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…Continue reading Getting a boundingbox into FME 2012
The old FLEX-based OSM extractor has been around for a while. A week ago I decided to rewrite it in HTML and it’s now in live beta! In short http://bbox.me/osm lets You search and zoom in any area and get a ready-made FME Workbench for that particualar place. This is making it real easy to…Continue reading Celebrating FME2012 with Leaflet, OSM and MapQuest!
I find the trackpoint API interesting. You can try it here: http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=320 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. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/API_v0.6#Retrieving_GPS_points
This one shows the Mini Atlas displaying placenames for Wiki-related material. Impressive: http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=169 The classic Via Michelin guide: http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=168 Nasa Flash Earth imagery: http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=166 Shaded relief of the world: http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=165
This is a slightly imroved Wiki-searcher. It queries Wikipedia for the placename in the middle of the map: http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=164 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: http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=163 This one looks for any kind of advertisment for the…Continue reading Relayed bboxes (Wiki, Blocket)
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: http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=143 If You press the Google.me button it displays links to pdf-maps of Philly.…Continue reading The PDF map finder kind of Rocks!
This bbox Googles what ever is in the map: http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=136 (It’s quite interesting as You can google in any language….) The other bbox searches Wikipedia for the placename in the middle. http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=137 Your browser must sometimes allow popups for this to work. The function is based on geonames.org! So try this bboxes, zoom to another…Continue reading Google me here and Wiki me there!
A nice WMS of the Canary Islands, GRAFCAN: http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=118 Apollo ERDAS elevation backdrop: http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=122 Shuttle RADAR DEM (http://www.opengis.uab.es) http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=123 Blue Marble NG (http://www.opengis.uab.es) http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=125 Night Lights (http://www.opengis.uab.es) http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=126
Here are som links to nice WMS bboxes: http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=108 (Globeexplorer data covering the entire globe). http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=109 (Great imagery of Mecklenburg) http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=105 (Imagery of Prague)
There is an API available (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Osmxapi) to this great data. Check this bbox: http://bbox.me/bbox.html?id=69 Zoom to a location of interest and press bbox.me (remember to zoom in quite close as it returns a lot of data). This service returns the actual map-data.