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International Map Year 2015-2016

Maps are at the core of geospatial, and we’re now into the International Map Year 2015-2016.

From the official website: “The International Cartographic Association has decided to celebrate an International Map Year during the years of 2015 and 2016 and has also formed a working group to plan and organise that task. […] The ICA expects that all ICA member countries will participate in order to give their citizens a broader knowledge of maps – how they are produced and used for many purposes in society. Another goal is to give school children and university students an opportunity to learn more about cartography and about its neighbouring geospatial sciences geodesy, photogrammetry, remote sciences and surveying. ICA has about 80 national members, and the UN will be helpful in establishing contact with all other countries in the world, so that International Map Year will be celebrated worldwide.”

Turf: New Open Source WebGIS

We begin year 2015 with pretty interesting and major news. WebGIS is one giant step closer to be seriously useful, thanks to the new open source WebGIS project named Turf.

From the MapBox announcement: “Turf is GIS for web maps. It’s a fast, compact, and open-source JavaScript library that implements the most common geospatial operations: buffering, contouring, triangular irregular networks (TINs), and more. Turf speaks GeoJSON natively, easily connects to Leaflet […]  Unlike the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, Turf can run completely client-side for all operations, so web apps can work offline and sensitive information can be kept local. We’re constantly refining Turf’s performance. Recent research algorithms can make operations like clipping and buffering faster than ever, and as JavaScript engines like V8 continue to optimize, Turf will compete with native code. […] With the building blocks for GIS analysis on the web, you can create your next spatial application in a whole new way: as small pieces joined together intelligently using Turf.”

You can try the examples yourself from MapBox’s entry or look at the list and try examples directly on turfjs.org. Discussing Turf and why it may succeed, Howard points to Plasio, point cloud rendering capability in a browser for Lidar data. Geospatial directly on the web might indeed see great progress this year.

Batch geonews: Google Earth API Deprecated, ArcGIS 10.3 Released, 2nd Learning QGIS, Nokia-Baidu Partnership, and much more

Here’s the last batch-mode edition of 2014, covering most of December. Might interest some of you, Slashgeo’s posts are now mirrored on Google+. Have an excellent holiday break.

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:

10th International gvSIG Conference: reports, posters and articles

We would like to inform you of the availability of presentations, posters and articles presented during the 10th International gvSIG Conference [1], which were held from December 3rd to 5th in Valencia (Spain).

The videos of the report sessions and workshops are also available to be visualized online. All the videos are available with English and Spanish audio, excepting the three workshops given on Wednesday and Thursday, that are only in Spanish.

With this publishing, we pretend to bring the Conference closer to the interested people that couldn’t attend the event, having the possibility to access to the recording of the different sessions.

[1] http://www.gvsig.org/plone/community/events/jornadas-gvsig/10as/reports

What’s next for FOSS4G-Asia: Seoul 2015!

After the success of the first FOSS4G-Asia in Bangkok last week, we could see a trend in this part of the world in the next years to come. The market seems to be dominated by users and small-medium enterprise for now. As for the use case, disaster management is likely to be on the top of the list, a prove of that is the most popular workshop was the InaSafe one (as a plugin in QGIS). This project uses OpenStreetMap data as input and other open data to analyse scenario of disaster on risk reduction. This project has been applied mostly in Indonesia which has built with the Australian government its capability of risk analysis with now over 1.3 millions of building mapped and involvement of HOT (OSM) Team over the years. With over 110 persons attending this FOSS4G-Asia event from 18 countries (Nigeria, Canada, Germany, Laos, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, etc.), this event was more open to other parts of the world than what we could think at first.

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The best user of FOSS4G-Asia was given to eHealth Africa in Nigeria for their work towards polio eradication and Ebola outbreak and their use of FOSS4G such as: OSRM, MapServer, QGIS and CKAN.
The best software development was given to MapMint and their team of developers.
Finally, this Asian community will be involved again next year at the international FOSS4G 2015 in Seoul (which will include a technical session only for Asia).

foss4g2015_cSanghee Shin from South Korea gives seven reasons why people should go to Seoul next year, such as people (the Asian market is the biggest in the world), South Korea government investment in open source (9 million over the next years), the culture (Asian culture is vibrant) and most of all, because it is with distance that comes new connection!