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Friday Geonews: 3D Paris, 400M ArcGIS Maps, Russia GeoPortal, Top 10, Kinect AR, and much more

This is more of an "end of year" geonews in batch mode! Everything pertinent found in the last two weeks that we haven't shared yet. I wish you an excellent holiday break. We'll be back in January. You can still send in your contributions.

From the Google front:

  • A summary entry on everything Google Maps/Earth and Santa Claus and another one on holiday trees in 3D
  • More details on Google Maps 5.0 for Android
  • Paris gets major 3D enhancements in Google Earth
  • Google Kills (beta) Location Alerts Feature in Latitude
  • Google now offers a 3D Body Browser
  • There also was an imagery update in the middle of the month

From the ESRI front:

  • ESRI Confirms 400 million user-genenerated maps on ArcGIS in October

From the open data / open source front:

  • Via the geodata list, I learned about the U.S. Census TIGER/Line Shapefiles starting to become available, and it's also available from WeoGeo
  • OpenLayers gets a new Bing Tiles layer
  • Natural Earth map data in the public domain
  • An entry on Geocoding Github: Visualizing Distributed Open-Source Development
  • An O'Reilly article on Ushahidi enabling crowdsourced journalism and intelligence
  • rgeo, a new geo library for Rails
  • Here's a new project named GeoApt Spatial Data Browser
  • The OpenGeo Suite Community Edition 2.3.2 released
  • An entry on QGIS 1.7's vector rule editor and polygon line styles

From the Microsoft front:

  • Bing Maps REST Services now supports transit routes

In the miscellaneous category:

  • SS informs us Russia Launched a Geospatial Data and Earth Imagery Portal
  • V1 offers their geospatial top 10, DM also have their own geospatial top 10
  • Here's a new augmented reality app that translate text that you see
  • Still in the AR topic, an entry on how Kinect democratizes augmented reality
  • Two Slashdot entries on 3D printing: MakerBot Thing-o-Matic 3D Printer Assembly and Cheap 3D Fab Could Start an Innovation Renaissance
  • Still on the 3D topic, Researchers Develop Genuine 3D Camera
  • TanDEM-X is now operational

In the maps category:

  • Here's visualization of Wikileaks mirrors around the world
  • A colleague sent me a link to the BBC Facebook connections map the world
  • An Interactive Map of Diabetes in the U.S.
  • Don't we all dream, here's an Atlas of Remote Islands

And the almost-off-topic link of the week, an amazing 4-minutes animation of the last 200 years of global history

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GeoExt 1.0 Released

We mentioned GeoExt quite a few times in the past, and now here's the release of GeoExt 1.0. Reminder: "GeoExt brings together the geospatial know how of OpenLayers with the user interface savvy of Ext JS to help you build powerful desktop style GIS apps on the web with JavaScript".

From the announcement: "This release closes 64 outstanding tickets, including 30 new features or enhancements and 25 bug fixes. Some of the highlights include:

  • New KaMap encoder for GeoExt.data.PrintProvider
  • New GeoExt.tree.WMSCapabilitiesLoader to build a tree representing a WMS GetCapabilities response
  • New GeoExt.plugins.TreeNodeComponent to render tree nodes with an additional Ext Component (e.g. a GeoExt.LayerLegend)

The release notes for GeoExt 1.0 are available."

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OpenLayers 2.10 Released

The always popular open source OpenLayers project released version 2.10. From the announcement: "The 2.10 release adds several important features. Some of the highlights include: * Support for Google Maps v3 * Significant improvements to the panel control functionality * Improvements in support for WMS, WFS standards ... and many other bug fixes." Here's the 2.10 release notes. I will also soon publish the notes I took from the "OpenLayers' future" talk done by Tim Schaub at FOSS4G last week.

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