25 May 2012

Bing Maps now using Nokia services for Traffic and Geocoding

Bing Maps now using Nokia services for Traffic and Geocoding

Brazil São Paulo (above) now has Traffic on Bing Maps via Nokia Traffic service

The following countries will see improvements through Bing Maps as a result of using Nokia services for Traffic:

· Austria
· Belgium
· Brazil
· Canada
· Finland
· France
· Germany
· Greece
· India
· Indonesia
· Ireland
· Italy
· Luxembourg
· Mexico
· Netherlands
· Poland
· Portugal
· Russia
· Saudi Arabia
· South Africa
· Spain
· Sweden
· Switzerland
· United Kingdom
· US
Bing Maps has expanded Traffic coverage for existing coverage in the US to include traffic information for side streets in addition to freeway traffic information.

In addition to these traffic improvements, Bing Maps will also start to use Nokia’s geocoding services in a number of countries offering improved directions.  This update, while not always visible to users, is another important milestone in their partnership to build the world’s best mapping platform using Nokia and Microsoft’s assets.


17 May 2012

Travel as a Roman

Travel as a Roman

Stanford University have created a “Geospatial network model of the Roman world”

Impressive Interactive Map that can calculate  travel times and cost (in Denarius)

ORBIS, can calculate journey times between 751 locations in the Roman world. The site draws data from The Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World which has  been georeferenced by Cambridge University Students. To calculate voyages on water, the site uses maps of rivers. Sea journeys are also possible, with routes calculated from the Romans' preferred sea routes. Dijkstra's pathfinding algorithm is applied to calculate routes.
The Mapping tool also calculates route dependent on the month for a journey, as weather conditions at sea and on land had a major impact on ancient travel times.
Users can choose from a menu of transport/travel options:
  • Foot/army/pack animal, mule cart/camel caravan
  • Military March (Rapid)
  • Ox & cart
  • Fully loaded mule
  • Horseback rider (routine travel)
  • Private travel (routine, vehicular)
  • Private travel (accelerated, vehicular/horseback)
  • Fast carriage
Try the Roman Travel Interactive Map:
Information on the Geospatial Technology used is see the section tabs:
Building ORBIS: Multi-modal network model via the Building ORBIS tab and selecting the Geospatial Technology Tab.

14 May 2012

Map of Life Demo Release

Map of Life

The current release allows you to explore globally the geographic distributions for any terrestrial vertebrate species (as well as North American freshwater fish). Specifically you are able to:
  1. Display expert range maps, point occurrence records, records from study areas such as reserves and larger regions. These are shown as layers on maps, and a layer control widget allows you to adjust ordering, visibility, etc .  
  2. Retrieve a list of species for the vicinity of any location worldwide using the species list tool. Simply set search radius and group of interest, and right click (control-click on Macs) your mouse button on a point of the map.