I stumbled across the Trends blog (by R. Banks) while I doing some searches on 3D visualization, and found a nice roundup titled “3D. What is it Good for?”, which includes a number of technologies that we have also blogged. I explored some other categories, and found that while Trends seems to be a general tech blog, there are a number of other entries that are relevant to geospatial technologies, so I will try to keep up with this one.
Intergraph announced that they will be integrating Skyline Software System’s 3D visualization technology into their GeoMedia product line. It seems that Skyline’s visualization functionality will be embedded directly into the GeoMedia interface.
Skyline Software Systems website
Here’s a short article on online map resources available in China, from the English language online edition of the Shanghai Daily.
The 3D mapping features on Shanghai’s E-city government website were mentioned in the article, but I had a lot of trouble getting the English version page to load, so I will have to try again later I guess.
Still, it is interesting to see how online mapping is being incorporated into daily lives in different parts of the world.
We received the press release this morning for the Boston HyperMap Atlas from StrataVarious, Inc. which pairs Google Maps with the interactive HyperMap Atlas to link together the basic web mapping interface with an atlas that provides all kinds of information, from historic landmarks to government buildings, to hotels and shopping.
I checked the site out and it’s a pretty cool app. I especially like the historic map layer (since history is one of my specialties) Anyway, definitely check out this site.
StrataVarious, Inc. Boston HyperMap Atlas
METAFUNCTIONS, an interdisciplinary European Union project that began on Oct. 1st, 2005, is developing a data-mining system that can help identify relationships between sequenced genes and their environmental contexts. One part of this project is to use GIS functionaly, including the development of a “Genome MapServer”, to map and analyze the spatial characteristics of data patterns.
This is an interesting article from the online edition of Capital Press Agriculture Weekly discussing how farmers in Oregon are beginning to use digital mapping technologies in precision farming. By using accurate field mapping and overlays with information like soil type, the farmers can concentrate fertilizer application and track yields and productivity. It just shows again how far digital mapping technologies are spreading into so many industries that you wouldn’t normally think of.
You can check out the precision farming article here
This article from Maurits Van der Vlugt at Directions Magazine discusses web services and some of the issues surrounding web services. His focus is on dispelling 3 “myths” about web services that can hamper innovation.
Check out the article at Directions Magazine
GISuser.com’s Flickr photo gallery has tons of photos of web mapping and GIS examples, including lots of Google Maps mash-ups and other themed maps. Most of the photo descriptions have links to the actual websites, so if you’re looking for a quick roundup of what’s out there, check it out.