Reader Larry pointed me to WW2D, a 2D, open source, free viewer based on Java and OpenGL technologies. It runs on “any system for which Java VM and JOGL library exist (Windows/Linux/Mac OSX).” Currently, its server includes data from Blue Marble Next Generation (500 m/pixel), LandSat7 (15 m/pixel), USGS Topo Maps, USGS Digital Ortho imagery, USGS Urban Area imagery. And, it’s possible to post your own data and create add-ons to the browser.
There’s a nice table comparing it to World Wind, Google Earth/Local, MSN Virtual Earth, but alas not ArcGIS Explorer (grin). The big one, and I hear this a lot since I circulate in education/academic circles, is the cross platform support. That will kill some of the other players in the education space, my friends tell me.
Who’s behind this effort? Vitaliy Pronkin from Moscow, Russia.
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/03 at 07:00 AM |
Update: 11/3 - removed innappropriate reference to mapstats.com.
Gary at Search Engine Watch notes that Via Virtual Earth (that’s the site by a Microsoft partner) has chosen a winner of its contest which encouraged development on the mapping platform. It’s MapStats which maps visitors to a website, among other things. It’s still in development, so you can’t yet download a copy. Here’s are the stats for one of the sites testing the app.
Somehow I’m not getting that excited about this, perhaps because there are so many other apps that do this. I will commend Via Virtual Earth for explicitly outlining the criteria for the contest:
The $1000 winner was based on:
Ease of use / interaction model
Graphic execution (cool & sexiness factor)
Technical challenges overcome while developing your application
Use of other technologies on application
Number of potential users
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/02 at 09:06 AM |
The crew at Microsoft announced two “lives” today: Windows Live, a series of services that can be integrated together and Office Live, an online version of office. Some suggest this is simply a renaming of Web 2.0 to “live.” In any case, Virtual Earth is part of Windows Live. Says the release:
For example, Richard Frost, founder of RE3W World Wide Ltd., an independent software developer specializing in applications related to commercial real estate, demonstrated today at the briefing how its software utilized Windows Live services, specifically Windows Live(TM) Virtual Earth(TM), to deliver an enhanced experience to commercial real estate professionals. Through the combination of software and services, the RE3W demonstration highlighted how an individual can search satellite images from Windows Live Local powered by Virtual Earth to identify prospective properties while simultaneously accessing and aggregating information from RE3W’s proprietary data and publicly available ownership records and parcel maps.
At this point, this sounds like a new marketing term for Virtual Earth, nothing more.
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/02 at 07:00 AM |
At the session on Threats in a Era of Transformation at the GEOINT Conference in San Antonio, assistant secretary for information analysis at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Charles Allen, pointedly reminded the audience that we "need a shared means and a common understanding of information." Allen was making reference to the fact that there are often different interpretations from the same set of facts and this has contributed to poor vetting of information. Allen has only been in his position for one month and is trying to build a more unified intelligence infrastructure at DHS. But he warned that the United States faces a protracted battle with the current terrorists threats, similar to what the U.S. faced with Soviet-style Communism.
by Joe Francica on 11/01 at 08:36 AM |
An article in the Boston Globe highlights the lack of updates in online and city websites regarding our now-famous Big Dig realignment. The writer contacted Tele Atlas, who confirmed “they continue to update their maps every 90 days in Boston and make no attempt to avoid the tunnels during the Big Dig’s $14.6 billion construction.” Google, which does not create its data and sources it from Tele Atlas and NAVTEQ reportedly updates maps “on average every 18 months.” The icing on the cake? Association of American Geographers Doug Richardson is the source of this statistic: “Nationwide, about one in 50 computer-generated directions goes wayward.”
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/01 at 07:45 AM |