Yesterday Apple announced that their Maps application will be integrated in MacOS X 10.9, to be available next Fall. Of course, Apple Maps was mentioned several times in the past, especially since the underlying data and search capabilities behind Apple Maps was / is not as stellar as the popular Google Maps service.
From the Apple page: "The Maps app lets you use every pixel of your display to explore new destinations, and it takes full advantage of the graphics power of your Mac. So zooming is incredibly smooth and responsive. Text and details are crisp and easy to read. And you get gorgeous views such as Flyover, a photo-realistic, interactive 3D experience that lets you soar high above select cities. Maps makes it simple to get information on local points of interest like restaurants and hotels, showing you phone numbers, photos, and even Yelp reviews. It’s also easy to get there on time, thanks to point-to-point directions, real-time traffic conditions, and suggested alternate routes. When you’re ready to go, send your map to your iPhone for voice navigation on the way.3 With OS X Mavericks, maps are built into Mail, Contacts, and Calendar, too. So wherever you see an address, you can see it on a map, just like that."
Slashdot discusses a story named Interpreting Global Flight Maps.
Their summary: "Five experts including: artist, environmentalist, aviation consultant, data visualization expert and philosopher interpret a flight map showing global flights. While the imagery of the visualization is intriguing, the interpretations are particularly interesting and show how individual background and experience impact they way they view the data."
The recent geonews in batch mode, covering a larger timespan than usual.
On the open source front:
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In the everything-else category:
Slashdot discussed a few minor geo-related stories:
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InfoQ have published a talk by Gary Gale (@vicchi) called "The Ubiquitous Digital Map (Abridged)" giving a half hour potted history of the digital map. Worth a watch (but not as full screen as you'll miss the slides!) as knowing where we came from might help to understand where we are going.
Two days ago the new open source iD editor we mentioned a few times has been officially launched, here's the official announcement OpenStreetMap launches all-new easy map editor and announces funding appeal.
From the announcement: "The new editor, codenamed ‘iD’, boasts an intuitive interface and clear walk-throughs that make editing much easier for new mappers. By lowering the barrier to contributions, we believe that more people can contribute their local knowledge to the map – the crucial factor that sets OSM apart from closed-source commercial maps. [...] The new iD editor is a pure HTML5 experience, using the cutting-edge D3 visualisation library. Behind the clear design and intuitive interface is a sophisticated back-end that automatically recommends the most popular ‘tagging’ conventions used by the OSM community."
Numerous sources discussed the new iD editor, you'll find more technical details on iD on the MapBox blog, MapBox built iD, including multiple links to media coverage. Slashdot also discussed two stories, OpenStreetMap Launches a New Easy To Use HTML5 Editor and OpenStreetMap Adds Easier Reporting of Map Problems.
As organizers of WhereCamp Berlin, we would like to announce that WhereCamp is coming back to Berlin on 21st of June at Beuth University.
Barcamps or so-called "unconferences" procedure allows a faster experience and knowledge across organizational boundaries.
WhereCamp is also a BarCamp and within the 3rd edition of the event, we want to give to the geo communities the opportunity to share the newest projects in the geo-area and to present innovative approaches.
We welcome your feedback, your help and we would really appreciate your support in promoting the event.
Google+: WhereCamp Berlin
Berlin, 5th of May 2013
WhereCamp Berlin is back with its 3rd edition of the geo-“unconference”. This informal event, which covers topics in geography and related technologies, will take place on 21-22 of June 2013 at Beuth University of Applied Science in Berlin. REGISTRATION IS FREE and all geo-locative enthusiasts are welcome to present their projects, ideas and knowledge, or just listen and engage with a community of people immersed in the geo space.
WhereCamp Berlin, now in its third edition, aims to provide a social environment where location nerds are encouraged to exchange ideas between geo-enthusiasts.
For more information or to get involved with WhereCamp Berlin, please visit: wherecamp.de
- Open to all map makers who use Avenza mapping products -
Toronto, ON, May 1, 2013 - Avenza Systems Inc., producers of geospatial plug-ins for Adobe Creative Suite, including MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop, and the PDF Maps app for iOS, is pleased to announce the return of its Annual Map Awards. The competition is open to all mapmakers from around the world who use Avenza products in the creation of their maps which were completed or published during 2012 or 2013. The various category awards recognize achievement in the art and science of cartography and promote the advancements and innovation made in mapping. Both professional mapmakers and students are encouraged to apply for the awards.
"In a few short years, we have witnessed the dramatic improvement in design and quality of maps,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “The visualization of information and how it is conveyed on a map is becoming more and more innovative. Mapmakers are living in a very fortunate time when map creation technology and the availability of high quality data sets are easily attainable,” he added. “We're constantly trying to push the creativity of our users with new geospatial tools available in our products. We now want to see the incredible maps created with those tools.”
Category winners will receive their choice of a one year license of MAPublisher or Geographic Imager and will be featured in the Avenza Map Store. Both winning and notable entries will also be displayed in a map gallery on Avenza.com. Avenza is currently accepting map submissions until June 30, 2013. There is no fee for map submissions. Visit http://www.avenza.com/map-awards for more information about map categories, submission guidelines, and judging criteria.
More about Avenza Systems Inc.
Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools to make better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services, as well as the PDF Maps app for purchasing and using maps on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. Visit www.avenza.com for more details.
Via APB I learned about the public preview of Microsoft's project codename “GeoFlow” for Excel, which delivers 3D data visualization and storytelling. Considering the dominance of Microsoft Excel in multiple sectors, it may become a popular mapping tool.
From their Excel blog announcement: "GeoFlow lets you plot geographic and temporal data visually, analyze that data in 3D, and create interactive "tours" to share with others. [...] With GeoFlow, you can:
Related, Esri Maps for [Microsoft] Office 2.0 was released earlier this month.
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
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Via Google I learned about OpenSignal, which provides a cellular signal coverage map.
From their about page: "With your help, we're creating a comprehensive database of cell phone towers, cell phone signal strength readings, and Wi-Fi access points around the world. Our goal is to become the global authority on wireless networks. On this website we provide visualizations and analysis based on the data we've collected, including cellular coverage maps that show exactly how strong signal is in any particular area, as well as all the nearby towers for your carrier. [...] In return for users submitting their signal strength data, we pledge to generate a coverage map and make it available for anyone around the world to view, for free, at any time!"