This is our last batch-mode edition of the year - happy holiday break to everyone!
From the open source / data front:
- MapBox share an interesting entry named The Trouble with Geoportals: "Heavy interface-driven sites based on predetermined data acquisition processes are a key part of a local, state, and national spatial and open data infrastructures, but they do not make open data open and accessible to all."
- Here's a nice demo of OpenLayers 3, read the associated discussion
- Here's news of the QGIS Globe and PostGIS 3D with a video demo
- Here's an entry on how the LGPL license of geospatial software is completely destroying iOS adoption of open source geospatial software
- Here's about the version 1.8.0 release of Libspatialindex (which switches from LGPL to MIT)
- And Jeff McKenna is the new OSGeo president
- Here's an article on Vizzuality, the makers of CartoDB
From the Esri front:
- Here's a summary of Whats New in ArcGIS Online (December): "This is major update, with new capabilities for authoring web maps, publishing hosted services, sharing, and configuring ArcGIS Online organizations."
- DigitalGlobe Imagery for the United States and Western Europe added to the Esri's World Imagery map
- If you're eager to know, here's What’s coming in the next update of the ArcGIS SDK for Android?
From the Google front:
- Obligatory, Christmas Trees in Google Earth and Street View
- Interesting, Using Google Earth to teach math
- Google shared tips for getting the most from Google Maps on iPhone
- Apparently, the iOS version of the Google Maps app might violate EU privacy laws
- Here's what Google Earth looks like on the Nexus 10
- Here's the Google entry on the Count down to Christmas Eve with Google Santa Tracker
- It's the end of the world right? Predicting volcanic ash with Google Earth
- That's not a reason for not providing New Google Imagery - December 17
In the remote sensing category:
- If you have an iOS device, don't miss ESA's 'Earth from Space: the Living Beauty' free book: "The digital publication has over 100 pages with interactive maps, stunning image galleries and animations that encourage you to discover the various Earth processes. "
- Name change, Copernicus is the new name for European Earth Observation Programme
- Here's a discussion on How to build a microsatellite
In the miscellaneous category:
- Know the WMS standard? Here's a pertinent entry named Don't "upgrade" to WMS 1.3.0 unless you really have to, stick to 1.1.1
- Here's a pertinent entry on GIS user interfaces and how bad they are
- Here's the Directions Mag summary of A Day at Nokia’s U.S. Headquarters
- While they can't do it anymore with a GPS device, the U.S. government can use location data from cell towers in order to track suspects without a warrant
In the maps category:
- Here's an Interactive map of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex