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Geobloggers Creates New Mashup Using Y! Maps

Link – Yahoo Maps… First Look

I’ve always been quite impressed with the Geobloggers map built using the Google Maps API, but the new mashup using the Yahoo! Maps API really has some “WOW” built into it. I’ve been of the mind that there isn’t anything that Yahoo!, Microsoft or ESRI can do to get people to move off of the Google API, but my mind is changing.

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ArcGIS Explorer and the uphill climb

Link – Google Earth vs. ArcGIS Explorer

Google Earth vs ArcGIS Explorer

As tired as some are of all the ArcGIS Explorer noise they have been hearing, it isn’t even a dent into the amount of Google Earth posts. This just shows that ESRI doesn’t have a hill to climb, but a mountain. In fact beyond a few blogs in our little GIS circle, not a peep has shown up on more mainstream blogs and sites. Most of the non-stop spin we saw was just repeating of the same stories. Matt Waite saw it and called it the “GIS geek world echo chamber” and what a small echo chamber it is.

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Planet Geospatial and Atom Feeds

I’ve been having loads of trouble with Atom RSS feeds from Blogger on Planet Geospatial. I’m beginning to run out of ideas to fix them (though I’m going to try and fix it with mxTidy tonight or later this week). The feeds validate, but the HTML that is generated by the WYSIWYG editor in blogger is horrible, so when I display them they screw up the whole page. We’ll see what I can do to fix this, but the only other solution is to remove feeds that cause this. I’ve been able to replicate this using Blogger, but TypePad doesn’t seem to have this problem. The best thing bloggers can do is not use any WYSIWYG editors and just type it all into notepad.

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New Blog SQL for Geographers

Link – SQL for Geographers

This blog is dedicated to the integration between GIS and enterprise level relational databases. I am a Geographer by trade with a strong interest in relational databases. I have been in the GIS field for 10+ years and the database field for 7. The amount of data waiting to be spatially enabled within enterprise databases is extraordinary. I hope to show in this blog working examples of database-GIS interaction. Many examples that I will show are implemented within Oracle 9.2 and ESRI’s SDE 8.3. Hopefully most of the SQL algorithms will transfer to your implementation.

Jeremy over at Mapdex has let us know about a new blog he’s put together about GIS and relational databases. He’s already posted twice and if these entries are any indication it will be a real treat. Great job Jeremy!