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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Read all the way to the end - there's a bonus!

nowCOAST LayerInfo API: nowCOAST is a GIS-based online mapping tool that provides access to real-time coastal environmental observations and NOAA forecasts for any region in the coastal United States. nowCOAST's LayerInfo API provides access to additional useful information on mapping layers, including Legends, Timestamps, Icons, and Layer Descriptions. The API uses HTTP calls and responses are formatted in XML, HTML and TXT.

Aviresto API: Aviresto is a guide to restaurants in France. The site lets users read and submit customer reviews. Searches can be conducted by city or by location on a map. An API is available that allows users to conduct these searches programmatically and pull the results into their own application or web site. Public documentation of the API is not available; developers should contact the provider for access.

NAVTEQ LocationPoint Advertising API: NAVTEQ is a provider for digital maps and map content used in navigation and location-based services. The NAVTEQ Network for Developers (NN4D) program provides developers with a variety of API's for mapping, road traffic data, and advertising.

The NAVTEQ LocationPoint Advertising (LPA) service is an in-application mobile advertising service that provides location-based, targeted advertising to users of location aware applications and mobile websites. This API will gather location data and identify users, and then request relevant adds to return to the device. The LPA web service also exposes functions for handling the end-user experience after they have interacted with a LPA-powered add; for example, providing the user with maps and routes to physical stores related to an add they clicked through.

NAVTEQ Map Reporter API: NAVTEQ is a provider for digital maps and map content used in navigation and location-based services. The NAVTEQ Network for Developers (NN4D) program provides developers with a variety of API's for mapping, road traffic data, and advertising.

NAVTEQ's Map Reporter allows individuals to suggest updates or corrections to NAVTEQ maps. Users can give feedback about addresses, roads or road features, points of interest, or traffic restrictions. Attachments, such as images or supporting evidence, can also be added to the submission. In addition to submitting feedback on existing map elements, users can suggest new map content such as other points of interest or cartography details. The Map Reporter web service is composed of two primary parts: a submission service that allows users to provide their feedback to NAVTEQ, and a query service for searching map reports for the status and details of previously submitted requests.

- Programmable Web

Bonus: StreetFight offers Comparing the Pros and Cons of 5 Top Location APIs which looks at contenders to fill in for recently closed SimpleGeo. Warning: written by an intern.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/14 at 07:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

"The three homes of GIS could be said to be in the office, in the field and on the Internet." 

- Dominic McNeillis, Solutions Marketing Manager, Public Sector, EMEA and India, Pitney Bowes Software writing in an article titled Making Geospatial Smarter for India in Information Week India

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/14 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Open Nuclear Iran is a crowdsourced effort developed anonymously by concerned Iranians and experts from the arms control community to document, assess, and share information on Iran's nuclear program in an open forum.

It's a CrowdMap implementation.

via @opennucleariran

Pulse, a UK publication "for health professionals only" (so it says at the top of the page) is building a senitment map.

We plan to build an interactive map detailing what GPs feel about their local hospital services. But we need your help - fill in this quick, 20-question survey, and you will be entered into a prize draw for an iPad 2 worth £399.

- Pulse

The Geo-Wiki Project is a global network of volunteers who wish to help improve the quality of global land cover maps. Since large differences occur between existing global land cover maps, current ecosystem and land-use science lacks crucial accurate data (e.g. to determine the potential of additional agricultural land available to grow crops in Africa). Volunteers are asked to review hotspot maps of global land cover disagreement and determine, based on what they actually see in Google Earth and their local knowledge, if the land cover maps are correct or incorrect. Their input is recorded in a database, along with uploaded photos, to be used in the future for the creation of a new and improved global land cover map.

- Geo-Wiki via SlashGeo

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/14 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

[Chicago  Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Tom] Byrne said the blitzing now permits crews to trim 20 trees a day instead of 14.

The maps are based both on observation by city employees and by callers to the city’s 311 non-emergency line. Byrne said that in less than four months, use of the program has reduced the number of backlogged tree-trimming requests from 30,000 to 23,000, with a blitz taking place in each of the city’s 50 wards roughly twice a month.

...Byrne said it saves on manpower, fuel and mechanical wear and addresses complaints more quickly.

The app was first used to map crime, now tree trimming requests. Next up: graffitti.

- CBS Chicago

2011 NAIP 1 meter, 4 band aerial photography is now available in Image Server (image.agrc.utah.gov). This imagery was acquired statewide in the summer of 2011 as a part of the National Agriculture Imagery Program and is also available for FTP download as well.

- Utah GIS Portal

The county will now offer its global information mapping services at no cost to area school corporations.

Allen County commissioners approved a new membership agreement with Fort Wayne Community Schools today that will eliminate the fees the county normally charges for sharing mapping information, said Dave Estes, who manages the county’s GIS office.

The legislation that requires those fees has retricted the county from contributing to IndianaMap, the state's map.

Journal Gazette (I contacted the paper about the expansion of "GIS" above)

"Investigators consider making map of arson fires" is the headline in the local paper in Kamploops, BC. They have a list of the suspicious fires. I wonder what they are waiting for?

Kamloops Daily News

Esri is among those noted in new project cited in a press release from the White House discussing its Global Development Policy.

• A new “app store” for development to spur humanitarian apps and software: USAID has joined forces with today’s leading technology companies to build an “app store” for development-oriented software.  The platform will enable public and private technology interventions to be scaled and replicated across multiple countries, programs, and implementers while creating a marketplace of ideas and applications.   This partnership will take advantage of the knowledge of “cloud computing experts” from major technology companies such as HP, Cisco, Accenture, and ESRI to increase the productivity and efficiency of USAID’s development assistance.

fact sheet via @michael_d_gould

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/14 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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