The recent geonews in batch mode:
From the open source / open data front:
- At the beginning of the month, followers of Slashgeo's Twitter feed learned right away about the announcement by the City of Montreal that they'll make their textured 3D buildings publicly available in OGC's CityGML format later this Fall - this was announced at the Geomatics event - I'm waiting for a link to share for a full story (they showed impressive fly-troughs), and as far as I'm aware, that's the first major city to provide detailed textured 3D building to the public, is that right?
- The 20-minutes video of Paul Ramsey's closing session of FOSS4G, on Being an open source citizen, well worth watching
- Using a drone and open source software to make an image mosaic of mountains
- Users of the R open source statistics software, mapmap 0.7 released: "Import, plot and analyze bathymetric and topographic" data
- Here's about using CSS instead of the SLD standard to style layers in GeoServer
From the Esri front:
- There has been a GDAL/OGR driver for the Esri File Geodatabase since January, but what's new is that the FileGDB format is being reversed-engineered, which opens the door for deeper support than what the API provides
- Updated, Esri Maps for SharePoint 3.0.1 Released and why not, Esri Maps for Office 2.1.1 Released
From the Google front:
- Google offers a New Google Maps preview, which includes directions for multiple destinations, your reservations, upcoming events and more
- This may interest some of you, A Google Earth Exercise for Biblical Geography
In the miscellaneous category:
- Interesting, James Fee on remaining relevant as a GIS professional
- Via VerySpatial, I learned about the article named China 'to rent five per cent of Ukraine'
- We mentioned Semantic Mediawiki since, here's a fresh article named Semantic MediaWiki: A promising platform for the development of web geospatial crowdsourcing applications
- Can you believe them? NSA Abandoned Project To Track Cell Phone Locations
- Location tracking is getting more insidious with an accuracy of 10cm through walls without any transmitter, MIT Develops "Kinect of the Future"
- Yes, you can even do that, Satellite Maps Reveal Who’s to Blame for the Sinking of Venice
- A reminder, What four things do map projections distort?
- Locating things matter, The Internet of Things will be a $1.9 Trillion business by
- With all the NSA / spying / privacy stories, not surprising to hear Germany Announces Rules on Sale of Commercial High Resolution Imagery
In the maps category:
- A former colleague shared an interesting collection of 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
- A Map By Nokia Shows All Windows Phones With Language Set To “Chinese” In Asia And Europe
- A map named Roads of Death, mapping road accident deaths per country
- For the U.S., a New York Times “Immigration Explorer” Interactive Map
- In New York? Lower Manhattan Growth Animation (1840-2020)
- Oh, but you might currently be more interested by the Government Shutdown Map by the Washington Post
- Still U.S.-related, via APB, BitLy's Media Map