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Monday, June 25, 2012

Microsoft PR writes:

Today, the Bing Maps team is publishing their largest ever collection of satellite imagery release. In fact, this release is larger than all of the past Aerial releases combined!

Here are some key facts about the release:

  • This release of imagery, a whopping 165 terabytes of data, is more than double the prior amount of imagery. By itself, the Global Ortho release spans 1.03 million square kilometers.
  • Bing Imagery Technologies hit a milestone in June by completing 100% of aerial photography over the United States.
  • 100% of aerial photography over Europe is slated for completion this fall, and all updated imagery should be published by the end of 2012.

Check out the Bing Maps blog post to learn more about the release and see some striking aerial images.

In other Microsoft geonews, there's a half-day (free) session on Microsoft 8 Workshop on 7/3 at Reston VA: Getting Started with Creating Windows 8 Apps Using Geospatial Data offered in conjuction with Com.Geo. You need not register for, nor attend, Com.Geo to attend this free event. [Clarified per "Skinner's" comment below.]

- detials on Mobile America Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/25 at 08:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Stephanie Brown Trafton took Gold in Beijing (APB coverage) and will give it a go in London in the discus. Best I can tell she's still involved at GIS at Sycamore Environmental Consulting.

- Oregon Live

- USATF Profile

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/25 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Reuters and Space News reported over the weekend that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) had informed GeoEye it will be canceling parts of the 10-year, $3.8 billion EnhancedView contract because of budget cuts. NGA sent GeoEye two letters to explain the details.

Continue reading...

by Joe Francica on 06/24 at 02:22 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, June 22, 2012

Here are the key bits:

  • Changes to pricing. While the Maps API remains free for the vast majority of sites, some developers were worried about the potential costs. In response, we have lowered the online price from US $4 per 1,000 map loads to 50¢ per 1,000 map loads.

  • Simplified limits. We’re eliminating the previous distinction between Styled Maps and regular unstyled maps. The same usage limits and pricing now apply to applications using Styled Maps [where you literally style the maps via code; those used to be counted differently] and the default Google Maps style.

We’re beginning to monitor Maps API usage starting today, and, based on current usage, fees will only apply to the top 0.35% of sites regularly exceeding the published limits of 25,000 map loads every day for 90 consecutive days. We aren’t automating the application of these limits, so if your site consistently uses more than the free maps allowance we’ll contact you to discuss your options. Please rest assured that your map will not stop working due to a sudden surge in popularity.

I like that Google listened and only NOW is even looking to implement charges. I also like that this is a human thing - a Googler will reach out to you IF your site exceeds the limits. I'm wondering if Esri is watching and considering the feedback its getting on its pricing plans for ArcGIS Online for Organizations.

- Google Dev Blog

TechCrunch addresses what Esri might consider:

It’s probably no surprise that Google is making this announcement just a few days before its annual Google I/O developers conference is about to start. The original pricing changes, after all, created quite a bit of unease in the Google developer community and with this topic out of the way, the company won’t have to face uneasy questions about this topic.

- TechCrunch

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/22 at 11:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update: You can now listen to the show via the Web here or download the podcast.

--- original post June 21, 2012 ---

The radio show OnPoint produced out of WBUR in Boston (aka my station) will take on the new 3D mapping in its second hour (11 am EDT) today. interestingly, the guests are not from Google or Apple. They are:

Steven Levy, a senior writer at Wired magazine and author of In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives.

Darin Jensen, a cartographer and Professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.

David Heyman, cartographer and co-founder of Axis Maps, a group that designs custom and interactive maps for the digital age.

- On Point

- Listen Live at WBUR

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/22 at 06:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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