I suppose there is some sort of Google event going on this week and what do you know, we’ve got some GoogleGeo news:
Google Maps API v3 – The new Google Maps API v3 enables support on mobile browsers (such as Mobile Safari), dropping the need for keys (hurray!), now MVC-based architecture (about time), default UI automatically supported (so you never have to worry about updating the UI), cleaned up namespaces (everything is now google.maps.* rather than gmap). So what does this mean? Take a look at the old v2 example.
And now v3.
I like the new look and for me it is much more logical than before (plus mobile browser support FTW!). Check out the documentationand the reference. This coupled with the Google Maps Data API really pushes the Google Maps WAY in front of Microsoft and others.
OpenGeo has released their OpenGeo Suite to the public. Most people already know about the part of OpenGeo Suite, so take a look at the Version Matrix with pricing and features and the big reason why you’d look at this suite.
The video from our Where 2.0 presentation is available. If you haven’t been following what the GNOCDC is doing down in New Orleans, this is a great introduction. You can download the presentation here.
Just like CSS for styling web pages, GSS is a specification for designing maps. Adapted for dynamic data sources, GSS can define changing geographic elements, display multiple datasets, and even respond to contextual tags like “condition:poor”.
Very tasty! Just look at this simple GSS and how you can render maps on the client.