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Batch Geonews: Landsat 5 Decommissioned, GeoPackage RFC, Geocoding Client API in GDAL/OGR, Drone Stories, and much more

This is an abnormally long version of our 'batch geonews' edition, covering the news since the holiday break.

On the open source & open data front:

  • This entry discusses the new geocoding client API in GDAL/OGR
  • Good news, QGIS gets built-in Oracle support, along with New QGIS PDF and HTML manuals and New QGIS Symbol Packages
  • James informs us on the GeoPackage Comment Period is Open, GeoPackage what? Read this previous entry named OGC Draft GeoPackage Specification - Finally the Shapefile Format Replacement?
  • James is also enthusiastic about D3.js for its map visualization capabilities
  • More in the useful chaining Rendering Transformations in GeoServer
  • In case you missed the press releases, GeoTools 8.5 released and GeoServer 2.2.3 released
  • Freely available course named Java Open Source GIS Development - From the building block to extending an existing GIS application
  • Here's an entry on using PgRouting with Mapserver

On the Esri front:

  • The ArcGIS API for JavaScript Version 3.3 Released

In the miscellaneous category:

  • It's really the end now, mission accomplished, Landsat 5 will be decommissioned (via VS)
  • Follow this link if you have an interest in 30+ years of LAI and FAPAR data for Your research use
  • Microsoft shares an entry on Getting started with Bing Maps Windows Store Apps
  • Here's an interesting top 10, Top 10 Spatial Law and Policy Stories from
  • DM shares an article named Intergraph Retools, Revamps Entire Geospatial Product Suite
  • Beidou, aka as Compass, China’s GNSS, is now available for Commercial Use in Asia
  • O'Reilly discusses the inevitability of smart dust, where geospatial-aware sensors are to be found everywhere
  • Here's geospatial studies of atmospheric lead as a dangerous pollutant
  • Here's a funny xkcd cartoon on 'simplifying' map directions

A bunch of minor geo-related stories discussed over Slashdot:

  • Nice use of drones: Drone Photos Lead to Indictment For Texas Polluters
  • Also on drones: Researchers Seek to Use Drones For Brushfire Forecasting
  • A real-time map of those bushfires was up: Australia Is On So Much Fire, You Can See It From Orbit
  • Remote sensing satellites in jeopardy thanks to the fiscal cliff: Going Off the Fiscal Cliff Could Mean Missing the Next Hurricane Sandy
  • Slashdot just discovered OpenFlights, which we mentioned years ago: Visualizing Personal Flight Data With OpenFlights
  • Benefits and inconveniences of being tracked: Disney Wants To Track You With RFID
  • Also on RFID: Texas High School Student Loses Lawsuit Challenging RFID Tracking Requirement and Texas State Rep. Files 2 Bills To Ban RFID In Schools

In the maps category:

  • Pretty interesting map, one that more or less works both upside down and... upside up! (screenshot below)

Batch Geonews: Landsat 5 Suspended, Wikipedia Mobile Switch to OpenStreetMap, Your Facebook Connections Map, Vertical Datums, and much more

It's Easter and I find myself aggregating geonews for you - don't you see how much I love you ;-) Expect less news this week since I'll be participating to the FOSS4G-NA conference. So here's the latest geonews in batch mode.

In the open source and open data front:

  • Slashdot discusses a story named Wikipedia Mobile Apps Switch To OpenStreetMap, away from Google Maps, related, James Fee links to a NY Times article on bypassing Google Maps with OpenStreetMap
  • and via @teller another article is named Microsoft backing OpenStreetMap, creating Google Maps competitor
  • Numerous sources mentioned the beautiful watercolor OpenStreetMap style from Stamen and here's how they were created (via Wes)
  • An entry discusses the differences between the Portable GIS and OSGeo Live tools
  • There was a few entries on QGIS; one on the qNote plugin, detailed instructions for installing QGIS Server on Windows 7 and on Ubuntu, the custom form feature to streamline data entry, and an entry on the enhanced MS SQLServer support
  • With PostGIS 2.0 recently released, here's an entry on validating vector features
  • Here's a discussion on OpenStreetMap should be more like Facebook

In the miscellaneous category:

  • The Landsat 5 mission is officially suspended after 28 years, we mentioned its recent problems
  • Kurt shares four entries on vertical datums
  • APB shares an Esri Developer Summit RoundUp
  • APB also shares an entry named Doctor’s Offices and Access to primary health care - Esri Map Story
  • The GEB mentions GraphEarth, a 25$ tool to generate charts for Google Earth
  • Several blogs participated to the raw data vs API discussion
  • This infographic will inform you on the current state of MapQuest, MapQuest also have a new section to explore U.S. National Parks
  • WebMapSolutions offers two entries whether we should retire the term GIS - my take is that GIS is useful since it refers to something specific and unique
  • Somewhat related, Very Spatial shares entry on the new GIS end-user: "These users know how to navigate and interact with consumer maps and expect all their interactions with spatial technology to be this simple. They don’t, in any way, want to “see” GIS or have to learn a new vocabulary of terms like vectors, georeference, buffer, and shapefile." No pain no gain?
  • APB mentions a U.S. Congressman Introduces “Map It Once, Use it Many Times Act”
  • O'Reilly shares an entry on the do's and don'ts of geo marketing
  • Spatial Sustain has an informative entry named Let the Drone Mapping Race Begin
  • Unsurprisingly, Slashdot discusses a story named Many Police Departments Engage in Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking
  • The recent Direction Mag articles I found interesting:
    • One named HTML5 Canvas: An Open Standard for High Performing GIS Map Visualization in Web Browsers
    • Ten Things to Know about the Geospatial Technology Competency Model
    • And finally The Top 10 Reasons Why You Need to Know About the U.S. GeoTech Center

In the maps category:

  • O'Reilly discusses a Facebook app to map your Facebook network
  • Many sources shared the beautiful WebGL U.S. wind map also discussed over Slashdot
  • TMR shares a nice short video visualizing the world's ocean currents on the globe
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Landsat 5 Mission in Jeopardy

SS informed us that the USGS reported that the Landsat 5 mission is in jeopardy.

From the USGS: "The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has stopped acquiring images from the 27-year-old Landsat 5 Earth observation satellite due to a rapidly degrading electronic component. Landsat 5 was launched in 1984 and designed to last 3 years. The USGS assumed operation of Landsat 5 in and managed to bring the aging satellite back from the brink of total failure on several occasions following the malfunction of key subsystems. There is now an increasing likelihood that the Landsat 5 mission is nearing its end. [...] For several months, the Landsat flight operations team has been closely tracking the fluctuating performance of an amplifier essential for transmitting land-surface images from the Landsat 5 satellite to ground receiving stations in the U.S. and around the world.  Over the past 10 days, problems with the amplifier have led to drastically reduced image download capabilities, a sign of impending failure. [...] Landsat 8, currently called the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, is now scheduled to be launched in January."

We obviously mentioned Landsat 5 often in the past, including in, and when it suffered technical problems, but each time, was able to resume satellite imagery acquisition. This time, it's probable it's really the end of Landsat 5. Here's the Landsat 5 Wikipedia article.

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