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GPSBabel 1.3.6 Released

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From the GPSBabel announce list, GPSBabel 1.3.6 has been released.

From the announcement: “Version 1.3.5 has been great fun. It’s been downloaded over 100,000 times since its release in May. But it’s time to bid it farewell and move on to 1.3.6.

This is an evolutionary release that adds support for several new GPS types, adds features, and of course, fixes problems.

While there’s a mind-numbing list of fixes available (and an even more comprehensive list of changes in the source tree since we ARE an open source project…) here’s a list of highlights.” Follow the link for the new formats support, the new features and major fixes.

OpenStreetMap in Baghdad and Other Locations

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When I show OpenStreetMap to friends and colleagues, I systematically talk about its coverage in Baghdad. Ogle Earth just did a comparison of the major webmapping sites specifically for Baghdad with screenshots. As much as OpenStreetMap is surprisingly great in some areas, a user comment reminds us it varies a great deal on the location, such as in this Turkish region: Live, Google, Yahoo, OpenStreetMap.

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The KML Handbook

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The Google Geo Developers Blog informs us about The KML Handbook.

From the entry: “OK, it’s not exactly a manual, actually a handbook, The KML Handbook by Josie Wernecke. Josie is the Google tech writer who wrote the KML 2.1 and 2.2 documentation, and also helped write the KML 2.2 OGC Specification. So she knows what she’s talking about!
The KML Handbook is the most complete treatment of KML in print. It explains all the various elements and features of KML. It also examines both well known topics like Regionation, and lesser known topics like View Based Refresh. It is also the only book on KML officially endorsed by Google.

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Worldwide Demographic Data

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The Free Geography Tools blog offers a good entry on the StatPlanet worldwide demographic data. From the blog: “[…] Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ) is [releasing] StatPlanet, an interactive application for exploring worldwide demographic, educational, health and socio-economic indicators. […] The application is highly interactive – pass your cursor over the map, or a plot, and get additional data breakdowns.

How to Choose an Atlas

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The Map Room links to an interesting article named how to choose an atlas.

The sections of the article: “Two can be better than one,
Currency is key,
Count the maps (and pay attention to scale),
Legibility counts,
Don’t be sold on “fluffy features” alone,
Consult the index