Batch Geonews: StreetView now in Russia, Should GIS Users Code?, ArcGIS 10.1 Enhancements, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. My challenge in life is to find out what not to do - too much enthusiasm impacts focus. But don't worry, I'm not dropping Slashgeo just yet 😉

From the open source and open data front:

  • Here's an open source Kinect hack named Depthcam, doing live streaming of 3D points cloud via your webcam
  • Via Simon, I was reminded about Graphserver, an open source multi-modal trip planner (we mentioned Graphserver), on the same topic, here's OSM Explorer, for basic routing and spatial functions using OSM data on Windows (via OGD)
  • MapQuest updated their OpenStreetMap tiles and mentions more OSM switchovers, such as FourSquare and in another entry, they updated MapQuest for Android
  • Here's an entry on light styles for OSM layers in QGIS, making OSM great as a base map
  • Quebec City is the latest city to open its data, with layers in shapefiles and kml, and here's an entry on Honolulu opening its data
  • The OSGeo-Live DVD version 5.5 is now ready

From the Google front:

  • Street View on Google Maps now available for Russia
  • The GEB introduces Diorama, a presentation tool for Google Earth, helping you tell a story in Google Earth
  • The same blog also look a the Power of Ten, the Google Earth version
  • Google explains the enhanced search in Google Earth 6.2
  • Here's an entry on the iNaturalist app and website using georeferenced pictures to document nature
  • The GEB wonders if historical imagery is coming to Street View?
  • And yes, there was fresh imagery released about two weeks ago and another round today

From the Esri front:

  • Here's why ArcGIS 10.1 will be the “Biggest Release Ever”
  • Here's Esri’s Federal GIS Conference Wrap Up
  • Here's the recommended System Requirements For ArcGIS 10/10.1
  • Mandown also shares an entry named Using ArcGIS For Quick Visualisation Of GPX Files

From the Microsoft front:

  • Microsoft announced the Bing Maps and Nokia Release of a Unified Map Design

In the miscellaneous category:

  • DM asks an interesting question, Should All GIS Users Learn to Code?
  • While not all are geo-aware, this is an awesome categorized list of infographic tools and resources, because beauty matters when conveying information (via Thierry)
  • The book "How Maps Change Things: A Conversation About the Maps We Choose and the World We Want" by Ward Kaiser is free in pdf for this month
  • We previously mentioned that the world time zones database was in jeopardy, well, it's not anymore, EFF Wins Protection For Time Zone Database
  • Here's an entry on OGC mobile case studies
  • Here's a Product Review of BusinessWebMap by TexMobile
  • Slashdot mentions the link between GPS navigation and in-car voice commands in Siri To Power Mercedes-Benz Car Systems
  • APB informs us that DigitalGlobe published an image of damage to Homs, Syria

In the maps category:

  • APB shares the map of sleep in the U.S.
  • Slashdot discussed a story named LIDAR Map Shows Height of Earth's Forests
  • Another story from the same source is named Need To Find a Hackerspace In Africa? Check This Map
  • If your into astronomy, check this TMR entry on Moon maps
  • Mapperz mentions Bristol's solar power hotspots map

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