Batch Geonews: OL3-Cesium Library, Embed Street Views, OGC Web Coverage Tile Service, and much more

Here’s the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source / open data front:

  • The new OL3-Cesium library, integrating OpenLayers 3 and Cesium together for smooth switching between 2D and 3D
  • A new book on the open source GDAL/OGR library, “Geospatial Power Tools” by Tyler Mitchell
  • Not directly geospatial but for 3D, Tao3D: a New Open-Source Programming Language For Real-Time 3D Animations
  • Contributing to OpenStreetMap on iOS? The free Go Map!! app version 1.3 has been released
  • A NewScientist article on OpenStreetMap’s mapping in slums
  • And informative, Ebola Response Map and OpenStreetMap contributor analysis
  • OpenStreetMap and the most vulnerable populations, Mapping missing maps
  • New entries in the excellent series, QGIS Compared: Editing data and QGIS Compared: GIS Analysis
  • Using open source software, Distributed processing with noSQL databases enables fast geoprocessing of big spatial data
  • The open source Mapzen, that we haven’t mentioned in a while, now has an app
  • Geogeeky, an open source Conway’s Game of Life in QGIS

On the Google front:

  • Here’s about the Google Maps app refresh that took place at the beginning of the month
  • Multiple languages, Localization of Street Addresses in the Google Maps APIs
  • Accessing more, Introducing Street View and Photo Spheres in the Maps Embed API
  • And if you’re into Google Play development, Google Maps now integrated, Google Play services 6.5
  • Something obvious discussed, Signed-In Maps Mean More Location Data For Google

In the everything else category:

  • Nice, locate yourself with your own echos, Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate
  • eLoran still alive,World War II Tech eLoran Deployed As GPS Backup In the UK
  • Upcoming OGC standard for disseminating lightweight datacubes, OGC Web Coverage Tile Service
  • GeoPDF now goes OpenGeoPDF, with more OGC standards in there, warning: that’s a press release
  • Autonomous cars, SMART begins live public robocar tests in Singapore
  • 3D cameras for facial recognition and more, Intel Developing New 3D Camera Business
  • But 3D might not be that safe for children, French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children
  • IP addresses mapping is not great, Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?
  • Privacy is dead, U.S. Justice Department Accused of Using Fake Cell Towers on Planes to Gather Data From Phones (also on Slashdot)
  • You see, that’s why we don’t have location privacy, Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper’s Arrest in Maryland
  • Tracking an whole country, How Baidu Tracked the Largest Seasonal Migration of People On Earth
  • Apple Maps news, Apple Hires Developers Behind Defunct ‘Pin Drop’ Mapping App
  • Upcoming International Conference on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Geomatics, August 30 – September 2, Toronto, Canada
  • Looking for gifts? Christmas is Coming – 5 Best GPS Watches You Can Buy

In the maps category:

  • There is still unexplored territory, Satellites Spot Hidden Villages In Amazon
  • Useful maps, The Plan to Map Illegal Fishing From Space
  • Nice and informative, Striking Animation Shows One Year of CO2 Swirling Through the Atmosphere
  • Maps of outer space, New Geologic Map Shows the Beauty of the Asteroid Vesta
  • From space, Map Of 556 Asteroids That Bombarded Earth in the Past 20 Years
  • Maps of alternate universes, Africa, Uncolonized: A Detailed Look at an Alternate Continent
  • Still looking for gifts? Gift Guide: 10 Map Books
  • The bonus link is not directly geospatial, but impressive nonetheless, how to maximize in 3D a whole apartment in 8 square meters

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