The recent geonews in batch mode, covering a larger timespan than usual.
On the open source front:
On the Google front:
On the Esri front:
In the everything-else category:
Slashdot discussed a few minor geo-related stories:
In the maps category:
Still catching up, here's the recent open source geospatial news.
Software updates front:
From the announcement: "Rejoice, everyone — after 4.5 months of development with 26 contributors involved since the previous major release, I’m happy to announce the release of Leaflet 0.5 stable, hooray!
0.5 highlights include IE10 touch devices and Metro apps support, retina-enabled markers, a much better panning inertia implementation, hand cursors for dragging and a new zoom control design. But the real power of this release comes with about a hundred of subtle improvements and bugfixes, improving usability, performance and overall “feel” of browsing the map even further."
Directions Mag offers an article named Research Explores How to Keep Up With Changing Web Mapping Technology, starting with 'change is inevitable: deal with it'.
From the results: "Despite the fact that the Google Maps API delivered on more of the requirements set out in the Needs Assessment Survey, the team selected Leaflet as the answer to the first question of which technology should be used for teaching. Leaflet was, in fact, second best in supporting the requirements, but the Diary Study suggested students made more progress and felt better working with that set of libraries. The team suggests that might be due to the added transparency and control provided by a fully open source library."
This news story appeared on the BBC today - a team from the University of Portsmouth have mapped the location of bombs dropped on London during World War Two. The information is available via an interactive map or android app.
Still catching up my August holidays, here's the recent geospatial open source and open data geonews.
In general news:
In software news:
Still in my geonews catching up process, here's the open source-related geonews not shared yet.
Its description: "Weighing just about 22kb of gzipped JS code, it still has all the features most developers ever need for online maps, while providing a fast, pleasant user experience. It is built from the ground up to work efficiently and smoothly on both desktop and mobile platforms like iOS and Android, taking advantage of HTML5 and CSS3 on modern browsers. The focus is on usability, performance, small size, A-grade browser support, convention over configuration and an easy-to-use API. The OOP-based code of the library is designed to be modular, extensible and very easy to understand."
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
Lately there was a not much surprising news about Google products and services. Among other things Google has changed the Google Maps API use policy and will charge to those users that exceed some download limits.
It is well known that Google Maps is one of the most (or the most) famous mapping service used around the net and it starts the web GIS revolution some years ago but hopefully it is not the only API we can use. Bing and the discontinued Yahoo Maps, are great competitors but there are great and open alternatives to use.
[Editor's note: this anonymous submission mainly discusses OpenLayers, Polymaps and Leaflet]