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Batch Geonews: New Google Maps App, 3D Printing in Windows 8.1, GeoServer Enterprise, MapBox Real-time Satellite Imagery, and much more

Here's the geonews in batch mode. Some of them may have deserved their own entry.

On the open source / open data front:

  • OpenLayers 2.13.1 has been released, but arguably more exciting is OpenLayers 3.0 - alpha.2, they're getting closer
  • W3C is Launching the Open Data Directory
  • Introducing GeoServer Enterprise, it's GeoServer with long term support releases and more
  • Here's the FOSS4G-CEE Bucharest, Romania final thoughts
  • Montreal's public transport organization adopted OpenStreetMap for their maps, another example of how mature enough OSM has become
  • Nokia uses the open source CartoDB to show off traffic data
  • Good news, California Supreme Court Says GIS Data are Public Data

On the Esri front:

  • It was the Esri User Conference this week, you can read Geoff's 3D and other themes of this year's conference entry
  • Jack Dangermond explaining How Esri Hit $912 Million in Sales, very interesting, including: "One thing that has made us so successful is that we've never taken outside investment. That means we can concentrate on what our customers want--not what the stockholders or the VCs want. That's a strategic advantage."
  • You'll find a lot lot more on the Esri blog for the International User Conference
  • New imagery for Esri tools, DigitalGlobe and community imagery added to the World Imagery map
  • ArcGIS Online just got more advantageous, Get More with ArcGIS Online – Announcing Subscription Savings

On the Google front:

  • Google announced their new Google Maps app for smartphones and tablets
  • Also over Slashdot, Google Updates Maps, Makes First Stable Chrome Release Using WebKit Fork
  • Rest reassured, the iOS Enhanced Google Maps App with iPad Support 'Coming Soon'
  • Unsurprisingly, there was New Google Earth Imagery – July 8

Geo-related news discussed over Slashdot:

  • Microsoft Reveals Its 3D Printing Strategy For Windows 8.1
  • 3 GLONASS-M GNSS satellites destroyed, Russian Rocket Proton-M Crashes At Launch
  • MapBox is aiming at nothing less than Real Time Imagery via MapBox Satellite Live
  • But that's clearly the beginning, read APB's entry named Real-Time Data is Really Here ... Kind of, Almost
  • Again, City-Sized Ice Shelf Breaks Free Of Antarctica
  • New Zealand ISP Offers "Global Mode" So Users Can Circumvent Geo-Restrictions
  • Something we discussed before, Automated Plate Readers Let Police Collect Millions of Records On Drivers
  • UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

In the miscellaneous category:

  • Interesting, O'Reilly shares news about Sifted, a 7-minutes animation set in a cloud points world, geo-geeky
  • A Newly Published Apple Mapping Patent Details Route Feedback System, Real-Time Accident Reporting
  • O'Reilly mentions Cricket, an indoor location system from MIT, but the latest news appear to be from
  • If you're into Minecraft, you'll like Hangouts with James Fee:: Professional Minecraft GIS
  • Here's starting points regarding Cross Platform Development with Bing Maps and PhoneGap
  • In the U.S., Round-the-clock GPS tracking of state worker ‘unreasonable’ (via SL)

In the maps category:

  • A series of maps on Who Serves in the U.S. Military? Mapping Enlisted Troops and Officers
  • Here's Midtown Manhattan Growth Animation (1850-2015) and Toronto Growth Animation (1834-2013) and San Francisco Growth Animation (1877-2015) and Calgary Growth Animation (1892-2016)
  • Now available, a New global ESA Vegetation Map
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Batch Geonews: Stamen Map Stack, 1,000 New Street View, Protest Maptivism, D3.js Geo, 270TB of Bird’s Eye, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

From the open source / open data front:

  • Here's an excellent and funny presentation of Leaflet: Past, Present and Future
  • GitHub just added mapping capabilities: any GeoJSON file hosted on GitHub can be mapped with MapBox Streets 
  • Mapnik 2.2.0 has been released
  • Here's CLAVIN (Cartographic Location And Vicinity INdexer) is an open source software package for document geotagging and geoparsing that employs context-based geographic entity resolution (via O'Reilly Radar)
  • A new book available, The QGIS Training Manual, by Rüdiger Thiede, Tim Sutton, Horst Düster, and Marcelle Sutton
  • Here comes QGIS Enterprise, it's QGIS Desktop + Server + Web Client along with support and maintenance contract
  • Yes, in QGIS 2.0 we'll get data-defined symbol properties, and here's on the new QGIS 2.0 APIs
  • Mapbender has been resurrected into Mapbender3: "the back office software and client framework for spatial data infrastructures" 
  • Something new, GeoThink.ca - Canadian Geospatial and Open Data Think Tank
  • Here's some nice javascript examples dealing with projections and other geostuff, mostly from D3.js, some are pretty impressive
  • Here's all OpenGeo presentations videos from FOSS4G-NA, and why not, here's the GeoServer presentation from GeoSolutions
  • About the same time, OpenGeo also launched MapMeter, a monitoring tool for spatial deployments such as GeoServer
  • From the gvSIG blog, I learned about available Emergency mapping symbology

From the Esri front:

  • An entry named From ArcMap to ArcGIS Online: well-prepared geographic information for the web
  • Here's the OGC summary of what happened with the GeoServices REST API standard submitted by Esri
  • There's now ArcGIS Online admin tools available on GitHub
  • News that Esri looks to link CAD Software to ArcGIS Online

From the Google front:

  • Google announced today nothing less than 1,000 new Street View locations to Google Maps
  • Road traffic information is important to Google, Google To Buy Waze For $1.3 Billion and the official Google announcement
  • There was a Google ocean bathymetry update earlier this week
  • Wonder what Google Glasses looks like inside? Via Make, here's What's Inside Google Glass
  • That's a topic we mentioned before, recently discussed over Slashdot, How Google Street View Keeps an Eye on Things Where There Are No Streets
  • A book's voyage recreated in Google Earth: “Sailing Alone Around the World” in Google Earth
  • I tried the new Google Maps interface, and I admit, this is an excellent improvement

In the miscellaneous category:

  • Via APB, the well known Stamen Design launched their Map Stack that makes designing maps free, easy and fun
  • APB links to an article named The Revolution Will Be Live-Mapped: A Brief History of Protest Maptivism
  • In case you missed it, Landsat 8 data is available for download since May 30th
  • Earlier this week, Microsoft announced 270 terabytes of new Bird's Eye imagery
  • Geoff mentions that the Time required to create 3D city models dropping rapidly, now less than a week for a textured 3D model of a whole city
  • Google Glass will have competition, Atheer Offers a Wearable Display That's Glasses, Not Glass, but it's clearly not as sexy or wearable
  • In Apple's iOS new 'Today' feature, there's Traffic Information on Frequently Visited Locations
  • A quick one on 3D printing, "Anti-Gravity" 3D Printer Sculpts Shapes On Any Surface
  • A generic article on drones / UAVs gathering location-based science data easier and cheaper than ever
  • And now those drones can be accurately guided by thoughts 
  • Frank at VerySpatial offers a long entry on the geography of cars
  • The same site made me aware of the course on Teaching World Music with Geospatial Technology

In the maps category:

  • Here's 5 Maps That Show How Divided America Really Is: median income, poverty line, inequality, food stamps, and diplomas
  • Here's a Map of All American Rivers
  • Funny name, WWF's ArkGIS: mapping the changing Arctic landscape
  • Here's bedmap2, an ice and bedrock map Antarctica
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GIS Community Blocks Esri’s Geospatial ‘Open Standard’ REST API

This news made it outside the traditional geospatial community, Slashdot's story is named GIS Community Blocks Esri's Geospatial 'Open Standard' REST API.

Their summary: "The developer of ArcGIS, Esri, has dropped its bid to have the GeoServices REST API recognized as an open standard by the Open Geospatial Consortium, after a community backlash against 'providing a vendor with significant market advantage, erring on the creation of a state-sanctioned monopoly.'"

This is a topic we covered 2 weeks ago. You can also read a useful summary and quotes from OGC officials named OGC heed community pressure regarding "GeoServices REST API": "“Considering the breath of discussion both internal and external to the OGC process since the vote announcement, the SWG members feel that the vote cannot continue until the many questions raised have been addressed. Issues regarding OGC process, vendor advantage, duplication of capabilities, etc. have now overshadowed technical discussions of the merits of the specification. By withdrawing the OGC GeoServices REST API candidate standard, the necessary discussions regarding OGC process, policy, and position can continue separately.”"

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Batch Geonews: Debacle over OGC and the GeoServices REST API Standard, OpenLayers vs Leaflet, More Geo from Google I/O, and much more

The recent geonews in batch mode, covering a larger timespan than usual.

On the open source front:

  • The OSGeo presented an Open Letter to OGC on the GeoServices REST API standard, and it's pretty well documented and informative
  • Here's an interesting entry on comparing OpenLayers and Leaflet
  • The schedule for FOSS4G-CEE is now known
  • Sean pointed me to  Tom MacWright's online GeoJSON editor
  • In releases, there was GeoServer 2.3.2 released and GeoTools 9.2 Released
  • Getting closer to QGIS 2.0, here's nice examples of the alpha channel in QGIS color ramps
  • If you did not see the press release, OpenGeo is not non-profit anymore

On the Google front:

  • The influx of Google Glass stories continues, now Facial Recognition Comes to Google Glass
  • Here's Kurt's list of maps-related videos from the Google I/O conference

On the Esri front:

  • ABP reminds us of Esri's Severe Weather Map, including tornadoes...
  • An entry on why Esri is excited about the Android Location APIs
  • Data updates, World Topographic Map updated with content for the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States
  • along with other updates, including Additional DigitalGlobe and community imagery added to the World Imagery map
  • Also updated, ArcGIS for Windows Phone and ArcGIS API for JavaScript v3.5 Released

In the everything-else category:

  • MapBox tells us they got a huge satellite update, now cloudless and with aerial imagery, but also interesting are the OpenStreetMap updates making they way to MapBox maps in only 5 minutes
  • Here's a Make article on mapping buildings with a Kinect
  • Some of you might be interested by the GiT4NMD conference, Geo-information Technologies for Natural Disaster Management
  • Space Daily share an article named World's major development banks look closer at Earth observation
  • Here's links regarding the history of apostrophes in place names
  • Via SL, an article named China's Drone Program Appears To Be Moving Into Overdrive
  • Those interested in the exciting MapBox work may also want to read about vector tiles of MapBox Streets
  • While CAD and GIS have come closer, they remain distinct, here's an entry named Integrating geospatial into construction: the challenge
  • Geoff also shares two other interesting entries, one named Economic value of big geospatial data could reach $700 billion/yr by and the other Estimating the economic and financial impact of poor data quality

Slashdot discussed a few minor geo-related stories:

  • One involving GPS named Researchers Are Developing Ad Hoc Networks For Car-To-Car Data Exchange
  • Privacy stories goes on, UK's 4G Network Selling Subscriber Tracking Data To Police, Private Parties and this one Congress Demands Answers From Google Over Google Glass Privacy Concerns
  • Along with new challenges to locating North itself, Global Warming Shifts the Earth's Poles

In the maps category:

  • Here's The Best Geographic Visualization I’ve Seen In Ages according to VerySpatial, basically a circle centered in Asia where over half of the world's population resides
  • In Paris? Apple Maps for iOS Adds 3D Flyover Coverage in Paris
  • MapBox shares a Q&A of the City Guides by National Geographic mobile app
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A tale of two cities: web maps new and old

Bloggage update: Vector online GIS appears to be gaining traction. These emerging technologies contrast with Esri who offers a slew of tools on the desktop and in arcgis like mature web mapping services and model building. But these newcomers offer a service to process GIS functions online and allow to load data direct from web source further augmenting their web performance. Here I compare how I used a 180K vector dataset from NOAA NGDC described previously on these alternate methods. 

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Bringing Esri to Open Source and Open Standards

Chris Holmes shares a pretty insightful and informative letter in an entry named 'Opening Esri'. Esri's closer relationship with open source started with providing code on GitHub last September and even up to last February's official entry named going open source with Esri.

From the Chris Holmes entry: "So I wanted to give to Esri a measurable roadmap of actions to take that would signal to me a real commitment to ‘open’. [...] Each piece of Esri technology ideally could be used stand alone with other pieces. Stated another way, there should be no lock-in of anything that users create – even their cartography rules. [...] it is a business risk, since it opens up more potential competition. But it’s also a big business opportunity if done right. And reaches beyond mere business to being a real force for good in the world, becoming a truly loved company, with lots of friends."

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Batch Geonews: Bing Maps in AutoCAD, iOS Geofences, GitHub for GIS, TeachGIS, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the Apple front:

  • iOS's Find My Friends Gains Customizable Geofences, letting you know when friends are nearby or warning you when kids arrive at home
  • Catching up, Apple Expands 'Maps Ground Truth' Hiring to Rest of the World
  • Japan? Apple Releases iOS 6.1.3 With Japanese Maps Enhancements

In the everything else category:

  • Another interesting entry from Brian Timoney, Your Online Map Is Missing Half Its Audience: More Revealing Web Analytics From the Field
  • An interesting short entry on the future of Esri, LA Times Travel Section Interview with Jack Dangermond
  • Some of you will be interested in the Ten Things GIS Users Need to Know about GitHub
  • Via OR, that's remote sensing, Millimetre-Accuracy 3D Imaging From 1km Away
  • Here's an entry on How NASA uses Google Earth
  • A new website, TeachGIS: Resources for and by GIS Instructors
  • OpenStreetMap's iD editor gets drag and drop GPX support
  • If you do surveying Kurt invites us to look at Trey's TrailScribe
  • Interesting, Neighborhoods are Just Predefined Geofences
  • To be honest, I did not know who was John Snow, Lessons from the ghost of John Snow: "demonstrating one of the first applications of spatial analysis to detect the cholera outbreak in London in 1854"
  • The Economist shares an article on MapBox's web mapping offers
  • A Slashdot discussion on How To Stay Ahead of Phone Tracking ?
  • Another from the same source, virtual reality? USC Launches 3-D Printed VR Headset Library
  • An O'Reilly article on the use of sensors for news reporting
  • Stamen teams up with Nokia to show their HERE 3D data
  • Bentley is doing well, summary at Bentley Annual Update
  • Wonder about Autodesk? Autodesk Rebrands and Launches InfraWorks for Civil Design
  • Forcing geospatial knowledge into workers, U.S. DOT To Require GPS Training for New Commercial Truckers

In the maps category:

  • GeoCurrent offers many new informative maps:
    • Maps of Global alcohol consumption
    • Maps of Global Geography of Meat (and Fish) Consumption
    • Maps of cheese production and consumption
    • And why not, the Global Geography of Milk Consumption and Lactose (In)Tolerance
    • On Egypt and the World Diesel Price Map
    • A Map of The Countries That Are Most and Least Welcoming to Foreigners
  • Via APB, 28,000 rivers wiped off the map of China
  • Here's a funny map of all subways of North America
  • As a bonus for reading up to here, you have to see this remote sensing 1-minute video of the Arctic / Beaufort Sea February-March 1000-km ice fracture: "While fracturing events are common, few events sprawl across such a large area or produce cracks as long and wide as those seen here." Look at a map of North Alaska first to understand the scope of this.
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Esri Geonews: Numerous ArcGIS Online Updates, Esri Maps for Office 2.0 Released, and more

Here's the recent Esri-related geonews in batch mode.

From official sources:

  • Here's a list of What’s New in ArcGIS Online for March, a lot of new features
  • There's also new data, DigitalGlobe and community imagery added to the World Imagery map and new updates to the Ocean Basemap
  • Crowdsourcing works for Esri too, New community contributions added to the World Topographic Map and a second entry on the same topic and other contributions
  • Other related additions include using Bing basemaps in ArcGIS Online and using Stamen and MapBox tilesets as basemaps in ArcGIS
  • Here's the announcement of Esri Maps for Office 2.0 Released: "Esri Maps for Office is a powerful add-in for Microsoft Office that brings the capabilities of Esri’s mapping platform to Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint users."
  • Amongst updates, ArcGIS API for JavaScript Version 3.4 Released and if Flex is not dead for you, ArcGIS for Flex 3.2 Released
  • Three new beta SDK available: ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Windows Store apps Beta is available, the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Qt 10.2 beta is now available and the new ArcGIS Runtime SDK for OS X Beta is available
  • And if the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS is of interest to you, there's the MapKit 2 ArcGIS Project on GitHub

From other sources:

  • Directions Mag offers an article named Esri Certification Exams - Are you ready?
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Batch Geonews: 3D Printing Pen, OGC’s GeoPackage Standard, ArcGIS Explorer 2500, Major Bing Maps Updates, and much much more

Here's the geonews in batch mode, unusually covering 4 weeks, thus a much longer issue.

On the open source / data front:

  • With the GeoPackage standard in the oven and its opportunity to replace the aging shapefile format, read this very pertinent summary named Takeaways from OpenGeo’s Comments on OGC and the Proposed GeoPackage Specification
  • An interesting entry on TileMill for Raster Analysis
  • In the same vein, expanding TileMill's Building Symbolizer to Visualize Complex 3D Structures
  • EasySDI V3 is now available
  • The open source virtual globe Marble 1.5 is now available for MacOS X

On the Esri front:

  • A book review of "Python Scripting for ArcGIS" by Paul A. Zandbergen
  • A new version, and here's what’s new in ArcGIS Explorer Desktop 2500
  • The ArcGIS Query Analysis Add-In is available for download
  • Here's the ArcGIS Online World Topographic Map February updates and here's the previous update
  • ArcGIS applied to tennis, Using spatial analytics to study spatio-temporal patterns in sport
  • APB shares a Esri Federal GIS Conference News Roundup

On the Google front:

  • Google announced that Public Alerts for Google Search, Google Now and Google Maps available in Japan
  • The official entry on Expanding Street View in Europe
  • The GEB again mentions Tracking Satellites in Google Earth, this time linking to the new SightSpaceStation website

On the Microsoft front:

  • A new Bing Maps Tech Preview at TED Conference: "a new twist: the ability to mine Flickr for geotagged photos and overlay onto Bing Maps streetside imagery for a perfect visual lock"
  • Bing Maps got a major overhaul, 46.7 TB of new imagery and a Silverlight version of Bing Maps... I though Silverlight was abandoned?
  • Here's the entry on the New Top of the World and High Resolution Satellite Imagery
  • An entry on Bing Maps REST Service Tips & Tricks
  • And New to REST Services: Elevations API and 3D Elevation Models with Bing Maps WPF
  • And training for apps builders, Bing Maps for Windows Store Apps Training Kit

Geospatial-related discussions over Slashdot:

  • Startup Uses Radiation Fear To Map Cellphone Coverage
  • Fox News: US Solar Energy Investment Less Than Germany Because US Has Less Sun, comparing maps, it's simply far from the truth
  • The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States
  • Drones Still Face Major Hurdles In US Airspace and AirBurr UAV Navigates By Crashing Into Things
  • Canon Demos New Head-Mounted Augmented-Reality Display
  • Texas Bills Would Bar Warrantless Snooping On Phone Location

In the everything else category:

  • A lot of sources mentioned 3Doodler: The World's First 3D Printing Pen, while not entirely geospatial-related, 3D printing is mainstream now
  • APB shares an entry on a Free e-Book on Online GIS which compares ArcGIS Online, CartoDB, CloudGIS, GeoCommons, MangoMap and MapBox
  • Trying to amend myself for not having shared this before, here's How Interactivity Works with UTFGrid for web maps, along with a visual demo, and an example using OpenLayers
  • APB has an entry named U.S. House Representatives Introduce Online Communications and Geolocation Protection Act
  • Everything is a geospatial sensor, Rain tracked with mobile network
  • A milestone release, MapBox iOS SDK Goes 1.0.0 + New Features
  • MapQuest Introduced Free Travel Blogs to help people share their travel adventures
  • Mapperz mentions that the USPS Mapping Tool allows you to pick your own delivery routes
  • APB links to an article named How Google And Bing Maps Control What You Can See

In the maps category:

  • We presented a world map of undersea internet connections, here's the interactive Submarine Cable Map
  • Scary, maps of the U.S. Geography of Sin, and here's the U.S. Geography of Happiness
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