On February 11th and 12th, the first Mashup Camp was held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The goal of the camp was get anyone interested in mashups, from mashup developers to API providers to mashup enablers, together in one place to talk about and see all kinds of mashups and get hands on experience. Some of the mashups weren’t necessarily geospatial, but a number of well-known ones like ChicagoCrime.org were highlighted. The response was so overwhelming, the organizers are already planning Mashup Camp 2, and the advance signup list on their webpage already has 308 names.
Ok, it’s a fluff piece, but it’s a cute fluff piece.
This is one of the cooler uses of Google Maps. The DARTmaps Project shows the real time movement of trains on train tracks in Dublin. While you can watch the trains move around in the default view, for more dramatic effect, click on one of the trains to zoom in. It’s a pretty interesting use of AJAX and utilization of real time data. Hopefully it’ll inspire others to start toying with real time data and mapping!
The Washington, DC Mayor’s Office website now features an interactive map highlighting the city administration’s 2005 accomplishments in 14 policy areas. Each of the icons is a hotlink to a short description of the accomplishment. It’s a pretty simple interface, but anÃ‚Â interesting visual representation of what the city government is up to.
eDuShi is a 3D mapping site for the city of Shanghai, with a cool Sim City kind of look instead of using satellite imagery, and has a navigation interface simliar to other internet mapping applications. As you mouse over structures, text info popups up interactively (unfortunately I don’t read Chinese).Ã‚Â Although not photo-realistic, it is still a neat way to virtually represent the city of Shanghai and allow users to navigate around and get information about real-world features.
The Web 2.0 Innovation Map is a Google Maps mashup that shows a geographic location for many of the most well-known Web 2.0 applications, including Wikipedia, WordPress, MySpace, Friendster, Flickr, Yahoo!Maps, and Google itself. So, now you can use a Web 2.0 application to learn about other Web 2.0 applications.
mapz posted a link to an article titled “Web GIS in practice IV: publishing your health maps and connecting to remote WMS sources using the Open Source UMN MapServer and DM Solutions MapLab“, thatÃ‚Â comes complete with a tutorial.Ã‚Â The tutorial is a 14 page document that walks you through downloading the software, installing on a windows box, and getting a demo running.Ã‚Â Complete with lots of graphics and links to open source web mapping software.
mapz: a gis librarian: Step-By-StepTutorial: Open Source Web GIS
The Carbon Project, which focuses on development of Open-Geospatial .NET applications, announced it has become a member of the ESRI Business Partner Program, and will develop interoperability extensions for ArcGIS. The first extension will be CarbonArc, which will enable seamless use of OGC services in ArcGIS. The first module, CarbonArc Lite, is already available for download from The Carbon Portal website.
Adena over at AllPoints Blog posted an entry on Platial, an online friend site which uses Google Maps and tagging to add information about place to a spatial location on the map. She links to an article in the Portland State University Daily Vanguard about Platial’s founder Paul Olsen. He likens Platial’s online collaborative atlas to blogging, “but instead of postings centered on people, Platial is a forum for information on places.”
Over at Geology.com, they’ve got a neat Google Maps mashup that shows the highest point in each of the 50 states. West Virginia’s is Spruce Knob – 4,863 feet. Alaska has the highest high point, Mount McKinley at 20,320 feet, while Florida has the lowest high point, Britton Hill at a mere 345 feet.