Batch Geonews: Book of OpenLayers 3, 30m Worldwide DEM, U.N. Guide to GeoStandards, and much more

Here’s the recent geonews in batch mode, covering most of September up to today.

On the open source / open data front:

  • It’s there now, announcing the release of The Book of OpenLayers 3
  • Be ready, within a year we’ll have all SRTM-DEM Level-2 (30m) data for the whole world, NGA Releases Hi-Res Elevation Data
  • Here’s the Heron Mapping Client, a open source web mapping  that works with GeoExt and OpenLayers that we never mentioned before
  • An entry on WebGL and the Babylon.js globe code
  • Good news, Canada’s City of Montreal gave an exception to allow its data to be used for OpenStreetMap [in French]
  • OpenStreetMap shines in less accessible places, OpenStreetMap data in Syria
  • Natural Resources Canada updated its Canada-wide free vector dataset to CanVec+, now with frequent data updates, the most up-to-date data and the best available data resolution
  • In Europe next year, FOSS4G-Europe will be in Como, Italy, July 14-17
  • It may be just a bug fix release, but GDAL/OGR being everywhere, it matters, GDAL/OGR 1.11.1 released
  • Another minor update for a popular software, PostGIS 2.1.4 Released
  • Getting ready for the next release, upcoming to QGIS 2.6 – tons of colour improvements

On the Esri front:

  • More is good, ArcGIS Open Data September release: charts, updated admin, and CSV support
  • Users can now generate contours dynamically with a new raster function
  • The Elevation Analysis Geoprocessing Services are officially released
  • New version, CityEngine .1 released
  • A summary, What’s New in ArcGIS Online (September)
  • An upcoming free webinar, Learn How to Leverage ArcGIS Platform and the Cloud with Your Data

Geospatial stories discussed over Slashdot:

  • AR sand maps, Marines Put Microsoft Kinect To Work For 3D Mapping
  • Getting closer to the holodeck, Microsoft’s “RoomAlive” Transforms Any Room Into a Giant Xbox Game
  • Planned, GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model
  • But, Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?
  • Win-win? Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars
  • Wearable drones in development, Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist
  • Drones in the cold, Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US
  • Nothing new there, Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina
  • More UAV, FAA Clears Movie and TV Drones For Takeoff
  • And California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance
  • Privacy, Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time “Google Earth” Internet Observation
  • Phone tracking, Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI
  • Know where to not go, London’s Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data
  • Sad news thanks to remote sensing, Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry
  • They forgot the vikings, Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have “Discovered” America
  • The brain and location, Nobel Prize For Medicine Awarded For “Brain GPS” Research

In the everything-else category:

  • Why standards matter, a U.N. Guide to the Role of Standards in Geospatial Information Management
  • Harvard says so too, Where Location Analytics Can Save Corporations from Drowning in Big Data
  • Wow, we’ll have such 3D visualizations in a few years, Euclideon Teases Photo Realistic Voxel-Based Game Engine
  • Becoming a spy & DIY, Arduino-Based Vehicle Tracker With GPS+GPRS
  • Planned for next week, a free webinar on Forensic GIS - Investigation, Litigation and Using GIS in the Courtroom
  • HERE’s still here, another free webinar in two weeks, HERE Mobile SDKs for Business: Add location services to native applications
  • MapQuest launched “Commute”: The Simplest App For Information About Your Daily Drive
  • Looking for a list? JavaScript for Geospatial applications: An Overview
  • A generic Wired article on hyperspectral remote sensing, An Algorithm That Decodes The Surface of the Earth
  • On the technical side, how to drastically reduce the size of GeoTIFFs, GeoTIFF tile de-duplication
  • Also from Wired, with a map, How Global Shipping Could Change Our Understanding of Biodiversity
  • Remote sensing, DigitalGlobe introduced the PERSPECTIVES Magazine
  • Beautiful, Exploring Ocean Tectonics from Space
  • For those looking for a change, Boundless still provides a list of jobs, The Spatial IT Job Board
  • Geo for everything, Mapping Your LinkedIn Connections in skycrapers
  • A useful comparison of Google My Maps vs Google Maps, which both were recently updated
  • Indoor mapping, With iPhone 6 and iOS8 Apple starts to be serious about indoor location
  • Monitoring all items in a store, Passive RFID is passé … Not so fast my friend
  • There’s a few MapBox announcements, Introducing the Surface API, the Walking directions API and the Introduction of the Mapbox Studio
  • How the ground moves, First InSAR deformation maps of Sentinel-1A from the recent Napa Valley earthquake

In the maps category:

  • Nice for gifts or other, Fantasy Maps of U.S. Cities
  • Crazy, Great Britain in Minecraft 2.0 by the Ordnance Survey
  • Design matters, map of the Highways of the United States of America by Cameron Booth
  • Birds too have to adapt, New Maps Show Where Birds Will Fly as Earth’s Climate Changes
  • Mapping the underworld, Hidden Archeology of Stonehenge Revealed In New Geophysical Map
  • Interesting maps of geniuses in Europe from 1400 to 1950, The Geography of Genius
  • Maps and infographics are useful to understand the world, Who likes whom in the Middle East? Key players & relationships
  • Politics, Scottish Independence Referendum, Election Maps in QGIS
  • Interesting, a map of The Fragility of the State Fragility Index
  • Interesting from an historical perspective, Uncovering Hidden Text on a 500-Year-Old Map That Guided Columbus
  • Not certain if we already shared that one, FlightRadar24, live air traffic on a map
  • It’s dramatic and efficient map visualizations, Three Ways to Visualize Our Melting Northern Ice Cap

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