Here's the weekly batch of geonews, finally on a regular Friday.
On the ESRI front:
- Recently, ESRI open sourced the ESRI Geoportal Server. Some twitter users were quick to mention that you still need ArcGIS Server software to use the Geoportal Server. [UPDATE: see comments below, it seems such a license is not a requirement after all.] To me, that's still a nice step. Their definition of a geoportal: "A geoportal is a gateway to Web-based geospatial resources, enabling users to discover, view and access geospatial information and services made available by their providing organizations. Likewise, data providers can use the geoportal to make their geospatial resources discoverable, viewable, and accessible to others."
- The popular blog SpatiallyAdjusted shares some elements that could be improved about the ArcGIS 10 user interface
On the open source front:
- O'Reilly discusses a new open source software called WEAVE (Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment), which obviously include a mapping component
- If you're into FDO, you'll be happy to learn of the new SequentialProcess for batch mode processing
- QGIS gets new label tools
- Remember Polymaps? The open source mapping framework Polymaps is now integrated into GeoCommons
In the miscellaneous category:
- REST and RESTful was widely discussed in the past few years in the geospatial community, including within ESRI, the open source and OGC rings. Thanks to this entry named Richardson Maturity Model: steps toward the glory of REST, I think I finally correctly understand what REST is about! (sorry I don't remember how I ended up on that article)
- TMR informs us MapQuest launched My Maps last June, with the same name of the similar feature provided on Google Maps, basically allowing you to save and share user-created maps
- SS shares a long perspective entry named What forces are at play in the evolution of geospatial industry sectors?
- NAVTEQ acquires the 3D modeling company named PixelActive
- APB informs us Yahoo has launched a new service called Local Offers: "that it said will give users information about local merchants along with coupons and information on deals at stores in their neighborhoods."
- Kurt shares interesting thoughts on GIS, followed by What is GIS? A workflow definition
In the maps category:
- Here's the evolution of active Facebook users by region
- A nice entry on The Human Development Index in Africa and Across the World
- SS shares an entry named Mapping Opportunity in America
- While I was aware of it, we mentioned mentioned it yet. The GEB discusses the USGS "Earth as Art" beautiful collection of Landsat imagery