Tag Archives: ArcGIS

Batch Geonews: AutoCAD Worm, QGIS Cloud, Map Calls, Shapefile Spatial Index Revealed, and more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source front:

  • Thanks to reverse engineering, GDAL/OGR can now use the Shapefile native .sbn spatial index, to understand the context: "The Shapefile format had been documented since 1998, but the documentation was limited to the minimum core, that is to say the .shp file that contains the geometries and the .shx that is an index to the geometries. However the format of the .sbn file, that was known to contain spatial index (aimed at speeding up spatial filters), has never been published."
  • Another entry on the visions for OpenLayers 3
  • Here's an entry on QGIS Cloud, a hosting service for QGIS Server and still on the QGIS topic, Styling temporal (time) data in QGIS

On the Esri front:

  • APB shares their thoughts on Just What is ArcGIS Online for Organizations?: "It’s a cloud hosted platform for a GIS intranet for an organization."

On the web mapping front:

  • Microsoft added thousands of international shopping malls to Bing Maps
  • Styles Maps in the Google Maps API just got improved

In the miscellaneous category:

  • APB shares a interesting new App called Mapfia that "lets users make free "map calls" to see each other's real time location"
  • Even geospatial files are prone to virus, AutoCAD Worm Medre.A Stealing Designs, Blueprints
  • On a more positive note for Autodesk, James mentions Project Artoo "that allows AutoCAD Map 3D users to perform geometry cleanup operations on geospatial data"
  • Also from Slashdot, here's what can happen when you map someone else's data, PadMapper Gets C&D From Craigslist Over Apartment Listing Maps
  • Via OGD, with Map Compare, you can now compare side-by-side 35 basemaps from OpenStreetMap versions to Google Maps versions and Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple and more

In the maps category:

  • That's an interesting and probably sad map in an entry named The Great Indoors, or Childhood's End?, showing how much less we allow our children to go away from the house over the last decades
  • The annual map of the Tour de France in Google Earth
  • Here's an entry on the On-Going Japan Sea/East Sea Naming Controversy
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Batch Geonews: ArcGIS 10.1, Bing Maps using Nokia, GeoPDF, GPS Camera Banned in China, Zombie Geography, India RISAT-1, FearSquare, and more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode, covering the last few weeks (which have been crazy to me).

From the Esri front:

  • Mandown reminds us that ArcGIS 10.1 is coming this June and the ArcGIS 10.0 SP5 is coming in July
  • You can access and edit Esri maps even on the Kindle Fire

From the Microsoft front:

  • Microsoft announced that Bing Maps is now using Nokia backend services for Traffic and Geocoding
  • There's an official entry named Integrating Bing Maps With WPF
  • And there's new Bird’s Eye Imagery & Streetside Coverage on Bing Maps

Discussed over Slashdot:

  • Russian Satellite Takes Most Detailed 121-Megapixel Image of Earth Yet
  • DEA Wants To Install License Plate Scanners and Retain Data for Two Years
  • Senator Seeks More Info On DOJ Location Tracking Practices
  • Modeling People and Places With Internet Photo Collections
  • NASA's Interactive Flood Maps
  • LightSquared Files For Bankruptcy

Directions Mag articles:

  • Here's about what’s new in both the software and the use of GeoPDF
  • Another one named Can Geofeedia Provide Location-based Citizen Input to Journalists?

In the miscellaneous category:

  • An interesting Ogle Earth entry named Why do Panasonic, Leica, FujiFilm, Samsung and Nikon censor their GPS cameras?, short answer: China laws
  • Learning Geography skills through a Zombie Apocalypse Narrative?, yes, nothing less
  • While I found nothing surprising in there, it's still interesting to read the United Nations Five to Ten Year Vision on Geospatial Information Management (via)
  • We heard this before, New Report Warns About Decline in U.S. Earth Observation Capabilities
  • Meanwhile, India launched its first EO satellite, RISAT-1, with SAR capabilities

In the maps category:

  • Strange Maps shares a map of Population by Latitude and Population by Longitude
  • TMR shares a map of U.S. Life Expectancy by County
  • Here's Climascope, an interactive web map to explore climate change
  • The Earth is mostly (70%) covered by water, but there isn't that much in terms of volume
  • Mapperz mentions MapofLife, mapping geographic distributions for any terrestrial vertebrate species
  • At the other end of the spectrum, FearSquare, crime around you (UK only)

Ah... it feels good to be current on geonews once again!

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Mappetizer Web Mapping Software

May - uismedia announces the release of a new version of Mappetizer for ArcGIS.

The software enables you to create high sophisticated, interactive and dynamic web mapping solutions in a fast and easy way.

Right from the beginning uismedia focuses on using open standards for the World Wide Web and is successful with that. Mappetizer's straight web technology approach with HTML, SVG, XML and JavaScript makes you free of specific and possibly expensive hard- and software technologies.

Mapping projects created with Mappeitzer can be published on all web servers, on your local network, on your hard disk, on CD-ROM or DVD, so you don't need specific GIS servers. The web map applications are supported natively within all browsers, so the user do not have to install any plug-ins. Now they also can be viewed on mobiles: just within the browser, so no app is needed!

Mappetizer is an "out of the box solution". That means you make high quality interactive web mapping projects, without having to know anything about web server technology or having to need any skills in programming. Nevertheless we want you to have as less restrictions as possible, so you can make individual GIS Mapping projects, no "one fits all" solutions.

There are many new features with Mappetizer for ArcGIS 10.1:

  • Tiling of images: Images are now automatically tiled. We use the Deep Zoom technology for this. So all your images are displayed in good quality and are loaded very fast.
  • Tiling of polygons: Beside the tiling of point and line layers we also offer now the tiling of polygon layers. Displaying of such layers after initial loading is very fast.
  • New chart library: We completely redesigned the charts module and now use the Dojox.charting library. Great looking and functional dynamic charts and graphs can be created now within your web mapping application.
  • Cluster maps: Intelligent point clustering cleans up your map.
  • Mappetizer goes Mobile: Now our web mapping applications are also visible on smartphones: just within the browser (Opera, Safari, Firefox for Mobile), so no app is needed!

Mappetizer is available as an extension for ArcGIS 9.x and 10.x and also as a standalone software with no need of a GIS system (with less functionality).

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6 ways to optimize ArcGIS Server

I wrote a previous post about ArcGIS server performance part1 where I focused on the development reasons of why ArcGIS Server Performance is degrading. In this post though I'm going to list a quick methods I usually use to boost the performance.

Here I compile 6 ways to optimize ArcGIS Server

Optimizing ArcGIS Server
In my experience, ArcGIS Server performance degrade is mostly due to the "bad" customization of the product and adding some tools that just don't work in harmony with ArcGIS Server's black boxes. I already talked about this in the first post.

I would try these tips to increase the performance

1. Clear logs
The larger the log file get the more time it requires to update, so cleaning it from time to time slightly increase the performance. Remember those files don't contain errors only they contain every single context releasing and creation story.

2. Schedule a service to restart the SOM
Create a batch file to restart the Server Object Manager service every 4 hours or so to release any hanging server contexts.

3. Use IPs instead of DNS for the SOC machines configurations
When you add SOC machines to the SOM, its is a always better to use the Network IP directly instead of the hostname. Locating the host name takes fraction of second each time a request is needed. Sum that up and you have an acceptable performance.

4. Server Object Parameters
This is the sexy part, those parameters are so important that If tweaked properly, they can tremendously increase your performance.
I loved this guide from ESRI site.

5. Minimize Number of "ON" layers
If you're creating your Server object from an MXD document make sure that you turn off all the layers by default and make only the major fast-loading layer on (if your client is ok with that).
Lets say you have 5 layers Water Distribution, Water Transmission, Electric Distribution, Electric Transmission and Landbase. I would turn all the layers off and enable the Landbase layer only, then save the MXD.

This will load the your document much faster.

5. Layer file Scale Dependency
It is really important to set the scalability of your layer files correctly, because this will tremendously boost your performance of your Web app. Just make the busy layers with a smaller scale so they will appear as you zoom in.

6. Enterprise SDE Optimization
If your MXD document is reading data from an enterprise SDE geodatabase, make sure that the SDE server name is saved with the IP instead of the hostname. SOC machines will suffer trying to resolve the hostname to an IP each time they want to connect to the SDE.

Hope those were useful.

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Batch Geonews: StreetView now in Russia, Should GIS Users Code?, ArcGIS 10.1 Enhancements, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. My challenge in life is to find out what not to do - too much enthusiasm impacts focus. But don't worry, I'm not dropping Slashgeo just yet ;-)

From the open source and open data front:

  • Here's an open source Kinect hack named Depthcam, doing live streaming of 3D points cloud via your webcam
  • Via Simon, I was reminded about Graphserver, an open source multi-modal trip planner (we mentioned Graphserver), on the same topic, here's OSM Explorer, for basic routing and spatial functions using OSM data on Windows (via OGD)
  • MapQuest updated their OpenStreetMap tiles and mentions more OSM switchovers, such as FourSquare and in another entry, they updated MapQuest for Android
  • Here's an entry on light styles for OSM layers in QGIS, making OSM great as a base map
  • Quebec City is the latest city to open its data, with layers in shapefiles and kml, and here's an entry on Honolulu opening its data
  • The OSGeo-Live DVD version 5.5 is now ready

From the Google front:

  • Street View on Google Maps now available for Russia
  • The GEB introduces Diorama, a presentation tool for Google Earth, helping you tell a story in Google Earth
  • The same blog also look a the Power of Ten, the Google Earth version
  • Google explains the enhanced search in Google Earth 6.2
  • Here's an entry on the iNaturalist app and website using georeferenced pictures to document nature
  • The GEB wonders if historical imagery is coming to Street View?
  • And yes, there was fresh imagery released about two weeks ago and another round today

From the Esri front:

  • Here's why ArcGIS 10.1 will be the “Biggest Release Ever”
  • Here's Esri’s Federal GIS Conference Wrap Up
  • Here's the recommended System Requirements For ArcGIS 10/10.1
  • Mandown also shares an entry named Using ArcGIS For Quick Visualisation Of GPX Files

From the Microsoft front:

  • Microsoft announced the Bing Maps and Nokia Release of a Unified Map Design

In the miscellaneous category:

  • DM asks an interesting question, Should All GIS Users Learn to Code?
  • While not all are geo-aware, this is an awesome categorized list of infographic tools and resources, because beauty matters when conveying information (via Thierry)
  • The book "How Maps Change Things: A Conversation About the Maps We Choose and the World We Want" by Ward Kaiser is free in pdf for this month
  • We previously mentioned that the world time zones database was in jeopardy, well, it's not anymore, EFF Wins Protection For Time Zone Database
  • Here's an entry on OGC mobile case studies
  • Here's a Product Review of BusinessWebMap by TexMobile
  • Slashdot mentions the link between GPS navigation and in-car voice commands in Siri To Power Mercedes-Benz Car Systems
  • APB informs us that DigitalGlobe published an image of damage to Homs, Syria

In the maps category:

  • APB shares the map of sleep in the U.S.
  • Slashdot discussed a story named LIDAR Map Shows Height of Earth's Forests
  • Another story from the same source is named Need To Find a Hackerspace In Africa? Check This Map
  • If your into astronomy, check this TMR entry on Moon maps
  • Mapperz mentions Bristol's solar power hotspots map
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Batch Geonews: 180,000 Free OrbView-3 Scenes, Car AR Driving, PostGISonline, Bing Maps Updates, Autodesk and Pitney Bowes Alliance, Obesity and Car Travel, and much much more

​This batch mode edition is unusually long. It covers the past month and a bit more. Yes, that's way too much and I won't try to repeat the experience ;-) Here's what I considered pertinent enough to share with you. Exceptionally, in some cases I haven't gave attribution to the source of the news, thank you for your comprehension.

On the geospatial open source front:

  • I just recently became aware of PostGISonline, a site for testing and learning spatial SQL
  • You can now create and manipulate SLD (the OGC Styled Layer Descriptor standard) in Python with python-sld
  • Via the AGISRS list, I learned about OpenQuake, for calculating seismic hazard and risk at any scale, which of course ingest geospatial data and outputs maps
  • Here's WherePost.ca, which crowdsources the location of mailboxes and post offices for Canada
  • Here's the Switch2OSM website promoting OpenStreetMap, OpenStreetMap might go indoor too
  • Still on the OSM topic, V1 shares an entry on the use of OpenStreetMap data in agriculture
  • Here's an entry on the future of GeoCouch and CouchDB
  • GeoServer gets database-level security
  • There's now a plugin to run Python scripts in QGIS
  • Here's about improvements to the QGIS rule-based rendering
  • On a similar topic, here's a guide to beautiful reliefs in QGIS
  • Did you know you can add Google Maps, OSM, and Bing Maps directly in QGIS? You can via the OpenLayers plugin - hey, there's even a Profile plugin
  • There's an updated book published by Gary Sherman, now named The Geospatial Desktop , subtitled Open source GIS and mapping
  • GEOS 3.3.2 has been released

On the Esri front:

  • Mandown shares how to convert GPX files to Features using ArcGIS 10
  • From the same source, Learn The Basics Of Working With The ArcGIS Runtime SDK For Android
  • There were updates to ArcGIS for SharePoint, ArcGIS Mobile and to the ArcGIS API for Windows Phone
  • James and SS talks about ArcGIS Online as the Esri Content Management System

On the Microsoft front:

  • Microsoft announced a few new Bing Maps features, such as traffic incidents and find near route
  • They announced the Bing Maps Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Control v1
  • There's new Bing Maps V7 modules too along with a new routing engine
  • James Fee shares an interesting entry named Bing Maps gets Nokia Brand and Possibly the Boot

On the remote sensing front:

  • This is pretty interesting to many: SS shares an entry named USGS Now Offers OrbView-3 High-Resolution Images for Free, 180,000 scenes at 1m spatial resolution available
  • China launched their first high-resolution remote sensing satellite, Ziyuan I-02C
  • Slashdot discussed the newly released version of Blue Marble high definition (and beautiful) satellite image of the Earth from the Suomi NPP satellite
  • Slashdot is running a story named Who's Flying Those Drones? FAA Won't Say and related, O'Reilly mentions OpenPilot, open source UAV with cameras
  • And another named Launch Your Own Nanosatellite Into Space

On the GNSS / GPS front:

  • It's coming, car makers are preparing for augmented reality driving
  • Not exactly GPS but via radio-tagging, see the nice and short video of whale 3D paths in the ocean
  • Slashdot is also discussing a story named New Mexico Is Stretching, GPS Reveals
  • MapQuest launched an html5 app-like site for Android and iPhone for using MapQuest

In the miscellaneous category:

  • The 7 geo predictions for of Cédric are interesting 
  • Microsoft's Flight Simulator, renamed Flight, will be available for free next Spring, with paid extra content
  • We never mentioned it before, but now Indiemapper is free, it "helps you make static, thematic maps from geographic data by bringing the best of traditional cartographic design to internet map-making."
  • SS mentions the new alliance between Autodesk and Pitney Bowes, APB also discuss this new relationship
  • SS also shares an entry named Safe Software’s Expanded Role as a Conduit Between Sensors and Systems
  • The U.S. EPA in their Locations Challenge introduced a crowdsourcing project of georeferenced photos of environmental problems
  • Slashdot ran a discussion on assembling your own 3D printer
  • The OGC shared a summary of the Eye on Earth Summit held in December
  • Another OGC entry was named Status of the OGC's Water Resource Activities
  • DM shares an article named GIS Adoption and Use on College Campuses: An End-of-Year Review and Look Ahead to
  • The GEB mentions a new 3D San Francisco website
  • I found interesting the possibility of a .data TLD
  • A new free iPad app: GeoViewer from LizardTech, supports MrSID format and more
  • It's been a while since we mentioned them, GISCorps were recently in 7 countries, including Libya

In the maps category:

  • APB summarizes this: Comparing Maps of Obesity and Car Travel
  • Here's an entry on cleanly using symbols on maps
  • Here's U.S. routes as a subway map and the U.S. National Wind Energy Map
  • Fox News shared a map with missing or wrongly placed countries
  • TMR shares an obligatory animated map of rising global temperatures since 1880
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SCALGO Announces ArcGIS Support and new Flash Flood Mapping Product

SCALGO has released version 1.1 of the software packages SCALGO Model, SCALGO Hydrology and SCALGO Simplify, which can be used to process massive terrain data sets (tens of billions data elements) on a normal desktop computer. One major new feature in version 1.1 is ArcGIS support. All SCALGO software modules can now be run from within ArcGIS, and can be combined with existing ArcGIS tools into complicated and scalable production pipelines using ArcGIS ModelBuilder. SCALGO Model can be used to construct raster and TIN terrain models from massive terrain points (such as LiDAR), as well as to simplify massive raster terrain models in a fully-specified and user-controlled way. SCALGO Hydrology can be used to perform basic hydrological modeling on massive raster terrain models, including computing flow accumulation, watersheds, bluespots (maximal depressions) and flood maps from rising sea-levels. SCALGO Simplify adds the raster simplification functionality of SCALGO Model to the SCALGO Hydrology package.

SCALGO has also launched the SCALGO Flash Flood Mapping product, which estimates the risk of flooding during extreme rain events on a regional or even national scale. The mapping shows how much rain has to fall before any given cell of a detailed raster terrain is below water, and thus it also shows what part of the terrain is below water after a given amount of rain. The SCALGO Flash Flood Mapping product is being offered as a computation service. Based on the service and its national LIDAR-based terrain model, the major Danish engineering, environmental science and economics consulting company COWI has already successfully launched a new flash flood map product in Denmark, which is being used by several local governments as well as one of the five regional governments in Denmark (covering approximately 13.000 km²).

SCALGO staff are also available to answer questions at booth 108 during the International LIDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF).

Scalable Algorithmics (SCALGO) was founded in with the mission to bring cutting-edge massive terrain data processing technology to market. The SCALGO technology is based on more than two decades of basic and applied research on I/O-efficient and geometric algorithms at Center for Massive Data Algorithmics (MADALGO) at Aarhus University in Denmark and at Duke University in the US, in collaboration with industry LiDAR and environmental GIS application experts. Software based on the technology can handle much larger terrain data sets on a normal desktop than most current software and thus it eliminates the need for accuracy-decreasing data thinning. The use of novel mathematical and algorithmic techniques also means that the software works provably efficient on all input data sets, delivering a completely specified output without the use of cumbersome work-flows such as those introduced by data tiling.

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GeoCat Bridge v1.1. - Publishing Open Data using Open Standards




Publishing Open Data using Open Standards

GeoCat - The Government Geographic Data Publishing Company introduces GeoCat Bridge v1.1 

Bennekom, 10 January - GeoCat Bridge is designed to publish geospatial data and metadata on the Internet with a click of a button. GeoCat Bridge is an Esri® ArcGIS® Desktop extension. Publishing is done through Open Standards on a proven Free and Open Software (FOSS) server platform. Numerous government agencies, universities and privately held companies are satisfied users of Bridge version 1.0

Open Data - Open Standards!

Using a high performance server solution with unparalleled support for OGC services, data providers can deliver Open Data through Open Standards. Publishing data through Open Standards is critical to make your work a success. It allows consumers to make optimal use of your data.

Bridge has been optimized to work with the GeoServer map server and the GeoNetwork opensource metadata catalog. This free and open source server platform publishes your data in the most common data formats. Your data can be combined with Open Street Map, Google Maps™, Bing® or other base maps. 

“GeoCat Bridge is the long awaited product that promises to fill the gap between our open - and closed source hybrid geospatial frameworks” according to Thijs van Menen from Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands). “Specific knowledge on how to make services is no longer needed. Finally we can fulfill the needs of our staff by providing them with a tool to make services by themselves in an easy way”

Comply with the INSPIRE Directive

GeoCat Bridge makes it extremely easy to comply with the European INSPIRE directive. You can create INSPIRE View Services with related metadata that complies to INSPIRE or is based upon an even more specific country profile (check availability). 

”The combination of ArcGIS Desktop and publishing data to an open source server platform in accordance with INSPIRE regulations is exactly what our customers need” said Sjaak Dieleman of Nieuwland Geo-Informatie “It is one of the main reasons why we were asked to build the INSPIRE services for all 25 Regional Water Authorities and the Department of Cultural Heritage (RCE) in The Netherlands”

New in Version 1.1 - Exhaustive Symbology and PostGIS Support

With the introduction of Version 1.1 a lot of improvements were implemented that contribute to an even better end-result and user experience. An exhaustive list of complex symbols is supported allowing a one-on-one conversion from Desktop to Web Map. Publishing map legends, ArcGIS 10 support, GeoSticker support and ArcSDE layer support have been added or further improved. 

Another major step is the support for PostGIS. It is now possible to upload data directly into a PostGIS database and configure map services on GeoServer using that data store. This can dramatically boost your map server performance.

“GeoCat Bridge is a key part of our Neftex Earth Model publishing workflow, enabling us to easily replicate the geological symbols used to style our ArcGIS produced content” said Alex Rushfort of Neftex ”Now we can deliver Web Map Services to our international oil industry clients through GeoServer, retaining the familiar appearance of our desktop GIS data products”

You can do it!

No advanced skills required! As a Bridge user you can fully enjoy all of the relevant functionality GeoServer and GeoNetwork have to offer without the need to be a web mapping or metadata expert. Map services and metadata are automatically linked, complexity of map symbology is no longer an issue, preview images are automatically generated and much, much more. 

We are very excited to offer the GeoCat Bridge plugin to users of the OpenGeo Suite” said Chris Holmes, OpenGeo President ” This will greatly improve workflows for our users of Esri Desktop software, and make it much simpler for everyone to put their maps onto the web"

Pricing & Availability - Try Now for Free

GeoCat Bridge is available worldwide for a retail price of €1200,-  for a single Standard license and €1500,- for the Premium version (Prices Excluding VAT). More details, also regarding other types of licenses and volume discounts. 

During the month of January we offer you a one week FREE trial license to give you the possibility to experience all functionality first hand. In addition to the Bridge software GeoCat offers premium support contracts and services on GeoNetwork and the OpenGeo Suite to get you up and running quickly.

About GeoCat bv

GeoCat bv, The Government Geographic Data Publishing Company, was established in the Netherlands in and offers cutting-edge, customized software and services that make publishing geospatial data on the Internet easier and more efficient than ever. GeoCat offers consultancy and support for GeoNetwork and has a direct partnership with OpenGeo to deliver OpenGeo Suite Support and Services. GeoCat provides consulting services and products that contribute to the development of National Spatial Data Infrastructures for The Netherlands, Swiss, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Scotland, ESA and many others. GeoCat’s Jeroen Ticheler founded the GeoNetwork opensource metadata catalog project.


Copyright © GeoCat bv. All rights reserved. GeoCat Bridge is a trademark of GeoCat bv. Esri, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcSDE and GeoSticker are trademark or registered trademarks of Esri in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions. Google Maps is a trademark of Google Inc in the United States and/or other countries. Bing is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

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Pipeline routing (RMOTC data, part V)

Bloggage update: further exploiting the free 3D GIS dataset from US DOE, I revived a previous ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension model to plan a pipeline route according to slope, elevation and cultural data. Again this is not meant to displace complete modeling packages. It is to show how GIS can be used out-of-the-box to perform complete yet simple tasks on desktops you already own! Note however that Model Builder is the single key differentiator with other desktop GIS, and you can load models on ArcGIS Server as Geoprocessing services.

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Batch Geonews: GeoServer WMS Animator, Trimble Custom Topo Maps, Esri at 41% Marketshare, and much more

Here's the recent geonews that we haven't mentioned yet, in batch mode.

On the open source front:

  • You can now animate your maps with the GeoServer WMS Animator Tool
  • Here I found out about oculu-Z, an open source, open data platform for collaborative Computer Vision technology
  • Want to know where OpenStreetMap is heading? Read this entry on the OpenStreetMap Foundation Board. Related to OSM, TripAdvisor now uses OpenStreetMap
  • DM shared the first of a series of articles on open source geospatial software in the classroom, called Open Source Desktop GIS: Let’s Get Started
  • APB mentions the Ushahidi2ArcGIS prototype, which imports Ushahidi data into ArcGIS
  • I could only smile when I learned about the PostGIS Day, a day after 'GIS Day'
  • gvSIG shares 60 new case studies

In the everything-else category:

  • APB reports about an estimation of Esri's worldwide market share at 40.7% in 2010
  • MapQuest wants to make certain we know that they don't have preset limits on their free Map API transactions
  • DM shares an article named Effective Offshore GIS Data Management Services
  • SS informs us that Trimble launched custom printed maps with MyTopo, for the U.S. and Canada
  • The Map Room shares lists of Map Books of to help us with our Christmas gifts, TMR also reviews Maphead by Ken Jennings
  • V1 discuss a EU Geographical Indications (GI) Scheme report, what ? "The aim of this program is to geographically assign product names, for example, champagne can only come from the Champagne region of France."

In the maps category:

  • O'Reilly shares what they call A better U.S. migration [interactive] map
  • The popular xkcd cartoon share a funny and geeky cartoon on what your favorite map projection says about you
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