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Vector One Blog on Depiction

We’ve released another update today, with a few tweaks and for things that weren’t quite right in the big 1.2 release last month. Jeff Thurston of Vector One blog and magazine took the opportunity to highlight some of the recent improvements we’ve made. As before, he is very complimentary, particularly of our collaboration features:

The email fea­ture is slick — I think. Why? Because in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion many peo­ple will depend on send­ing quick emails with infor­ma­tion. The avail­able icons to quickly iden­tify and locate or markup maps is what makes this soft­ware extremely use­ful for emer­gency and relief situations.

He also has some screenshots from the Haiti earthquake scenario on the Depiction downloads page.

To see how a map like that one can be built very rapidly, check out our ‘90 Seconds to Map an Earthquake‘ video from January.

Getting Haiti data into Depiction

We’ve had several inquiries about looking at data related to the Haiti earthquake in Depiction. Our video showed how easy it is to get basic earthquake data into Depiction–and you can now view a related depiction online–but what most people are concerned about at the moment is the recovery situation.

There is now a great resource for that kind of data that can be easily loaded into Depiction. CubeWerx and the Carbon Project have put up two different web services with data relating to Haiti and the earthquake. One is a WMS, which brings in images, and another is a WFS that brings in shapes and point data–including building locations, building footprints and more.



To add these into a depiction, just go to Add>>Web service, paste the URL into the field, note which type of service you are using, and hit Show content. That will load up a menu of the different layers included in the service, which you can add as various element types.

Much of this data comes from OpenStreetMap, which has been doing incredible work mapping the situation there. Depiction tiling & Quickstart already brings in some of the data included in these services, such as road networks, but most of it is unique. Here’s what just a very quick use of the WFS gave us:

UPDATE: Many more WMS feeds are available here.