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Google Maps at 15 Years

So hearing that Google Maps is now 15, you have one of two thoughts. “Boy that’s a long time” or “Boy, that’s a long time”. It really is a long time, this blog isn’t 15 years old yet (but we’re getting close). I thought it would be fun to look back at my first mention of Google Maps:

… ESRI does include metadata with their ArcWeb Services datasets. Take a look at the U.S Street Map Service metadata page. This information is available for every ArcMap service. But it isn’t just ESRI. Geodata.gov has extensive metadata as well as other providers of data (when you get satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe, they give it to you).

About Google Maps hackers just don’t get it – “It’s all moot”

So of course my first mention of Google Maps had everything that made 2005 amazing.

  1. Mention of Esri – yea I used to be “the Esri blogger”
  2. Mention of ArcWeb – boy I think I was the only one who tried to use that madness
  3. Metadata – what argument in 2005 didn’t have some amazing metadata reference

The funny thing about this is nobody cares about metadata in Google Maps anymore. It was a fake issue back then, but in the end anyone who needs detailed metadata about imagery, uses a service that has that information in it. The rest of us, just use Google Maps.

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Google Maps + ArcSDE + ArcIMS + ArcWeb =

Link – Google Maps + ESRI’s ArcWeb Services

  • Users can geocode by city (Lawrence), address (1930 Constant Avenue, Lawrence), zipcode (66047), or the intersection of streets (9th & Iowa, Lawrence). We are using the Public Services category of ESRI’s ArcWeb Services.
  • The black and white imagery is coming from ESRI’s ArcSDE through ArcIMS. We are using the ArcIMS cache on demand system that I mentioned here. The reason for this is the lack of quality imagery data that Google provides for most of Kansas.
  • The Map client is the Google Maps ajax client.
  • The Road data is from Google Maps (Teleatlas).

Quite a novel way to get around limitations of all the products. You’d think with so many sources and different servers this would be slow, but it looks quite snappy and is a big improvement over the standard Google Maps version. Great job guys!

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Finding a Giant Squid with the ESRI Hurricane Disaster Viewer?

Link – My giant squid

OK, its not really a giant squid, but frankly I can’t really tell what it is either. JM has a couple ideas and any of them could be it. My choice is that it is a Navy CH-46, but I’m not going to bet any money on that.

Esri arcweb squid

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Controlling ArcWeb Visible Layers in PHP

Link – ArcWeb and PHP – Controlling visible layers

Walt Eis has posted a simple method to control what layers display on your ArcWeb Public Services. Walt has really taken off on ArcWeb over the past few weeks, with many great examples on how to use PHP and ArcWeb together.

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Walt Posts Part 3 of his ArcWeb PHP Tutorial

Link – ArcWeb and PHP Mini-HOWTO, Part 3

“If you’ve been following along, you should now be able to display a map showing points that you defined and stored in a database. Now we’ll look at how to zoom the map using a small control on the web page.”

This could be the first zoom example in PHP I’ve seen on the internet.

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Walt Posts Part 3 of his ArcWeb PHP Tutorial

Link – ArcWeb and PHP Mini-HOWTO, Part 3

“If you’ve been following along, you should now be able to display a map showing points that you defined and stored in a database. Now we’ll look at how to zoom the map using a small control on the web page.”

This could be the first zoom example in PHP I’ve seen on the internet.

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Walt Posts Part 4 of his ArcWeb PHP Tutorial

Link – ArcWeb and PHP Mini-HOWTO, Part 4

So far we have a map with points, and we can zoom in and out. The next step will be adding a pan function.

Walt finishes up his tutorial on ArcWeb Services using PHP today with to pan. Hopefully everyone will let Walk know what they thought of the tutorial, I know I enjoyed it. Maybe if ESRI ever gets a SourceForge/GotDotNet type site up and running, Walt can contribute his code.

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Walt Posts Part 4 of his ArcWeb PHP Tutorial

Link – ArcWeb and PHP Mini-HOWTO, Part 4

So far we have a map with points, and we can zoom in and out. The next step will be adding a pan function.

Walt finishes up his tutorial on ArcWeb Services using PHP today with to pan. Hopefully everyone will let Walk know what they thought of the tutorial, I know I enjoyed it. Maybe if ESRI ever gets a SourceForge/GotDotNet type site up and running, Walt can contribute his code.

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Walt Posts Part 2 of His ArcWeb Starter Article

Link – ArcWeb and PHP Mini-HOWTO, Part 2

“In part 1 of this HOWTO we created a map and displayed it on a web page. In the section, we’ll add some points.”

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Walt answers Sean about ArcWeb mashups

Link – Mashups and Web Services

“Don’t get me wrong, I love the Google API, and think that I’ve put together a pretty good application of it. But ArcWeb Public Services seems to be much more data rich and correct. Google maps (the service, not the API) can’t even find my house. ESRI can find it, show thematic data about the area, give me topographical data, display a much better satellite image, and in general is just better (from a data standpoint).”