In today's world knowledge about the Earth and the activities on it rarely comes from one source, and it's constantly changing. For example, Army units may transfer in and out of areas. Military personnel need to work in collaboration with coalition partners and non-governmental organizations. In addition, there are growing geospatial crowd-sourcing communities adding updates every day. In this environment a new generation of interoperability and collaboration is vital. But current mobile apps for geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) are often 'stovepiped' - in other words they often work with one vendor or online service only, and usually store geospatial data centrally. What's needed are easy-to-use, interoperable mobile geo-apps that put the power of GEOINT into the hands of users. With these geo-apps users can connect to dynamic data networks and create a sharable geospatial foundation in real time.
Google has just released the new Google Maps Photo Tours, a new feature that enables you to visit landmarks around the world through a 3d-like experience that is automatically generated from public contributed photos!
Search Engine RoundtableGoogle Introduces Google Maps CoordinateMidsize InsiderThe new app takes advantage of Google's extensive work in mapping and geolocations, and utilizes the infrastructure to provide a mobile tracking and interaction service...
Through the combination of unreal heat, persistently strong winds, and a kindling-dry landscape, Colorado is currently suffering through the most destructive wildfire in the state's history. Expanding 26 square miles, the wildfire ...
Microsoft Local Impact Map Enable Nonprofits To Tell A Visual StoryTechliThe new service, called Microsoft Local Impact Map, allows nonprofit organizations to display their efforts from around the world in a customizable interface that incorporates...
"For decades, satellite remote sensing has provided fundamental insights in countless physical science fields such as ecology, geosciences, atmospheric physics, and chemistry. However, as it relates to human and socioeconomic processes, satellite remote sensing is an incredibly powerful tool that is underutilized. Human behavior and socioeconomic parameters have been successfully studied via proxy through remote sensing of the physical environment by measuring the growth of city boundaries and transportation networks, crop health, soil moisture, and slum development from visible and multispectral imagery."
A new online tool, made by a team of historians and information technology specialists at Stanford University, shows just how long and costly it was to send people and wheat between cities in the Roman Empire. "It's Google Maps for the ancient world, complete with the 'Avoid Highways' feature," Scott Weingart, a doctoral student in library sciences at the University of Indiana, wrote in a blog-post review. A paper map can show how far two cities are from one another, but in a world of sailing ships and donkey trains, the shortest route wasn't necessarily the one people would use. ORBIS shows likely routes based on conditions 2,000 years ago. The ORBIS team used ancient maps and records, modern-day weather measurements and modern-day historians' experiments with trying to sail in Roman-style ships to inform their calculations. ORBIS helps historians see how the Roman Empire was shaped by the time and cost of moving people and goods between cities.
As you may recall, we’re running an ongoing project soliciting opinions on Boston’s neighborhood boundaries via an interactive map. We want to keep collecting data, but we’ve already received excellent responses that we’re itching to start mapping, and when we hit 300 submissions recently it seemed like a good enough milestone to take a crack at it. (That’s actually 300 minus some junk data. If you offer the ability to draw freeform shapes, some people draw random rectangles and triangles, and some people draw… er, other long, tipped objects.)
Another benefit of my participation to FOSS4G-NA 2012 was learning about GeoTrellis, an open source geographic data processing engine for high performance applications. From the website: "GeoTrellis accelerates ...
There’s been lots of news from skobbler, a company that offers a mapping app built on OpenStreetMap, in recent months. Directions Magazine interviewed Marcus Thielking, co-founder of skobbler, about the company’s success.
I like the ForeverMaps2 app for android. Reason 1) Uses OpenStreetMap backround layer 2) You can download the maps for continous use offline.
With google maps basemap the user can navigate in the region of his interest. In the right column user can find all the map results. In there, you can find a thumbnail of the map, as well as its scale, the creation year and the publisher’s name.
Maps.com Ushers in New Era with Acquisition by John GlanvilleNoozhawkThis is the second acquisition Glanville has made in the cartographic arena, and follows his purchase of Benchmark Maps, publisher of high-quality road and recreational maps of...
China DailyBaidu leads China online map marketZDNet AsiaBy Liau Yun Qing , ZDNet Asia on June 8, 2012 (3 mins ago) Unique visitors to Chinese Internet company's online map service boosted by new services and seasonal events, study shows.
Kate's is the more interesting to me, being based on various experiences with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team projects. Kate, the prolific Andy Allan and others have extensively covered the usability of editing tools.
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