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Downloads | Natural Earth

Downloads | Natural Earth | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it

Data themes are available in three levels of detail. For each scale, themes are listed on Cultural, Physical, and Raster category pages. Stay up to date! (Mapping tip: Download the Natural Earth GIS layer collection for free.

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Terrain Process - OSM

Terrain Process - OSM | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it

"This is a follow up post to yesterday's post about watercolor textures, Tuesday's about watercolor process, and Monday's announcing the launch of maps.stamen.com."

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AllTrails.com maps over 45,000 trails in the U.S.

AllTrails.com maps over 45,000 trails in the U.S. | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it

"AllTrails‘ 200,000 members have mapped over 45,000 trails. These trails include routes and information pertinent to many different activities including hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding. They didn’t mention horseback riding, another group that maps a lot of trails."

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Content for ArcGIS Explorer vs. Google Earth

Content for ArcGIS Explorer vs. Google Earth | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it

I thought it would be fun to take a different angle on the virtual globe competition and look at the content and data made available by two of the players – Google and ESRI. From a technical perspective I think most would agree that ArcGIS explorer is pale emulation of Google Earth especially when it comes to user experience. I’ll put aside my gripes around difficulty in set up and version updates with Explorer and focus on content. The ESRI supporters have made the argument that ArcGIS Explorer is about access to GIS content and has a different mission than Google Earth. Actually, I would say the missions (exposing geographic data to larger audiences) are the same but the approaches are much different.

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GRASS GIS - The World Leading Free Software GIS

GRASS GIS - The World Leading Free Software GIS | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it
GRASS GIS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) is an open source, free software (FOSS) Geographical Information System (GIS) with raster, topological vector, image processing, and visualization functionality ([Rev:c6eb3c4b] formula updated:...
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Google Maps Directions Gets Real-Time Traffic

Google Maps Directions Gets Real-Time Traffic | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it
The Car ConnectionGoogle Maps Directions Gets Real-Time TrafficPC MagazineBy Angela Moscaritolo If you're on your way to an important meeting or event and need to know the fastest route, Google Maps can help.
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Web mapping client comparison v.6

Web mapping client comparison v.6 | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it
This comparison aims to serve as a basis for those seeking a first approach to Web mapping technologies at the client side. In the sixth version a num...
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Predicting Locations of Emergency & Damage During Disaster Using VGI Data

Predicting Locations of Emergency & Damage During Disaster Using VGI Data | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it

The VGI data obtained from the Ushahidi-Haiti platform during the first 72 hours of Earthquake in Haiti can be used for predicting the locations of ‘Emergency and damaged areas’ using Ushahidi Reports in Port-au-Prince. Two rapid and very successful VGI deployments helped coordinate disaster response after a devastating magnitude 7 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010.

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More Languages, More Locations, Better Coverage and More Data

More Languages, More Locations, Better Coverage and More Data | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it
It’s been a while between updates but we have have spent that time teaching Trendsmap five more languages and launched more than 240 new location pages. New languages Trendsmap can now native...
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Microsoft backing OpenStreetMap, creating Google Maps competitor

Microsoft backing OpenStreetMap, creating Google Maps competitor | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it
OpenStreetMap is growing, with the likes of FourSquare switching to the service from Google Maps and Apple opting to use it for iPhoto on iOS. And from the looks of it, Microsoft's support might just...
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Amurum forest reserve habitat and avifauna mapping with QGIS in Nigeria

Amurum forest reserve habitat and avifauna mapping with QGIS in Nigeria | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it

Amurum forest reserve is located near the city of Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria. It was established in conjunction with the initiation of the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) for the purpose of natural conservation, education and research. APLORI is hosted by the Department of Zoology at the University of Jos. Yearly a group of approximately eight highly motivated students from all over Nigeria obtain training in conservation biology, statistics (with R) and as of 2011 GIS....

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A marked improvement in online mapping

A marked improvement in online mapping | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it
A marked improvement in online mappingPC ProBack in primary school, I loved to study the maps on the classroom wall, maps from a bygone era when swathes of pink showed the extent of the British Empire.
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Hesperus Arts -- GIS

Hesperus Arts -- GIS | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it

RT @underdarkGIS: great mapping examples using #QGIS and #Inkscape http://t.co/80ewcNea /via @aborruso...

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Open Source GIS and Freeware GIS Applications

Open Source GIS and Freeware GIS Applications | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it
An open source application by definition is software that you can freely access and modify the source code for. Open source projects typically are worked on by a community of volunteer programmers.
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OpenStreetMap versus Google maps

OpenStreetMap versus Google maps | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it

The stark difference between these two images of Sarajevo really brought home the impressive coverage of OpenStreetMap and more importantly it really shows the power of open data, open software and communities of people driven to solve problems.

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ArcGIS Online Maps Through Community Analyst

ArcGIS Online Maps Through Community Analyst | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it
You might have noticed the new Select tool in the map tool palette. What in the world is this? How is it going to be useful to me? What else can I do after bringing in a web map from ArcGIS Online?
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Quantum GIS (QGIS) Tutorials: Working with Terrain Data in QGIS

Quantum GIS (QGIS) Tutorials: Working with Terrain Data in QGIS | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it

Terrain or elevation data is useful for many GIS Analysis and it is often used in maps. QGIS has good terrain processing capabilities built-in. In this tutorial, we will work through the steps to generate various products from elevation data such as contours, hillshade etc. The Raster menu...

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Viewing satellites with Google Earth

Viewing satellites with Google Earth | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it
Over the years, the most popular page on our site has consistently been the "positions of satellites around Earth", with nearly 400,000 views over the years.

However, you don't need to see all of the satellites in space to make it interesting. The folks at SES Astra have created a map that displays the locations of their satellites and it's great way to show them off.

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Google Lat Long: Why maps matter: Using digital cartography tools to change the world

Google Lat Long: Why maps matter: Using digital cartography tools to change the world | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it
People have created maps since early civilization, but only recently have digital mapping tools like Google Earth and Maps made it easy to build sophisticated and interactive maps that can be disseminated to hundreds of ...
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OpenJUMP GIS software

OpenJUMP GIS software | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it

"OpenJUMP is an open source Geographic Information System (GIS) written in the Java programming language. It is developed and maintained by a group of volunteers from around the globe.  If QGIS/GRASS can't work, I would use OpenJumpGIS for its powerful geometry editing... "

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Crisis Mapping Syria: Automated Data Mining and Crowdsourced Human Intelligence – The Ushahidi Blog

Crisis Mapping Syria: Automated Data Mining and Crowdsourced Human Intelligence – The Ushahidi Blog | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it

The Syria Tracker Crisis Map is without doubt one of the most impressive crisis mapping projects yet. Launched just a few weeks after the protests began one year ago, the crisis map is spearheaded by a just handful of US-based Syrian activists have meticulously and systematically documented 1,529 reports of human rights violations including a total of 11,147 killings. As recently reported in this NewScientist article, “Mapping the Human Cost of Syria’s Uprising,” the crisis map “could be the most accurate estimate yet of the death toll in Syria’s uprising [...].” Their approach? “A combination of automated data mining and crowdsourced human intelligence,” which “could provide a powerful means to assess the human cost of wars and disasters.”

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HowStuffWorks "How Google Earth Works"

HowStuffWorks "How Google Earth Works" | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it
Google Earth is a popular online mapping program that is free to download. Find out how Google Earth works and learn about Google Earth's basic functions.
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ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap

ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it

Tools for ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap. This section is divided into two parts: Description of the Geoprocessing Tools and Description of Editing Tools.

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Balancing GeoInformation With Rights

Balancing GeoInformation With Rights | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it
The INTERGEO Rountable 2012 was recently held during which a discussion about the benefits of geoinformation and geodata was presented. An alternative perspective voiced the opinion that rights of citizens matter over free data use.
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Quantum GIS (QGIS) Raster Based Terrain Analysis Techniques

Quantum GIS (QGIS) Raster Based Terrain Analysis Techniques | OpenSource Geo & Geoweb News | Scoop.it
Intermediate level Quantum GIS (QGIS) tutorial which demonstrates the use of the Raster Based Terrain Analysis plugin. This tutorial also demonstrates how to produce a shaded relief using QGIS.
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