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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

FOSS4G-Asia program and speakers

Next week on December 2nd FOSS4G-Asia will be held in Thailand. This second edition is having a nice mix of open source innovative technologies, SDI development, community-based projects, used-case and open data initiatives based on OSGeo software. Slashgeo as media partners of the event will published post on what will be discuss and present at this unique event.


A long list of key speakers will give an overview of what has been accomplished recently by the OSGeo community, such as: Jeff Meckenna (OSGeo), Toru Mori (OSGeo Japan), Maria Brovelli (ICA-OSGeo Labs Network),Yantisa Hankadi (HOT-OSM) and many more.

You can see the entire program here: 

There is also a song that has been produced especially for the event: 

FOSS4G-Asia aims to bring together FOSS4G users and developers worldwide and foster closer interactions with and amongst Asian communities in order to share ideas for improving software and applications. The Bangkok conference will cover all aspects of FOSS4G, Open Data and Open Standards, with a particular focus on exchanging experiences between FOSS4G users and developers and providing first-hand information on FOSS4G for developing national/local spatial data infrastructures in Asian countries. FOSS4G-Asia also commemorates ten years since the FOSS-GRASS User Conference was held at Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand between 12-14 September.

GIS Day, Geography Awareness Week and OSMGeoWeek

That’s right, that’s today, the annual GIS Day! Which as usual comes in the middle of the Geography Awareness Week. What is new as far as I’m aware is OpenStreetMap and National Geographic teaming together for this year’s Geography Awareness Week.

Here’s about this OSMGeoWeek: “National Geographic, the U.S. Department of State (MapGive), the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Missing Maps and OpenStreetMap US are hosting mapping events at colleges, universities and clubs to map food resources around the globe, following this year’s Geography Awareness Week theme, “The Future of Food.””

GraphHopper: a fast and flexible open source trip planner

Route planning is an essential part of the connected and mobile world. Many people use commercial solutions on a daily basis to avoid traffic jams when heading home or when they plan their next business or outdoor trip. It is also a crucial part in many business areas like for garbage collection, pizza delivery, or ride sharing where speed is important to calculate thousands or even millions of high quality routes within a short time.

The team behind GraphHopper is building a fast and open source alternative to existing solutions. It is licensed under the permissive Apache License 2.0 and available on GitHub. We provide a world-wide instance for car routing, biking, and walking called GraphHopper Maps. With it, you can see the routing engine GraphHopper in action, combined with map tiles served from Mapnik and the address search coming from Photon. It’s all open source and has high privacy standards due to using own servers.

Free workshops about “gvSIG 2.1 New features” and “Scripting on gvSIG 2.1”

On Friday December 5th, there will be two workshops, free of charge, about “gvSIG 2.1 New features” and “Scripting on gvSIG 2.1” at the 10th International gvSIG Conference
(Valencia (Spain)).

Both workshops will have Spanish-English simultaneous interpretation.

All the information about them  is at the gvSIG blog:

In reference to the Scripting workshop, if you are interested in a particular part of the module, thus programming a certain topic or use, you can write your preferences in the blog post and we will endeavor to tailor the workshop to your needs.

We expect your participation.