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Natural Earth v2.0.0 Released

Via James I learned that earlier this month was released Natural Earth v2.0.0. A quick reminder: "Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software." We mentioned this dataset in the past quite a few times.

From the 2.0.0 release notes: "The 2.0.0 release focuses on 7 major areas and is available to download today à la carte at NaturalEarthData. ZIP combo downloads of all vectors: SHP (279 mb) or SQLite (222 mb) or QuickStart kit for ArcMap and QGIS (165 mb). [What's new:]

  • Economic geography
  • Remastered geometries
  • Introduc Gray Earth rasters
  • New file name and field name schemas
  • Address user submitted bug reports
  • Moved to GitHub
  • Adopt semantic versioning"

http://www.naturalearthdata.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/home_main_image_1.jpg

PROJ 4.8.0 Released

The OSGeo announced the release of PROJ 4.8.0. PROJ is, like GDAL/OGR, an open source component at the core of many geospatial software. The last major release was in September 2009.

The major items according to the announcement:

  • Added the Natural Earth projection.
  • Added HEALPIX, rHEALPIX and Icosahedral Snyder Equal Area projections.
  • nad2bin now produces "CTable2" format grid shift files by default which are platform independent.
  • nad2nad removed, use cs2cs for datum shift operations.
  • projects.h no longer installed as a public include file. Please try to only use proj_api.h.
  • Add pj_get_spheroid_defn() accessor.
  • Added an alternate version of pj_init() that takes a projCtx (execution context) structure to address multithreading issues with error management and to provide a support for application hookable error reporting and logging.
  • Upgrade to EPSG 7.9. Some changes in ideal datum selection.
  • JNI bindings reworked, org.proj4.Projections deprecated in favor of org.proj4.PJ.
  • Added preliminary vertical datum support.
  • Fix various multithreading issues, particular in datum grid handling code.
  • Added support for the +axis= option for alternate axis orientations as part of a coordinate system (used for TM South Orientated support).
  • +proj=omerc implementatioin replaced with code from libproj4. +rot_conv flag no longer works, and some coordinate systems (ie. Malaysian) will need to use +gamma instead. "epsg" init file updated accordingly.

Here's the full changelog.

 

FOSS4G News: OSGeo’s 5th Birthday, pycsw, OpenTouchMap, Maps4Mac, and more

 Here's recent FOSS4G and open geodata related news in batch mode.

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