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Monday, August 23, 2010

“Geo Grandfather ESRI Makes Strides on the Web” provides an overview of ESRI’s ArcGIS Server APIs. “The ESRI mapping APIs, which are freely available, differentiate themselves from the plethora of consumer focused mapping APIs out there in their depth of GIS analysis they support, their ability to ask complex questions of spatial proximity and topology. However, to access this extra functionality on your own data you need to buy a license.”

- Programmable Web

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/23 at 03:16 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In this interview, I spoke with Ricky Brundritt, a GIS consultant with Infusion in London UK, and the King of Bing Maps. Ricky’s Taxicab Calculator won 1st prize in the King of Bing Maps contest sponsored by Microsoft and in this conversation we discuss the ease of use in working with the Bing Maps API, how long it took him to develop the app and how Bing’s API compares to Google. Ricky also won 3rd place for his data viewer application that integrates shapefiles and imports a GeoRSS feed.

Ricky also mentioned that he is currently in the process of creating a company called “inKnowledge” that will be offering a REST web service that can calculate taxi fares. "This will make it easy for mobile applications to add this functionality to their apps. I’m currently setting everything on Azure and am using Bing maps in the backend. I’m also looking into updating the Taxi fare calculator to add in functionality to show local taxi companies after a user searches. I’m also looking into adding the ability to book taxi’s directly from the app (this will be done by partnering with existing companies that have this functionality). We plan to have this functionality available in London, UK by mid-September. In addition I’ve been collecting data for a lot more cities from around the world. I’ve also had several people from Microsoft reach out to me with rates for cities that I didn’t have data for. By the end of September I plan to have data for over 100 cities from around the world available on the Bing Maps Taxi fare calculator app," said Ricky.

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by Joe Francica on 08/23 at 02:02 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

deCarta, maker of geospatial software for location-based apps, has raised $6.2 million of an expected $10.2 million in a fourth round of funding per an SEC filing.

- VentureBeat

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/23 at 11:12 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A question came up recently - can I share WMS services via ArcGIS Online? The answer is yes, and here’s how.

First, WMS services, unlike ArcGIS services, can’t be shared on ArcGIS Online in their native form. Why you might ask? Not all client applications support them (at least not just yet), so WMS services are supported in a way that exposes them to the clients that can use them - via layer files or layer packages.

- ArcGIS Online Blog

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by Adena Schutzberg on 08/23 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

As an example check out Ryan Sarver’s map (he’s the Twitter api/dev guy). Anyone using Foursquare can visualize their movements either publicly or just for themselves at Weeplaces. The background data is OSM and there’s a timeline underlying the map. If your friends share their maps you can overlay them with yours. You can also add comments to other people’s public maps. Oh, and it’s not a slippy map, as Steve Coast noted on TWIM. He used the term “inertial scrolling” but I think that means “slippy map.”

It’s about two weeks old and was built in a weekend by the Movity team.

- Weeplaces blog
- via TWIM

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/23 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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