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Welcome to the OS OpenSpace API
Read more: http://openspace.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/openspace/
MapProxy is an open source proxy for geospatial data. It caches, accelerates and transforms data from existing map servers. Unlike other solutions, the OGC WMS standard remains on client and server-side.
It is a middle-man between existing web map servers (like MapServer or GeoServer) and clients. All existing web and desktop GIS applications can be used, but also modern clients like OpenLayers and GoogleEarth.
MapProxy acts as a WMS, TMS and KML server. It does not render any data itself but delegates requests to other server. It stores all responses and reuses that cached data for further requests. It can requests data from WMS and TMS clients.
To an observer in space, humanity's footprints on the surface of the Earth are large and varied. They include the regular patterns of irrigated cropland, straight lines of roads and railways running across continents, reservoirs on river systems, and the cement rectangles of ports and seawalls along coastlines. But what about humanity's signature footprint-cities? By day, cities viewed from space can blend into the countryside, or appear as gray smudges, depending on the style of development and size of the urban area. [...]
Open the mobile phone application offered by a French real estate agency and point your phone at a building along the Champs-Élysées or some other street in Paris. Within seconds, you will see the property’s value per square meter, superimposed over a live image of the building streamed through the phone’s camera.
Speed and convenience delivered with the aim of a smartphone. Could this be the new frontier of on-demand property search?
It depends whom you ask.
The application, engineered by Layar, a 10-month-old company based in Amsterdam, uses “augmented reality” technology, or A.R., to harness a phone’s camera, global positioning system and compass. Elements like statistics and 3-D images are, essentially, layered over a live picture so the user gets a single view with all available information.
These A.R. “mash-ups” already are being used to display information about tourist sites, chart subway stops and restaurants, allow interior designers to superimpose new furniture or color schemes on a room, and give crime statistics for a specific area.
The A.R. Beatles Tour, for example, superimposes videos and 3-D models, like a yellow submarine, when a smartphone with the application is pointed at locations in London and Liverpool that were significant in the band’s career.
But, “does it provide users with information that they find valuable?” asked Simon Baker, chief executive of Classified Ad Ventures, the publisher of an online real estate site called Property Portal Watch. “Is there real value in using it? Will it fundamentally replace the way we do things? Or is it a gimmick?”
According to the French agency, MeilleursAgents.com, the results have been positive. Julien Cheyssial, one of the agency’s founders and its chief technology officer, said it took a developer only two days to customize the Layar browser with prices, based on city and agency records, and GPS coordinates. Since the agency’s version of the application was introduced in August 2008, he said, there have been several thousand downloads a week. [...]
Lombard Street, San Francisco is featured on a million postcards as "the crookedest street in the world" due to the 8 hairpin bends on the block between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets. The famous turns are clearly visible on a map, but it is not obvious why they are necessary. And the rest of Lombard St looks like an innocent section of straight road from above.
However, it was while driving along the section of Lombard St west of Hyde that I was first introduced to the smell of a burning clutch. I was stuck in traffic in a car with manual transmission trying to drive up what is actually an incredibly steep hill, one of many in San Francisco. But apart from the shading in Terrain view there is no way to appreciate that on a map unless you switch to Street View.
We are therefore happy to introduce a new service to the Maps API family that enables applications to determine elevation profiles. Using either the new ElevationService Maps API v3 class or the Elevation Web Service you can request the elevation in meters for one or more sets of coordinates, or you can request a specific number of elevation samples equally spaced along a path. If any sampling points are over bodies of water, the service will return the depth relative to sea level as a negative number.
The below application uses the Google Visualization API to plot elevation profiles. You can add additional points by clicking on the map or entering an address, drag existing points arounds, and switch between different modes of travel. If you roll your mouse over the profile chart you can see on the map the point that the given sample relates to.
To facilitate easy generation of elevation profiles for routes generated for driving, cycling, or walking directions we have also added a new property to the DirectionsResult object called
overview_path. This is a simplified path guaranteed to be short enough to pass to the Elevation Service.
As with all other Google Maps API services, the elevation service must be used in compliance with the Maps API Terms of Service which require that it be used in conjunction with display of a Google map. This means that if you display elevation information to your users that you have obtained using this service, or any data that you have derived from it, you must also show a Google map that indicates the points, path, or route concerned.
We think that this new elevation service is a natural complement to our recently launched bicycling directions. Now you can determine in advance just how painful your bicycling route is likely to be. In fact you’ll be happy to hear that the Maps API bicycling directions already factor in elevation, which is why if you ask for a route up Lombard Street you will be sent the long way round.
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In a continuation of ESRI’s cloud-centric strategy following the Federal User Conference, where the relationship with Amazon Web Services was announced, this week’s Business Partner Conference includes news that users will be able to rent ArcGIS Server on Amazon and just pay for usage. In addition there are plans to have an online application store that will give users the ability to share data, services, models and templates.
The more intriguing news is the announcement of ArcGIS.com, a complete GIS implementation on the cloud, that will be made available later this year. This fully functional online platform could be the right fit for a number of users. This will bring down the barrier to entry, and allow a greater audience of potential users to become familiar with the tools without a huge up-front investment ...
Discover Earth's Moon with amazing 3D graphics and touch navigation. Moon Globe shows you how the Moon appears today, and lets you zoom in like a telescope with up to 500x magnification. Switch to globe mode, and you can spin above the surface, taking in the hidden far side, and look over the limb to see Earth in the distance. Surface features and landed spacecraft are labelled in an elegant 3D tag cloud. Adjust the time dynamically with on screen controls, and watch the sunlight move over the terrain. It even shows you where the Moon and Sun are in the sky at your location, with its dynamic sky compass.