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09 May 2013
QGIS equals no need for ESRI anymore.
QGIS equals no need for ESRI anymore. Quantum GIS is replacing our ArcGIS platform. Simple
Why, with the up and coming of QGIS 2.0 (currently at 1.9 alpha) Why the big move, simply to save money. Over the years Quantum GIS has come a long way, large community, lots of talented programmers giving up their time to create a Open Sourced GIS.
For us we use oracle there is a custom built model that needs to be forced into an ESRI to fit their model to be used. We have materialized view, synonyms that need to be plain spatial tables
The key to this move is the direct connecting to Oracle. No need for ArcSDE or versions, just put in the connection details and load that data. A huge cost saving, when you have hundreds of users. What about the support? With the huge community base and other GIS community sites (GIS Stack Exchange) it is becoming more efficient to search and ask online than it is to have a technical person who does not have any knowledge of your GIS model. 90% of our issue in-house are solved completely. What about the 10% in most cases there is a workaround the impact is the time to work on it. http://www.qgis.org/ Download (current release 1.8) http://hub.qgis.org/projects/quantum-gis/wiki/Download
GIS Stack Exchange Election has started 22nd April 2013.
GIS Stack Exchange Election has started 22nd April 2013. 2 Moderator positions available 7 worthy candidates in the running (Good luck to all and please vote.) not part of GIS Stack Exchange? this is becoming a huge knowledge base of nearly 20,000 questions and many thousands of good answers then sign up.)
OS Terrain 50. A new product, which has a similar resolution to Land-Form PANORAMA, will enable users to access an advanced product with consistently maintained height content for the whole of Great Britain.
Land-Form PANORAMA was an unmaintained product and was last updated in the 1990s. The new product will give users more confidence in the currency of the data and will be supplied in additional formats, making it far more accessible.
OS Terrain 50TM is a height product for Great
Britain which enables you to add the third dimension to your regional
scale applications. It is maintained alongside our other products to
maximise interoperability between our data products. It benefits from
comparatively lower data volumes for ease of use and data storage whilst
enabling a realistic view of the landscape for risk assessment,
development and environmental analysis.
OS Terrain 50 is shown overlaid by 1:50 000 Scale Colour Raster.
AutoCAD 2014 now has a built-in Geolocation feature and allows users to
create and enhance their designs with Bing Maps geocoding and map data.
Bing Maps inside AutoCAD 2014 brings in location context and results in
more accurate and richer designs. The key geolocation workflows in
AutoCAD 2014 supported with Bing Maps include:
Locate your AutoCAD design in the real-world using Bing Maps geocoding service
View your AutoCAD design in the real-world high resolution aerial and satellite imagery
Aggregate and overlay 2D and 3D geolocated data with your AutoCAD designs
Locate yourself on your AutoCAD design in the field using GPS and Bing Maps
"iD is a project to develop a new, friendly editor for OpenStreetMap.
It’s designed to offer newcomers an easy way into editing OSM. It’s
intended to complement existing editing software, a simple editor to
lead into Potlatch and JOSM. Why should Google Map Maker have all the
USPS Mapping Tool "You can map out a target area, select a delivery route and mailing drop
off date, and pay online—all from your computer. And, you can create
your mailings up to 30 days before you plan to mail them."
Every Door Direct Mail®
Find the customers who matter most. Every Door Direct Mail from the U.S. Postal Service® is designed to reach every home, every address, every time. Just sign in to your USPS.com account, pick your delivery routes, let us know when you'd like to drop off your order, and we'll take care of the rest. https://eddm.usps.com/eddm/customer/routeSearch.action
A section contains examples of skobbler's tile server solution for map tile integration with Leaflet, OpenLayers and Google Maps API v3.
Openlayers example Skobbler's tile servers solution is fully compatible with the most popular Java
Script frameworks. You can use this solution for frameworks like
Leaflet, OpenLayers and Google Maps API v3.
The URLs for the tile servers are:http://tiles1.api.skobbler.net/tileshttp://tiles2.api.skobbler.net/tileshttp://tiles3.api.skobbler.net/tileshttp://tiles4.api.skobbler.net/tiles
The URLs are formatted in the standard form, as it is required by the frameworks mentioned above.
For example: http://tiles1.api.skobbler.net/tiles/z/x/y.png?api_key=[YOUR_SKOBBLER_API_KEY]
With the Google Maps SDK for iOS, you can add maps based on Google maps data
to your application. The API automatically handles access to the Google Maps
servers, map display, and response to user gestures such as clicks and drags.
You can also use markers, polylines, and info windows to your map. These
objects provide additional information for map locations, and allow user
interaction with the map.
Developing an application with the Google Maps SDK for iOS requires the
Xcode 4.5 or later.
iOS SDK 6.0 or later.
Applications that use the Google Maps SDK for iOS will work on iOS 5.1 and
Mining Atlas - Explore over 10'000 Mines and Projects A nice integration of using Google Earth that allows users to explore mining activities across the planet, either use the search bar or zoom into areas using the map to find mines. The tour feature is a good addition that zoom,pans and tilts the Google earth camera around the selected mines - tour is automatically on as default. There are also printing and distance measurement tools (in KM) that can be used.
Google Maps Android API v2 New Features With the new version of the Google Maps Android API, developers can
utilize Google Maps to its fullest. We’ve incorporated many of the
highly-requested features developers want, such as:
More dynamic and flexible UI designs for large screen Android devices, such as tablets, using Android Fragments
Adding more Google Maps layers in their apps including satellite, hybrid, terrain, traffic and now indoor maps for many major airports and shopping centers
The ability to create markers and info windows with less code
The maps in the Google Maps Android API v2 can be tilted and rotated with easy
gestures, giving users the ability to adjust the map with an orientation that
makes sense for them. At any zoom level, you can pan the map, or change its
perspective with very little latency thanks to the smaller footprint of the
vector-based map tiles. Many cities, when viewed close up, will have 3D
buildings visible, as viewable in the below picture of Vancouver, Canada.
26 minute youtube video of the Google Maps v2 update:
If you’ve been following mySociety for a while, you’ll know that we have been interested in making maps that show commuting times for several years. However, we’ve never made public a simple, free, useful version of our slidy-swooshy Mapumental journey times technology"
Propertied for Rent/Purchase are also available to be added to the map if the user wishes to do so.
Using the slider you can adjust interactively your commuting time which updates the time-travel-polygon mask on the map.
English Constituency Boundary Changes Map Nicely put together using Openlayers and Boundary-line Data to create a map that shows changes between Constituency Boundaries
There are some interesting patterns – many urban areas, such as London,
have undergone very significant redrawing, while many rural areas –
historically with higher constituency populations – remain untouched.