Independent software developers, scientists, industry experts, and agency representatives will come to meet at the FOSS4-Europe conference held in Bremen, Germany from July 15 to 17. Contributions can now be submitted on the conference website www.foss4g-e.org/ until April 15.
Under this year’s motto “Independent Innovation for INSPIRE, Big Data and citizen participation” the conference series FOSS4G-Europe (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial - Europe) is uniting the GIS community from a broad spectrum of fields like geodesy, geo information, land management, and remote sensing. Industry and public authorities are expressly invited as they increasingly realize value and economic potential of free and open source products.
Several additional events make the FOSS4G-Europe in Bremen a unique event. A public viewing of the soccer World Championship final will kick off a week packed with events. The week will open with a workshop “Big Geo Data & INSPIRE” especially targeted at public authorities. INSPIRE Annex II and III will be discussed in relation to the pertaining standards of the Open Geospatial Consortium. Canadian Jeff McKenna, President of the OSGEO Foundation, will open the event with his keynote talk. As a charter member McKenna has got involved with spreading and usage of open-source software for geo information systems for many years. In a plenary, the winners of the international academic NASA World Wind Challenge Europe programming contest will be announced and honored at the conference.
Being in the tradition of the worldwide FOSS4G conference series, this event will bring together open-source experts and enthusiasts from all over Europe and beyond creating a unique, visionary atmosphere.
General presentations and workshops:
- Abstract submission: 2014-apr-15
- Review notification: 2014-apr-30
- Conference: 2014-jul-13
- Abstract submission: 2014-apr-15
- Full paper submission: 2014-apr-22
- Review notification: 2014-may-15
- Camera ready version: 2014-jun-15
- Conference: 2014-jul-13
Early bird registration deadline: 2014-may-22
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On Day 2 and 3 at the Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014, speakers were putting emphasis on new opportunities of collaboration, actions and technology development aligned with the need for a new Geomatics business strategy plan for Canada based on the initiatives emerging elsewhere (e.g. INSIPIRE, US Geospatial Platform Business Plan and Strategic Plan 2014-2016).
- Walter Natynczyk and Denis Robert presents the upcoming Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) which will include 4 Radarsat satellites (1 Radarsat-2 & 3 RCM) for the target date of 2018. This new Canadian Space mission will give 2 to 4 coverage capability per day over the Arctic region and a daily coverage almost elsewhere on Earth, with still spotlight (1 X 3 m) as the best resolution. With 5 to 7 minutes images processing time frame for unclassified content, multiple applications might continue to arise on the market, especially for Space-based Maritime Domain Awareness for National Defense surveillance (e.g. best Open Ocean capability, 25 m ship detection), Ice monitoring (actually the biggest consumer of Radarsat-2 imagery) and Emergency management (e.g. flood monitoring, maritime search and rescue). This mission is also open to international collaboration from the European and US Space agencies.
- Industry leaders of “pixels” openly discussed new products coming to the market, such as PlanetLabs or SkyBox Imaging and the possible change of imagery-resolution restrictions (better than 50 cm). This industry has improved its range of services by innovation and to deliver better product other than just images, such as effective cloud-based service, automated extraction tool, Web Map / Coverage / Image Processing and Tile as a Services. Satellite technology has also been able to compete with the emergence in the civilian world of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or known as Drones. Most of the speakers were agreed that UAV’s is complementary to satellite and more adapted to middle-size area, data on-demand and target area rapidly, when good regulation are put in place.
- Mladen Stojic inspire the crowd with geospatial actions to be taken on two main subjects: spatial analysis and effective way of finding geospatial assets. From the spatial analysis perspectives, suggested actions should be taken to improve result’s communication derived from automated spatial analytics, streamline analysis and modeling, as well as building new Web Geoprocessing Service (WPS) to benefit fully of this current open, real-time, distributed and connected dynamic world. On the subject of finding geospatial assets, actions needed to be made to benefit from the richness of information related to “data is everywhere” trends by searching in comprehensive metadata by the “BBOX philosophy” using intelligent crawlers connected to federated geo-catalog. This simple BBOX target mixed using a network of web services were amongst the solutions of solving “big data everywhere” issues to “find best, up-to-date and needed data now”.
Based on this first Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014, Canadian industry is in a good position on the “location” global world. It has being said by Mohamed Abousalem of Tecterra: the Geomatics economic sector in Canada (because of its large territory and low density of people) representing over 20% on the global market, 2.8 billions revenue, 2500 companies, 35 000 employees and has a 15% annual growth. In this context, a clear National strategy for the years to come needs to connect all those assets together. However, the Geomatics Canadian community is at critical stage (e.g. Tecterra 2010-2014, GEOIDE and GeoConnections programs are ended) and needs to initiate a new cycle of development to reinvented himself. If this community still want to keep up his good position on this competitive market, it needs new intelligent and agile collaboration / partnership models to stay one of the top leaders and continue to build upon what has been accomplished by the missed Roger Tomlinson (Canadian inventor of modern Geographic Information System) and others since 1960’s. Thanks to this first Geospatial Advancement Canada edition, with its more than 140 participants, for having discussion and identifying challenge related to the role of Geospatial Intelligence and Geomatics managers in the development of a new Strategy that is looking ahead to build a new cycle.Google Plus One
We knew this was coming, and now it's here. Wired shares an article named Incredible HD Video of Earth From Space Brings Maps to Life. We enter in a new era of space-based remote sensing. You can also learn more directly from Skybox's HD video website. What isn't clear to me at this point is the current delay they can offer between capture of the video and the delivery to customer - this delay will certainly shorten over time.
From the Wired article: "The video above was taken by a satellite, from space. It has enough resolution to watch individual cars move down the road and identify specific planes at the Beijing airport. The footage is from Skybox Imaging, a company that has just started offering customers 90-second video of any point on Earth from its SkySat-1 satellite, upping the ability to monitor what’s going on down here on Earth from space. [...] “What’s exciting now is being able to put the video directly on a map,” said Mapbox CEO Eric Gunderson. “They’re an awesome data source, and we have an awesome API that can digest that data.” [...] “What’s exciting now is being able to put the video directly on a map,” said Mapbox CEO Eric Gunderson. “They’re an awesome data source, and we have an awesome API that can digest that data.”"Google Plus One
This Monday started the Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014 conference. The conference aims at discussing Geospatial trends around a National Geospatial Strategy for Canada.
If you would like to follow the conference discussion on Twitter, search this tag: #gcan14.
Here are some of the main speakers and key elements of presentations held on Monday:
- Major General Christian Rousseau explain the role of its GeoSpatial Intelligence Group that needs to find ways of spending less time looking for information and more time for geospatial analysis;
- Julie Lefevbre expose the main projects of R&D in Defense & Security such as Arctic Intelligence and situation awareness (e.g. MASAS) in Canada, but also what she sees as the future of cloud-based architecture that might be built on collaboration (e.g. Virtual USA, US GeoSpatial platform) and knowledge;
- Steeve Guillemette present the case of health crisis management in Québec City during legionnaires disease outbreak and how geospatial analytics become the main integrator of information gathered by specialist;
- Gido Langen explain how he sees 3rd Generation of Web Mapping: establishing a network of REST end points, as the effective way of providing resources to increase quality control and improve capacity of apps deployment;
- Richard Akerman and Deena Yanofsky identifies current limitations of most of Open Data portal which undermines standardization (e.g. common licence such as the International Creative Common 4.0, stable & unique Digital Object Identifier, etc.) and lack of intermediate tools (less developer centric) for vizualisation and spatial analysis (that might help to decrease data illiteracy & improve data skills of the general public);
- Trevor Taylor expose his own definition of Big Data (e.g. Volume+Velocity+Veracity+Variety) and what OGC is promoting: One Open Architecture and Open Standards (e.g. not just OGC, but OASIS, W3C, Web3D) and what are the recent emphasis of OGC: Open Mobile, Internet of Things, cloud computing and privacy.
Based on the presentations made on Monday, the concept toward "built in collaboration" and "Service Oriented Architecture" is likely to be the way of doing things in the GeoSpatial world, in which at the same time the development of open and big data seems to overwhelm GIS managers and public users, but challenges the data skills of the tech guys for the good!
Slashgeo as media partner of this event will publish other articles this week on other hot topics of the conference.Google Plus One
Following extensive flooding in the UK there is increasing pressure on the Environment Agency, the government agency tasked with national flood protection, to release open data rather than charging licence fees. These are major geo datasets which effect much of the UK population.
A 'Floodhack' hack day was held at Google Campus, London 16 Feb in conjunction with the EA, the Open Data Institute, and the Cabinet Office. This gained a lot of mainstream press such as the BBC and The Guardian.
During the hack the EA released some of its flood warning feeds for 3 months. Now there are calls by open data activists to go further.Google Plus One
Batch Geonews: GeoPackage Webinar, Esri and Open Data, Future of Google Earth, OpenLayers 3 News, QGIS 2.2, and much more
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. I've been struggling with many fires, I currently publish much less frequently than usual, but don't worry, everything major is in there!
From the open source / open data front:
- Dubbed as the Shapefile replacement, we discussed the GeoPackage standard several times, next week March 5 there's a webinar about it
- Certainly useful, GitHub adds visual history for maps, visualizing geojson updates directly on a map
- In case you missed the press release, open source 3D city platform ViziCities released on GitHub
- The power of open data, At Sochi Olympics, Crowdsourced OpenStreetMap Trounces Google Maps
- And if you wonder, Sochi was not mapped for Olympics and look at the nice maps you can do with open data - Sochi, with love
- News of OpenLayers 3 currently in beta 2, OpenLayers 3 Is Coming, Creating a custom build of OpenLayers 3 and there's even The book of OpenLayers3 is coming
- Using MapServer on Windows? Announcing MapServer MapManager 1.0
- In other updates, what's new in QGIS 2.2 which by itself could have deserved it's own entry, GeoTools 10.5 released and Rasterio 0.6
- Interesting entry on PostGIS bugs
From the Esri front:
- An article from readwrite, Esri Enables Federal Agencies To Open GIS Mapping Data To The Public
- We mentioned it last November, Introducing Esri’s Geotrigger Service: Welcome to the Future of Geofencing
- There's CityEngine 2013 key new features
- And What’s coming in ArcGIS Online March 2014
- APB also offer Top 10 Take-Aways from the Opening Plenary of Esri’s Federal GIS Conference
From the Google front:
- Here's a very interesting article from Frank Taylor on the future of Google Earth, which apparently is being left aside in favor of Google Maps
- Google is Introducing Google Maps Gallery: Unlocking the World’s Maps
- The Canadian north in Street View, Wandering in the footsteps of the polar bear with Google Maps
- And it goes to India too, Discover the Taj Mahal and other iconic Indian monuments on Street View
- And a frequent topic, Monitoring the World's Forests with Global Forest Watch
- And if you don't like OpenStreetMap and open data, Expanding Google's Map Maker community in Southern and Eastern Europe
- Pretty nice and useful, Visualizing Google Search Results overlaid over 3D buildings
Discussed over Slashdot:
- DIY, Radar Expert Explains How To Cheaply Add Radar To Your Own Hardware Projects
- Video, not just photo anymore, New 360-Degree Video Capture Method Unveiled
- After autonomous cars, Terrafugia Wants Their Flying Car To Be Autonomous
- Don't tell me you're surprised, Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft
- That's not fun for their users, Major Vulnerability In Tinder Dating App Allowed User [ Location ] Tracking
- Cellphone tracking, Death By Metadata: The NSA's Secret Role In the US Drone Strike Program
- And some of the time there's hope, ICE License-Plate Tracking Plan Withdrawn Amid Outcry About Privacy
- And there's the good uses, A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting
- Not surprising, Australian Police Deploy 3D Crime Scene Scanner
- A New Interactive Map For Understanding Global Flood Risks and here's a related article
- It's not going well for our oceans, 3D Maps Reveal a Lead-Laced Ocean
- It's actually from DigitalGlobe, Google Earth's New Satellites
- Car navigation, Dead Reckoning For Your Car Eliminates GPS Dead Zones
- And cars will chat together, Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication
In the everything-else category:
- Interested in Lidar? Read LIDAR Format Wars: Towards an Open Future and it matters, Report predicts that low cost LiDAR will be disruptive in next 5 years, also related, LiDAR Data Quality Standards, Certification Discussed at LiDAR Forum Session
- Here's a list of Free GIS Apps on the Google Play Store
- Earlier this month, the 'father of GIS, Roger Tomlinson, passed away
- It has been a while since we discussed The State of CAD and GIS Integration
- A new article on What Skills Does A GIS Analyst Require
- An anniversary this month, Celebrating 25 Years of Not Getting Lost Thanks to GPS
- Groups on Earth Observations? What is GEO
- Microsoft, 15 New 3D Cities Available in the Bing Maps Preview App
- Law, California Appeals Court Rules State Law Doesn't Prohibit Driver Use of Smartphone Maps
- VIa OR, Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters
- Via OR, after iBeacons and many others, here's the Nokia Treasure Tag
- OGC news, OGC Activities and Mobile Industry Trends and the Candidate OGC IndoorGML standard available for public comment
- Amazing what you can do for fantasy locations, If Middle-Earth Were Real, These Exquisite Shots Would Be Its Vacation Brochure
- Here's a fake mapped town that became real, Agloe, the Paper Town Stronger than Fiction
- New online courses, New Geo MOOC: From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing
In the maps category:
- Over Canadian national news website, there was a mention of the map of legal cannabis in the U.S.
- Syria over Wired, Hyperlocal Neighborhood Maps Reveal the Chaos in Aleppo
- Nice map, A Map of U.S. Intercity Bus and Train Routes
- The First online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas
ESRI Australia and The Australian National Library have produced an interactive story maps of some significant maps pertaining to the discovery of and mapping of Australia http://mappingourworld.esriaustralia.com.au/
- Ramsey Abbey:Higden map c.1350
- Fra Mauro: Map of the world 1448-1453
- Diofo Ribeiro: Plainshere, 1529
- Jean Rotz: Atlas 1542
- Cook and Smith East coast chart, 1770
- Hew Holland to Australia
- Finders voyages (NB this was the standard base map until the 70's!)
For those not aware Australia was "officially" settled in 1788 by Captain James Cook but there is much confusion to how they came looking for the "great southern land". Some say the Dutch others say the Spanish or Portuguese maps lead to this rush and the British colonized in 1788 with ships full of convicted criminals or convicts.Google Plus One
Bloggage update: I originally posted CLIWOC (CLImatological database for the World's OCeans) ship's captain's logs location data as uploads to the web. This 250K point data-set is now posted direct to web for easier access on AWS via GeoCloud2 stack. Again, this is only the ships' location data: as per its name, there is scope to add climate data from CLIWOC direct-to- web... so important these days to document climate change using a global dataset from 150 - 250 years ago!Google Plus One
SCALGO Live Global provides a unique way of understanding the effect of global topography (mountains, valleys, etc.) on the flow of surface water and flood risk. This is possible through interactions with SCALGO's analysis on a big data representation of the earth's surface. SCALGO is making the analysis freely available to the public.
Due to advances in data acquisition technology, detailed and accurate–and thus very big–terrain data is increasingly becoming available. However, much of the data's potential is in the analysis that it enables, and the knowledge that can be extracted from this analysis. SCALGO Live Global illustrates some of the benefits of the technology using the 60 billion element, near-global, three arc-seconds (90-meter at the equator) resolution SRTM dataset made available by NASA.Google Plus One
There's already numerous apps to map our immediate environment in 3D with current smartphones, but this new Google project goes beyond, and because it's Google, the adoption potential of obviously significantly increased. MacRumors offers a nice summary along with several links in a story named Google Launches 'Project Tango' 3D-Mapping Smartphone.
From the official Project Tango site: "Our current prototype is a 5” phone containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you. [...] What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building? What if the visually-impaired could navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places? What if you could search for a product and see where the exact shelf is located in a super-store?"
Here's the 3-minutes video introducing Project Tango.Google Plus One
Most of our readers were already aware of the new Google Maps interface available in beta for quite some time already, as of yesterday, the new Google Maps is there for everybody.
The highlights according to the announcement:
- Make smarter decisions. Simply search for “coffee” in your neighborhood, and you’ll be able to see results and snippets right on the map. [...]
- Get where you're going, faster. [...] And with the new real-time traffic reports and Street View previews, you’ll become a commuting ninja.
- See the world from every angle. [...] The new “carousel” at the bottom of the map makes all this imagery easy to access, so you can explore the world with a click.
Here's the 2-minutes video presenting the new Google Maps. It's a significant improvement over the version we're used to.Google Plus One
The Shapefile Fixer has been developed with the aim to get “cleaned” spatial data from most common geometry errors. The software reads a set of shapefiles from an input folder and writes the result to an output folder. The user can decide whether to apply the geometric errors fixing process and / or the coordinates rounding process.
More information at: http://www.jodymarca.com/en/tools/shapefile-fixer/Google Plus One
"Geospatial Advancement Canada will bring together Canada’s leaders in Geomatics to continue the discussion on developing a National Geo strategy. You will network and learn from industry experts who will detail, through case study presentations, how you can develop your own program or improve what you‘ve already achieved. Attending the summit will ensure that you are up-to-date on insights from industry leaders, able to defend against critical obstacles, and are implementing effective methodologies into your GIS programs. Register today to confirm your participation at one of the most sought-after events in the industry."
Slashgeo will publish articles during and after the conference on what has been highlighted in presentation and innovative ideas on the geospatial sphere.Google Plus One
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. I don't aggregate geonews as frequently as I used to but the content is there and I hope to return to an increased frequency later this Winter. Are you German? If so, you might be interested in these efforts to have Slashgeo translated in German.
On the open source / open data front:
- The 20 millionth edit in OpenStreetMap, entry that includes some interesting stats such as 1.5 million registered users and 2,17 billion nodes in the database
- Yes, the FOSS4G-CEE is now transformed in a recurrent FOSS4G-Europe conference
- The City of Montreal's textured 3D buildings are now freely available in CityGML
- Some releases, GeoServer 2.4.4 Released, Rasterio 0.5, GeoTools 10.4 Released
- Good news, Brazil's open data and open source satellite monitoring system dramatically reduces illegal deforestation in the Amazon
- From MapBox, new interactive heatmaps plugin, they also shared their beautiful woodcut-inspired map for the entire world, MapBox also gets Customizable maps in Tableau
- It's coming Odyssey.js to "help journalists, bloggers, and other people on the web publish stories that combine narratives with maps and map interactions" (via APB)
On the Esri front:
- SAP being pretty common in the enterprise, Esri Maps for SAP BusinessObjects released!
On the Google front:
- From the official source, Introducing Slovenia Street View and updating Russian imagery
- And of course, Mapping the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Google Earth
- They can do that too, How Google identifies house numbers in Street View
- Interesting on WebGL and more, 4 reasons why Google’s Lego-Maps is not your average tech demo
- I haven't seen the movie yet, Every Earth view from “Gravity” identified in Google Earth
- Mountain lover? Awesome Google Earth image of Mount Everest from NASA
- And why not, Snowboarding in Google Earth
Discussed over Slashdot:
- In the U.S.? Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching
- Locating workers all the time, Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash
- Privacy once again, EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020
- Location leaks via Angry Birds and Google Maps, NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data
- Using Android and care about your privacy? The App That Tracks Who's Tracking You
- Crowdsourcing located tweets, Rome Police Use Twitter To Battle Illegal Parking
- Thanks open data, Open Data Tells NYC Residents Where the Rats Are
- Another indication that 3D printing is getting mainstream, Dell Partners With MakerBot To Resell 3D Printers and Scanners and World's First Multi-Color, Multi-Polymer 3D Printer Unveiled
- History meets digital, Atlas of US Historical Geography Digitized
- Impressive hack, Finnish Hacker Isolates Helicopter GPS Coordinates From YouTube Video Sounds
- Satellite for near real-time measurements of global rain and snowfall
- Mapping outer worlds, First Global Map Outside the Solar System
- You were certainly convinced already, Why We Need OpenStreetMap (Video)
- We knew about that already, Mozilla Is Mapping Cell Towers and WiFi Access Points
In the miscellaneous category:
- Nice, France To Make Older Spot Images Available to Researchers for Free
- It's easy to agree with, Why Leaders Should Learn Geography
- A new initiative GI-N2K, Geographic Information: Need to Know, towards a more demand-driven geospatial workforce education system
- Convincing, LiDAR pushes archaeological revolution
- Location-driven music, Ryan Holladay: To hear this music you have to be there. Literally
- Build your own GPS, no kidding, over Make: Finding Your Way with GPS
- Stilll from Make, Using Quadcopters for Photogrammetry
- Nothing surprising there, How geolocation may play a bigger role in future newsgathering
- Wired on There’s a Science to Foot Traffic, and It Can Help Us Design Better Cities
- Also from Wired, How the U.S. Maps the World’s Most Disputed Territories
- GPS accuracy: GAGAN, India's SBAS (similar to WAAS) is now operational
In the maps category:
- Ok, that's strange / map geeky. Vend they fir jug 45679: the Map Hiding Under Your Fingers
- As always, Brian Timoney is pretty pertinent, In Praise of the Static Map
- A map of scientific research, The Research Map of the World
- Informative, The Last 40 Years Of The World’s Refugees On A Single Map
- And scary, If all the Ice melted: National Geographic’s Interactive map on Rising Seas
No need to say, in the world of geospatial RDBMS, PostgreSQL's open source PostGIS shines and is widely adopted. Lots of us will be happy to learn that the PostGIS Cookbook has been published over PACKT from Paolo Corti, Stephen Vincent Mather, Thomas J Kraft, Bborie Park.
From the announcement entry: "The book, in a friendly tutorial fashion, covers a plethora of PostGIS related topics such as:
- Importing and exporting data
- Vectorial and Raster management and analysis functions
- Using desktop clients such as QGIS, OpenJump, gvSIG and UDig
- pgRouting and how to use the Nth dimension
- writing PostGIS programs with Python
- using PostGIS to do web GIS with web mapping engines and frameworks such as MapServer, GeoServer, OpenLayers, Leaflet and GeoDjango
- maintenance, optimization and performance tuning"
Bloggage update: added British Geological Survey web mapping services to East Anglia web map, in order to compare historic and current geology. The Snapshot format also give the catalog a variety of viewing options of the catalog. As I say in More East Anglia Web Mashups , such small scale maps are intended to engage and inform, and point to more detailed maps and fieldwork or possible avenue of research subject to an upcoming paper.Google Plus One
(late) bloggage update: Global vector datasets on AWS, see the opportunities and challenges.
I wrote a decade ago at Esri that accuracy in geological mapping and interpretation, need no longer be a compromise of computer system speed and storage capacity. Well it appears like we are finally getting to achieve that with the variety of platforms available to we the people as data democracy starts to gain traction.Google Plus One
A couple of years ago I started developing MyGeoCloud an open source project that ties PostGIS, MapServer, TileCache and OpenLayers together in one integrated geospatial solution. Since then a lot has happen with the project: The development has moved from a big consulting firm to a small startup called MapCentia.com, the project is renamed to MapCentia GeoCloud, the codebase is rewritten and Leaflet, OpenLayers3 and Elasticsearch are included in the stack.
The goal of the project remain the same: Provide an all-in-one open source solution for storage, geospatial operations, geospatial web services and web mapping.
A more detailed description of the project can be found here: www.mapcentia.com/en/geocloud
Get the source code here: github.com/mapcentia/geocloud2 or quickly spin up a server at Amazon AWS: www.mapcentia.com/en/geocloud/installing_geocloud.htmGoogle Plus One
Bloggage update: My previous post on Standards and Metadata stated how careful documentation and appropriate metadata high-grades any information that is shared online by giving origin, context and other information. It helps build bridges and I quipped a well-known tear down this wall that also closed my second last post on free data and apps.
In that post I described how UK Parish data underpinning my geo-history project came from publicly released Ordnance Survey Boundary Line data. I attributed the data in both figures of that post. And giscloud.com also adds a data source to each of their web maps. Now Mapcentia, whose service is used to post said geo-history project, also added a metadata button next to each Table of Contents item, as entered in GeoCloud2 database - and to repeat them, see how it works on my map there (and thanks Martin for the referral).Google Plus One
Batch Geonews: 2014 Predictions, Near Real-Time Imagery of Earth, Location Privacy, LiDAR Formats, and much more
The first batch geonews edition of 2014!
On the open source / open data front:
- An informative update on the OGR OpenFileGDB driver to read Esri's file geodatabase format
- Plugin to display QGIS 2D maps in 3D in a web browser via three.js
- Interesting predictions and trends, Juan Marin’s Predictions for 2014 and Paul Ramsey’s Predictions for 2014 and MapBrief Geo Predictions for 2014
- We never mentioned the open source data portal software before, but it supports geospatial data pretty well
- Via OR, MapGive — U.S. State Dept launches OpenStreetMap contributing tool “to help humanitarian efforts”, and the State of the Map 2014 will be held in Buenos Aires
- Some software updates, MapGuide Maestro 5.1, Geopaparazzi 3.9.0 is out, SAGA 2.1.1 released, Mapbox.js v1.6.0
- Using open source software to answer Will the sun shine on us?
- Talking of the sun, News from Marble: Introducing Sun and the Moon and Planets
On the Google front:
- Really worth taking a look to Climate Viewer 3D: The Google Earth Climate Change, Pollution and Privacy Viewer
- Viewing the Topography of the Thermohaline Circulation of the Oceans in Google Earth
- There's New 3D imagery in Tokyo and other Japanese cities
- From Slashdot. Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps
- Why not, Creating artwork based on Street View
- If genealogy is within your interests, Genealogy through Google Earth
On the Apple front:
- Description of an Apple Maps App with Interactive Data Layers Detailed in New Patent
- Will this concept catch up? Apple's iBeacon Technology Brings New Possibilities for Location-Based Gaming
- Nokia's HERE not popular enough? Nokia Pulls 'HERE' Maps App for iOS, Citing iOS 7 Changes That 'Harm the User Experience'
Discussed over Slashdot:
- Yes, this is coming, Swarms of Small Satellites Set To Deliver Close To Real-Time Imagery of Earth another related entry is named Planet Labs to capture near-continuous whole-Earth imagery from 28 five kilogram satellites
- If you're a regular Slashgeo reader, you know this already, Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap, and it's time to migrate 'en masse' according to The Guardian
- On privacy, It's Not Just the NSA: Police Are Tracking Your Car
- But you know what? Carmakers Keep Data On Drivers' Locations From Navigation Systems
- And here's a confirmation, Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car
- But there's always hope? Recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Settlement Will Make It Harder to Collect and Share Geoinformation In US
- First step before commercial drones, Feds Announce Test Sites For Drone Aircraft
- For fun, CES 2014: Building Self-Guiding Lego Robots for Fun and (Maybe) Profit (Video)
- There are still wonders to discover, thanks to geo, Lasers Unearth Lost 'Agropolis' of New England
- Tracking bees, Scientists Glue Sensors To 5,000 Bees In a Bid To Better Understand Them
In the everything else category:
- A geodesy dream? Affordable Arduino-Compatible Centimeter-Level GPS Accuracy
- Using LIDAR data? Read Format Wars Episode V: LIDAR, why? Esri Launches its Own Propriety Compressed LiDAR Format: .zlas
- An article on Spike, creating 3D models of buildings and things with a smartphone, not the first app of that kind but that one comes from a GIS company
- Free map online course from Coursera to begin in April
- You already know what IFTTT recipes are? Here's you'll learn about geoenabling triggers with geofences and more
- Here's about SenseFly, a drone for taking oblique imagery
- A generic entry on the Cocktail of Technologies for Smart Cities: The role of Geospatial Tech
- Wired on Tracking the Secret Lives of Great White Sharks
- Let's talk about our privacy again, DARPA’s 1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS: The Ultimate Surveillance System from above?, that's 1.8 gigapixels and 12 frames/second, 24/7
- On the SPOT remote sensing satellite family, up to SPOT 7, The new SPOTs
- On 3D printing, yup, really mainstream now, Adobe Adds 3D Printer Support To Photoshop and here's about the open source ' slic3r ' — converts a digital 3D model into printing instructions for your 3D printer (via OR)
In the maps category:
- On mapmaking, The Hidden Meanings of Maps: Design and Colors
- Beautiful, A woodcut inspired map for city streets
- Jonathan provides a book Review: A History of the World in Twelve Maps
- And here's A look at twelve maps that changed the world
- Don't we all like beautiful maps? Wired shares The Most Amazing, Beautiful and Viral Maps of Year 2013
- Here's a map you have to see, would you believe how big is Africa? Mercator projections are messing with our perception of the world