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Batch geonews: LiDAR Standards Woes, Maps on Apple Watch, Esri Maps for Office 3, and much more

Here’s the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source / open data front:

On the Esri front:

On the Google front:

Discussed over Slashdot:

In the everything else category:

In the maps category:

Batch Geonews: Landsat-live and on AWS, OpenStreetMap Reaches 2M Contributors, Vector Tiles, and much more

Here’s the recent geonews in batch mode. Slashgeo has recently been a victim of a hack and was hosting some ‘commercial’ links on a hidden sub-site — nothing users would have found out unless they were directed to this parallel site by a third-party. We addressed the issue and, while it never directly impacted the Slashgeo.org you’re used to, I’m happy this bump is behind us.

From the open source / open data front:

From the Esri front:

From the Google front:

Discussed over Slashdot:

In the everything else category:

In the maps category:

GeoServer 2.7 Released

The popular open source geospatial data server GeoServer version 2.7 has been released earlier this week.

The new features highlighted in the announcement:

  • Color composition and color blending
    • These are two new extensions to the rendering engine that allows for greater control over how overlapping layers in a map are merged together
  • Relative time support in WMS/WCS
  • WPS:
    • WPS clustering
    • WPS security
    • WPS limits
    • WPS dismiss
  • CSS extension refresh
  • Cascade WFS Stored Queries

OpenLayers 3.4.0 Released

The popular open source web mapping library OpenLayers version 3.4.0 has been released today.

Some new features according to the announcement: “Dateline wrapping has been added for tile sources, you can most clearly see this in the new wms-tiled-wrap-180 example. The draw interaction can now draw circles as well, check out the updated draw features example and select Geometry type Circle. […] Another interesting change is the ability to allow GeoJSON to be serialized according the right-hand rule, this refers to the orientation of the rings. This is very important for interoperability of GeoJSON, with systems such as Elasticsearch. […] In version 3.3.0 support for ArcGIS REST services was released […]”

Here’s the full changelog for all version from 3.1.0 to 3.4.0, versions that were not mentioned over the official OpenLayers blog.

Crowdsource mapping assistance for cyclone-struck Vanuatu

The UN reports about Humanitarian Open Street Map Team (HOT) support of Cyclone Pam recovery in Vanuatu.

HOT reported: “In the space of less than 24 hours, the HOT community more than doubled the amount of map data in OpenStreetMap. This was done by first covering all the priority islands to map with both Task Manager about 99% completed. The community used existing imagery and added this to our Task Manager tool to divide up the tiles (blocks on a map).”

More information on Humanitarian Open Street Map Team HOT link.