Batch Geonews: SOTM Overview, ArcGIS Online Updates, Google Earth for Teachers, and more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. With FOSS4G next week, I expect exciting news soon!

On the open source / open data front:

  • OpenStreetMap's State of the Map ended, here's an outsider overview, keywords: growing and healthy
  • It's been a while since we mentioned that one, New MapProxy 1.6.0 released, a reminder, "It caches, accelerates and transforms data from existing map services and serves any desktop or web GIS client"
  • GeoMoose is now officially an OSGeo project, reminder, it's an "Open Source Web Client JavaScript Framework for displaying distributed GIS data"
  • Paul shows us Census Mapping Made Easy with open software

On the Esri front:

  • Esri added Landscape Layers to ArcGIS, "over 60 layers are available at your fingertips as input to geoprocessing models and for the creation of beautiful and informative interactive web maps"
  • Here's for next Tuesday, Check Out What’s Coming in ArcGIS Online
  • Esri also introduced GeoEnrichment for JavaScript developers, which helps you "create a web app that’s full of interactive demographic, consumer spending, and lifestyle data for the viewers of your map"

On the Google front:

  • The GEB shares More great Google Earth resources for teachers
  • Google invites us to Explore the Galapagos’ biodiversity with Street View, and why not boats, Kurt shares the R/V Falkor in Street View and still on the same topic, Updated Street View imagery of tsunami-affected areas of northeastern Japan, including the exclusion zone
  • Same old story still making the news, Court Declares Google Must Face Wiretap Charges For Wi-Fi Snooping when collecting data for StreetView
  • In the trivia category, Court Orders Retrial In Google Maps-Related Murder Case
  • Nice to look at, Tri-bridges around the world, three-way bridges

In the everything-else category:

  • Bing Maps got a major imagery update, 13 Million Square Kilometers of Imagery, or 315.92 terabytes
  • Here's a beautiful 4-minutes video on the last 50 years of the satellite industry made by DigitalGlobe
  • Amazon improves its geo offerings with a New Geo Library for Amazon DynamoDB, allowing a basic set of spatial queries
  • Another way Apple Maps will improve, Apple Working to Leverage New 'M7' Motion-Sensing Chip for Mapping Improvements
  • Wired reviews the book The Lost Art of Finding Our Way by Harvard's John Edward Huth
  • An OGC entry named Smart Cities Depend on Smart Location Communication
  • Efforts mentioned before, 3 million data points collected by Safecast to warn Japan about radiation
  • Yes, the NSA knows where you've been, NSA Can Spy On Data From Smart Phones, Including Blackberry
  • Geoff has an entry on the successful use of satellite imagery to reduce illegal deforestation in Brazil
  • On GhettoTracker and segregation through geospatial knowledge, Could Technology Create Modern-Day 'Leper Colonies'?
  • When geospatial apps goes too far, New Smartphone Tech To Alert Pedestrians: 'You Are About To Be Hit By a Car', this other app might be more useful: Dangerous Neighbourhood? Kovert App Will Navigate With Vibration From Your Pocket
  • In the maps category, Wired offers links and maps on The Geography of American Agriculture

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