This is important if you consider the immense popularity of Wikipedia, its engine Mediawiki, and the related Wikimedia Foundation projects, including the new Wikidata and Wikivoyage. Here's the blog entry named GeoData: a new age of geotagging on Wikipedia.
From the entry: "Today, we present the GeoData extension for MediaWiki, which now provides a structured way to store geo-coordinates for articles, as well as an API to make queries around this information. [...] Coordinates added to articles are now stored separately in the database, as opposed to being stored arbitrarily in wiki markup. This makes it easy to query the coordinates of a particular page or a list of pages around a given set of coordinates. The Solr search engine is used for spatial queries, making the searches extremely fast. All the functionality is also available via the API, allowing developers to create tools that use this data."
You guessed it, that's the last 'batch geonews' entry for the next two weeks. This edition is much shorter than usual.
From the open source front:
From the Google front:
In the miscellaneous category:
Here's the recent geonews that haven't made it into an individual story in batch mode.
From the open source / open data front:
From the ESRI front:
In the everything-else category:
In the maps category: