Batch Geonews: Halloween Street View, Cesium 3D Terrains, India’s GNSS, Open Source Dronecode, and much more

Here’s the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source / open data front:

  • This is a must see, full instructions to Creating 3D terrains with Cesium
  • Via O’Reilly, I became aware of Google’s open Material Design Icons on GitHub that can certainly be used for maps, reminiscent of the Maki and WorldWeatherSymbols amongst a few
  • New lab, University of Colorado Denver’s FOSS4G Lab
  • Slim OpenLayers, Creating a custom build of OpenLayers 3 (Revisited)
  • Short analysis of the features for creating printable maps, QGIS Compared: Cartography
  • In the same series, QGIS Compared: Visualization
  • Bug fixes and some new features, GeoServer 2.5.3 released
  • Same for GeoTools, GeoTools 11.3 released and GeoTools 12.0 Released
  • Such guides are often useful if it applies to you, A Quick Guide to Getting Started with PyQGIS on Windows
  • Open data in the Netherlands, Unlocking the amazing Maps
  • OpenStreetMap is Making Ayacucho the best map in Latin America

On the Esri front:

  • Esri and open data, All Your Open Data Questions — Answered

On the Google front:

  • Halloween day in Street View! Explore the haunted corners of the world… if you dare
  • New version of Google Earth for Android, Explore the world through Google Earth for Android with fast, accurate maps and here’s a Review of Google Earth for Android Version 8
  • Wired offers an article named Swim Through the Oceans at Your Desk With Google’s 360-Degree Seaview
  • And in the sand too, Roam the Arabian desert with Street View
  • Connecting different sources, No map is an island: Introducing a connected JavaScript Maps API experience
  • With big data everywhere, Mixing maps and WebGL to visualize huge geo datasets
  • If we must, for geo-geeks – new Google’s Earth View extension for Chrome

Discussed over Slashdot:

  • More GNSS options, India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite
  • Open source and UAVs, Linux Foundation Launches Open Source Dronecode Project
  • Since there will be plenty of driverless cars soon, Michigan Builds Driverless Town For Testing Autonomous Cars
  • A bit more on the topic, What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?
  • Last one on autonomous cars, SMART Begins Live Public Robocar Tests In Singapore
  • Augmented reality becoming a buzzword once again, Google Leads $542m Funding Round For Augmented Reality Wearables Company
  • We already know that privacy is dead, How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don’t Share Their Location
  • There’s always unhappy people, PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert “StreetView”
  • Drones salvation, Drones Could 3D-Map Scores of Hectares of Land In Just a Few Hours
  • By mapping phones, Taking the Census, With Cellphones

In the everything else category:

  • We love stats right? The US Mobile App Report – Google Maps App 64.5M Users, Apple Maps 42M
  • Apple’s CarPlay maps? Video Walkthrough of Apple CarPlay on Pioneer Receiver Shows Siri, Phone, Maps, and More
  • Feel like playing? GPS Tycoon – new addictive location-based game for Android
  • We pay you and we know where you are, Government of India Launches Biometric Initiative to Track Public Servants
  • If you’re into Oracle, Oracle Database Cloud Service supports Spatial
  • An upcoming event, Geography, on “multi-year strategic dialog on the vital trends that will reshape our nation and our planet.”
  • On Wired, an article on the tens of remote sensing satellites sent to orbit Huge Flock of Minisatellites Aims to Photograph the Entire Earth Every Day
  • Nice GIS crowdsourced effort Crowdsourcing and Satellites Give Migrating Birds 10K Acres of New Wetlands
  • Fun, using remote sensing, a space detective agency
  • More learning, Introduction to Satellite Navigation & GPS on Coursera

In the maps category:

  • Not an easy place, Mapping Gaza before and after a crisis
  • The history and status of Dubai’s The World islands under construction
  • From Wired, The Greatest Maps in History, Collected in One Fantastic Book
  • From the same source, Super-Detailed Interactive 3-D Seafloor Map
  • An interesting discussion on the weirdness of the Belgium - Germany border
  • An update from GeoCurrrents, My Error on Ukraine’s Political Divisions
  • Passion, Regular Guy From Boston Decides to Map the City’s Entire History

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