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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Mikel Maron of Mapufacture describes GeoRSS as "an agreement on a representation of space that we can all share." Speaking at Where 2.0, Maron was trying to give some perspective on the potential of GeoRSS. He believes that just as RSS was far from the perfect format, "it produces just enough structure that we can all agree on it." So how do you include GeoRSS? Maron sees GeoRSS supporting more geometries as well as altitude that satisfy enough geographic features while maintaining simplicity. See his GeoRSS aggregator at

by Joe Francica on 06/13 at 03:30 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Among the hidden news this week is the fact that Skyline, the company suing Google about Google Earth lost its bid for an injunction. The dispute is over a terrain-mapping patent and a trial is expected later this year.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/13 at 06:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I visited my alma mater the past two days and learned of two interesting staff changes. James MacGill (GeoTools) left the university to join Google. Open source GIS guy at Google…interesting.

To balance the PSU universe, Ian Turton (GeoTools) now joins the GeoVista Center. His blog is here.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/13 at 05:49 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a surprising twist (for those in the press anyway) Google actually put out a press release about the new version of Google Earth and updates to Google Maps in connection with its Google’s first Geo Developer Day (not apparently in conjunction with Where 2.0). The event falls just a year after the Google Earth launch. Hard to believe it’s been just a year, eh? Most of the time news dribbles out from the company blogs and reaches mainstream media via the general tech pubs from CNET and Ziff Davis. The big things from my perspective:

Maps - API supports geododing, support for KML, fee-based service for commercial/internal use

Earth - new interface, udpated data (coming soon to Earth), Linux support and localization

Telcontar’s CEO dropped an e-mail (and a PR) this morning saying the company is changing its name to deCarta. The release explains why having “Cart” in the name makes sense. I had no idea, not being a Tolkein fan where the original name came from, and applaud the company’s choice of a more accessible name.

Galdos piled on announcing new funding yesterday. I guess that company’s upcoming event (GeoWeb) wasn’t the right place to announce money news?

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/13 at 05:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, June 12, 2006

Chris DiBona from Google posted the news on Slashdot. Chris DiBona is an open source program manager for Google. Quite fitting then that GEv4 features Linux support.

“It features 3D textured buildings, some neat UI updates, better internationalization and, with this release, a native Linux version is available for download as well.”

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by Adena Schutzberg on 06/12 at 07:49 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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