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[News] Flickr Makes Use of Open-source Wikipedia-like Geography

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Flickr taps into open source for better maps. Yahoo Maps to follow?

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| Flickr is now utilizing maps from the wiki-based Open Street Map project to 
| improve the detail level on cities where Yahoo's maps fall short.  
| [...]
| The Open Street Map was launched in 2004 as an open project, allowing anyone 
| with proper GPS data or local knowledge of a city to contribute to the map of 
| the world.  


Marble (KDE, see below) uses the same datasets, so Yahoo! users can hopefully
improve it for the benefit of everyone. It's collaboration.

Tourism Wikis: The World According to the Crowd

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| "Based on the belief that the best travel information is gained from other 
| travelers rather than printed guidebooks that are only updated occasionally, 
| Wikitravel is the ideal source for objective, up-to-the-minute travel 
| information about locations around the world contributed by travelers who are 
| currently there or have just been there," Joe Ewaskiw, public relations 
| manager for Internet Brands, which acquired Wikitravel in 2006, told 
| LinuxInsider. "With the explosion in popularity of smartphones and other 
| portable devices, accessing Wikitravel on the go is easier than ever before."       



Marble provides basic engine for free Google Earth replacement

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| The Free Software Foundation can cross off another item on its high priority
| list of applications that free software needs in order to compete. Version
| 0.6 of Marble, which ships with KDE 4.1, may not rival Google Earth just yet,
| but the underlying engine has the potential to do so in future versions. The
| main improvements needed to reach this stage are a lower level of detail and
| some additional views and integration into free online resources.



Marble integration with KOffice

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| Right now the Marble Team is heavily working towards KDE 4.1 Beta2:
| Jens-Michael is working on further improving Marble OpenStreetMap support,
| Inge is working on the Mercator Projection, Patrick is working on further
| improving KML for his GSoC 2008 project (which actually deals with vector
| rendering in Marble), Claudiu is working on his Satellite Plugin and Henry is
| working on texture colorization and Temperature / Precipitation maps. I'll
| continue to work on GeoPainter and Marble's new plugin architecture which
| will enable other developers to write Qt-Plugins for Marble to render their
| own layers and their own data.


KDE 4.1 Beta1: OpenStreetMap Support in KDE via Marble

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| The hero of the current Marble KDE 4.1 Beta1 release is Jens-Michael
| Hoffmann: He has successfully worked on getting OpenStreetMap integrated into
| Marble and KDE 4.1!
| This means that once you start our free software virtual globe and
| select "OpenStreetMap" as a theme then Marble will directly start to download
| OpenStreetMap tiles from the OpenStreetMap server...


Marble's Secrets Part III: The Earth in a Download

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| In Part III we'll look beyond Marble's offline mode: We'll get to know how
| Marble fetches its data from the internet.
| [...]
| Actually I've met a lot of people recently who weren't aware of the fact that
| Marble downloads further texture data from the internet while browsing the
| map. On one hand the reason for this misconception is maybe the fact that we
| only provide very little additional online data right now (about 400 MB). On
| the other hand the map download is done automatically and very seamlessly in
| the background, so people will hardly notice.    


Marble's Secrets Part II - Walking In The Shoes Of Slartibartfast ...

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| In Part I we have seen how easy it is to create your own maps for Marble.
| We've also seen how this works down to the zoom level of aerial photos or
| OpenStreetMap. Part II will show how Marble manages to provide the biggest
| bang for the byte when it comes to providing map data. It outlines how we
| managed to get the default map squeezed into the 10MB package that the
| Marble-Qt version gets shipped with. We basically show ...    
| Why Marble is the perfect choice for Asus EeePC, OLPC & Co and some Embedded
| Devices ...  


Marble's Secrets Part I: Behind the Scenes of Marble...

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| If you've ever followed KDE 4 development then you've probably heard about
| Marble. Marble is a virtual globe which displays the earth. So Marble can be
| used as a nice digital replacement for your desktop globe at home where you
| can look up places.  

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