Batch Geonews: The Book of OSM, Geomancer, SPOT 7 Satellite, Tracking Poop, and much more

Here’s the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source / open data front:

  • On Kickstarter now, don’t miss this opportunity to contribute and buy ‘The Book of OpenStreetMap’ by Steve Coast himself, the one that started this avalanche
  • From Associated Press, Geomancer is open source tool to help journalists easily mash up data based on shared geography
  • And now here’s how to use it, QGIS 2.6 user guide released
  • Using OpenStreetMap, Pro app for free after acquisition

On the Esri front:

  • New product, Esri Maps for Salesforce Now Available and Managing your Sales Opportunities using Esri Maps for Salesforce

On the Google front:

  • It’s that time of the year already, Race with Rudolph and skydive with Santa in the countdown to December 24
  • Includes inside the Sagrada Familia, Viva La Espana: 50 new Street View sights in Spain
  • There’s Hong Kong protests visible in Google Earth too
  • We already mentioned the nice Chrome extension, it’s really beautiful, A moment of zen: 100 incredible satellite images of planet Earth
  • Where’s 3D from Google? New Imagery – November 25th, and 3D imagery map
  • Going to the graveyard, Timeline for the end of the Google Earth plugin in Chrome

In the everything else category:

  • A new source, SPOT 7 Satellite Commercially Launched
  • An informative reminder, Get to Know a Projection: Azimuthal Orthographic and if you’re up to, The Patterson Projection
  • Can’t hurt, Microsoft launches traffic predictions in Bing Maps across the globe, related, Nokia’s HERE maps opens a new self-service portal for developers
  • Earth at night is beautiful, Nighttime Satellite Maps Show Increasing Flood Risks
  • More GNSS in the sky, Russia launches new generation of GLONASS-K satellite into orbit
  • Strange and worrying results, Russian Activists Used GPS Devices To Track…. Their Poop
  • Location is the answer, Why Uber Has a Canadian Privacy Problem
  • Looking for a new career? Apple Hiring Maps Engineer to Work on Improved Community Crowdsourcing, Siri/Passbook Integration
  • Why not, The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis
  • Robots overlords, Ocean-Going Robot Fleet Completes Fish Tracking Mission
  • Ah those humans, Track illigal fishing
  • A useful summary, 3D Printers to Watch in and on a similar topic, 3D Printing Topographic Maps Using Lidar
  • And what about drones? Drone delivery: Real or fantasy? and a possibility, FAA will require Commercial Drone Operators to Have a License, Fly in Daylight
  • If tweets matters to you, Making the most detailed tweet map ever
  • BIM might catch up after all? France moving toward mandating BIM for public procurement in and Singapore mandates BIM e-submissions for building projects greater than 5000 square meters
  • Light but interesting, After a Year in GIS: Things I Wish I’d known in College

In the maps category:

  • Winner of an award, interactive map of The Refugee Project
  • Places to avoid, “Vision Zero View” – The Most Dangerous Streets In NYC Mapped
  • A big map for a big eclipse, 10-Foot-Long Map Charts Path of America’s Next Total Solar Eclipse, on the same topic, Solar eclipses between 1601-2200 mapped for every place on Earth
  • That’s nice I want one, Satellite images turned into… carpet maps
  • Winner of an ‘Information is Beautiful’ award, not exactly geospatial, but clearly worth the 7 minutes video: Everything You Need to Know About Planet Earth

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