According to the Google geo dev blog this week, Google now is making reverse geocoding available to developers. This is pretty huge for developers… in a nutshell this enables developers to add functionality that generates an address from a lat/long pair – a much tougher process than the reverse, which is grabbing a coordinate pair from an address (geocoding). See more on this in this article
Another nice effort at a Googlemaps real estate mashup from Zoocasa. A nice UI and very appealing, and I really like the way you can simply search by neighborhood – quite useful! I found the initial search mechanism to be not very useful, however, once I dug a bit deeper I started coming up with results that were of interest to me. I’m not sure how or where listings are being scrapped but I got the impression the resource is not totally complete with ALL listings on the market. Nonetheless, a decent mashup and the site does offer up loads of information on neighborhoods, providing a useful research tool for someone looking to relocate to an area they might not be familiar with – nice! – see www.zoocasa.com
An interesting announcement from Mapping Solutions (Michigan) with the release of Mapper G Software. The Mapper G software that marries Google aerials and street level data together with MapInfo Professional (8.5+) for more effective market analysis. With Mapper G, analysts can seamlessly mix their own data with aerials from Google that encompass high resolution, street-level images… interesting! See more
An interesting post on a cartography discussion list this AM references an article from the UK where claims from Mary Spence, the President of the British Cartographic Society, point out that children’s Map reading skills are ‘dying out due to internet and satnavs’. I like this reference… “Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society’s annual conference in London, Ms Spence said internet maps such as google or multimap are often inconsistent and inaccurate. Also in the article…Ed Parsons, geospatial technologist at Google, said “the internet would not lead to the death of the paper map.” This is definitely a fine topic to raise particularly as concepts of cartography, knowledge of spatial reference systems etc… are rarely discussed when one thinks of “internet mapping” – see more
A slick but simple Google map enabling users to monitor the Olympic games medal standings. Grab the code and embed on your website also… see here.
For some time we’ve know that the Province of BC and Google have been striking backroom deals on sharing data… Last week, Agriculture and Lands Minister Stan Hagen announced GeoBC, (http://www.geobc.gov.bc.ca/) will provide 24/7 access to the province’s geographic database in partnership with Google. This information will be available online at geobc.gov.bc.ca and from Google Earth. Apparently, this move makes B.C. the first government in Canada to supply Google with access to its information. Interesting to see that the Provicne has noted on the GeoBC/Google gateway page that data layers for use within ArcExplorer are coming soon.
According to Mark Zacharias, acting assistant deputy minister for GeoBC (nice position Mark… he was a master’s student at U Vic when I was doing my degree in geography/GIS there),
by making this available on Google Earth, “not only will you be able to zoom in on an area and get a high-resolution view, you’ll also be able to download about 600 different themes from the provincial geo data warehouse.” The Government hopes that this information will drive innovation and new business opportunities in B.C. I’d like to know, can you view and download BC TRIM data files using this method though? TRIM files are 1:20K topo files (digital) that are akin to a USGS topo DRG file – it’s been some time, however, in the past contractors had to pay big $$ to get digital TRIM data – a public GIS data product. Source: Vancouver Sun
For data see – GeoBC Web Map Services (KMZ) This package contains a variety of layers such as Agricultural Land Reserves, Contours, Lakes, Rivers, Roads, Railways, Imagery, Lot Lines, Map Grids, and Parks and Protected Areas. Selected BC Park Profiles (KMZ), This package contains links for selected BC Parks to the web page containing information about that park. Note, you can also copy/paste these links into Google Maps for preview.
Yes, that’s correct, Google is no longer supporting the Google Maps API blog – http://googlemapsapi.blogspot.com – but, there’s a new blog on the corner, The Google Geo Developers Blog.