The last I wrote about Bhuvan, the Indian Space Research Organization's "Google Earth," was in 2010 - there was an upgrade. I haven't heard a thing since, but now the mapping app is going mobile. But:
It's only available for Android and it's not available in the Google Play store.
Detailed imagery is blurry and watermarked.
On the plus side:
You can add data layers and see those of others (though none are verified).
You can add authoritative data via a Rediff Map layer: railway tracks, road, highways, and more towns/cities names.
You can track yourself by the device's GPS.
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/05 at 04:45 AM |
The problem many academics and cartographers have with Google, and MapMaker specifically though, is that while the data is collected by and the rendered maps now available to the "common man", the raw data is still controlled by the company itself. Google, one of the modern-day wielders of power, operates a fairly closed system when it comes to sharing geospatial data -- even the stuff it hasn't bought -- meaning that it's not freely available for people to use it to create their own maps or products, even if they're for non-commercial use.
- Wired UK
Image: OSM Map of Mass Maritime Academy
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/05 at 04:28 AM |