Batch Geonews: QField, IndoorGML Standard, Focus on Google Maps for Work, 30m SRTM-DEM, and much more

The first batch-mode edition of the geonews.

On the open source / open data front:

  • There’s a new free course Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS (from Feb 23 - Mar 29) which also has content on GitHub
  • Beautiful and simple, How to: watercolor pastel style in QGIS
  • Announced is the FOSS4G-Europe conference, this time in Como, Italy, on July 14-17th
  • Nice OpenLayers 3 feature: turning vectors into heatmap in Javascript
  • Recent updates, GeoTools 12.2 Released, GeoServer 2.6.2 released,
  • The mobile Android app Geopaparazzi 4.1.0 is out (4.1.1 actually), and there’s a new similar tool in development, QField (formerly QGIS Mobile) described as “A simplified touch optimized interface for QGIS. Perfect for field work on portable touch devices” over GitHub
  • We can help map the Amazonia on OpenStreetMap, with mapazonia and on a similar topic, a new tool named To-fix: improving OpenStreetMap through micro tasking, see OSM’s progress in Japan, OpenStreetMap in Japan
  • There’s also progress in terms of open addresses, OpenAddresses Hits 100 Million

On the Esri front:

  • Very nicely presented, ArcGIS Open Data – Year in Review (direct link to the review presentation)
  • A useful review, Esri’s Living Atlas of the World and Community Maps Year-End Review
  • A USGS-Esri partnership, The most detailed ecological map of the World “raster data of a resolution 250m and it’s fully interactive”

On the Google front:

  • TechCrunch reports that Google is shutting down Maps Coordinate, its Mobile Workforce Management Service, focus is now on Google Maps for Work, and Google Maps Engine is now deprecated
  • Now in Street View, the aurora borealis lights up Google Maps
  • Two entries for developers, Transit Directions Improvements and easy Maps API integration from Java and Python
  • A short GEB article on Google’s Processing of 3D imagery, it apparently takes them a year
  • Interesting list that can be interpreted in many ways, Google Earth wish list

Discussed over Slashdot:

  • Still around the corner, Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass and What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?
  • Another player, Ford Touts Self-driving Car, Launches Global Mobility Experiments
  • Acquire pictures in 3D directly, 3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream
  • Trying to be nicer, Uber Will Provide Transit Data To Cities
  • See also the related entry above, First Crowdsourced, Open Data Address List Launches In the UK
  • There too, Moscow To Track Cell-phone Users In For Traffic Analysis

In the miscellaneous category:

  • MapBox started integrating the new free 30m SRTM-DEM data and it’s a major improvement, see Australia terrain update and Asia terrain update and South America terrain update and Africa terrain update
  • James Fee shares an entry on the importance of Python and Javascript scripting in GIS and in another entry, James reminds us that GIS’ underlying technology keeps evolving at a fast pace
  • GeoAwesomeness agrees with James, Evolution of the Geospatial Industry: From GIS to Spatial Computing
  • OGC has a 3-parts article on engaging the geoscience research community in standards development
  • We mentioned it a year ago, and now it matured, IndoorGML standard for positioning inside buildings is finally out there, there’s also InfraGML being worked on, not a bad thing that W3C and Open Geospatial Consortium announce new collaboration
  • Thanks Russia, Russia declassifies Earth-sensing data from its civilian satellites
  • More free imagery, Free Data from Indian Resourcesat-2 Satellite via INPE
  • It’s easier than ever to get on-site 3D data, Hand held scanners closer to revolutionizing the construction industry
  • Hiding crime trends, City Catches Heat Over Crime-Map Change
  • Interesting Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) article on Oakland’s automatic license plate readers
  • That’s why we get tracked, How wireless carriers are making money on selling your location?
  • On the other side of the fence, tracking employees, This app will let you track location of your Comcast technician
  • Drones can fly after all, FAA issues grants of exemption for commercial UAV operations for construction monitoring, agriculture, and real estate
  • Nokia’s HERE app getting attention, HERE app for Android downloaded 2.5M times
  • If you’re in the mood to test your geo-geekiness, a series of quiz, #GeoawesomeQuiz 4

In the maps category:

  • Nice maps and data, Our World in Data, with ‘visual history’ themes such as war and violence, world poverty and world hunger & food provision
  • Looking for nice pictures? Wired published NASA’s Best Images of Earth From Space in and more nice imagery, Digital Globe’s top satellite images
  • We already saw something similar, Windyty – weather forecast map reinvented
  • A map of worldwide industries using forced labor and/or child labor
  • That’s a lot of holes, Mapping a Fracking Boom in North Dakota
  • People density in Europe, The True Heart of Europe – the Blue Banana
  • Via this tweet, a map of our rich-poor walled world
  • A funny map of bros, dudes, buddies, fellas and pals in the U.S., The Heart of Dudeness

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