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Remote Sensing of Afghanistan More Complete Than of U.S.

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Not major news but still interesting, two weeks ago Vector One ran a short entry named remote sensing of Afghanistan more complete than of U.S.. The introduction: “Yesterday the State geologist’s met in Texas for their mid-year meeting. The point was made that national security has funded a complete hyperspectral analysis of Afghanistan, while a similar domestic set of data does not exist. I suspect this is true for other countries, as well.

See also the very related previous stories below.

GEOS 3.0.2 Released

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Soon after releasing GEOS 3.0.1, GEOS 3.0.2 is now available. Maybe this thread will help you find what changed?

IDV’s SpatialWiki Beta

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Directions Mag run interview about IDV’s SpatialWiki Beta. The introduction: “IDV Solutions announced
an open beta of its SpatialWiki
recently. SpatialWiki “is an Enterprise 2.0 offering for visual
collaboration, deployable within SharePoint or with cloud-based
storage. The wiki offers users a number of great benefits including the
ability to create custom geospatial shapes on a map, search and view
shared geography, and export files.” We posed some questions to Chief
Technology Officer Ian Clemens.

I’m not sure I completely understand the goals behind recent geowikis announcements. See also related stories below.

How Pocket Positioning Will Change Daily Life

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Vector One discuss a generic Spiegel article named How Pocket Positioning Will Change Daily Life. From the article: “For years, the end of physical space was evoked — utopia seemed to lie in the vastness of cyberspace. According to some cyber-visionaries, the future belonged to telecommuters who would require neither offices nor airplanes. But the reality of globalization looks different: Never before have people moved, traveled and flown as much as they do today. Now the personal electronics industry is adapting to this mobile lifestyle by undergoing a kind of “topographical revolution.” “The more solid social orders grow volatile, the more people resort to geographical frames of reference,” historian and essayist Karl Schlögel believes. “Today, in the age of Google Earth, we’re veritably flooded with cartographic material.”

Recent iPhone and Android Coverage on the Geoblogs

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The geoblogs aren’t tired of discussing the iPhone and Android. Here’s some recent entries.

Via APB, MapQuest is now optimized for the iPhone.

ABP also share links and information regarding the 300 location-based applications for the iPhone. The same blog mentions Carticipate, an car pool application similar to MapFlow’s Avego.

The GEB informs us an iPhone GPS app is available for EveryTrail users.

And finally, AnyGeo points to the O’Reilly iPhone Live 2008 Conference.

In the Google Android corner, as of today, Android is now (mostly?) fully open source.

The official Google Lat Long blog links to an entry on Android mapping.

Fuzzy Tolerance discuss SugarTrip, a social traffic mapping app for Google Android.

APB informs us Google announced location support via Wi-Fi access points in Google Gears.

Also interesting is the VISA commitment to use the Android platform.

And finally, a little less location-related, a discussion about barcode reading with Android and why it could become a killer app.

See also numerous related stories below.