ESRI formally announced its new ArcGIS Explorer at the European ESRI User Conference this week and the below are some of the discussion on this announement.
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.
The NY Times online posted a new article on Google Maps mash-ups. For those of you still not really sure about what the Google Maps phenomenon is all about, it’s a good introduction and mentions some cool sites.
You can read the article here (NY Times online requires free registration to view their articles)
A website called Postini has maps that show the sources for spam, virus, and directory harvest attack activity (based on originating IP) for the past 24 hours.
So, if you want to see where it’s all coming from, check out the Postini stats page
The writing frenzy has ended for now, so on to the promised widget. The widget is for use with Konfabulator/Yahoo! Widgets (which must be installed before trying to use this widget). The WebMap widget allows you to search on an address to find a location and choose from existing map services, or a custom map service that you provide (widget preferences are accessed through a right click on the interface). The interface is very minimalistic with buttons to control pan and zoom functionality (for full details please read the README included). While this was my brain child, most of the work was done by Nate and Andrew (right click and choose about). This is the opening salvo, but there are more ideas waiting to be implemented.
Let me know what you think. Also, to find more OGC compliant WebMapServices to use in the widget head over to Mapdex to search.
Download WebMap widget
GeoRSS seeks to go beyond the x,y point location tag that currently exists in RSS 2 and leverage GML to support more complex geometry (lines and polygons). The overview sounds good with key ideas, such as linking related point entries into a line (their example was a kayak trip). They even seem to be attempting to implement a form of topology, but I may be reading too much into the document.
This is a pretty cool project that I just read about via Wired. It is about mapping our world based on our perception of it, not just by physical coordinates. It was started only a month ago by Michael Baldwin, an English teacher living in Brazil.
You can participate in the project by going to CommonCensus.org and adding your address and answering a few questions.
There is a Konfabulator/Yahoo! Widgets widget that uses www.maporama.com. I had a couple of the undergrads at the lab whip up a map service based widget back in July, but they didn’t accept it to that gallery due to one of the map services we were pointing to being down. That version is specific to work, but I will edit in the next couple of days and post it without the work logo and not centered on Morgantown. Look for it Tuesday night or Wednesday after I finish my write-a-thon.
Until then check out this widget at Konfabulator – Gallery – Map-o-Rama!