Batch Geonews: SotM US, GIS Interview Questions, Verizon Tracks Customers, U.S. Election Map, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source / open data front:

  • Here's an excellent summary of OpenStreetMap's State Of The Map US -, on Steve Coast's presentation, Dr JTS shared: "He said that the top thing OSM needs to continue to grow is addressing.  He singled out Google Mapmaker as being a clear and present danger to the growth of OSM."
  • James shows us how to easily download OpenStreetMap data from WeoGeo
  • There's a new Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Lab established at North Carolina State University
  • MediaGoblin, an open YouTube, Flickr and the like competitor, now supports 3D models
  • If you're interested by the uDig desktop GIS, there's now video tutorials
  • You can publish maps direction from ArcGIS to MapBox Publishing with Arc2Earth Sync
  • There's even more and updated OpenStreetMap tiles offered by MapQuest
  • Here's how to create dynamic contour maps with server-side processing with WPS, GeoServer and PostGIS 2.0
  • GeoServer 2.2.1 has been released

On the Esri front:

  • Using ArcGIS Online? There's a the ArcGIS Online Health Dashboard, to let you know if any service is down

On the Google front:

  • The GEB tells us about Tracking KMZ file usage with Google Analytics
  • Here's an entry on Trekking the Grand Canyon for Google Maps, for Street View of course

On the Microsoft front:

  • The ridiculous patent war continues, Microsoft Sues Motorola Over Mapping Patents
  • A U.S. State identification game for MS MapPoint

Geo-related Slashdot discussions:

  • I had to happen, Apple Maps Accidentally Reveals Secret Military Base In Taiwan
  • Remote sensing helped monitor a Huge Geoengineering Project Violates UN Rules on Canada's west coast
  • An Arctic Investigation Underway Into Solar Storm Sat-Nav Disruption
  • We'll probably see this often, Texas Schools Using Electronic Chips To Track Students; Parents In Uproar
  • Implementing geospatial isn't always easy, Uber [mobile app] Gives Up On New York Taxi Service
  • Privacy is dead right? How Hair Can be Used To Track Where You've Been
  • Reusability, NASA Working On Refueling Satellites

In the everything else category:

  • Using Verizon? They sell where you are; Verizon Sells App Use, Browsing Habits, Location (via O'R)
  • DM shares an article named Prepare to Get That Job: 20 Challenging GIS Interview Questions, and also related to jobs, GeoSearch Tracks U.S. Geospatial Employment in Q3
  • Drones for geospatial? Home-made 3D-Printed Drones (via O'R)
  • The promise of WebGL, while this article isn't specifically on geospatial uses of WebGL, it's worth taking a look at the WebGL demonstration video (wait at least until colors kick in, after about one minute)
  • Fearing supervolcanos? For those in South America, ESA's story on the 'sombrero uplift' seen by remote sensing, the largest active magma body in Earth's continental crust
  • Geospatial brings value? A DM article on Location Intelligence unlocks the power of your data

In the maps category:

  • Good timing, United Swing States of America: Presidential Election Battle Map
  • Several readers might be interested by North American Cartographic Information Society's Atlas of Design, now available
  • APB reports on that the UK Met Crime Map is Overwhelming for Users

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