Cesium in 2014 - Review


Like we did last year, I’d like to quickly review 2014, and then, in a few follow-up threads, discuss plans for 2015.

2014 was a big year. Highlights include Cesium 1.0; 3D models; the new terrain format and dataset; improved WebGL support in IE 11 and iOS; and Cesium plugins.

We also gave a lot of Cesium talks at conferences including Web3D, SIGGRAPH, and FOSS4G, and at universities including MIT and Harvard.

There’s been a lot of adoption in the open-source geospatial community as we see projects like WebGL Earth 2 and OpenLayers 3 build on Cesium for 3D. Given the news about NPAPI and the Google Earth plugin, we’ve seen many GE developers move to Cesium like youbeQ, Cube Cities, and Cycling the Alps. We’ve also seen a number of other awesome apps built on Cesium like the Commercial Space Operations Center, Australia’s National Map, and the GPlates Portal. Microsoft did a nice demo of Cesium and their Bing Spatial Data Services. And, of course, Cesium was used for the popular NORAD Tracks Santa site again.

The Cesium community continues to grow. The number of subscribers to this forum grew from 249 to 456, and the number of github stars went from 326 to 645. There were many fantastic contributions in addition to AGI’s core work. Among them are Rich Kadel’s GWT wrappers, Bala Natarajan’s video tutorials, initial WMTS support by Gilles Cébélieu, and imagery layer improvements by NICTA.

Not a bad year. We’ll follow-up later this week with discussion for 2015.