Sanborn Map Company has a great post on why they moved to an Open Source Stack for serving up the maps they made for the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado. It is a good read and can be found here. Link. The article includes lots of solid reasons why an Open Source stack of geospatial tools can help you deploy your maps quickly, inexpensively, and with more flexibility than other software suites offer.
The team of VerticalGeo, Aerials By Whitney, and Cardinal Aviation Services has been seleted by Monsanto to provide very high resolution aerial photography of their experimental farms. The project will last throughout the summer and will be used for rapid turn analysis of Monsanto’s experimental processes.
Stumbled upon a new capability that I believe is pretty impressive. Walking Papers is a system that works with OpenStreetMap so that a person can download an area in OpenStreetMap, print it, make hand annotated updates to the map, upload it back to OpenStreetMap, and have your updates be applied to the OpenStreetMap base map. There are a few people that are intimidated by technology, but want to contribute to OpenStreetMap, and there are others who live in areas where an internet connection is hard to obtain. These people can still contribute to completing the OpenStreetMap basemap by using printed maps. I think it is a very useful system. If you are interested check out the Walking Papers website.