Last weekend, if you were at WhereCampEU in Berlin (blog post to follow) , you may have caught my sneak peak into the new GeoCommons 2.0, which has been revealed just the other day. Here are some of the highlights of the new GeoCommons
- The flash map has been overhauled and re-written, mainly by Andrei – and it can handle hundreds of thousands numbers of points quite happily
- Analytics library is completed, but not currently accessible to normal users of GeoCommons – hopefully it will be soon, if people want it.
- Behind the scenes, the system uses a number of distributed workers and tasks to offload processing intensive or long processing tasks
- Datasets and Maps get given nice overview images, and the attributes of datasets have histograms generated for them
- Data can be edited in the system, and filtered, and saved either to replace itself or as a new dataset
- Animation of temporal data is much nicer now
- Polymaps for HTML5 non-flash map support
- Filters can be applied to the map, so that attributes can be filtered out.
- Thematic maps can be made with categories now
- Acetate is used as standard
- Custom markers can be added to a map, and even animated ones work too!
The GeoIQ developer blog has a developer orientated review of wha’ts new and there is a good overview of GeoCommons on the main GeoIQ blog too.
Keep your eyes peeled on the GeoIQ Developer Blog over the next few days as the team adds some more posts about some of the technology behind it.