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[Action Required] - Slashgeo's New Clothes - You'll need to Subscribe once again

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 19:16

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ACTION REQUIRED FOR NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS: this is the last email you'll get from this incarnation of the Slashgeo.org website. You'll need to subscribe to the new newsletter once available, which should be before the end of June.

Why? We're migrating Slashgeo to a new backend which will provide several benefits, including (A) a site that works well with tablets and phones, (B) better integration with social media, (C) a cleaner and nicer daily newsletter, and lots more for users and our volunteer editors to ensure a sustainable future to Slashgeo!

Most content will migrated to the new site. But we voluntarily won't migrate current users. Yeah, we'll certainly lose several of you in the process, but since you really like our geonews aggregation service, you'll subscribe to the new site right?

Stay tuned.. and visit the site back in a few weeks! -- Alex for Slashgeo

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Winners of the ArcGIS Book Contest

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 19:52

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Mapping

Packt Publishing and Slashgeo are happy to announce the 10 winners of the 'Give Away Contest - Grab a chance to win a free ArcGIS Book eCopy!'. Winners were chosen amongst participants over Slashgeo, and the GIS and ArcGIS Server groups on LinkedIn. Congratulations to winners!

The prizes were a free digital copy of "Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript"  written by Eric Pimpler.

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New 3D Web Earth Maps on our screens, both small and large

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 16:53

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Mapping

AtomJump is today announcing a new alternative to the encumbent 3D Earth mapping tools available.  Built in pure Javascript, this Earth software and API allows publication of 3D Earth maps on apps or websites. The maps run on virtually any device or website (right back to IE7 on the desktop, and up to iPad/iPhones and Android browsers), without needing any software to be downloaded.

Currently the service is only available for globe-level mapping, however a zoom capability is in the works.

In this release, AtomJump have added the ability to import a spreadsheet with points of interest for an instant map, and functionality to view GeoJSON and KML files from a server.  Further enhancements include individually specified map icons, bringing the flexibility of Javascript 2D web mapping into 3D mapping.

AtomJump host the maps on Amazon servers, and users of the API can make use of an allocated 10GB of free map data downloads per month for their own map.

See http://atomjump.com for further details.

 

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Batch Geonews: Municipal Datasets, 3DEP - 3D Elevation Program, more Transit in Google Maps, and much more

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 17:08

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Mapping

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

From the open source and open data front:

From the Google front:

In the everything-else category:

In the maps category:

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Announcing the ArcGIS Pro Beta Program

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:13

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Mapping

This new software was announced last week. I waited for more information and reactions before sharing it with you, but I haven't found any solid analysis or reviews so far. Esri announced the ArcGIS Pro beta program.

From the announcement: "Esri is pleased to announce the beta release of ArcGIS Pro, which is a new ArcGIS for Desktop application that provides many exciting features. ArcGIS Pro is designed for GIS professionals who need to visualize, edit, and perform analysis—in both 2D and 3D. All current ArcGIS for Desktop customers are invited to download ArcGIS Pro and participate in its beta program. Your work in ArcGIS Pro is organized into projects, which bring together all the resources you need to complete your GIS tasks. You can store as many maps and layouts as you need in the same project, and you can open multiple maps at once and view them side by side. You can package your projects to collaborate with others, or share your work as web maps and web layers. ArcGIS Pro can use local data, as well as content from your ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS organization. ArcGIS Pro is a 64-bit, multi-threaded application with a modern user experience that runs on the Windows platform."

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FOSS4G Update: Keynotes, Travel Grants, Volunteer Discounts

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 11:41

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Mapping
Two new keynote speakers added to 2014 lineup We are delighted to announce Sarah Novotny of NGINX and Al Shaw of ProPublica as keynote speakers for FOSS4G 2014. They join Mike Bostock of the New York Times in this year's lineup.   Novotny is a technical evangelist and community manager for NGINX, founder of Blue Gecko, and is currently a program chair for O’Reilly Media’s OSCON. Shaw is a news applications developer at ProPublica and the creator of an award winning series of interactive maps documenting FEMA's response to Hurricane Sandy.   Travel Grant Program   To make sure that as many deserving people as possible can attend FOSS4G, we have created a travel grant program with funds to help cover registration, lodging, and travel costs. If you are excited about open source geospatial work but have economic barriers to attendance, we strongly encourage you to apply. Applications are due May 30th, and awardees will be notified mid-June.   Our travel grants are community funded; your donations help bring more of your colleagues to the conference. Consider an additional donation when you register for the conference or as a stand-alone contribution. If every attendee gave just $20, we could bring an additional 20 people to the conference.   Volunteer Discounts   We will also have a limited number of volunteer positions available; in exchange for a full day of work, volunteers will be eligible for a discounted rate of $125. Students will be given preference for these volunteer positions until July 1st. More details on the volunteer program and travel grants.   Important Conference Dates   See the full calendar for more details. * June 15th: Early bird registration ends * Sept 8th-9th: Workshops * Sept 10th-12th: Main Conference * Sept 13th: Code Sprint   Google Plus One

Handy Maps Social and Routing

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 06:06

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Mapping

Bloggage update: After posting stripped French electorate data in my Cambridgeshire UK postcode area to help canvassing with my mobile from free arcgis.com, I added some geoprocessiong on my freemium ArcGIS Online account:

  • Update 1: see the social map created from this on a custom arcgis.com account

  • Update 2: see the traveling salesman problem executed on this simple example

Do let me know what you think of this! This is my first try, and I reported a few issues on time awareness and service area calculations, so stay tuned.... I keep using all means available, to learn web mapping and to share it with you.

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ESA open source summer of code

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 13:33

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Mapping

We're having very few applicants this year for ESA's open source summer of code.
The deadline is May 15 midnight UTC.

ESA Summer of Code in Space 2014 (SOCIS 2014) is a program run by the European Space Agency. It aims at offering student developers stipends to write code for various space-related open source software projects. Through SOCIS, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers.

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Handy Maps

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 15:57

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Mapping

Bloggage update:  With the European elections coming up, I canvass my neighbourhood for my French party. This is a classic traveling salesman problem: where are my compatriots and how can I best reach them? The electoral list I received  is confidential, so I carry around on my smartphone to canvass a map showing local compatriots in my loaded on arcgis.com but only seen from my login. 

In order to share the same, I strip the file I geocoded in arcgis.com of non-geo identifiers, and repost the data with OS Vectormap TL for the street network. Et voila! DIY maps are as easy as... 

  1. load a spreadsheet to geocode quickly&easily on arcgis.com
  2. read it on my smartphone to help me canvass my neighbourhood
  3. clean it and strip it of any secure info to share publicly 
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Raster support in MapCentia GeoCloud2 (GC2) and new server images

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:18

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Mapping

Raster support
Since PostGIS version 2, raster has been supported in the database. The raster data model can dramatically increase the use of PostGIS as a analytical and visualization tool. For example elevation models and a lot of environmental data are based on the raster data model.

Now GC2 supports PostGIS raster data. Raster layers will be displayed in the list of layers in the database tab and you can manage them in the same way as vector layers. Raster layers will also be added to the tile and WMS services and you may classify them. You can also query the raster tables through the SQL API.

Read more about raster support and how you upgrade your own GC2 installation

New Ubuntu 14.04 server images
Ubuntu 14.04LTS (Long Term Support) was released in April and is packed with newer versions of the geospatial software. We are ready with a new vmdk file for use in VMWare products, Oracle VirtualBox etc. The highlights are:

PostGreSQL 9.3
PostGIS 2.1
MapServer 6.4
Apache 2.4
GDAL 1.10
PHP 5.5

Download the brand new vmdk file.

You can also spin a GC2 server up at Amazon Web Services in a couple of minutes.
Europe or USA

If you want to install from scratch instructions for Ubuntu 14.04 are ready

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What are Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Jobs in 2013 and 2014?

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 15:29

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Mapping

Earth Observation Directory (EOD) provides worldwide job positions related to Earth Observation and Remote Sensing since more than a year and it recently announced an detailed analysis of all their job opportunities.

In which country you can find the most of opportunities? Which skills are the most commonly required? And, what about salary expectations? These are some of the questions, which they wanted to answer. As a result, they set up an interesting profile of the Remote Sensing & GIS Specialist. For example, it shows that most of opportunities are provided by governmental institutions like universities and research laboratories. Moreover, it highlights that besides usual GIS software abilities, language programming is more and more required.

The complete analysis is available at this URL : http://www.earth-observation-directory.com/jobs/stat.php

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Batch Geonews: OpenAddresses.io, csw4js, GeoPackage Support in ArcGIS, Historic Street View, and much more

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:08

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Mapping

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source / open data front:

On the Esri front:

On the Google front:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

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Esri Launches 'ArcGIS Open Data' in Beta

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 13:21

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Mapping

Last Thursday Esri announced the launch of the 'ArcGIS Open Data' initiative in beta. Having this major player enhancing access, in their own way, to open geospatial data can only help.

From their announcement: "Starting today any ArcGIS Online organization can enable open data, specify open data groups and create and publicize their open data through a simple, hosted and best practices web application. [...] For you Data Providers, you can participate in open data in a few ways. Foremost you can specify open data groups and items in your organization. By doing so, you indicate to the community that this data is open to be shared, downloaded, and reused in other open data sites and applications. You don’t need to actually host your own site for your data to be valuable to others. [...] On the other side, Data Consumers such as citizens, businesses and developers can begin using their local open data sites to quickly access and download data in a variety of common formats: KML, Spreadsheet (CSV), Shapefile, GeoJSON and GeoServices. As the US Open Data Institute recently noted suggested the impact to opening government data if software had ‘Export as JSON’ by default. That’s what you now have. Users can also subscribe to the RSS feed of updates and comments about any dataset in order to keep up with new releases or relevant supporting information."

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GDAL/OGR 1.11.0 Released: GeoPackage, Google Map Engine and OpenFileGDB Drivers and more

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:55

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Mapping

If there's one geospatial library that is ubiquitous, both in open source and proprietary software, it's that one. Lots of users may not even know they're indirectly using the open source GDAL/OGR library. Well, about a year after version 1.10.0, this widely used tool is now improved with this new version, GDAL/OGR 1.11.0.

The major changes according to the release notes:

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Give Away Contest - Grab a chance to win a free ArcGIS Book eCopy!

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 17:48

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Mapping

Hold a chance to win free copy of  Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript  written by 'Eric Pimpler', just by commenting! For the contest we have 5 eBooks to be given away to 5 lucky winners.

How you can win:

To win your copy of this book, all you need to do is visit the book page and come up with a comment below highlighting the reason “why you would like to win this book” and share a post about this book with this unique short link http://bit.ly/1jN5wBT on your social media profiles: Don’t forget to drop your email address and the permalink of your social media post in your comment.

Note: Social Media post must contain this unique short link: http://bit.ly/1jN5wBT

Duration of the contest & selection of winners: The contest is valid till 11th May 2014. Winners will be selected on the basis of their comment posted.

For more information about the book visit book page: http://www.packtpub.com/building-web-and-mobile-arcgis-server-applications-with-javascript/book

Interested in a review copy: Drop me an email at fahads@packtpub.com with subject 'ArcGIS Packt'

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