Timely information via GeoRSS - Sneak peek at Explorer 480
Cyclones in Myanmar. Fires in Florida. Earthquakes in China. Timely information is critical for learning about events as they happen, and subsequently how to respond and what to do in their aftermath. One of the ways that timely geographic information is published is via GeoRSS feeds.
In the upcoming Explorer 480 release GeoRSS feeds are one of the supported connections, joining ArcGIS Server, ArcIMS, and WMS.
Here we've connected to the USGS Shake Map feed, and we're showing the popup content for the 7.9 quake that hit China on Monday, May 12.
I've seen Geo RSS feeds in action and it looks like a nice way to share location information. I think we will be seeing more of this in use as we see more and more mashups popping up all over.