code for ECW JPEG 2000 SDK released by ER Mapper
While others in IT are open sourcing patents and code (Sun and IBM
among them), this is a new idea in the geospatial industry for
commercial product vendors to turn code open source.The only situation
I can think of off the top of my head is Autodesk's release of DWF
code, though that's not specifically a geospatial code base.I was
surprised when Joe Francica called for Intergraph to open source
GeoMedia, but perhaps he was just ahead of his time? In any case, Earth
Resource Mapping (ERM) has done so.I asked ERM president Stuart Nixon
to explain the logic.
"Our recent source code release for the ECW JPEG 2000 Software
Development Kit (SDK) is a natural progression of our commitment to the
"Imagery has become an essential part of geospatial desktop, Web and
enterprise solutions.Geospatial images are very large - TB
(1,000GB) images are now common - so it is essential that all users
have easy access to imagery.
"Releasing our source code under simple licensing agreements enables
unified and standard access to imagery.This is especially important to
help nurture the new ISO JPEG 2000 standard.ER Mapper strongly
endorses both the new JPEG 2000 standard and our popular ECW format.
"Perhaps more importantly, releasing the source code for our SDK
signals - in the strongest possible way - our commitment to wide spread
industry imagery use.
"ER Mapper continues to expand support for the Open Source community,
through funding support for important Geospatial Open Source projects
as well as planned release of more source code."
Those interesting in the SDK should read the license with care; it's a
GNU Public License-like license, which allows its use in open source
products.Commercial vendors can use one of two other licensing options
(one is free).And, do be aware, there are other JPG 2000 open source
libraries out there include Frank
's and OpenJPEG
Sends Directions to Phones; Google Offers New Toolbar
While it's not exactly getting real time directions or even getting
navigation information while you are on the road, if you plan ahead you
can take Yahoo directions with you.The idea is simple
(1) use Yahoo! Maps on your computer to create a set of directions, (2)
click the "send to mobile phone" link on the screen (3) fill out phone
number.I suppose there are going to be quite a number of these sorts
of "free" solutions that will compete with actual navigation services
and in-car offerings.It'll be interesting to see how they fare.My gut
feeling is that while this is nice, it requires too much planning ahead
for most of us!
(of which I've been a fan for years) has been updated.
ToolBar 3.0 Beta includes tools for translating foreign words and spell
checking input to web forms.Also, it includes AutoLink, a tool that
searches for text on a page that it can make more valuable with a link.
For example, an ISBN number will link to information about a book, a
Fedex Tracking number will link to its information.For geospatial
folks, it will turn a US address into a link to, that's right, Google
Maps.It's basically passing information to Google Maps, but avoiding
the extra pasting step is nice.Interestingly, it works only on full US
street addresses, so just Somerville is not linked but 100 Main St,
Somerville MA, is.Also interesting, Google Local results still send
users to MapQuest for maps and directions.Anything Autolinked goes to
Maps.com Introduces the Industry's First Unlimited Location Mapping
What, I though could that possibly mean? What is means is that a new
service offer multipoint geocoding (right) and tackles the
"traveling salesman problem." It's not free and as a higher end
offering, it should not be.Users can make up to 18 stops and track up
to 8 routes for traffic problems (in 69 metro areas).Updated routes to
avoid traffic can be sent via e-mail.There are weekly, monthly and
annual rates.Online mapping services are getting more sophisticated!
for Accreditation Panel
While no press release was issued, I thought this news needed a bit
more exposure.The USGIF Geospatial Intelligence Academy develops and
promotes curriculum guidelines and a voluntary accreditation process by
which educational institutions demonstrate the effectiveness of their
courses and programs in helping students achieve recommended learning
objectives.The Academy confers the USGIF's seal upon courses and
certificate programs that fulfill the Academy's accreditation
standards.Those who wish to participate on an accreditation panel are
invited to submit an application by March 1.(The original deadline was
Remote Sensing Technologies at DEMO
DEMO, which to the best of my knowledge does not stand for anything, is
an innovation show where but 73 companies were given the privilege of
showing off their new technology.Two are spatial and worth note.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Department of Energy
developed technology to detect nonmetallic weapons.The scanning
is now being used to scan people, creating 200,000 point
models, so that Macy's and Lane Bryant can better fit their clothing
needs.NASA's Mars Rover project gave rise to an imaging tool from
Canada-based MDA called Instant Scene
.By taking hundreds of photos of say a crime scene, the
system builds, in seconds not minutes, a three-dimensional model,
complete with measurements.I've never been to DEMO but I love the idea
that presenters each have but six minutes to tell their story!
ESRI Live Training Seminar Delves Into ArcIMS Capabilities
Launches Developer Network Program
ESRI is looking more and more like Microsoft these days.And, I don't
mean that in a negative way, rather in a customer service sort of way.
ESRI is offering more and more educational tools via the Web including
an array of free live intro sessions such as Introduction to ArcIMS.
While aimed at existing users, this sort of presentation is also a
marketing tool for potential buyers.For the developer community, this
week saw the official announcement of ESRI's EDN, its developer network
build along the same lines as Microsoft's.