LBS has arrived

Finally a consumer personal navigational device with internet connectivity, meet Dash Express. See also Engadget review.


The opportunities this opens up to both the Geo community and also Joe Public is quite huge. Enter GeoRSS. Your time to shine has arrived :)

Many websites have geo-relevant content – including, but not limited to, Google Maps, Yelp, Craigslist, Trulia, Gruvr, and many more. Just check the source of the feed to see if there is a latitude/longitude provided for each item in the feed, and if so, the odds are good that it will work as a MyFeed on MyDash.

Hopefully this will continue across the PND market. *fingers crossed* The only downer (apart from the price) ?

It will not work in Canada, Mexico, Europe or any location outside the United States


ERMapper cashes in..

Wow, big news.

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging Acquires ER Mapper

I thought it was initially a joke when Jeff posted it a second ago. No release on ERMapper site, nothing on DirectionsMag … but i managed to find the hot-off-the-press feed above.


The merger makes sense but i’d hate to see the fella’s move off shore. We may be a little off the beaten track here in Perth but we certainly seem to have the brains.

All the best to the ERMapper crew. Hopefully the transition can be a smooth one (so i can still send those annoying feature requests)


Openlayers 2.0 released

It doesn’t seem as though the usual suspects picked up on this, but Openlayers is now officially at v2.0

The OpenLayers development team is proud to announce the release of
OpenLayers 2.0.

OpenLayers makes it easy to put a dynamic map in any web page. It can
display map tiles and markers loaded from any source. OpenLayers is
completely free, Open Source JavaScript, released under the BSD License.

This new release of OpenLayers supports a number of new layer types,
including support for Virtual Earth, Google, and more, alongside WMS,
WFS, KaMap, and GeoRSS.

The main development crew including Chris Schmidt certainly brings new meaning to “release early, release often”. Check out the examples for some ideas of what this js library is capable of.

If you’re wanting a client you can set up in 10 seconds, requires little configuration, has no serverside component and consumes a variety of data services .. this is for you! Watch the next release for some funky new canvas code too

Google maps finally gets aus data

Seems as though Google Maps has finally integrated the PSMA dataset. Just had a quick look and the data seems to be fairly recent.

I feel sorry for the zoomin guys as no doubt their target audience has all but dissappeared over night (until of course businesses read googles licencing arrangements :)).

Has anyone been able to get routing working? Seems as though its not accepting any kind of local address i throw at it.

Overall i’m not too impressed, but maybe thats because i have access to this sort of data all the time. It certainly will be interesting to see what sort of local “mashups” (god i hate that word) are created.

via geblog

GeaBios – Tiny WMS/WFS Client

Wow, i just keep finding neater and neater stuff!

After reading up on some new AJAX frameworks, i stumbled upon a press release from the Dojo Toolkit boys saying they were teaming up with OpenLaszlo

OpenLaszlo programs are written in XML and JavaScript and transparently compiled to Flash and soon DHTML. The OpenLaszlo APIs provide animation, layout, data binding, server communication, and declarative UI.

Flicking through the documentation, this framework definately warranted more attention (i can’t say i’ve heard much buzz on laszlo). I had been toying with the idea of making a functional, usable web based gis for a while now but just as i started dipping my toe in the water – someone already beat me to it!

GeaBios stands for Geo Enabled And Better Internet Oriented Services and from what i can gather, is a group of academics from Slovenia. Although usability could definately be improved, the core wms/wfs functionality is fantastic and integration with other XML sensor feeds is done really well.


The fact that no actionscript coding are needed for the whole app and i can choose which interface (flash/dhtml) has got me sold! Check it out