Batch Geonews: Landsat 5 Suspended, Wikipedia Mobile Switch to OpenStreetMap, Your Facebook Connections Map, Vertical Datums, and much more

It's Easter and I find myself aggregating geonews for you - don't you see how much I love you 😉 Expect less news this week since I'll be participating to the FOSS4G-NA conference. So here's the latest geonews in batch mode.

In the open source and open data front:

  • Slashdot discusses a story named Wikipedia Mobile Apps Switch To OpenStreetMap, away from Google Maps, related, James Fee links to a NY Times article on bypassing Google Maps with OpenStreetMap
  • and via @teller another article is named Microsoft backing OpenStreetMap, creating Google Maps competitor
  • Numerous sources mentioned the beautiful watercolor OpenStreetMap style from Stamen and here's how they were created (via Wes)
  • An entry discusses the differences between the Portable GIS and OSGeo Live tools
  • There was a few entries on QGIS; one on the qNote plugin, detailed instructions for installing QGIS Server on Windows 7 and on Ubuntu, the custom form feature to streamline data entry, and an entry on the enhanced MS SQLServer support
  • With PostGIS 2.0 recently released, here's an entry on validating vector features
  • Here's a discussion on OpenStreetMap should be more like Facebook

In the miscellaneous category:

  • The Landsat 5 mission is officially suspended after 28 years, we mentioned its recent problems
  • Kurt shares four entries on vertical datums
  • APB shares an Esri Developer Summit RoundUp
  • APB also shares an entry named Doctor’s Offices and Access to primary health care - Esri Map Story
  • The GEB mentions GraphEarth, a 25$ tool to generate charts for Google Earth
  • Several blogs participated to the raw data vs API discussion
  • This infographic will inform you on the current state of MapQuest, MapQuest also have a new section to explore U.S. National Parks
  • WebMapSolutions offers two entries whether we should retire the term GIS - my take is that GIS is useful since it refers to something specific and unique
  • Somewhat related, Very Spatial shares entry on the new GIS end-user: "These users know how to navigate and interact with consumer maps and expect all their interactions with spatial technology to be this simple. They don’t, in any way, want to “see” GIS or have to learn a new vocabulary of terms like vectors, georeference, buffer, and shapefile." No pain no gain?
  • APB mentions a U.S. Congressman Introduces “Map It Once, Use it Many Times Act”
  • O'Reilly shares an entry on the do's and don'ts of geo marketing
  • Spatial Sustain has an informative entry named Let the Drone Mapping Race Begin
  • Unsurprisingly, Slashdot discusses a story named Many Police Departments Engage in Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking
  • The recent Direction Mag articles I found interesting:
    • One named HTML5 Canvas: An Open Standard for High Performing GIS Map Visualization in Web Browsers
    • Ten Things to Know about the Geospatial Technology Competency Model
    • And finally The Top 10 Reasons Why You Need to Know About the U.S. GeoTech Center

In the maps category:

  • O'Reilly discusses a Facebook app to map your Facebook network
  • Many sources shared the beautiful WebGL U.S. wind map also discussed over Slashdot
  • TMR shares a nice short video visualizing the world's ocean currents on the globe

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