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Spatial Information Services Stack (SSIS) to be Used to Share NZ Environmental Data

Just a little snippet explaining how an open source information sharing system, Spatial Information Services Stack (SSIS) will be used as a common model to share environmental information between agencies in New Zealand.

[Editor's addition] From the article: "The partnership will use an open source information sharing system called Spatial Information Services Stack (SISS), which was developed in Australia. SISS systems can be built on top of any local database, allowing the sharing of information across disparate systems, and because it is a freeware solution the initial setup costs are relatively low."

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gvSIG Community Edition Technology Preview

An early preview of the upcoming gvSIG Community Edition 1.0 is available for testing.

[Editor's note: let me paste below the "press release" that was submitted and approved on this very topic]

gvSIG Community Edition TECHNOLOGY PREVIEW available for testing

An early preview of the upcoming gvSIG Community Edition 1.0 is available for download here.
It is not intended for use in a production environment. We expect that there are still missing features in this release. In particular, the following features are NOT YET included:

  • updated 32/64 bit binaries (raster drivers)
  • GRASS and SAGA GIS binaries (via SEXTANTE)
  • third-party extensions (e.g. OpenCAD, NavTable)
  • the new extensions manager tool

We have included a SEXTANTE snapshot from 08/28/2011. Functionalities of GRASS GIS and SAGA can be added to the SEXTANTE Toolbox following the instructions of this document. You will see all the available raster- and vector tools from SEXTANTE, SAGA, GRASS GIS and gvSIG CE which all together are currently 760 algorithms.
A continuously updated release announcement, detailing the progress on new features and bug fixes can be found here.
This is a zero-install distribution. Simply unpack it somewhere on your hard disk and start it:

  • Linux: start bin/gvSIG.sh
  • Windows: start bin/gvSIG.bat
  • Mac OS X: double-click the App folder

Please report your findings to our users mailing list.

Jose Canalejo

gvSIG Community Edition project team.

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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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ThinkUp 1.0: Open Source Advanced Analysis and Mapping of Your Social Network Activities

Via O'Reilly two days ago and yesterday with an article, I learned about the 1.0 release of the ThinkUp App.

O'Reilly describes it as a tool that "enables users to archive, search and export their Twitter, Facebook and Google+ history — both posts and post replies. It also allows users to see their network activity, including new followers, and to map that information. Originally created by Gina Trapani, ThinkUp is free and open source, and will run on a user's own web server."

​Here's how it's introduced on the official ThinkUp site: "ThinkUp is a free, open source web application that captures all your activity on social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Google+. With ThinkUp, you can store your social activity in a database that you control, making it easy to search, sort, analyze, publish and display activity from your network. All you need is a web server that can run a PHP application."

Installation and configuration will probably require at least 30 minutes and you need minimal knowledge to configure the web server. In other words, it's not a tool that anyone can set up. But it's certainly valuable to anyone interested in understanding, mining the data, and mapping your social network activities. In bonus, you get an archive of your data. For a version 1.0, ThinkUp already does a lot. Here's the 5-minutes video that explains what is ThinkUp.

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Batch Geonews: Bing Maps Updates, Nokia’s Yahoo Maps, U.S. Geoplatform Launches, GIS and the Cloud, and much more

Here's the latest geonews in batch mode. But first, as a media partner of the Geomatique event, if you participated to the conference, we invite you to fill this survey and get a chance to win an iPad 2.

On the Google front:

  • The GEB introduces the free Maxwell Render Suite to make your SketchUp models more realistic, the screenshots are impressive 
  • You can now Share biking and walking directions with Custom Maps
  • We told you before that Street View is available inside businesses now, and here's a Slashdot discussion about it
  • The Google Model Your Town Competition has begun
  • Google requests feedback for their map news channels, if you fill that survey, you can tell them you're reading Slashgeo ;-)
  • And there was new imagery released yesterday for Google Maps and Earth

On the Microsoft front:

  • Microsoft announced several updates and new features in the Bing Maps REST web services and the Bing Spatial Data Service
  • In another entry, Microsoft informs us that the improved map sharing and Bing Maps route modifications

On the Esri front:

  • Mandown mentions that the ArcGIS API for iOS 2.1 is now available

On the open source front that wasn't mentioned yesterday:

  • Via O'Reilly, I learned about an jQuery open source Country Selector that has autocomplete
  • I also forgot to share this DM article named Experiences Teaching Free and Open Source GIS at the Community College Level

In the miscellaneous category:

  • APB reports that Yahoo Maps is now powered by Nokia
  • The U.S. Geoplatform launched based on Esri's Portal for ArcGIS, here's the direct link
  • V1 has an interesting perspective named What Do You Think GIS in the Cloud Will Be Like? and on the same topic, DM shares an informative article named Is Geospatial Cloud Computing a Commodity?
  • SS mentions a iOnRoad, free Android app that includes colision avoidance
  • MapQuest Vibe is now available for the iPhone
  • O'Reilly tells us about Dark Sky's app Kickstater project for "hyperlocal hyper-realtime" weather prediction, with similarities to NowCasting
  • If you're into podcasts, VerySpatial mentions another geospatial-related podcast now in English, Geografree
  • APB informs us of a OGC survey of the business value of geospatial standards
  • V1 lists what he thinks are the Hottest Jobs In The Geospatial Sector Today
  • APB has excellent coverage of the SimpleGeo acquisition by Urban Airship
  • Remember we told you about Atanas Entchev? There's now a petition to help him

In the maps category:

  • StrangeMaps shares an informative map of electric sockets of the World
  • Here's a Google Maps mashup on disease risk and migration
  • O'Reilly shares an animated map of how dance music travels
  • APB share their disappointment at the map of the American Jobs Act
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Open Source Geonews: InSTEDD GeoChat, MXD2Map v1.0, Alberta Oilsands and Montreal Open Data, and more

Here's the recent geospatial open source and open data news.

New and updated software:

  • In case you don't follow our press release section, Geopaparazzi 2.4 has been released, a reminder: "Geopaparazzi is a tool developed to do very fast qualitative engineering/geologic surveys."
  • And so was MXD2Map version 1.0, "MXD2map is a free converter for the generation of UMN MapServer-compatible Map files from ESRI ArcGIS MXD files."
  • degree 3.1 web services have been released
  • ImageI/O-Ext 1.1.2 has been released
  • Here's about POIProxy, "a service that handles requests to any public POI service providing a well defined REST API"

Other open source software-related news:

  • SS shares an entry on InSTEDD GeoChat - not be to confused with Esri's GeoChat or the other open source MapChat - InSTEDD's open source GeoChat "is a collaboration tool that allows anyone to chat, report and get alerts on their phone"
  • All the talk videos of FOSS4G and State of the Map are now available
  • Here's an entry on QGIS's pie charts for symbols

In the open data category:

  • Montréal, Canada, joined the increasing number of cities opening their geospatial data to the public [French press release]
  • V1 mentions the Alberta Oilsands map-based portal, which he qualifies as open and transparent
  • Mapperz discusses Openptmap, an OpenStreetMap-related effort to show public transport lines
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OSM2NetworkDataset Version 1.1 Available

Via email I learned that the open source OSM2NetworkDataset version 1.1 is now available, it readies OpenStreetMap data for ArcGIS's Network Analyst extension.

From the announcement: "Version 1.1 now supports ArcGIS 10.0, as well as ArcGIS 9.3.1. New features include restrictions for tracktype, smoothness, surface, and maxwidth.

The Java application OSM2NetworkDataset converts OpenStreetMap (OSM) data so it can be used for network analyses in the ArcGIS extension Network Analyst. It is designed to generate transportation networks for any mode of transportation and any region. The generated networks are based on OSM attributes, such as restrictions, one-way roads, turn restrictions, point barriers, and maximum speed. The path can be chosen according to the shortest distance or the shortest time with user defined average speed settings."

While we mentioned it once before, it never got its full story, until now.

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Recent Open Source Geonews: Open Elevation Service, Denmark Complete in OpenStreetMap, QGIS Improvements, and more

Here's the recent open source / open data geonews covering the last two weeks.

  • The OSGeo and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding
  • This Dr JTS entry mentions MapQuest's Open Elevation Service, that we never mentioned before - unrelated, Dr JTS aka Martin Davis, just got hired by OpenGeo 
  • OpenStreetMap for Denmark is now 97.2% complete, yes, crowdsourcing and open data can succeed, but the servers does cost money, hence the new OSM Tile usage policy
  • Here's an entry on expression-based labeling now in QGIS and the new expression builder, another one on QGIS Topological Editing and we even got a new QGIS Plugin Builder
  • R algorithms can now be called from SEXTANTE
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Tuesday Geonews: OSM Inspector, Single-Language Labels in Google Maps, TomTom Teaming with Oracle, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. Some of those news seem important enough to deserve their own entries, but I dare share them in a single one. Yes, that's another unusually long post. Normal posting frequency should resume next February!

From the open source / open data front:

  • SS shares an entry named MIT Releases Smartphone Data Tracking Tools as Open Source Software, it's called Funf
  • There's now an OpenStreetMap Inspector, a quality evaluation service to help improve OSM data
  • Here's a short entry on using OpenStreetMap data, tidbit: the entire database is 250GB
  • Here's an entry on generating contours using GDAL (via shell or QGIS)
  • Paul explains Indexed Nearest Neighbour Search in PostGIS
  • Here's the FOSS4G WMS Performance Shootout slides, and I haven't shared this yet, James Fee's Guide to what was important at FOSS4G

From the Esri front:

  • Mandown reports that Esri updated their deprecation plans for ArcGIS 10 and 10.1
  • SS indicates Esri Releases a Map Story on Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

From the Google front:

  • Finally, single-language labels made their way to Google Maps, that's making it much less confusing
  • Here's in simple words why Google offers Google Maps / Earth
  • Ogle Earth shares an entry on using Google Earth to hunt illegal mining in Goa, India

From the Microsoft front:

  • Bing Maps added detailed airport maps, 42 U.S. airports so far 

In the miscellaneous category:

  • SS reports that TomTom Launched a Geospatial Platform with Oracle: "The service will offer geocoding, vehicle routing and mapping information, all hosted on Oracle’s 11g database."
  • V1 writes about INTERGEO, the German geospatial conference that attracted 17,000 attendees, making it one of the largest geoconferences in the world (the largest?)
  • James Fee linked to the U.S. and Canadian top 10 largest cities GIS web maps
  • We mentioned it before, but here's another article on the completion of the ERS satellite missions after 20 years
  • O'Reilly shares an entry named Why indoor navigation is so hard and another entry on the state and future of local news
  • If you have interest in the GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification), here's data model diagrams
  • MapQuest launched a Mobile Flash Maps API
  • VerySpatial mentioned the National Geographic Challenge game for the PS3, XBox360 and Wii
  • On a more serious topic, VS shares an entry on The Geography of the Death Penalty

Slashdot discussed a few geospatial-related stories:

  • Don't you wish you were a student again, Put On Your 3D Glasses — Class Is About To Start
  • Not the first time we hear such news (from any OS phone), HTC Android Backdoor Leaks Private User Data, including GPS locations
  • US Military Seeks Non-Cooperative Biometric Tracking Technology
  • A story named California Governor Vetoes Ban On Warrantless Phone Searches, including GPS logs
  • An on the same theme, a Senator Goes After 'Brazen' OnStar Privacy Shift
  • With a search, you'll find plenty of similar stories, German Researchers Crack Mifare RFID Encryption, in other words, RFID can be of great use, but can't be considered secure 
  • There's also a story about using stereo-vision mapping to visualize the oldest submerged city

In the maps category:

  • TMR shares a few map books for Fall
  • Here's the first global map of ocean salinity
  • Here's the Japanese tsunami mapped in detail for the first time

In the coming days, I'll be at Géomatique, the major geospatial event in the province of Québec. Slashgeo is a media partner of the event.

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Open Source Releases: QGIS 1.7.1, GeoServer 2.1.2, GeoTools 2.7.3, GEOS 3.3.1

Here's recent geospatial open source software releases. All minor but welcomed updates.

  • QGIS 1.7.1 released, to be honest, I only recently started using QGIS for real work, and I've been impressed by the advanced features that worked flawlessly (but I wasn't impressed by the user documentation though) 
  • GeoServer 2.1.2 released, mostly a bugfix release, here's previous recent GeoServer news
  • GEOS 3.3.1 released, GEOS is the C port of the JTS and incorporated into many other geospatial open source projects, see this previous story
  • GeoTools 2.7.3 released, that too, a maintenance release
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