Marble 1.3 has been released with lots of new gems: Marble — the virtual globe and world atlas — now integrates with KDE Plasma. By allowing for coordinate and bookmark searches, Marble can be opened directly from the Plasma search bar.
The new Elevation Profile shows the incline of routes, which can be edited interactively.
Stargazers can view and track Earth satellites thanks to Marble participation in the European Space Agency (ESA) Summer of Code in Space.
During Google Summer of Code, Marble gained initial support for display of .osm (OpenStreetMap) files in vector format.
Owners of the Nokia N9/N950 are the first to receive the new mobile application Marble Touch.
Further details can be found in the feature guide.
Slashdot ran discussion last week named OpenStreetMap Reports Data Vandalism From Google-Owned IPs.
Their summary: "Following reports of misconduct by Google employees in Kenya and India, It has been found that Google IP addresses have been responsible for deliberate vandalism of OpenStreetMap data. While it is unlikely that this was a deliberate or coordinated attack by Google HQ on the competition, multiple such reports does raise the question of whether or not Google has become too big to effectively enforce its 'Don't be evil' philosophy across its massive organization."
While I haven't read as much as I'd like yet about this issue, the following Register article informs us that Google kicked out two contractors that would be to blame.
Okay, there is much more geonews that were waiting for me than I expected. Please give me some time to catch up everything. Anything worthy, I'll aggregate and share with our users.
There has been several interesting articles and entries posted in the past two weeks about OpenStreetMap. Here they are!
Here's the recent open source geospatial news.
Here's the recent open source and open data geonews in batch mode.
Here's the recent geonews that we haven't mentioned yet, in batch mode.
On the open source front:
In the everything-else category:
In the maps category:
Here's the recent geospatial open source and open data news.
New and updated software:
Other open source software-related news:
In the open data category:
Via email I learned that the open source OSM2NetworkDataset version 1.1 is now available, it readies OpenStreetMap data for ArcGIS's Network Analyst extension.
From the announcement: "Version 1.1 now supports ArcGIS 10.0, as well as ArcGIS 9.3.1. New features include restrictions for tracktype, smoothness, surface, and maxwidth.
The Java application OSM2NetworkDataset converts OpenStreetMap (OSM) data so it can be used for network analyses in the ArcGIS extension Network Analyst. It is designed to generate transportation networks for any mode of transportation and any region. The generated networks are based on OSM attributes, such as restrictions, one-way roads, turn restrictions, point barriers, and maximum speed. The path can be chosen according to the shortest distance or the shortest time with user defined average speed settings."
While we mentioned it once before, it never got its full story, until now.
Here's the recent open source / open data geonews covering the last two weeks.
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. Some of those news seem important enough to deserve their own entries, but I dare share them in a single one. Yes, that's another unusually long post. Normal posting frequency should resume next February!
From the open source / open data front:
From the Esri front:
From the Google front:
From the Microsoft front:
In the miscellaneous category:
Slashdot discussed a few geospatial-related stories:
In the maps category:
In the coming days, I'll be at Géomatique 2011, the major geospatial event in the province of Québec. Slashgeo is a media partner of the event.