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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.

pycsw Graduates OSGeo Incubation

OSGeo is pleased to announce that the pycsw project has graduated from incubation and is now a full fledged OSGeo project. Angelos Tzotsos, a long time member of the pycsw Project Steering Committee (PSC) has been appointed as project officer.  The full post is available on the OSGeo website.

The project powers numerous high profile activities such as US, Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), US National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the WMO World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC) (more info).

Congratulations to the pycsw community!

Batch Geonews: QGIS News, GeoWave, New Google Roads API, Challenges of Geospatial Databases, and much more

Here’s the recent geonews in batch mode.

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:

QGIS 2.8 LTR Released

Releases of the popular open source desktop GIS software QGIS are always good news, and it is now at version QGIS 2.8 LTR.

LTR what? “LTR stands for “Long Term Release”. This means that QGIS now has a system in place to provide a one-year stable release with backported bug fixes. The idea behind LTR is to have a stable platform for enterprises and organizations that don’t want update their software and training materials more often than once a year.”

Here’s the official visual changelog and its table of content: