Technical Overview: MapQuest

Technical Overview: MapQuest
MapQuest are best known as one of the pioneers of public online mapping. In recent years they have lost market share to Google and Microsoft, but have responded by producing their “Platform Services” in the form of a Tile Map Toolkit and public API. The platform services are available with a restricted version and less ...

Google Earth 5.0 Released

As expected, Google have released v5 of their Google Earth product, which includes 3d seafloor data. The 3d seafloor data looks pretty neat, although there are a lot of survey artifacts. For example, I looked as the US section of the Gulf Of Mexico continental shelf – lots of canyons and terrain differential, but the ...

Technical Overview: UMN MapServer

Technical Overview: UMN MapServer
MapServer is an open source package to create internet-based mapping applications. It is popular with developers who wish to create their own geospatial servers instead of depending on third party servers such as Google Maps or Microsoft Virtual Earth. Originally developed by the University of Minnesota with the assistance of NASA, MapServer is currently managed ...

Book Review: Beginning Google Maps Applications with PHP and Ajax

Beginning Google Maps Applications with PHP and Ajax, by Michael Purvis, Jeffrey Sambells, and Cameron Turner; publ. by Apress 2006 Despite the age and over-hyped front cover, this is a good getting-started book for Google Maps development that goes beyond the usual JavaScript examples.

GeoServer 1.7.2 Released

GeoServer have announced the release of GeoServer 1.7.2. Sounds like a minor release, but in reality 1.7.2 adds advanced labelling features (curves,etc);  hatching; HTML image maps; support for DB2; GDAL/OGR; and over 70 bug fixes. The full announcement is here: http://blog.geoserver.org/2009/01/25/geoserver-172-released/ GeoServer is a Java based server for viewing and editing geospatial data,  that uses ...

Technical Overview: Google Maps

Technical Overview: Google Maps
Google Maps is the most well known of the various mapping web services. With a rich JavaScript API, road maps, route planning, satellite images, and data plotting; Google Maps offers similar services and maps as Microsoft’s competing Virtual Earth service. Google Maps should not be confused with Google’s other mapping product, Google Earth. Google Earth ...

Book Review: GML Geography Mark-Up Language

GML Geography Mark-Up Language: Foundation for the Geo-Web, by Ron Lake, David S. Burggraf, Milan Trninic, Laurie Rae; publ. by Wiley With a chief writer who was responsible for much of the GML standard, this book is an indispensible reference for those who wish to create their own GML application schema, or wish to have ...

Virtual Earth: Technical Overview

Virtual Earth: Technical Overview
Virtual Earth is an online mapping platform from Microsoft. Virtual Earth allows an application to display geographic data on imagery provided by Virtual Earth. The SDK includes geocoding, pushpins, shape annotation, and a route determination.

Book Review: KML Handbook

The KML Handbook: Geographic Visualization for the Web, by Josie Wernecke, Addison Wesley 2008 Josie Wernecke provides an excellent description of all of the features of KML (Keyhole Markup Language). This book serves as both an introductory guide and a reference for KML practitioners.

Using Virtual Earth with OpenLayers

Using Virtual Earth with OpenLayers
This article uses examples from the EcoMap Costa Rica project to demonstrate the use of OpenLayers to combine virtual Earth with other map technologies. OpenLayers supports a wide range of map sources, including WFS, Yahoo, WorldWind, Google, TileCache, TMS, and GML.