Archive for May, 2007

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Where and Where Not

Like Dan Catt there are things I will be attending and things I won’t be attending, as is the nature of physical reality. I’ll be in SF for two weeks from Saturday, and really looking forward to the weeks of Geo.

The biggie. I’m a slave to Where 2.0 right now, preparing two presentations and getting things together for launches.

San Jose Convention Center doesn’t sound as glamorous as the Google campus, but I’ll be there.

WhereCamp. This will be an awesome geeky event. I’m not sure about sleeping on Yahoo’s floors, I don’t remember them being that comfortable from all nighters years ago.

HackDay back in London. I have some ideas. Historical OpenStreetMap of London anyone?

State of the Map. The 1st OpenStreetMap conference. I’m speaking on disaster response and OSM.

And I won’t be at..

Google Developer Day London to see Nestoria take the spotlight. Nestoria are great friends to Mapstraction and also now muy fácil para casa en España.

NetSquared “remixing the web for social change”, happening exactly on the days of Where 2.0. Would have loved to talk to the people from Maps 2.0 – Geospatial Tools for Nonprofits and Humanitarian Relief.

International Symposium on Digital Earth A more government and academic crowd .. it looks interesting, and I still wouldn’t mind lurking there, but had no reserves to get involved.

OpenStreetMap Amsterdam Party and Holland Open Source. Especially disappointed on this one, had a great time in Amsterdam at XTech last year and have made contacts in Amsterdam for the OpenStreetMap Baghdad Project

London to Brighton Bike Ride I’ve wanted to ride from London to Brighton forever, but am not a very good fund raiser. Guess I can go on any other normal, but I like being with the pack.

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Mapstraction Update

Through the course of projects, Mapstraction has been receiving attention .. more APIs and more features. The site has gotten a redesign too.

Mapstraction now supports MultiMap and Map24, in addition to OpenStreetMap, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.

There’s even experimental support for Poly9 FreeEarth .. that’s 3D mapping through mapstraction!

Features. There’s cross API support for “marker filters”, which will change visibility of markers depending on set criteria, like a time or numerical range, tag, etc. This is a concept I’ve developed with MultiMap, which supports it natively, and Mapstraction adds a subset of their functionality to the others. This is a really killer feature I think, something loads of developers implement repeatedly. The mapstraction filters demo demonstrates the use of filter for time based navigation.

Georeferenced images can be overlaid on any API using Mapstraction .. great if you have other sources of imagery or maps. This borrows a few ideas from TPhoto.

There’s also now consistent support for GeoRSS and Polylines.

Very shortly we may have more to announce too..

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We’re in 3D

Virtual Earth has Brighton in 3D. Brighton has really arrived, joining the ranks of Swindon in the exclusive club of 3d UK local live cities.

oldpostoffice-3d

Here’s home in 3d. It’s pretty much like that! Just at lower resolution.

You can even see a blue and white Brighton driving by on the street.

pavilion-3d

The Royal Pavilion doesn’t have a perfect onion dome .. but if they’ve actually captured this automatically (with LIDAR?) that’s pretty incredible .. wouldn’t be surprised if there was a bit of loving care in there.

3D VE runs extremely slow on my machine (especially to some upcoming lightweight 3d browser mapping.

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Disaster Mapping in worldKit

RSOE Havaria Emergency and Disaster AlertMap has relaunched using worldKit. They collect emergency alerts from many sources, some in GeoRSS, others in CAP, and probably other formats as well, convert it all to GeoRSS (which you can subscribe to as well) and visualize in worldKit. It’s a perfect example of what’s possible with open, distributed, simple machine readable publishing.

havaria

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The Maze Meltdown and Maps in the SF Chronicle .. We need a sustainable approach!

It’s great to see the San Francisco Chronicle take on the issue of disconnect between the real world and its representation in maps. I get quoted from the very weblog you’re now reading, thanks to a reference from Brady :).

Yahoo, Google, MapQuest and others have scrambled and updated their maps after the Maze Meltdown, which is cool, but also disappointing that the only time this issue is taken seriously is when there’s a high profile incident in Silicon Valley’s backyard. Parallels to the search for Jim Gray when everyone jumped in with some piece of technology to conduct the search. On the one hand, amazing what can be accomplished when everyone starts to cooperate .. but disappointing that it doesn’t last beyond to help millions of people around the world whose lives are disrupted by natural and humanitarian disasters.

OpenStreetMap is a collaborative approach to making maps, which trusts everyone to build up maps from their own local knowledge .. it can roughly be thought of as Wikipedia for maps. Because it’s distributed, Jesse could have updated the map of Mississippi post-Katrina over a year and a half ago. And the hundreds of thousands of other errors in commercial and government data providers could be corrected as soon as they’re noticed. As far as I can see, an OpenStreetMap like approach is the only way forward.

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