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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

If you are still fuzzy on what GeoJSON, now is a great time to learn. For us non-programmers, it's a data encoding for geospatial data that more and more products and services are supporting. In fact, USGS offers a series of GeoJSON feeds of earthquake data. The current specification dates back to 2008 and includes some familiar names in the list of authors: Howard Butler (Hobu Inc.), Martin Daly (Cadcorp), Allan Doyle (MIT), Sean Gillies (UNC-Chapel Hill), Tim Schaub (OpenGeo), Christopher Schmidt (MetaCarta).

Today, Google announced support for GeoJSON in its JavaScript Google Maps API.

Last summer GitHub announced automagic visualization of GeoJSON, which I thought was a big deal. And, now any open data there can be used in a Google Map.

So, yes, GIS users, you need to know GeoJSON and what you can do with data in that encoding.

- Google Geo Developers Blog

At right: USGS GeoJSON on a Google Map. Yeah, it still looks like "dots on a map" ...

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/19 at 09:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GIS offers Expected Taxes if Over-ride Passes

Gladwin County, MI has an online feature that calculates how much homeowners will pay in property taxes if the Headlee Override passes, per the local paper. it uses GIS and the 2013 values but is expected to be relatively accurate. How do you use it? There's a slide show with step by step instructions on using the city's GIS viewer.

Mapping Capital Projects in Belleview Washington with Esri and Google

The City of Bellevue, WA launched an interactive map of capital projects. It's a GeoCortex app which taps both a Google and Esri API.

Requested GIS for Pakistan Police Declined

The Punjab police inspector general requested supplementary funds to implement GIS in city police stations to enhance the existing Police Record and Office Management Information System (PROMIS). An official of the chief minister’s secretariat said no because it felt it overlapped with the automation and networking functions of the existing system. I'm guessing the secretariat doesn't fully grasp what GIS is.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 03/19 at 03:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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