Getting a boundingbox into FME 2012

How many times have this happened to You? 1. You need a boundingbox. Possibly to query a database or maybe call a WMS service. 2. You open a map somwehere on the internet or maybe in another GIS-tool than FME. 3. You locate Your area of interest and manually note of the corner coordinates -the […]

Testing bbox GPS traces on OSM API

I find the trackpoint API interesting. You can try it here: Basically it lists the OSM trackpoints uploaded in the current bbox. (Well, it lists 5000 points at the time.) My hope (and guess) is that it lists the most recent tracks. That would possibly make some interesting uses of it.

Relayed bboxes (Wiki, Blocket)

This is a slightly imroved Wiki-searcher. It queries Wikipedia for the placename in the middle of the map: Here are also som experiments with the Swedish site “Blocket”. Find advertisments for renting houses/apartments. It queries the site with the placenames in the map: This one looks for any kind of advertisment for the […]

The PDF map finder kind of Rocks!

Feeding the mapextents placenames to Google gave some amazing results! Guess what You get for results when searching for the keywords “Philadelphia Camden Wilmington Cherry Hill Levittown ….” etc ? You find Geographic info as in maps. Try this PDF finder: If You press the button it displays links to pdf-maps of Philly. […]

Google me here and Wiki me there!

This bbox Googles what ever is in the map: (It’s quite interesting as You can google in any language….) The other bbox searches Wikipedia for the placename in the middle. Your browser must sometimes allow popups for this to work. The function is based on! So try this bboxes, zoom to another […]

Canary islands, Elevation, Blue Marble

A nice WMS of the Canary Islands, GRAFCAN: Apollo ERDAS elevation backdrop: Shuttle RADAR DEM ( Blue Marble NG ( Night Lights (

OSM data

There is an API available ( to this great data. Check this bbox: Zoom to a location of interest and press (remember to zoom in quite close as it returns a lot of data). This service returns the actual map-data.