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OpenStreetMap to the Rescue: 2015 Nepal Earthquake

While we quickly tweeted OpenStreetMap efforts regarding the crisis in Nepal, we haven’t posted on the blog yet, which we now do! There are numerous places where you’ll find info and status reports, but I suspect the best place to start is with the 2015 Nepal earthquake OpenStreetMap wiki page.

From the page: “Our goal is to contribute to humanitarian relief by rapidly providing a detailed and accurate map (i.e., road network, villages, buildings, etc.) to support the humanitarian organizations. These services help locate people at risk efficiently, and facilitate the delivery of goods and services to remote areas. OSM Tasking Manager to coordinate the mapping by the contributors.” The following image is taken from a MapBox entry providing some numbers on user contributions on OpenStreetMap in the first few days; “more than 2000 mappers have recorded 13,199 new miles of roads and 110,681 new buildings”. Open collaboration works!

New Scientific Journal: Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards

Thanks to Between the Poles I learned about the new SpringerOpen journal named ‘Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards’. Its content is published under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY).

The aims and scope: “Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards provides an advanced forum for the science and technology of open data, crowdsourced information, and sensor web through the publication of reviews and regular research papers. The journal publishes articles that address issues related, but not limited to, the analysis and processing of open geo-data, standardization and interoperability of open geo-data and services, as well as applications based on open geo-data. The journal is also meant to be a space for theories, methods and applications related to crowdsourcing, volunteered geographic information, as well as Sensor Web and related topics.”

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