Tag Archives: QGIS

Open Source Geonews: StatCan Opening its Data, OSM at 500,000 Users, QGIS News, and much more

Here's the recent open source and open data geonews in batch mode.

  • Statistics Canada, aka StatCan, will offer a lot (but not all) of its data under an open data license beginning February
  • OpenStreetMap now has nothing less than 500,000 registered users, here's new tile sets for the Transport Layer and the MapQuest Open layer, and V1 discusses the idea of OpenFarmMap
  • Here's an interactive QGIS tutorial by Harvard's Lex Berman, a detailed entry on the creation of Map Books in QGIS via the EasyPrint plugin, a first glimpse at the pgRouting layer for QGIS, and more on the fusion of QGIS Desktop with web technologies
  • Mike at OpenGeo discusses the Esri white paper about using an hybrid approach; using both open source and proprietary GIS software
  • A few sources mentioned the 'Public Mapping Project' which develops the open source 'District Builder' redistricting software, this was also discussed over Slashdot
  • PostGIS gets GeoJSON support and here's an entry on Topology cleaning with PostGIS
  • If you're into Python, here's Kurt lecture on writing KML and SQLite with Python
  • We just shared with you the new global GMTED dataset, here's how to seamlessly access to remote Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data with GDAL
  • GeoSolutions shared an entry named Serving Meteo data with GeoServer, GeoBatch and GeoNetwork: the LaMMA use case 
  • DM shares an article from a Slashgeo editor, named Open Source Software and OGC Web Services: Life-saving Components in Québec’s Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Geopaparazzi 2.5.0 has been released
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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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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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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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Monday Geonews: ArcGIS Explorer Build 1750, Metadata Tool for QGIS, Iran’s Basir Google Earth Rival, VDatum, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source front:
  • Wonder where GeoTools is? Here's the Status of GeoTools presentation from FOSS4G
  • Here's about Metatools, a metadata management plugin for QGIS, now at version 0.2
  • Here's the GeoServer Aggregating DataStore, enabling the republication from several data sources, including remote ones
  • The slides and videos of OpenStreetMap's State of the Map conference are now available
  • Sean Gillis' at it again, he started a new project called Fiona, an OGR API which wants to be "a clear alternative to the complex layers and cursors and fussy geometry objects of OGR and ArcPy"
  • Ok, not directly geospatial, but Gource is the nicest tool to visualize source code changes I've seen yet (works with Git, SVN and others), and here it is showing the changes in QGIS from version 1.6 to 1.7
On the Esri front:
  • ArcGIS Explorer Build 1750 is now available
  • Mandown summarizes what’s new on ArcGIS Online for September
  • There's also an ArcGIS API for iOS 2.01 update for those developing with iOS 5 and another one for ArcGIS API For JavaScript 2.5
  • Here's the Best Practices For Using Custom State Highway Shields In ArcGIS
In the everything-else category:
  • Here's another entry on the New KML features in Google Earth 6.1
  • Iran is releasing Basir, a Google Earth competitor, to counter Google's cultural aggression 
  • Microsoft has an entry on the recent updates to Bing Maps: REST API, AJAX Control v7, and Account Center
  • We mentioned a few times vertical datums, via Kurt, now NOAA is releasing VDatum, "designed to vertically transform geospatial data among a variety of tidal, orthometric and ellipsoidal vertical datums"
  • That's how far sensors can go, millions of geolocated seismic sensors wirelessly connected for oil and gas exploration by Shell and HP
  • V1 mentions a comprehensive guide on 3D spatial relationships
  • Here's a Maperitive tutorial for Generating OSM Map For Adobe Illustrator
  • In the neverending series of cellphone tracking, Slashdot discusses a story named Surveillance Case May Reveal FBI Cellphone Tracking Techniques
  • And regarding car tracking Slashdot offers another story named Canberra Police Want Drones To Track Cars
  • In the trivia category, Slashdot discusses a story named Swedish Daycare Tracks Kids With GPS Devices
In the maps category:
  • O'Reilly mentions the Global Adaptation Index map, which "rates a given country's vulnerability to environmental shifts precipitated by climate change, its readiness to adapt to such changes, and its ability to utilize investment capital that would address the state of those vulnerabilities"
  • V1 shares a map of the gas infrastructures in Europe
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Geonews CatchUp: QGIS vs gvSIG, Landsat 8 Milestone, Shaderlight 2, osmdroid, and too much more

That's probably our biggest "geonews in batch mode" issue ever. That's the price I have to pay for three weeks of holidays! ;-) I tried to keep only the most pertinent geonews. After reading this unusually long entry, you and I are back to being up to date in terms of geonews.

On the Google front:
  • Here's a Google Earth mashup of Fukushima and Chernobyl meltdowns side-by-side
  • Google added a Regional Expert Reviewer Program to Google Map Maker
  • The tool Shaderlight to create awesome SketchUp models is now at version 2
  • Google purchased Zagat Survey, a firm offering local ratings of restaurants and much more  
  • And there's new imagery in Google Earth released on September 7
On the ESRI front:
  • ArcGIS 10.0 SP3 is coming next month
  • Spatially Adjusted has an entry seemingly confirming You Can’t Edit Spatial RDBMS with ArcGIS for Desktop without SDS
  • V1 reviews the Esri Map Book, volume 26
On the open source front:
  • Via no solo I read this informative QGIS and gvSIG comparison, useful to understand the differences between what are probably the two most mature open source desktop GIS packages available
  • The FOSS4G conference will take place in Beijing, China
  • We did mention them before, but only indirectly - here's osmdroid, OpenStreetMap tools for Android (maybe that's what missing for iOS?)
  • In case you don't read our geospatial press releases, the OSGeo-Live 5.0 DVD has been released
  • If you're interested in Brazilian topography, see this entry on TOPODATA's version of SRTM-DEM for Brazil

In GPS news:

  • North Korea forced a US reconnaissance plane to land by jamming GPS signals
  • Via Spatial Law, Bangladesh Mandates Use of GPS in Vehicles

In Apple news:

  • Autodesk released the 'Lite' version of AutoCAD for MacOS X, in addition to the full version available since a year
  • For their iOS devices, Apple is exploring enhancing maps with augmented reality
  • APB mentioend Apple's patent application on crowdsourcing data for local searches
  • The class-action lawsuit against Apple in South Korea over location data collection has started 

In Microsoft news:

  • Streetside is now available for parts of London
  • Microsoft shares an entry on the Bing Maps v7 Module CodePlex Project
  • Even if Virtual Earth 3D is discontinued, Microsoft posted details to enable you to use it longer
  • Microsoft released the Bing Maps 'Windows Presentation Foundation' (WPF) Control
  • Here's an entry on the Wall Street Journal using Bing Maps in their hurricane tracking tool

In transportation news:

  • SignalGuru system that change your route to avoid red lights
  • Regarding tracking and privacy, the NYC mayor wants traffic cameras at every corner

In remote sensing news:

  • A critical milestone has been reached for Landsat's LCDM mission in, aka "Landsat 8"
  • Both NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X remote sensing satellites have been launched successfully
  • The ERS-2 mission is completed, its last image has been taken
  • Can you believe that over 700 government satellites will launch in the next 10 years? Obviously not all for remote sensing purposes
  • The bankrupted RapidEye has been purchased
In the miscellaneous category:
  • It seems UniStrong has 40% of GIS marketshare in China
  • V1 shares a perspective named Where Did All the Talk About Spatial Data Quality Go?
  • The data provider Infochimps have a new GEO API
  • Slashdot discusses a story named Judge Nixes Warrantless Cell Phone Location Data
  • Of course I'm a bit too late, but here's a recap of mapping and mobile data for Hurricane Irene
  • Here's an entry named Everything you wanted to know about UK Coordinate Systems
  • It's confirmed, Kansas is flatter than a pancake
  • Do we need another map building website? There's the new Build-A-Map site in Beta
  • APB mentions 'Location Aware', a free location-aware task management app for Android

In the maps category:

  • O'Reilly shared a map of U.S. job losses
  • Here's the U.S. National Parks as seen from space
  • Tthe USGS launched their Historical Topo Map Collection
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FOSS4G Geonews: FOSS4G & SotM at the door, Sextante in ArcGIS, MapGuide Maestro 3.5, OpenTripPlanner Update, and more

Still in catch up mode, here's the last three weeks of geospatial open source news in batch mode.

  • Of huge pertinence to the geospatial open source and open data communities, the FOSS4G and State of the Map conferences are set to being in a few days. If you're in the Denver area and still hesiting, don't, they are really worth. I'll have to miss them myself this year, but Slashgeo's editor Nicolas Gignac will be attending and provide coverage.
  • Directions Mag share an interview with Peter Batty on what to expect at FOSS4G
  • Another recent article at DM is named Open Source Licensing: Risk and Opportunity, risks related to intellectual property and governance
  • Sextante, the open source spatial java data analysis library, can now work in ArcGIS, and run SAGA and GRASS GIS in ArcGIS via Sextante, and why not, use Sextante algorithms in ArcGIS Model Builder
  • PostGIS's Paul Ramsey continues to share insightful comments in an entry named Open source is not free (as in beer) ...
  • Users of Autodesk's MapGuide Open Source will be happy to know MapGuide Maestro 3.5 has been released. We already know that MapGuide Maestro 4.0 is introducing 'Local Conneciton Mode'
  • V1 mentions updates to the open source multi-modal routing software OpenTripPlanner, which now supports Canada, Poland, India, Spain, Ireland, and Israel (we covered OpenTripPlanner in May
  • Tim links to a generic article on Quantum GIS in the GeoInformatics magazine, and here's a tip on modifying SVG symbols in QGIS
  • Here's an entry on getting GPS data (GPX format) into SpatiaLite, either from QGIS, CSV or OGR
  • Here's web-based PostGIS geometry and raster viewer, no need to install anything
  • GeoServer now has extensions to monitor and audit your GeoServer installation
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Saturday Geonews: TileMill 0.4.1, Esri FileGeodatabase API 1.1, GIS with Google Earth, Layar Vision App, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. Yes, on a Saturday! I'll be away for the next three weeks and dare delay my family's departure to feed you with these.

From the open source front:

  • Mentioned before, the open source map design tool TileMill reached version 0.4.1   
  • Some recent improvements of QGIS: an extraction projection tool for QGIS, a new MapInfo to QGIS style converter and Shield Labels for QGIS
  • Not the first time it happened, a briton got arrested during his OpenStreetMap mapping activities, yes, that was before the recent London riots
  • O'Reilly offers an entry named Open source maps tell data journalism stories in Afghanistan
  • Paul Ramsey of the PostGIS fame shares interesting arguments on the open source vs proprietary debacle
  • Here's an entry on generating elevation maps from along-track stereo pairs using the open source Orfeo ToolBox
  • We told you ourselves a few times, but here's how James Fee telling us Why You Can’t Afford to Miss FOSS4G

From the Esri front:

  • The File GeoDatabase API version 1.1 has been released, in includes a .NET wrapper and bug fixes
  • James Fee mentions PgMap and QMap to connect to spatial databases with ArcGIS 10.1 without SDE

From the Google front:

  • In their learning series, here's an entry on GIS with Google Earth and Google Maps
  • Google shares an entry on famine crisis relief in the Horn of Africa
  • Here's the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall in Google Earth
  • Google invites us to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial with Google Maps

On the Microsoft front:

  • Microsoft updated their Bing Maps Account Center with three main improvements: Direct Publishing of Data Sources, Map Navigation for Data Editing, and Enhanced POI Data Search
  • Here's an entry named KinectFusion Provides Low-Cost and Accessible 3D Interior Mapping

In the miscellaneous category:

  • The Spatial Law blog shares a long entry named Geolocation and Privacy: Are We Going the Right Way?: "However, many of bills are so broadly written that if they were to become law they could apply to a broad range of geospatial products and services, including satellite and aerial imagery, GIS and GPS."
  • VerySpatial mentions the launch of the augmented reality Layar Vision app to "recognize real-world objects and then trigger digital content based on that object"
  • The GEB shares satellite imagery on the Japanese Tsunami that created some massive icebergs
  • MacRumors details an Apple patent on schematic maps: "[...] a new maps application that could display a simplified subset of information most relevant to a user seeking specific information or routing."
  • In special remote sensing news, Slashdot mentions a camera reaching its target by being thrown by a grenade launcher
  • MapQuest tells us how free listing works on their MapQuest Local Business Center

In the maps category:

  • O'Reilly discuss maps of the recent London riots
  • Mapperz mentions the release of USGS historical maps
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Friday Geonews: New 45° Imagery for 35 Cities, Tablets Offer Location-Based Info in Groceries, Printing Aircrafts, and more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. As we can see by the lower number of stories shared recently, a lot of people are on holidays.

From the open source front:

  • In an entry on GIS salary results, GeoChalkboard mentioned that after Esri software at 93%, open source GIS came second at 14% as their primary platform
  • Two entries on QGIS, one on the upcoming massive improvements to raster performance and the second the upcoming new hatching modes

From the Esri front:

  • If you like betas, ArcGIS 10.1 Beta 1 is now available

From the Google front:

  • Google offers new 45° imagery for 35 cities: "Augsburg, Germany. Barstow, CA. Bartlett, TX. Big Bear, CA. Blackstone, VA. Catalina Foothills, AZ. Córdoba, Spain. Delano, CA. Desert Hot Springs, CA. Richmond, VA. Elgin, TX. Healdsburg, CA. Helendale, CA. Hemet, CA. Houston, TX. Mendoza, Argentina. Midlothian, VA. Napa Valley, CA. New Braunfels, TX. Ojai, CA. Ottawa, Canada. Pensacola, FL. Porterville, CA. Plant City, FL. Rancho Del Lago, AZ. Rosario, Argentina. Santa Clarita, CA. Sarasota, FL. Taylor, TX. Temecula, CA. Treasure Island, CA. Troy, IL. Twentynine Palms, CA. Wakefield, VA. Yucca Valley, CA."
  • I also liked this example, using Google Earth to preview what you'll see from your seats at a Paul McCartney show

From the Microsoft front:

In the miscellaneous category:

  • APB mentions tablets in grocery stores using RFID to provide location-based information, and instant deals, to shoppers
  • C3 Technologies has been acquired by an unknown but presumably big company, they focus on generating impressive 3D  "maps" from aerial imagery, such as this example in Oslo
  • Slashdot reports that working UAV aircrafts can be built by 3D printers within minutes
  • V1 mentions GeoHive, a website offering world statistics on various themes, including population, and India will surpass China in population pretty soon

In the maps category:

  • SS mentions that the online CORONA Atlas of the Middle East, based on spy imagery from 1968-1972, is now available  
  • O'Reilly mentions the oldest surviving map of Great Britain, from the 14th century, now digitized. Also for the same region, there's a new Great British Picnics maps
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Tuesday Geonews: South Sudan Maps, LightSquared GPS Debacle Update, Historical Photos in StreetView, ERS-2 Retired, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode, covering almost two weeks worth of geonews. I'm voluntarily leaving Esri-related geonews out for an upcoming entry specifically on their user conference.

On the open source front:

  • Geomajas 1.9.0 has been released, along with 10 plugins (2 of them new) - here's what is Geomajas
  • Here's instructions to load OpenStreetMap data in QGIS
  • Here's a comparison of browser windows of QGIS and MapInfo 11
  • We mentioned quite a few times the OpenLayers 2.10 Beginner's Guide, and here's another review of it

On the Google front:

  • Google mentions Historypin now being available worldwide, in which historical photographs are overlayed on Google's StreetView or directly pinned in Google Maps
  • Google shared an entry on using Street View to digitally archive Japan’s disaster zones
  • Here's tutorial and documentation on the Google Places API
  • Here's an entry on Google Map Maker in Pakistan
  • Here's the world's longest bridge over water, now open and in Google Earth
  • In the trivia category, Slashdot discussed Tilting Bike Uses Google Maps To Simulate Routes

On the Microsoft front:

  • Bing Maps got a new user interface (screenshots included)

In the miscellaneous category:

  • The FGT blog offers a long and informative update on LightSquared jeopardizing GPS signals in the U.S.
  • The FGT blog also mentions the 'Earth Survey Plugin' showing National Geodetic Survey control points near a specific area and much more
  • Two weeks ago VerySpatial shared an interesting entry named Cloud Computing Speeds Up And Simplifies the Adoption of Spatial Technology
  • The Map Room recommends an old article named Global Impositioning Systems: Is GPS technology actually harming our sense of direction?
  • APB mentions Locata, a company offering high-accuracy radio-location technology for where GPS isn't available
  • MapTogether links to a The Economist article on gerrymandering and election boundaries in the U.S.
  • Ogle Earth informs us that India eased its remote sensing data policy to allow resolutions of up to 1 meter
  • Slashdot discussed the story named Geocaching Shuts Down British Town, because of a bomb scare
  • The venerable ERS-2 launched in 1995 is getting retired

In the maps category:

  • Ogle Earth has an entry on the recently-born South Sudan and its maps and geography
  • Slashdot discussed a story named Construction of ESA Galaxy Mapping Satellite Completed
  • Here's an entry on mapping the world's sea turtles
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