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CartoDB API and NodeJS

Earthware were recently contacted by a client to help them build a NodeJS application which imported land registry INSPIRE land parcels into a CartoDB instance. Our solution was implemented using a combination of NodeJS, MongoDB (to hold the tracking data) and CartoDB to hold and serve the land parcel data...
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Taking the pain out of spatial databases with CartoDb

Continuing our series on our favorite tools here at Earthware we come to the excellent CartoDb. CartoDb is a hosted spatial database service and so much more that we have used now on a number of our client's mapping projects. What does it do? CartoDb is a hosted service built...
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MapBox Studio Review

Over the last two years one of favourite mapping tools has been the excellent TileMill from MapBox. TileMill has enabled us to create highly stylistic maps from custom geo-data on a number of client projects including our work with Skype on the winter X-Games Social Media Map. MapBox have been...
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Thinking of moving to the UK's most desirable places?

Yesterday whilst the rest of the UK were enjoying a rainy Bank Holiday Monday the Royal Mail were busy publishing their report into the UK's most desirable postcodes crowning Tidworth SP9 the top spot for England. Royal Mail's report was commisioned to mark the 40th anniversary of the allocation of...
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How a mapping company was born

I sometimes get asked ‘How did Earthware begin?’ I like telling the story as it shows that a successful business idea can grow out of a personal technology ‘brain fart’! Once upon a time I (Neil Osmond) was working in the pharmaceutical industry running a team of analysts in a...
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Full UK Postcodes Polygons (mostly Open Data)

OS Code-Point Open The Ordnance Survey provides the GB postcode location data as free to use Code-Point® Open which you can read about here and the exact license terms are here. Which is great, however, you’ll notice that being the GB dataset, you don’t get any of the...
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Beta testing- is your website ready?

Your brand-spanking new website is finally finished and you’re ready and raring to go-live. How can you be sure it is up to the job until it has been put to the test? The biggest defects, the ones glaring you in the face, have already been sorted out but...
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Make your own Street View

GoPano Micro A few weeks ago we dispatched a student intern to walk through Norton Common near Earthware’s office, holding a pole with an iPhone and GoPano lens attached to it. Short of being on fire, he couldn’t have drawn more attention to himself. Google Street View is...
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GPS tracking using a Trimble device

Earlier this summer we had the chance to cycle around London with an expensive, high-accuracy GPS tracker from Trimble. [caption id="attachment_753" align="aligncenter" width="124" caption="Trimble hand held GPS"][/caption] More recently, we had the chance to do something useful with the data we recorded, the result...
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Geocode your photo, video or any collection using metadata

We’ve just completed an interesting project combining mapping with photos and videos. So if you have a massive digital library of photos that you’ve scanned or taken on a camera without GPS Positioning you can now help your customers search and filter them geographically, using MetaLoc. So how...
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Transport for London's Journey Planner is now using Google Maps!

This year Earthware have been working alongside the TfL Online Team and BAE Systems Detica to create the new Transport for London Journey Planner. As of tomorrow you are able to try it out for yourself! We have been working on this very exciting project since January, creating the mapping...
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Google Maps visual refresh and UK road styling

We’re enjoying investigating the forthcoming update to Google Maps, here at Earthware. As part of understanding the consequences of the new look and feel for one of our clients, we noticed that the specific road styling for the UK seems to have been removed. Here is a picture of...
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The End of the Google Maps JavaScript API v2 Approaches...

We thought it would be worthwhile sending out a reminder that the deadline for the end of support for the Google Maps JavaScript API v2 is now less than a month away, and is due to take place on 19th May 2013. If you are concerned about the significant risk...
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Our First Edits With Google Map Maker UK!

You may be aware that today Google Map Maker was released in the UK and already we have put this to use for the residents of Letchworth Garden City! A few weeks ago I was trying to show a friend how to walk from the Letchworth Morrisons’ car park to...
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Inaugural Ordnance Survey Developer Event

Last night London played host to the inaugural OS Developer Event and it was great to be there. I always enjoy having the chance to meet with members of the OS development and support teams and would recommend attending to anyone! During the workshop part of the evening we implemented...
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Jenny Heaton Announced as Google SketchUp Competition Winner!

On Sunday 25th November local secondary school student Jenny Heaton was announced as the winner of Letchworth’s Google SketchUp competition, ‘3D_lgc’. Earthware had been a supporter and sponsor of this competition, and our Director Brian Norman a judge. Jenny’s superb model of Letchworth Train Station that won...
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Earthware are officially 'Windows 8 Elite'!

On Friday we received the good news from Microsoft that thanks to the submission of our first Windows 8 app, Meet½Way, we at Earthware are now officially ’Windows 8 Elite’! So, what is this ‘Meet½Way’? Meet½Way began back in August as a result of our ‘Earthware Day...
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Bing Maps Silverlight - smooth zoom skydive animation

In 2010 Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner teamed up with scientists and Red Bull to form the Red Bull Stratos; a project that aims to see Baumgartner free fall from a height of 120 000 feet; the edge of space; to the surface of planet Earth. Have you ever wondered what...
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Earthware ready to release their first Windows 8 Bing Map app!

On Wednesday the Bing Maps SDKs for Windows Store apps were released. You can take a look at the announcement here, http://binged.it/Vv6kxi, but essentially what this means for us at Earthware is that we can now upgrade our first Windows 8 Bing Map app from the Beta...
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Raspberry Pi arrives at Earthware!

Last week was a very exciting time at Earthware… our Raspberry Pi arrived! I have recently started at Earthware as a ‘summer intern’, and so was thrilled to be given possession of the Pi for a day, and struggled to hide my excitement in front of the other, envious developers...
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Is a Map Always the Right Answer?

Here at Earthware, we have recently been working on a number of projects showing quite complex and multi-faceted data sets using consumer APIs such as Google Maps and Bing Maps.  This has led us to explore lots of different ways of displaying more than one thing at a time on...
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Bing Maps Street Side Imagery for London, UK

Today Bing Maps have released their first street side imagery outside of North America in our very own UK capital city London. This first release appears to cover the capitals major roads but lets hope there is lots more to come over the next few months. Below is an overview...
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Free Charity Mapping Tool

With Microsoft Bing Maps’ latest Terms of Use which enable not for profit organisations to use Bing Maps free of charge, Earthware have been working with the Bing Team to develop a free mapping tool which enables not for profit organisations to create, customise and embed project or events maps...
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Bing Maps AJAX & HTML5 GeoLocation API

In the second in our series on mobile mapping with Bing Maps AJAX V7 we are going to show you one of the great features of HTML5 that you can start using right now on mobile devices. Where the desktop may take years before all users have access to the...
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Creating mobile map infoboxes with Bing Maps and JQuery Mobile

This is the first in our new series on mobile mapping and are based on a talk I gave recently at the Bing Maps user group about some tips and techniques for creating maps specifically for mobile devices. This first tutorial will focus on creating Infoboxes (or popups) specifically targeted...
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Earthware - how we became famous...

Ok – so it It might be a slight over exaggeration to say that we are famous but we have been on TV. Or at least a piece of our work has! If you follow our The Technology Studio blog you may be familiar with our Kinect hack that turned a...
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Google Maps on iPhone - it's best kept secret!

I was mucking around with Google Maps on my iPhone the other day and accidentally double clicked the little triangle in the bottom left and found a piece of functionality that I had no idea was there.  In effect it acts as a compass and moves the map round...
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Earthware feature in this month's Bing Maps newsletter

We were delighted that this month we featured in the Bing Maps newsletter for a blog article we wrote regarding relative performance of mapping APIs (see below). If you want to read our full blog article please click here. Cool If you can't see the contents of this email, click...
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Puffersphere "Roving Eye" videos seen over half a million times

The two videos that we posted showing the “Roving Eye” that we developed using a Kinect and a PufferSphere have now been seen over 500,000 times on YouTube in less than three weeks. If you haven’t seen them yet, then here are the two videos. Giant eyeball following...
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5 ways to make your web mapping fly!

Over the past four years here at Earthware we have encountered a number of performance challenges when creating mapping applications on the web. We thought it might be helpful to bring together the 5 most common issues we’ve encountered, both when helping other developers or in some of our...
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Quake sequence leading up to Japan tsunami

We always say that displaying data on a map is one of the best ways to bring information to life, especially when the information has a geographical element. One obvious place where this is true is when looking at the pattern of earthquakes. The US Geological Survey publishes a list...
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Bing Maps Spatial Data Services –Part 2 uploading your data

In the second part of our series we show you how to upload the xml data you created in part 1 using a simple console application. The next and final part in this series will show you how to create a simple JavaScript map application that displays data from the...
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"Bing / Google Maps Sucks!" our plea for more accurate and helpful criticism of mapping on the web

Introduction Twitter is a great service that has given the average person in the street a way to share his opinions and criticism of just about anything with the world. Receiving accurate and well thought out criticism is one of the best ways for companies to improve their products and...
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Earthware presents to Multimap migration clients interested in Bing Maps

Yesterday, we were delighted to be invited to present at a workshop event held at Microsoft’s Victoria offices in London to an audience of approximately 60 people who were interested in exploring how Bing Maps can help them drive their business results. The audience was a good mix of...
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Bing Maps Spatial Data Services– Part 1 creating your datasource

Recently Bing Maps have released an update to their Spatial Data Services REST API that allows you to upload and query your own spatial data. In this first part of our new video series we will be showing you how to get your data ready to be uploaded into the...
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AJAX Mapping APIs – Google Maps vs Bing Maps: UPDATE Pushpin Display Performance

In the last six months, both Bing Maps and Google Maps have released new versions of their AJAX map controls. In this blog article we will compare the performance of each platform when displaying an increasing number of pushpins. As this test is greatly affected by the browser you are...
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Tracking Santa in Google Earth

We love this kind of thing but for today only you can track Santa delivering his presents in Google Earth. As I write at 13:15 GMT I can see him whizzing around Lae, Papua New Guinea and he is already up to 16.5 million presents delivered. There are...
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Mapping APIs - Google Maps vs Bing Maps: UPDATE API Download Sizes

Almost a year ago we wrote an article about the download speeds and sizes of the competing map apis, as part of a series comparing the Ajax APIs for Google Maps and Bing maps, since then a lot has changed. Google have updated their offering with the depreciation of Google...
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OFFICIAL Microsoft Bing Maps community event in the UK 27th October

We have been working behind the scenes with Bing’s PR agency 3-Monkeys, on an official Microsoft Bing Maps community event for the UK and you can now sign up to attend next Wednesday 27th October. Here’s the intro: “Bing invites you to an informal panel discussion and Q...
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Using Jquery with the Bing Maps REST API

In the last few months Bing Maps have released a new version of the web services (previously available as SOAP). This new version uses the increasingly popular REST format which for the first time allows us to use these services direct from javascript on the clients browser. If you are...
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GoLearnTo continues to show how to place technology at the heart of the online experience

Now in our fourth year of partnership with GoLearnTo.com we are delighted that the website we have been involved in developing continues to go from strength to strength. In the last month GoLearnTo has added no less than four awards and nominations to their impressive array of successes including...
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Earthware's CountryBehindTheCup map is discussed on C21 Media.net

Earthware’s Avimap demos (TheWorldCupMap and CountryBehindTheCup) are being noticed left right and centre with the latest review coming from C21 Media.net, the digital publishers who broadcast all things television business news and information related. Read their full article about CountryBehindTheCup here....
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Earthware's TheWorldCupMap has grown and now includes CountryBehindTheCup map

Regular readers of our blog will have heard about Earthware’s TheWorldCupMap which we launched at the beginning of the 2010 World Cup football tournament. This week has seen our newest addition to the map, CountryBehindTheCup, being launched. Continuing our partnership with Skyworks, the company behind the high definition video...
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Google Maps launch property listings - is this the beginning of the end of the property portals?

Having your property listed on a online map has become an essential part of the property marketing process so its little surprise really that Google have joined the party launching their latest addition to Google Maps in the UK – property listings. Any property portal, estate agent or even individual seller...
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Tutorial - An overview to developing Bing Map Apps

This is our first screen cast in a series showing how to develop your own Bing Maps App using the recently released Bing Maps App SDK. If you are interested in developing Bing Map Apps for your company or clients and want to get an overview of what they are...
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TheWorldCupMap, Earthware's Avimap demo, is being promoted up by the BBC

It seems that we are not the only people who think that TheWorldCupMap, Earthware's tour of the World Cup stadiums, is pretty cool. The guys at BBC sport also agree and have added it to their dedicated World Cup page alongside their own venue guide and Fifa's offering too. It's...
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Earthware launches TheWorldCupMap an Avimap demo using Bing Maps Silverlight and Azure hosting

Here at Earthware we are all very excited about the World Cup. However, it’s not the goals (or lack of!) that has got us energised, it’s our latest web based mapping solution, Avimap, which provides an interactive aerial tour of all the stadiums hosting World Cup football matches...
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Bing Maps App SDK Goes Live

It’s something of a milestone week for Microsoft’s Bing Maps with the launch of its Map App SDK (Software Development Kit) at Microsoft’s TechEd convention in New Orleans. Developers can now download the Bing Map App SDK and start building, testing and submitting applications which if approved...
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Google Maps gets 3D treatment in the form of Earth View

This week has seen a further development in global web based mapping technology with Google’s announcement that it has augmented Google Earth into Google Maps, creating a 3D rendering of certain locations when used with a supported browser. This update to Google Maps, called Earth View, enables users to...
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The Beginning of the End for the Travel Brochure?

For the past thirty years or more, the travel industry has relied upon the trusty printed brochure to wet our appetites for holidays at home and abroad. We’ve become accustomed to the idea of thumbing through acres of paper and booking our escape to the sun based on fuzzy...
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