Batch Geonews: Google Views and 150 New 3D Cities, Future of National Mapping Agencies, Sentinel Imagery Free, and much more

A batch mode edition while on holidays. Next one will be late August since I'll be away from computers (and even without electricity!) for a few weeks.

From the open source / open data front:

  • With open source software, you can get Super Sharp 50cm Pléiades Satellite Imagery on MapBox, "Any point on Earth, everyday, with 50cm resolution. With this guide you can go from image download to rendered maps in minutes, all with open software."
  • Here's a Digital Trends article named Google Map Maker vs. OpenStreetMap: Which mapping service rules them all?
  • With Foursquare direct OpenStreetMap editing, could encourage others to provide the same direct OSM editing (via Mapperz)
  • Fiona 1.0 released, "Fiona is OGR's neat, nimble, no tears API", a Python library
  • Work continues, OpenLayers 3.0 alpha 4
  • Interesting, Why OpenGeo Has Taken on Outside Investment

From the Esri front:

  • There's New Developer Subscriptions for ArcGIS Online​
  • Esri and open source, New Esri Open Source Javascript Projects: Esri-Leaflet, Geoservices.js, Terraformer, Pushlet
  • Still competing, Esri and MapBox play well together via Arc2Earth
  • More integration with Microsoft too, Esri Maps for SharePoint 3.0 Released!

From the Google front: 

  • Google is Introducing “Views” - A new way to contribute your 360° photo spheres to Google Maps
  • Many will be happy, Google pushing out 3D Imagery at a rapid pace, with about 150 new cities with the 3D imagery
  • Not intuitive, What the imagery dates really mean in Google Earth
  • Tips on Making high-quality movies with Google Earth
  • I have one too and I agree, The SpaceNavigator remains the best way to use Google Earth

A big bunch of geospatial-related news discussed over Slashdot:

  • We mentioned a few times GPS spoofing, Students Hijack $80 Million Superyacht With GPS Spoofing
  • Autonomous, aka driverless cars, are really getting closer, Full-Size Remote Control Cars
  • For 3D printing, Fuel3D Start-Up Promises Affordable Point-and-Shoot 3D Scanner
  • And an 'undo', 3D Printing In Gel Enables Freeform Design and an Undo Function
  • Privacy again, Fifth Circuit Upholds Warrantless Cellphone Location Tracking
  • Privacy in Russia, Moscow Subway To Use Special Devices To Read Data On Passengers' Phones
  • And we told you before that RFID isn't safe, Long Range RFID Hacking Tool To Be Released At Black Hat
  • Drones in the sky? No, that's underwater drones now, DARPA Hydra: An Unmanned Sub Mothership to Deploy Drones
  • Stores too, Retail Stores Plan Elaborate Ways To Track You
  • Crowdsourcing the perception of cities via pictures, MIT's "Hot Or Not" Site For Neighborhoods Could Help Shape Cities
  • If you feel up to, DIY Satellite Tracking
  • To end with a map, A Circular New York City Subway Map To Straighten Things Out

In the everything-else category:

  • Geoff shares a summary of the UN report on The future of national mapping agencies over the next 5-10 years - this is a must read even to those not in the governmental sector
  • More free imagery, from the Sentinel satellite this time, The European Commission Plans Remote Sensing Satellites and Free Access to their Data  
  • Apple is looking to improving power management of mobile devices by remembering charging locations and usage patterns 
  • Interested in contributing to Apple Maps? Apple Filling Out its 'Ground Truth' Mapping Team with New Regional and Local Job Listings
  • For your non-geo colleagues, Get to Know a Projection: Mercator
  • Here's a 4-minutes video, DigitalGlobe takes a look at the last 50 years of the satellite industry
  • An ESA article on watching wetlands from space

In the maps category:

  • Cars, Visualizing New York’s Road Accidents With the Interactive ‘Crashmapper’

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