MS Street-Side Preview Live

Microsoft has just released thier Street-Side product in preview mode. It’s a pretty nifty implementation of AJAX technology and mapping. You can type in an address and get a split screen view of the map of the area, and the view you’d see if you were in a race car, sports car, or walking (I like the sports car best :). You can then use the arrow keys to “drive” around the city with the view updating as you go! Right now the system only features Seattle and San Francisco. Having driven around San Fran at time or two, I can say it’s fun to come up on a some serious gridlock and just plow right through it!

Newly-Issued Patent may threaten Rich Media applications

You may have seen this already if you read tech news or blogs (Adena over at AllPoints Blog mentioned it this morning), but a patent issued on February 14th for web-based applications that use rich media like Flash, Ajax, and Java. That would mean that any Internet-base rich media applications that use dynamic movement, including video and animation, would potentially fall under the patent. Neil Balthaser, a former executive at Macromedia was awarded the patent, and it’s not clear whether it will stand up to challenge. There is also speculation that Balthasar will sell the patent to one of the big players, like Microsoft or Google, rather than try to enforce it.
Via InformationWeek 

Mashup Camp

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 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.

Real Time Mapping with Google maps

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!

Mapping a city government’s accomplishments

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 an  interesting visual representation of what the city government is up to.

Via DCist


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).  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.

Via Geospatial Semantic Web Blog 

Step-By-StepTutorial: Open Source Web GIS

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“, that  comes complete with a tutorial.  The tutorial is a 14 page document that walks you through downloading the software, installing on a windows box, and getting a demo running.  Complete with lots of graphics and links to open source web mapping software.
mapz: a gis librarian: Step-By-StepTutorial: Open Source Web GIS

Carbon Project Becomes ESRI Business Partner

CarbonArcThe 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.

Via GISUser