Via the OSGeo-Discuss list, I learned about the open source software named 'Total Open Station' (TOPS), for downloading and processing data from total station devices. TOPS is currently at version 0.3.
Here's why TOPS is different:
Also in the surveying and field measurement and monitoring category, V1 mentions a Datalogger Web Services API.
With all the discussions about geospatial in the cloud the past few months, via Mgeospatial, I learned about CartoDB, an open source cloud-based geospatial solution. Amongst the current users, they count the NASA and the UNEP.
Unfortunately, with its website alone, it's real hard at the moment to learn about the current features and capabilities. They do have a developers section. And there's an upcoming CartoDB Drupal module too. The best description I found so far: "CartoDB is an open source geospatial database platform that provides an SQL API layer. It allows developers to make querys to a cloud PostrgreSQL + OpenGIS database optimized to geospatial purposes. As a web service API, it is not required a certain database management system."
Here's the recent open source and open data geonews in batch mode.
Lately there was a not much surprising news about Google products and services. Among other things Google has changed the Google Maps API use policy and will charge to those users that exceed some download limits.
It is well known that Google Maps is one of the most (or the most) famous mapping service used around the net and it starts the web GIS revolution some years ago but hopefully it is not the only API we can use. Bing and the discontinued Yahoo Maps, are great competitors but there are great and open alternatives to use.
[Editor's note: this anonymous submission mainly discusses OpenLayers, Polymaps and Leaflet]
Just a little snippet explaining how an open source information sharing system, Spatial Information Services Stack (SSIS) will be used as a common model to share environmental information between agencies in New Zealand.
[Editor's addition] From the article: "The partnership will use an open source information sharing system called Spatial Information Services Stack (SISS), which was developed in Australia. SISS systems can be built on top of any local database, allowing the sharing of information across disparate systems, and because it is a freeware solution the initial setup costs are relatively low."
[Editor's note: let me paste below the "press release" that was submitted and approved on this very topic]
gvSIG Community Edition TECHNOLOGY PREVIEW available for testing
An early preview of the upcoming gvSIG Community Edition 1.0 is available for download here.
It is not intended for use in a production environment. We expect that there are still missing features in this release. In particular, the following features are NOT YET included:
We have included a SEXTANTE snapshot from 08/28/2011. Functionalities of GRASS GIS and SAGA can be added to the SEXTANTE Toolbox following the instructions of this document. You will see all the available raster- and vector tools from SEXTANTE, SAGA, GRASS GIS and gvSIG CE which all together are currently 760 algorithms.
A continuously updated release announcement, detailing the progress on new features and bug fixes can be found here.
This is a zero-install distribution. Simply unpack it somewhere on your hard disk and start it:
Please report your findings to our users mailing list.
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:
O'Reilly describes it as a tool that "enables users to archive, search and export their Twitter, Facebook and Google+ history — both posts and post replies. It also allows users to see their network activity, including new followers, and to map that information. Originally created by Gina Trapani, ThinkUp is free and open source, and will run on a user's own web server."
Here's how it's introduced on the official ThinkUp site: "ThinkUp is a free, open source web application that captures all your activity on social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Google+. With ThinkUp, you can store your social activity in a database that you control, making it easy to search, sort, analyze, publish and display activity from your network. All you need is a web server that can run a PHP application."
Installation and configuration will probably require at least 30 minutes and you need minimal knowledge to configure the web server. In other words, it's not a tool that anyone can set up. But it's certainly valuable to anyone interested in understanding, mining the data, and mapping your social network activities. In bonus, you get an archive of your data. For a version 1.0, ThinkUp already does a lot. Here's the 5-minutes video that explains what is ThinkUp.
Here's the latest geonews in batch mode. But first, as a media partner of the Geomatique 2011 event, if you participated to the conference, we invite you to fill this survey and get a chance to win an iPad 2.
On the Google front:
On the Microsoft front:
On the Esri front:
On the open source front that wasn't mentioned yesterday:
In the miscellaneous 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: