Batch Geonews: QGIS News, GeoWave, New Google Roads API, Challenges of Geospatial Databases, and much more

Here’s the recent geonews in batch mode.

From the open source / open data front:

  • Beautiful progress and maps, The first ten years of OpenStreetMap, nice progress map, and somewhat related, Mapping turn restrictions and speed limits with Mapillary (crowdsourced Street Level photos )
  • A new open source database, GeoWave aims at linking popular geospatial tools to “big data” technology
  • For Seoul, FOSS4G Call for Presentations/Papers/Workshops
  • Collection of open source geospatial software, OSGeo-Live 8.5 released
  • New open data site for New Zealand, Wiki New Zealand
  • In CityGML, Metropolitan Lyon makes its 3D Data Reference available
  • Another Turf webGIS example, Chicago crime data with Turf
  • In recent updates, Geopaparazzi 4.2.0 is out, with offline tiles, and GeoServer 2.5.5 Released and GeoTools 11.5 Released
  • QGIS news:
  • - A QGIS plugin to run (common) spatial queries with PostGIS
  • - For version 2.10, New geoprocessing tools in the QGIS Processing toolbox
  • - A new QGIS tool (based on ogr2ogr) to import vectors in PostGIS
  • - Semi-Automatic Classification Plugin v. 4.1.0

From the Esri front:

  • Running ArcGIS Pro while not on Windows, ArcGIS Pro in VMWare Horizon View
  • New wizards, Introducing Smart Mapping, “new ways to symbolize your data with ‘smart’ defaults”
  • Always more, ArcGIS Open Data: What’s New for March and What’s New in ArcGIS Online (March)

From the Google front:

  • A new API! Google Maps welcomes the new Roads API
  • This is also useful, Introducing the Google Maps API checker
  • StreetView in the jungle, Zipline through the Amazon Forest with Street View
  • StreetView in Greenland, Greenlandic fjords and viking ruins await your discovery in Google Maps
  • Differences between Maps and Earth, Maps ‘Earth’ view FOV
  • Tips, Measuring in Google Earth Pro

Discussed over Slashdot:

  • Is this getting real? Self-Driving Cars Will Be In 30 US Cities By the End of Next Year
  • SmartEyeglass, Sony To Release Google Glass Competitor
  • Locating bikes, Inside Bratislava’s Low-Cost, Open Source Bike Share Solution
  • Destroying satellites with style, How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

In the everything-else category:

  • An informative entry named Why Are Geospatial Databases So Hard To Build?, including “Computer Science Does Not Understand Interval Data Types”, “Database Engines Cannot Handle Real-Time Geospatial” and “Correct, Fast Computational Geometry Is Really Hard”
  • Also pertinent, GeoTiff Compression for Dummies
  • Helping indoor positioning, FCC adopts rules forcing wireless carriers to provide accurate indoor positioning of E911 calls, related, HERE adds indoor maps to its Android app
  • MapBox wants to help educators do more maps, Mapbox Education is here!
  • Webinar on upcoming OGC standard on Augmented Reality, Augmented Reality Markup Language (ARML 2.0)
  • Apple Maps; Apple Adds ‘GasBuddy’ and ‘GreatSchools’ as New Maps Data Partners and it’s getting real-time animations by showing the correct time on Big Ben and reveals the London Eye rotating
  • Via JF, the next step for spatial databases? Direct visualization of databases in the browser, that’s what does the Periscope software
  • Help me help you, Boston Is Partnering With Waze to Make Its Roads Less of a Nightmare
  • Jumping deeper into mapping, Uber bought deCarta
  • On drones, International Conference on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Geomatics in Toronto, August 30-September 2
  • On the same topic from SpatialLaw, How White House Privacy Rules Will Impact Commercial Use of UAVs
  • It was coming, it’s here, DigitalGlobe now selling 30cm imagery
  • Yeah, you can be tracked this way too, Spying your phone’s location with its battery usage
  • We all have to start somewhere, JavaScript for Geospatial: Getting Started

In the maps category:

  • Polarized map, Weather duopoly. America divided by temperature anomalies.
  • Not WikiVoyage, USE-IT EUROPE, Crowdsourced Tourist Maps
  • Many fans, The Unofficial Game of Thrones Map

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