degree becomes a full OSGeo project

Over the weekend, OSGeo announced that the deegree project has ‘graduated’ from incubation status and is now a full OSGeo project. Markus Schneider, Vice President of deegree, has been appointed as project representative. deegree is a Java Framework offering the main building blocks for Spatial Data Infrastructures. Its entire architecture is developed using standards of ...

GDAL/OGR v1.7 has just been released

Over the weekend, v1.7.0 of the popular GDAL/OGR library was released. Although technically not a geo-web product, GDAL/OGR is used by a number of popular geo-web tools such as UMN MapServer. We also used a tool from the beta of this version in our recent Polar Maps and Projections article. as well as the usual ...

GeoREST 1.0 Released

GeoREST has just received its first major release. GeoREST is a framework based on existing open source libraries such as MapGuide and FDO that is intended to allow the publication and interaction of geospatial web resources in a RESTful manner. GeoREST is distributed under the Lesser GPL license. GeoREST 1.0 enables the dynamic publication of ...

The Haiti Earthquake and the Geospatial Web

Responses to the Haiti earthquake disaster have been dominating the geospatial news and blogs for the past ten days or so. The response has truly been a community response with the production of everything from scientific and educational maps, through to the creation of new street maps, and the analysis of daily satellite imagery. The ...

ArcGIS adopts Google Maps/Bing Maps Tiling Scheme

ESRI have just announced that their ArcGIS online map services have been migrated to the web tiling scheme used by Google Maps and Bing Maps. The original tiling scheme will remain live for at least six months but there will be no further data updates. Here is the announcement text: In response to requests from ...

Twitter purchase Mixer Labs and GeoAPI

After implementing geo-location support in their own API, Twitter have purchased Mixer Labs. Media Labs produce the GeoAPI geo-location and reverse geocoding services. Media Labs describe their services as helping developers to determine not just “What is happening?” but where it is happening as well. As to be expected from such a purchase, Twitter have ...

MapServer 5.6 Released

The first news item after my return is that MapServer 5.6 has been released. 5.6 introduces an XML schema (and XSLT) for map files; big improvements in WGS query speeds with the addition of one-pass query processing; better support of high resolution output (ie. suitable for printing); labeling enhancements; and improved efficiency when reading large ...

Streetside, Enhanced Bird’s Eye, and Photosynth added to Bing Maps

Earlier today, Microsoft launched a significant upgrade of their Bing Maps service with the addition of “Streetside™”, “Enhanced” Bird’s Eye, and Photosynth views. The main Bing Maps site ( http://www.bing.com/maps/explore/ ) has been moved from JavaScript AJAX to the Silverlight 3 control. Microsoft have been gathering “Streetview” -like data for a few years, so it ...

Twitter Announce that Geotagging is Live for All Users

A few months ago, Twitter let it be known that it was working on a geo-tagging API. It has allowed this semi-official announcement to create some buzz and hype, and some of us wondered when it would ever be released. The wait is over, and Twitter have announced that the geo-tagging API is now live ...

GeoServer and MapFish both accepted into OSGeo incubation

The MapFish and GeoServer projects has just been officially accepted by the OSGeo (Open Source Geospatial Foundation) into their ‘incubation’ status. Incubation status means that these projects are on track to become an official OSGeo project, but they are not there yet.  Both project teams will need to demonstrate a range of criteria, including a ...