Open Traffic Project

This was meant to happen, via the LinkedIn OpenStreetMap group I learned about the OpenTraffic project.

Here's their introduction: "OpenTraffic is a open data project initiated by to create open traffic jam map of the world. We use OpenStreetMap vector graph and data feeds from various fleet management systems to calculate the traffic. Each contributor and every developer may use the traffic APIs for mapping and navigation projects and researches. [...]

If you'd like to start OpenTraffic project in your area, you need to do the following steps: 

  1. Contact us so we could install the vector OpenStreetMap data for your region
  2. You need to provide datafeeds from GPS-equipped vehicles so we can calculate traffic based on that data
  3. Enjoy! Access the traffic data by API and use it on any web or mobile map​"

Batch Geonews: SotM US 2012, GIS Interview Questions, Verizon Tracks Customers, U.S. Election Map, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source / open data front:

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Geo-related Slashdot discussions:

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In the maps category:

Batch Geonews: shp.js, QMap, SPOT 6, Google Ground Truth Project, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

From the open source / data front:

From the Esri front:

From the Microsoft front:

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Interesting Directions Mag articles:

In the miscellaneous category:

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OpenBuildingModels Repository Beta Launched

Modelling our world in 3D gets more and more important within the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project. There are several people in the community trying to push forward this development. A major problem is that OSM was not really designed for complex 3D modelling. The node/way/relation + tags based data model does not allow for complicated 3D modelling. Therefore, the community agreed to make use of external repositories containing more complex data which can be linked to OSM.

OpenBuildingModels is such a repository for complex architectural 3D building models. It is free-to-use and aims to improve crowdsourced 3D city models. Anyone can up- or download the models. They can be referenced in OSM and appear on the OSM-3D globe. A first beta version of the web platform is now online and models can be uploaded.

More info:

Batch Geonews: iD OpenStreetMap Editor, GeoIQ Acquired by Esri, Predicting People's Location, and more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source and open data front:

On the Esri front:

In the drones category:

In the car navigation category:

In the everything else category:

In the maps category:

Notemap it: Online Map Redlining

A critical need among map users is usually due to annotations and redlining. People want to take notes and share maps easily. This is more and more a need in a social network driven timeframe. has been developed aiming at this. It is a small webGIS designed to draw lines and polygons on the map, with customized style. It also let the user to add markers, notes, icons and more. Once the maps has been saved a sharable personal URL is given back to the user. Notemap is built upon OpenStreetMap, OpenLayers and Dojo.
A brief explanation of the concept can be found at:

TomTom Takes a Stand Against Open Source Mapping

In what looks like "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win", Slashdot discusses TomTom's fight against OpenStreetMap and open source maps.

The Slashdot summary: "TomTom Navigation has a recently launched article on what they call the 'negative aspects' of open data projects such as OpenStreetMap. As there are no hard facts and details to the studies they refer, the OSM community identified this release as classical 'Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt'."

That second link on FUD is pretty informative. Related, last January we mentioned an article comparing TomTom and OpenStreetMap data in Germany.

Open Source Geonews: HSLayers, Proxy4OWS, the Worst of OpenStreetMap, AP moving to TileMill + Leaftlet, and more

Still in my geonews catching up process, here's the open source-related geonews not shared yet.

Apple Moving to In-House Mapping Service with 3D Views in iOS 6?

MacRumors shares a long entry named Apple Moving to In-House Mapping Service with 3D Views in iOS 6?

From the 9TO5Mac report: "Apple will drop the Google Maps program running on iOS since 2007 in favor for a new Maps app with an Apple backend. [..] The most important aspect of the new Maps application is a powerful new 3D mode. The 3D mode does not come enabled by default, but users simply need to click a 3D button that is conveniently and visibly stored in the app. Perhaps under the fold like the current traffic, pin, and map view buttons. This 3D mode is said to essentially be technology straight from C3 Technologies: beautiful, realistic graphics based on de-classified missile target algorithms."

We mentioned in the past that Apple Acquired Web Mapping Firm Poly9 and Apple's C3 Technologies 3D Maps Also Offer Street Views and Interior Views.

Related, Apple's iPhoto maps now show attribution to OpenStreetMap, we mentioned Apple using OpenStreetMap data in March.

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