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Monday, September 12, 2011

State of the Map, the OpenStreetMap conference held in Denver over the weekend wrapped up on Monday. Here are some of articles posted by attendees, speakers and others.

OpenStreetMap for Commercial Applications | Spatial Sustain

Mappers Gather in Denver for State of the Map| Spatial Sustain

State of the Map, 2011 | Churchill Navigation

Denver Day 1, What's new in PostgreSQL 9.1|Scanning Pages

New Board Members | OpenStreetMap Foundation

State of the Map 2011: How to map the world and have fun doing it | SlashGeo

Jon Spinney - Investing in OpenStreetMap Ideas?

Insert Coin To Play – my talk at State Of The Map 2011| eogeo (added 9/13)

And news plucked from Twitter hashtags #sotm11 and #sotm

MapBox: Ported @ColorBrewer colors to Carto for TileMill - über-thought-out schemes for choropleths and more. http://j.mp/oyNz6x

MapBox: With #Mapnik 2 come significant performance improvements. Watch this preview from @springmeyer ds.io/mUqdox #sotm11

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/12 at 12:17 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The National Geospatial Program today launches the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection (see FAQ, PR). 

It offers more than 90,000 of the 200,000+ USGS historical topo maps - some dating back to the Agency's founding more than 126 years ago. The maps are georeferenced and can be downloaded for free from the USGS Store. Since they are in a GeoPDF format, no special programs are required, and they can be used in conjunction with the US Topo maps. (Well, except on a Mac for which the TerraGo plug-in is not available!)e website includes advanced search functions, status graphics (more maps are in the works via a quick turnaround process) and download instructions. 

- via USGS PR

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/12 at 05:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The book comes out Sept 20 from Scribner, 288 pages, $25.

- Edmonds Patch

--- original post 5/9/11 --

The book is titled Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks (Amazon link) and is expected in September.

Here's an interview with him in Publisher's Weekly. Here's an excerpt from US Airways magazine.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/12 at 04:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Programmable Web features AtlasCT's APIs and apparently Nokia is a client. The challenge for me: what exactly distinguishes this offering from others out there (SimpleGeo, for example). PW currently includes 190 mapping APIs in its database. Also cited this week: GIS Cloud API, GooTip API (for locatoin based based question asking) and PDX API. Not directly relevant to geo, but perhaps to travel/tourism:

Postcard on the Run API: Postcard on the Run is an application that allows users to take photographs, personalize them with messages, and send them as print postcards to physical mailing addresses.

- Programmable Web

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/12 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It's officially called OpenStreetMap Collaborative Prototype, Phase One and has been available since July 5th. It reveals the results of a protoype on road data done with the state of Kansas (APB coverage). The conclusion from the abstract:

Resulting data were successfully improved to meet standards for The National Map once the system and specifications were in place. The OSM software proved effective in providing a usable platform for collaborative data editing.

- via @mhacklay

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/12 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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