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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

AIMS Address API: The Automated Information Mapping System (AIMS) is provided by Johnson County, Kansas. It can be used by individuals, government organizations or businesses looking for a GIS solution. AIMS offers services including map production, custom enterprise-level application development, and data development. The Address Web Service allows developers to search, validate and geocode against the Johnson County master address database. If a user finds an address, they can also lookup the tax property ID and its tax unit. Methods are including to give users all the valid cities, zip codes, street types, street directions, unit designators, and street names used in the county. The API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

Chitika API: Chitika is a user targeting ad network. It provides services to developers to enhance the revenue capacity of websites and applications. The Chitika API is REST based and returns only JSON. It allows users to add a Chitika map to websites which includes ad pins, or add phone numbers to ads that generate revenue based a per call basis not a per click basis. An API key is required for use.

CORDC COAMPS Winds Model API: The service from the U.S. Coastal Observing Research and Development Center (CORDC) provides current estimates of wind conditions for locations along and near U.S. coastlines. For a specified location, it reports both current and forecasted values for wind speed and direction, along with related weather conditions such as barometric pressure, temperature, sea level and pressure, etc.

API methods support retrieval of wind data for a location specified by either latitude and longitude or geographic boundaries. Methods also provide general meteorological data for ocean conditions, atmospheric pressure, ambient temperature, and related values.

CORDC HFRADAR Maps API: The service provides access to data for high-frequency radar (HFRADAR) vectors to be incorporated with mapping applications based on the Google Maps API. Data come from buoy sensors maintained by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The service provides access to input from this network, formatted to display on Google Maps.

API methods support specification of location and time frame, along with many other variables relevant to displaying the data as map images. Specifications provide control of image zoom, opacity, and color scale, for example. Resulting images show conditions detected by weather radar at a wide range of resolutions for coastal locations monitored by NOAA.

MyHurricane API: MyHurricane allows users to track current and past hurricanes and typhoons. The MyHurricane API enables users to add the the same map and tracking data to websites and mobile applications. The API is Javascript and free to use. requires that its logo remain on the widget once installed.

Swiss Public Transport API: Swiss public timetable data may be utilized to build applications to map stations, arrival times, and to plan routes and establish travel connections. This information can be used for transmitting data by means of the web, the desktop, or for mobile applications. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

Viking Spots API: VikingSpots provides map-based, user-generated recommendations for businesses and other places, and provides businesses a platform for advertising and deal creation. The Vikingspots API allows 3rd party developers to access the platform to create initiatives and applications.

Intech IQ Hosted API: Intech is a provider of information quality software for businesses of all sizes. Their IQ Office suite is a solution to help with information transformation, validation, standardisation, matching and integration of a wide array of data sources, both in batch mode as well as in real-time at the point of data capture.

As part of the IQ Office suite, the IQ Hosted Web Service is a web based address validation and geographic coding solution used for cleaning addresses and adding geographic information. The API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML. Full documentation is available to customers.

NOAA GOES SEM API: The service provides download access to data from the Space Environment Monitory (SEM) service from the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) of the U.S. National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA). Available data include lists of locations monitored by the service, metadata about the locations, and actual satellite monitoring data. Applications can import SEM data for further analysis and processing.

API methods support retrieval of descriptions of the data structure provided by SEM, including field names, descriptions, data formats, minimum and maximum values, etc. Methods also support retrieval of the monitoring data itself, giving the specific satellite and time-stamped sensor readings. The API gives access to specifications for the locations monitored, as well.

NOAA GOES Solar X-Ray Imager API: The service provides download access to data from the Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) service from the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) of the U.S. National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA). It provides search against an archive of processed or unprocessed images, which applications can download in a selection of file formats.

API methods support specification of the image type (raw or processed data and output file format) along with varied parameters such as the satellite number that generated the image, the sort of solar phenomenon documented, filter wavelength, and the time the image was generated as well as the exposure time.

The web service response contains a bunch of URLs that point to the SXI images. Users can choose to view the images, download a copy to their local machine or process the images using external software. The response is returned in the format specified by the users while constructing the HTTP request URL. The supported response formats include XML, JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), Text and HTML. The HTTP request URL works well in a browser, on a command line and in a program code.

ShopLocal API: ShopLocal provides brand promotional management, including services such as circular distribution and geographically specific advertising. The ShopLocal API allows developers to display advertising and in-store content within their applications. Documentation is available with login.

- Programmable Web

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/08 at 10:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A new interactive map from the California Air Resources Board taps the versatility of Google Earth software to transform eye-glazing spreadsheet data into a visual, if wonky, feast.

The map shows the locations and greenhouse gas emissions of about 625 facilities — the largest industrial greenhouse gas emitters in the state. The graphical tool can filter by type of facility (cement plant, refinery, electricity generation), by county or air district. You can use the satellite view to see a facility’s physical footprint, then switch over to Google Earth to see how its carbon footprint stacks up against other emitters. The EPA released a similar map earlier this year, but without all the Google Earth bells and whistles.

Gee, the EPAs maps are not as sexy as California's Air Resources Board. If you don't have the Google Earth plug in installed you get the map in Google Maps. 


Faribault County, MN, has a GIS system and the local paper wants residents to use it. The reason it was created, per the paper, revolved around drainage issues. The onlne system, however, is a bit of a kitchen sink type viewer. There are many layers and many tools (included drawing ones) to use. The app is built on Geomoose, an open source MapServer-based solution, hosted by Houston Engineering.

- Faribault County Reigster

South Korea’s Capital city has launched early this week, a location-based mobile application which allows users to register complaints regarding community issues that affect public safety and infrastructure.

The app, which is aptly called the “Seoul Smart Complaint Centre” app, was developed by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and has been designed to map the reported location and allow photos of the location to be attached and submitted via smart phone.

- FutureGov

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/08 at 04:46 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The patent app is titled Real-Time Camera Tracking Using Depth Maps and the abstract reads:

Real-time camera tracking using depth maps is described. In an embodiment depth map frames are captured by a mobile depth camera at over 20 frames per second and used to dynamically update in real-time a set of registration parameters which specify how the mobile depth camera has moved. In examples the real-time camera tracking output is used for computer game applications and robotics. In an example, an iterative closest point process is used with projective data association and a point-to-plane error metric in order to compute the updated registration parameters. In an example, a graphics processing unit (GPU) implementation is used to optimize the error metric in real-time. In some embodiments, a dense 3D model of the mobile camera environment is used.

Per Game Trailer:

The environment sensor would use the Kinect's ability to determine trajectory and depth to create a digital map of the area it is seeing. It can also track itself through a motion detector such as a smartphone accelerometer. The technology, however, isn't just limited to mobile devices. Microsoft hopes to work the mapping capabilities into smartphones and PCs.

- Game Trailer

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/08 at 03:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Location, location, location — If your app doesn’t have a spatial component to it and you don’t have an ability to extract GIS information from the app, you’re more than missing the boat — you don’t know where the water is.

Brian Heaton, writing at GovTech in an article titled 7 Mobile App Development Tips for Local Governments.

- GovTech

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/08 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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