Microsoft

165TB of New Imagery Added to Bing Maps

We don't usually make much noise when there is new imagery is provided, but in that case, Microsoft announced Monday 165TB of New Imagery Added to Bing Maps.

From the entry: "Today we’re thrilled to announce the publication of our largest satellite release to date. In fact, this release is larger than all of our past Aerial releases combined! The latest Aerial release includes new Satellite imagery as well as Global Ortho photography. Both releases total 165 terabytes of new data live on Bing Maps. Prior to this, our existing Aerial footprint was 129 terabytes total."

Follow the link to see several screenshots.

Dubai, UAE

Batch Geonews: GeoPublisher and AtlasStyler 1.9, Ten Things about GPS, MapInfo Pro 11.5, and some more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

From the open source front:

From the Google front:

Directions Mag articles:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

Batch Geonews: ArcGIS 10.1, Bing Maps using Nokia, GeoPDF, GPS Camera Banned in China, Zombie Geography, India RISAT-1, FearSquare, and more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode, covering the last few weeks (which have been crazy to me).

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From the Microsoft front:

Discussed over Slashdot:

Directions Mag articles:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

Ah... it feels good to be current on geonews once again!

Batch Geonews: GDAL Virtual Formats, Google Map Maker in France, Esri File Geodatabase API 1.2, Bing Maps New Look, and much much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. Again an unusually long edition.

From the open source and open data front:

From the Esri front:

From the Google front:

From the Microsoft front:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

wheredat - A simple, easy to use, geocoding interface for web applications

wheredat provides a geocoding and reverse geocoding interface (UI) through Bing maps. You setup an instance of the application and then embed it in an iframe on any other applications that use it. The client app passes an address or lonlat it needs geocoded and wheredat builds a map showing the location found allowing the user to move the point on the map to further refine the location. All this information is passed back to the client app so it can be used or stored there.  wheredat is extremely light weight and quick to load.

Demo Page: http://wheredat.adc4gis.com/example.html

Source Code: https://github.com/applieddataconsultants/wheredat

Batch Geonews: StreetView now in Russia, Should GIS Users Code?, ArcGIS 10.1 Enhancements, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. My challenge in life is to find out what not to do - too much enthusiasm impacts focus. But don't worry, I'm not dropping Slashgeo just yet ;-)

From the open source and open data front:

From the Google front:

From the Esri front:

From the Microsoft front:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

Batch Geonews: China Leading the Geospatial Industry, Geospatial World Forum 2012, NoSQL, ESRI at the Government, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

From the open source / open data front:

From the Google front:

In the everything-else category:

In the maps category:

Microsoft Launches OpenGeocoder.net: Turning Places into Bounding Boxes

Via James I learned about Microsoft's launch of OpenGeocoder, a geocoding tool using bounding boxes for places. What's nice it that Microsoft gives back all resulting data to the public domain. There's a JSON API too.  

From the about: "What is this? OpenGeocoder is an experiment in creating and serving geocodable results. Places are turned in to bounding boxes. Large datasets, processing and geocoding software is skipped. Instead a simple mapping between strings and boxes is used. All data submitted is placed in the public domain for anyone to use.

How do I use OpenGeocoder? Search using the text box. If your result is not found you are given the ability to add it. Drag the rectangle corners around until the rectangle covers the place you searched for and then click 'Save'. Your data is placed in to the public domain for anyone to use."

Batch Geonews: 180,000 Free OrbView-3 Scenes, Car AR Driving, PostGISonline, Bing Maps Updates, Autodesk and Pitney Bowes Alliance, Obesity and Car Travel, and much much more

​This batch mode edition is unusually long. It covers the past month and a bit more. Yes, that's way too much and I won't try to repeat the experience ;-) Here's what I considered pertinent enough to share with you. Exceptionally, in some cases I haven't gave attribution to the source of the news, thank you for your comprehension.

On the geospatial open source front:

On the Esri front:

On the Microsoft front:

On the remote sensing front:

On the GNSS / GPS front:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

Microsoft Patents Bad Neighborhood Detection via GPS for Pedestrians

Or for geospatial purists, via 'satellite navigation systems' for pedestrian. In any case, Slashdot discusses a story named Microsoft Patents Bad Neighborhood Detection.

Their summary: "With the grant of their US Patent #8090532 Microsoft may be attempting to corner the market on GPS systems for use by pedestrians, or they may have opened a fertile ground for discrimination lawsuits. ... Described as a patent on pedestrian route production, the patent describes a two-way system of building navigation devices targeted at people who are not in vehicles, but still require the use of such a device to most efficiently route to their destination. ... For example, the user inputs their destination and any constraints or requirements they might have, such as a wheelchair accessible route, types of terrain they are willing to cross, the option of public transportation, and a way point such as the nearest Starbucks on the route. Any previously configured preferences are also considered, such as avoiding neighborhoods that exceed a certain threshold of violent crime statistics (hence the description of this as the 'avoid bad neighborhoods' patent), fastest route, most scenic, etc."

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