Community Blocks Esri's Geospatial 'Open Standard' REST API.
Their summary: "The developer of ArcGIS, Esri, has dropped its bid to have the GeoServices REST API recognized as an open standard by the Open Geospatial Consortium, after a community backlash against 'providing a vendor with significant market advantage, erring on the creation of a state-sanctioned monopoly.'"
This is a topic we covered 2 weeks ago. You can also read a useful summary and quotes from OGC officials named OGC heed community pressure regarding "GeoServices REST API": "“Considering the breath of discussion both internal and external to the OGC process since the vote announcement, the SWG members feel that the vote cannot continue until the many questions raised have been addressed. Issues regarding OGC process, vendor advantage, duplication of capabilities, etc. have now overshadowed technical discussions of the merits of the specification. By withdrawing the OGC GeoServices REST API candidate standard, the necessary discussions regarding OGC process, policy, and position can continue separately.”"
Different IT models have been analysed by IRIN (a service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs): Quebec (Canada) (open source and GIS), Taiwan (ESRI-ArcGIS+Sahana) and Thailand (Sahana) in this UN news: http://www.irinnews.org/report/98127/analysis-which-technology-to-use-for-disaster-management
For more info on the model of open source and GIS in Quebec, see these links: http://www.directionsmag.com/articles/open-source-software-and-ogc-web-services-life-saving-components-in-qu/217989 and http://2011.foss4g.org/sessions/mapserver-and-ogc-web-services-real-life-and-saving-lives
Slashdot discusses a story named Interpreting Global Flight Maps.
Their summary: "Five experts including: artist, environmentalist, aviation consultant, data visualization expert and philosopher interpret a flight map showing global flights. While the imagery of the visualization is intriguing, the interpretations are particularly interesting and show how individual background and experience impact they way they view the data."
When sharing AutoCAD-created documents, geospatial professionals often receive maps, projects, drawings and models from others in the PDF format. PDF is preferred not only for the fact that it is a compact format and visible on all platforms, but for security reasons as well.
However, editing PDF files is not easy to do, especially when it comes to maps and models. Because of this, users will sometimes need to convert their PDFs back into an editable DWG or DXF format file in order to edit them.
The site convertpdftoautocad.com can help you here – it converts AutoCAD-designed PDF files back to 3D modeling AutoCAD formats simply, swiftly and completely free of charge. Even if you are working with larger documents, files up to 40 MB in size can be uploaded and converted quickly and accurately.
The process is very simple: Visit the website, upload your PDF, and enter a valid email address to which the link for downloading your converted file will be sent. Your email address and files are deleted after 24h in accordance to the service’s strictly regulated privacy principles and policies.
You will see in the converted document that all the elements of your work present in the PDF stay preserved - every line, symbol, grid, text, and scale bars of your project.
From the announcement: "For 2013, we built a repository of extensions—an Extension Warehouse, in our parlance—that provides a one-stop shop for anyone looking to customize their copy of SketchUp. This one new feature is actually dozens (eventually hundreds) of new features, all ready and waiting for you to discover. [...] We decided that the free version of SketchUp needed a name and a brand of its own. Now the word “SketchUp” refers to a product family of which there are two members: SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Make. The latter is still free, international, and aimed squarely at every treehouse builder, 3D printing wizard, and pinewood derby all-star in the universe."