Recent Geonews

Professional Portfolio as a Map Story & Interactive Textbooks

Bloggage update: As I went solo in the new year, I collected my previous works also seen in the blog banner map gallery, and posted the Esri maps as a map story. I was inspired by the Smithsonian’s use of this vehicle, which Dawn Wright pointed out to me, after I published a feature on Map Stories in the Anthropocene Review. This follows Esri’s David di Biase’s take that the new text books will not be textbooks per Adena SchutzbergSo stay tuned for petroleum apps that blend my work in petroleum geoscience and volunteered geography.

From Adena’s article: “That makes the appearance of interactive maps in them most welcome. Not only do these new maps portend more engaged and spatial literacy, they also provide a window into the learning devices that may lie ahead. Students searching and zooming in on in-text interactive maps will get a taste of what self driven learning without boundaries might feel like.”

I Cátedra gvSIG Contest: Works with free GIS

The aim of the Cátedra gvSIG is to create a meeting point for users interested in free space technologies. In order to foment an environment of shared knowledge and participating in the dissemination of free geomatics, the chair organizes this international contest to encourage all gvSIG users and free Geographic Information Systems users to share and give visibility to their work. Students and graduates in high school, professional training and university, as well as university professors and researchers from all countries can participate in this contest.

To enter to the competition you must meet the following requirements: Works must be done with free Geographic Information Systems and the subject of the work may address any area of knowledge. Works may have been made in 2015 or before, the papers may be presented collectively and individually and jobs may be sent in Spanish, Valencian or English. In the event the work is based on a new development done through free and open source GIS geospatial technologies, these papers must be subjected to GNU / GPL v3 license.

Among the selected works a prize of 500 euros will be awarded for each of the following categories:

  1. Work produced by students of highschool or professional training
  2. Final University’s Project (Bachelor, Degree or Master)
  3. Doctoral thesis or research paper.

Submissions should be sent to no later than November 1, 2015. Selected documents will be published in the repository of the Miguel Hernández University. The jury will evaluate the methodology, clarity and innovative nature of the work, assessing as well the relevance and applicability of the research. Winners will be announced in the next International gvSIG Conference [1]. For more information visit the contest page of the Chair (in Spanish [2]) or contact gvSIG ( via email.


Google Earth Pro is Now Free

The Google Earth Blog (independent from Google) found out that Google Earth Pro is now free, it was formerly $400 per year.

There hasn’t been an official announcement yet, but as pointed out by a GEB reader, “the Google Earth licence support page for languages other than English states that from January 20th, 2015 the licence is free.” The GEB lists some features available in the Pro version not available in the Free version: “Although many of the extra features found in Google Earth Pro will only be useful to GIS users, a few features that our readers have expressed interest in using are: the built in movie maker, area and perimeter measurements and the ability to turn off terrain completely.” You’ll find more details about what the Pro version has to offer on the Google Earth Pro official webpage. Wikipedia lists GIS data importation and advanced printing modules part of its features.

Batch Geonews: QField, IndoorGML Standard, Focus on Google Maps for Work, 30m SRTM-DEM, and much more

The first 2015 batch-mode edition of the geonews.

On the open source / open data front:

On the Esri front:

On the Google front:

Discussed over Slashdot:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

Google Maps Engine could be quietly coming to a halt soon

Anonymous submission: ZDNet reports that a Google spokesperson confirmed Maps Engine support will end on January 29, 2016.

From the Google statement quoted in the article: “To help our Maps for Work customers continue to get the highest impact from our products, in 2015 we’ll focus on helping customers deliver location information via our Maps APIs and shift away from selling any non-Maps API products. We’ll support our Maps for Work customers through their contracts and work closely with them and our partners through this transition.