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GIS Day 2011

Happy GIS Day everyone!  GIS Day (and Geography awareness week) has certainly gotten more popular over the past year.  The first time I ever heard of it was last year, when a former professor mentioned it on Facebook.  This year, it seems like everyone is celebrating.  Universities are hosting student poster displays, and local governments [...]

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Cartography: Bing Maps

Normally, I’m not a fan of Microsoft’s graphic design work. Their UI design, especially in Windows, is barely passable, compared to the innovative work in Apple’s OS X and the KDE project. It seems reasonable that their mapping UI would be equally horrid, and that, along with the ubiquity of Google Maps, has relegated Bing [...]

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Trendspotting

British GIS site web-gis.co.uk is currently hosting a poll about GIS data formats.  Not too many people have voted yet, but a clear trend is already emerging.  The data suggests that PostGIS has been gaining a lot of ground, eclipsing other popular proprietary data formats.  Here’s the current breakdown: PostgreSQL/PostGIS – 17 votes, 65.4% Proprietary [...]

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OpenStreetMap + Microsoft

Reblogged from Slashgeo: This is certainly major news. Steve Coast, the OpenStreetMap founder, joined Microsoft’s Bing Maps team. From the announcement: “Continuously innovating and improving our map data is a top priority and a massive undertaking at Bing. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new initiative to work with the OpenStreetMap project, a community [...]

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Happy GIS Day!

Did you know that November 17th is GIS Day?  Probably not.  GIS Day is an awareness campaign, sponsored by ESRI, which is designed to increase the visibility of the spatial arts.  Which is important, because I don’t think GIS has become part of the everyday lexicon yet.  Whenever people ask me what I do for [...]

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