GeoMob May 2011

To add to the current theme of geospatial events I’ve missed recently here’s another one! I attended a GeoMob (actually should it be GeoMobLDN) event back in February (you can read about it here) and the May event seems to have followed a similar theme – that of entrepreneurs and start-up companies marketing their new or upcoming mobile geo software solutions. You can see details about the May event at the GeoMob website. I’ll make sure I get to the next one. I’ve moved away from mobile GIS development in my current role. But these GeoMob sessions are great to see what’s happening right now in the location apps world.

ESRI UK Annual Conference 2011

I couldn’t make it this year to the ESRI UK Annual Conference which was a pity. It sounded like an interesting event with plenty on show (as you’d expect from the GIS software market leader in the UK). Steven at knowwhere consulting has given a great write-up of the event on his blog
There are also some videos up (one an interview with Michael Palin) at the offical conference website at


I’d be interested to know if anyone in Europe is using SuperGIS? There has been a lot of geospatial press coverage; Directions Magazine –, GeoConnexion etc.) but I’ve never used (or seen a live demo) of the SuperGIS software. The company behind SuperGIS are SuperGeo and are based in Taiwan. I’d like to hear from you if you’ve used SuperGIS (either Desktop, Mobile or Server). It looks like a really interesting set of products…..

GeoServer 2.1.0 Released!

GeoServer 2.1.0 has been released. See here for more details.

Geoserver is “a Java-based software server that allows users to view and edit geospatial data. Using open standards set forth by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), GeoServer allows for great flexibility in map creation and data sharing.”

I’ll download it and let you know my thoughts here. In my previous previous job we used GeoServer quite extensively but I haven’t used it for a while.

It will be interesting to see what’s changed.

Are you already using GeoServer 2.1.0? Let me know!


Cadcorp goes Fluent (the Ribbon Toolbar) ..when will ESRI?

Cadcorp (a UK based GIS and web mapping software company) has redesigned its software GUI using Microsoft Fluent Technology. See here for more details. Microsoft Fluent is the ribbon toolbar we’ve all grown to love (or hate!) in Microsoft Applications e.g. in MS Excel 2007. When will ESRI get on the case with Microsoft Fluent? Well they already have with ArcGIS Explorer. However it could be some time I think before we see the ribbon toolbar in ArcGIS Desktop. Perhaps version 11? Anyone from ESRI care to comment? When will we see the ribbon toolbar in ArcGIS Desktop?
UPDATE – more on the Cadcorp news at the GIM International site.

Cadcorp now uses Fluent Technology (aka the Ribbon Toolbar)

ESRI ArcGIS Explorer already contains the ribbon toolbar using Microsoft Fluent technology but when will the main product ESRI ArcGIS Desktop?


The Heygate Estate

A very quick article on the Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle in London. There have been some really shocking decisions over the past few years by local government, land developers and others. The estate now resembles a ghost town as they are preparing for it for demolition. You can read more about the plight of the estate and the long-suffering residents (and mostly-ex residents as there are now less than 10 remaining) at Shocking stuff it is!

Also, check out this link ( to see a map of the Heygate Estate. This was created by the web app MapCompare by GeoFabrik which allows you to compare different web maps of the same area.