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Create, Edit and Visualize GIS Data From Within the Google Earth Environment with GRGlobe

GRGlobe is an awesome new app for GeoGeeks from the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) . It is a  commercial software solution to create, edit, and visualize GIS data natively within  a Google Earth environment.  Intended uses and users of GRGlobe include: government, defense, emergency response, law enforcement, energy, environmental, utility, education, land management, forestry.

According to SAIC, the features provides the following capabilities to users:

  •  Create, edit, and visualize GIS data natively on the Google Earth plug-in
  • Display data as organized GIS layers and view via a table of contents
  • Categorize feature data and visualize unique themed symbology based upon feature attributes
  • Open layer attribute table to select one or more features and view associated information
  • Edit feature attribute data
    • Attribute editing tool allows for layer editing and adding new attribute fields
    • Attach one or more linked files from multiple data formats (or folders) to any point, line, or polygon feature
  • Query attributes to locate feature data
  • Support for common coordinate systems and formats (DD, DM, DMS, UTM, MGRS, XY, and WKT)
  • Provide structure to data that enables GIS functionality
  • Easily import points, lines, or polygons from coordinates in multiple file formats:
    • KML
    • Esri® ArcGIS® shapefile and geodatabase (personal, file, enterprise ArcSDE®) data
    • Excel spreadsheet
    • Database (Access®, Oracle®, SQL® Server, etc.)
    • Delimited text
    • Semi-structured copy/pasted text
  • Export wizard creates products from specified layers and attribute data into popular formats:
    • Microsoft PowerPoint®
    • KML
    • GIS data (shapefile, geodatabase)
    • Excel® spreadsheet
    • Delimited text
  • Create, edit, and delete points, lines, and polygons with interactive point-and-click and coordinate-based tools
  • Add data from popular formats including:
    • Shapefile and feature class
    • KML data
    • Georeferenced raster data

And the benefits includes:

  • Combine and share data between multiple platforms
  • Fast, flexible interface
  • Quickly create, edit, import, and export data
  • Leverage your existing enterprise globe server for map and layer display
  • Create complete PowerPoint presentations from data layers and associated attributes, including imagery
  • Familiar interfaces and workflows designed from existing GeoRover software products

You can get a free trial version here and try it out now. Enjoy!

Source: blog.gisuser.com and www.saic.com

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Cool TED Talk: “Making sense of maps” – Dublin Public Transportation Map

Graphic designer Aris Venetikidis is talking about his idea of making great transportation maps based on human natural cognitive mapping.  He observed that when we visualise an area such as a city centre, we do not see an accurate reflection of the geographical realities. We simplify it, make the streets straight and create an overall pattern.

There is certainly some truth in it. For example although I’m spatially aware person I’ve managed to get lost in narrow and curved streets of Venice (very nice experience) because my minds perception was mapping it in straight lines.

His map is a little bit controversial but probably there is no better map of Dublin messy public transportation.

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