Batch Geonews: Nanocubes, Python for ArcGIS 10.1, BIM Adoption at 71%, Smartphone Echolocation, and more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source / open data front:

On the Google front:

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In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

Batch Geonews: Stamen Map Stack, 1,000 New Street View, Protest Maptivism, D3.js Geo, 270TB of Bird's Eye, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

From the open source / open data front:

From the Esri front:

From the Google front:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

Maptorian Vector Maps

Maptorian is a vector map pack created thinking about the work of graphic designers, journalists, computer graphics and, in general, people who need to create visually appealing maps easily and quickly. Thanks to the maps distributed by layers of Maptorian, any person who knows how to handle a current vector graphic design program, especially a program like Illustrator, can easily shape their own maps.

Maptorian detail

Everything in Maptorian maps is editable. The distribution of thematic layers is designed to quickly create different types of maps through the activation and deactivation of the same, the change in distribution and, of course, in its edition. Yes, all in Maptorian is editable. The thicknesses, colors, text, fonts, everything can be changed easily to reach the desired map. And all this without leaving your favorite vector drawing program, without having to resort to complex mapping tools.

Maptorian detail

Maptorian pack maps are created thinking in graphic design in the visual, to communicate information easily. For this, there has been shaped with public domain cartographic databases, like Natural Earth, following as reference the CIA World Factbook maps, from a dumping of raw data into a GIS, later distributed in layers with Illustrator. Each vector object created this way has subsequently been edited “by hand” when the occasion demanded it, as it happened with text labels, elements of color, thicknesses and other graphic aspects. The result is a vector map pack created just to have on hand a number of ideal quality templates when designing visually appealing maps.


Apple Announces 'Apple Maps' Integrated in MacOS X 10.9 'Mavericks'

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."

Interpreting Global Flight Maps

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."

It's clearly not the first time we mention airplane flights maps, we had previous stories such as Flight Paths and Noise Mapping, Near Real-time Flights over the U.S., OpenFlights database and more.

Batch Geonews: Debacle over OGC and the GeoServices REST API Standard, OpenLayers vs Leaflet, More Geo from Google I/O, and much more

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:

"The Ubiquitous Digital Map" Talk: a Quick History of the Digital Map

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.

OpenStreetMap Launches iD: All-new Easy Map Editor

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.

WhereCamp Berlin is back with the 3rd edition



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. 


Thank you,

Adela Porumb

Organizing Teamsigimg0@48ae6398d4d0820a94b4838d60aa55a1

Twitter: @WhereBerlin

Google+: WhereCamp Berlin 

Facebook: WhereBerlin

The 3rd Edition of Berlin’s Geo-“Unconference”

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:





Avenza Announces Return of Annual Map Awards for 2013

- 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 is currently accepting map submissions until June 30, 2013. There is no fee for map submissions. Visit 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 for more details.


For further information contact:
Tel: 416-487-5116
Email: [email protected]

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