Introduction to Spatial Coordinate Systems

Isaac Kunen from the SQL Server team published an outstanding MSDN article entitled, “Introduction to Spatial Coordinate Systems: Flat Maps for a Round Planet.” This is a great article for those of you who are just getting started in GIS, are curious about GIS but intimidated by math and coordinate systems or just plain geeky and like maps. The article will help you get a grasp on different map projections, coordinate systems, why we...
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ESRI ArcGIS JavaScript Extension for Virtual Earth

ESRI just publicly released their a new version of their ArcGIS JavaScript Extension…using Virtual Earth. Now, you can leverage the powerful analytics and computational GIS models in ESRI ArcGIS Server and visualize this information on Microsoft Virtual Earth. “The ArcGIS JavaScript™ Extension for Microsoft Virtual Earth™ allows you to extend the Microsoft Virtual Earth API™ to use ArcGIS Server services. With this...
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ESRI Shapefile Layers on a Virtual Earth Map

Juan DoNeblo has the skinny on rendering your ESRI .shp files on Virtual Earth. This is a fantastic how-to that was posted back in April around the time of the ESRI Developers Summit. Microsoft has a strong partnership with ESRI as they are one of the top Microsoft ISVs. What’s unique about the integration Juan depicts and what’s been shown to date, is that Juan renders all of the information in vector format. Most folks rasterize...
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Virtual Earth and OGC WMS

Check out the new Virtual Earth map style using topographical maps. Ha, gotcha! I should’ve saved this one for April 1. This is actually an Open Geospatial Consortium Web Map Service integration with Virtual Earth! And, just to clarify, this is not a new map style. C+V Huber just launched a new tourist portal for a 2nd region in Bavaria – Fraenkischer Gebirgsweg (the first being Fraenkischer Gebirgsweg Karte). The folks at C+V Huber...
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Humanitarian Information Centre for Myanmar

In the wake of devastation in Myanmar, the HIC for Myanmar has partnered with IDV Solutions to create The Humanitarian Information Centre for Myanmar’s Map Center. The map-based, dashboard application is simplistically powerful allowing users to very easily plot data feeds, vector information and overlay raster maps atop Virtual Earth maps. Simply checking boxes on the right allows you to view pertinent information literally with a click. ...
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Microsoft Spatial

SQL Server 2008 Spatial…I like the sound of that. CTP (Community Technology Preview) is available for free evaluation download now. It’s coming and I can’t wait for you to see it. Since Ed Katibah and I presented at Location Intelligence he and I have been talking more and more about some exciting synergies between our products. SQL Server becomes the data engine and Virtual Earth is the presentation layer. Something like the...
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Route Geometry Exposed

This week at the Location Intelligence Conference, I announced that route geometry is now exposed in Virtual Earth. The SDK is now updated to reflect how you can get route geometry out of Virtual Earth. The catch is you have to use the tokening system by Implementing Customer Identification. Once you’ve authenticated, you will have access to the VERoute.ShapePoints Property. The way it works is that once you’ve calculated a route, you...
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Location Intelligence - VE + SQL Server 2008 Spatial

Ed Katibah (Spatial Ed) and I are doing a workshop Monday, April 28 morning at The Location Intelligence Conference in Santa Clara, CA. The workshop will focus on integration points between Virtual Earth and SQL Server. The workshop starts at 9AM. We provided the following description: Title: Microsoft SpatialCompany: Microsoft Presenter: Chris Pendleton and Ed KatibahRoom: Ballroom CDescription:: This workshop provides an in-depth look at both...
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Virtual Earth Technical Briefing

Johannes Kebeck of our EMEA Virtual Earth Team is giving a technical briefing for Virtual Earth on May 8, 2008 @ 10 GMT, London. If you’re available and interested you can tune into this free web cast to hear the latest and greatest about VE and a heavy dose of Version 6.1 and probably a peppering of SQL Server 2008 Spatial. You can register for the event on the Microsoft Events Web Site. This is part of a quarterly review for the EMEA group...
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ESRI Developer Summit - SIG Presentation Tonight!

As a part of the Special Interest Group, I’m presenting Virtual Earth at the ESRI Developer Summit tonight @ 6PM along with Ed Katibah (SQL Server 2008) and Kevin Ramsaur (. NET). If you are here at the conference in Palm Springs, come to Oasis 2 & 3. I’ll show Virtual Earth, code level walkthroughs, plus Virtual Earth integration with ESRI ArcGIS. Free food, beer and wine! Don’t miss it.
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