Michael Harrell has told us about a site he created that integrates Google Maps and Google Earth for users searching for Real Estate. It is a free service and provides users with the ability to search for homes within Google Earth or Google Maps for the state of Colorado. The site is http://ww.coloradofuture.com
Just do a search and click the interative map or download the google earth file to your machine. Nice!
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Dave Brubacher of GeoReference.org has just released a short review of Manifold 6.5. FYI, georeference.org is a dedicated resource for the Manifold user community. Dave cites speed as being the biggest thing coming at 6.5. He also takes a closer look at tables and queries
Some interesting public records are available in Florida that pertain to
the ongoing battle of Joe Public attempting to gain access to GIS data.
These 2 cases are good examples of the ongoing battle.
AGO 2003-042 – Palm Beach County – (Attorney General’s Opinion) states
the following… “these materials have been produced using public funds
and, by law, are available to the public at the cost of copying without
regard to the purposes for which the information is to be used.”
After several months of legal battle, the Attorney General ruled in
favor of the plaintiff and now as a result users can obtain the same
parcel shapefiles for free from the Palm Beach County’s FTP site. For
Florida Second District Court of Appeals Case No. 2D03-3346 – In a
similar decision Microdecisions, Inc. et al fought the Collier County’s
Property Appraiser. Microdecisions, Inc won the case which should
provide a precedent for similar action in the State.