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Walt’s ArcWeb Mashup is Looking Great

Link – ArcWeb Public Services – Part 0.3: Something almost usable

Well, after messing around last night and at lunch today, I have a fairly functional mashup using ESRI’s ArcWeb Public Services and PHP.

It’s pretty basic, with simple pan and zoom functionality, and a couple of point layers that you can turn on and off.

Considering you pretty much have to do everything yourself, Walt’s first effort is impressive. Great effort!

Take a look at his mashup here.

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DigitalGlobe Releases Satellite Imagery of Hurricane Katrina

Link – Hurricane Katrina Media Gallery

Looks like DigitalGlobe has Released Satellite Imagery from Hurricane Katrina. The amount of devastation is just unbelievable. I was down there back in June and I hope everyone that I’ve worked with in Gulfport, MS is OK.

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Dumping Technorati

I’ve just about had it with Technorati and their servers timing out so I’m moving my tags to Ice Rocket. I made a modification to the Movable Type plug-in that I used to create all the tags at the bottom of my posts to point to Ice Rocket so if anyone else wants to use it can download it here.

Thanks to George Hotelling for the TechnoratiTags Plug-in which I modified.

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Mapdex Supports Google Earth

Link – Mapdex in GoogleEarth

Thanks to encouragement from Stefan at Ogle Earth I have started working toward enabling ArcIMS servers indexed on Mapdex to be used in Google Earth via a network link/KML Ground Overlay script. It is actually pretty easy to convert an ArcIMS service into a KML network link. I will talk about it more in the next couple of days.

What a great resource! Kudos to Jeremy for doing this. The easier it is for GIS data to get out to the public the more useful it will be.

Update – Looks like Stefan is happy. 🙂

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Stop Putting Commercial Software in ESRI ArcScripts

Link – Express Data Tools – v9.0

Can someone at ESRI please clean up the ArcScripts site? Plain as day on the ESRI ArcScripts upload page it says “Not for samples or demos of products sold at Web sites”. There are way too many products that are commercial in there and this latest one takes the cake. 15 days and then you have to buy it, what a joke. If you have to advertise, do it by buying ad space, not polluting the ArcScripts gallery. Geospatial Enterprises is off my list of companies I’ll deal with. XTools Pro 3.0 is also a commercial product that tries to get around by offering some free tools, but it too is just a demo. Someone over at ESRI needs to get serious about cleaning this junk up and off the ArcScripts.

Better yet dynamite it and offer up something like GotDotNet.com where we can collaborate on tools and scripts for ESRI products. Now that would be useful and commercial products such as XTools Pro and Express Data Tools wouldn’t be on there unless they were released as open source.

Note: There is a ton more commercial extensions than those two on the site (specifically ET-Geowizards). Just get them all off please.

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Walt Eis Starts Creating a PHP ArcWeb Mashup

Link – ArcWeb Public Services – Part 0.1

There are several things I still need to figure out, like how to zoom and pan, but my first impressions are pretty positive. I was able to take the data I used for my Google Maps sample project and use it in my ArcWeb sample without too much trouble. As Andrea did, I’m using a simple text file, but will likely end up using a MySQL database for my location data. It seems that not all the map data advertised on ESRI’s sales site is available right now, but my understanding from the FAQs is that more will be available later.

Looks like people are finally starting to create mashups using Public ArcWeb Services. Walt has made some headway putting points on his map and is now starting to look at creating some more functionality (pan/zoom/etc). I’m sure Walt’s been using it, but anyone who wants to learn more about ArcWeb can take a look at the ArcWeb Online Help or check out the ESRI Support Forums.

Walt’s ArcWeb demo is located here. Compare this to his previous Google Maps efforts.