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  • Creating Dynamic Maps in QGIS Using Python: QGIS Python Programming CookBook

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    PACKT Books
    17 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Learn how to use Python to create dynamic maps in QGIS with this free preview chapter of QGIS Python Programming CookBook. With 140 short, reusable recipes to automate geospatial processes in QGIS, the QGIS Python Programming CookBook teaches readers how to use Python and QGIS to create and transform data, produce appealing GIS visualizations, and build [...]The post Creating Dynamic Maps in QGIS Using Python: QGIS Python Programming CookBook appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • World’s Lightest Portable Immersive Virtual Reality Glasses hit CES Asia

    AnyGeo - GIS, Maps, Mobile and Social Location Technology
    gisuser
    19 May 2015 | 8:50 pm
    TweetSomething pretty cool out of CES Asia, the World’s smallest VR glasses – enter Dlodlo. According to the company, Dlodlo VR Glasses are used in a variety of ways:  for gaming, movies, apps, and adult entertainment [and no doubt, for … Continue reading →
  • Rochelle/Fairdale Tornado Damage now Visible in Google Earth

    Google Earth Blog
    Timothy Whitehead
    28 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    We have looked at tornado damage in Google Earth a number of times before, including tornado’s that struck the US towns of: Pilger, Nebraska and Wessington Springs, South Dakota Mayflower, Arkansas – May 2014 Moore, Oklahoma – May, 2013 Joplin, Missouri – May 2011 Tuscaloosa and Jefferson County, Alabama – April 2011 Yazoo City, Mississippi – April 2010 Greensburg, Kansas – May 2007 On April 9th, 2015 a tornado struck near the town of Rochelle, Illinois. For ground level videos and photos see this story. Considering the amount of damage visible in…
  • New Nepal Imagery following May 12th Aftershock

    Google Earth Blog
    Timothy Whitehead
    22 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    Last week we talked about the new imagery in Google Earth following the April 25th Nepal earthquake. On May 12th Nepal experienced a major aftershock consisting of a magnitude 7.3 earthquake. Just one week later Google Earth already has imagery of Kathmandu and surrounding areas captured on May 14th, 2015. Left: December 18th, 2014. Right: May 14th, 2015. Above: A hillside in Sindhupalchowk, north-west of Kathmandu. According to Wikipedia, between the two quakes, 95% of this area’s houses were destroyed. Left: November 2nd, 2014, Right: May 14th, 2015 Above: The Dharahara tower. Its…
  • Historian mapping out a new view of the Medieval world

    Geography News -- ScienceDaily
    26 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    Maps show us the way and identify major landmarks – rivers, towns, roads and hills. For centuries, they also offered a perspective on how societies viewed themselves in comparison to the rest of the world. New research looks at maps from the medieval and early-modern Muslim world.
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  • Extreme global warming of Cretaceous period punctuated with significant global cooling

    28 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    Scientists have reconstructed the climatic development of the Arctic Ocean during the Cretaceous period, 145 to 66 million years ago. At that time the poles were devoid of ice and average temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius prevailed in the oceans. Yet new research shows there was a severe cold snap during the geological age known for its extreme greenhouse climate. What sparked the abrupt global cooling?
  • Invisible helpers of the sea: Marine bacteria boost growth of tiny ocean algae

    27 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    A common diatom grows faster in the presence of bacteria that release a growth hormone known to benefit plants on land. The authors of a new report showed that these bacteria exchange material with the diatoms while in turn producing auxin, a well-known hormone made by microbes living around the roots of land plants.
  • Global climate on verge of multi-decadal change

    27 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    The global climate is on the verge of broad-scale change that could last for a number of decades a new study implies. The change to the new set of climatic conditions is associated with a cooling of the Atlantic, and is likely to bring drier summers in Britain and Ireland, accelerated sea-level rise along the northeast coast of the United States, and drought in the developing countries of the Sahel region.
  • Historian mapping out a new view of the Medieval world

    26 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    Maps show us the way and identify major landmarks – rivers, towns, roads and hills. For centuries, they also offered a perspective on how societies viewed themselves in comparison to the rest of the world. New research looks at maps from the medieval and early-modern Muslim world.
  • Evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet

    26 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    A new light has been shed on the stability of the Antarctic ice sheet. It shows for the first time that ice rises (pinning points that keep the floating parts of ice sheets in place) are formed during the transition between glacial and interglacial periods, which significantly slows down the response of the ice sheet to climate change.
 
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    Google Earth Blog

  • Rochelle/Fairdale Tornado Damage now Visible in Google Earth

    Timothy Whitehead
    28 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    We have looked at tornado damage in Google Earth a number of times before, including tornado’s that struck the US towns of: Pilger, Nebraska and Wessington Springs, South Dakota Mayflower, Arkansas – May 2014 Moore, Oklahoma – May, 2013 Joplin, Missouri – May 2011 Tuscaloosa and Jefferson County, Alabama – April 2011 Yazoo City, Mississippi – April 2010 Greensburg, Kansas – May 2007 On April 9th, 2015 a tornado struck near the town of Rochelle, Illinois. For ground level videos and photos see this story. Considering the amount of damage visible in…
  • This Land Was Our Land – World’s Largest Graffiti Mural

    Timothy Whitehead
    27 May 2015 | 3:26 am
    Yesterday we looked at some large art pieces by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Thank you to GEB reader Ryen McPherson for letting us know about a recent Graffiti project on an abandoned airstrip in the Mojave Desert, California, USA. The piece is by a group called ‘Indecline.’ It is not yet visible in Google Earth imagery, but Ryen kindly sent us some aerial photos, which we have put into this KML so you can view them in Google Earth. If you are wondering what the message means, here is an explanation from ‘Indecline': When Woody Guthrie penned “This Land is Our Land” in…
  • The artwork of Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada in Google Earth

    Timothy Whitehead
    26 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    We have a number of times looked at art work large enough to see in Google Earth, including some of the largest pieces of art in the world. Just over a year ago, we had a look at a piece of art called ‘WISH’ by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Although Google Earth does not have any imagery of it, we created an image overlay so that you could see it in Google Earth. Recently, some imagery of Washington DC, USA, has been added to Google Earth, and it shows another of Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada’s pieces called ‘Out of One, Many’ on the lawn near the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting…
  • New Version of Google Earth 7.1.5.1557

    Timothy Whitehead
    25 May 2015 | 3:10 am
    [Update: Apparently this release is necessary for viewing maps from Google Maps Engine in Google Earth after May 29, 2015. This probably only applies to private maps that require you to log-in to Google Earth and not to public maps.] Thank you to GEB reader ‘A.C.’ for alerting us to the fact that Google has released a new minor version of Google Earth. This release comes just under a month after the previous update, which was the first update in nearly two years. This update actually has some release notes that tell us what has been changed: The Google account sign-in process was…
  • New Nepal Imagery following May 12th Aftershock

    Timothy Whitehead
    22 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    Last week we talked about the new imagery in Google Earth following the April 25th Nepal earthquake. On May 12th Nepal experienced a major aftershock consisting of a magnitude 7.3 earthquake. Just one week later Google Earth already has imagery of Kathmandu and surrounding areas captured on May 14th, 2015. Left: December 18th, 2014. Right: May 14th, 2015. Above: A hillside in Sindhupalchowk, north-west of Kathmandu. According to Wikipedia, between the two quakes, 95% of this area’s houses were destroyed. Left: November 2nd, 2014, Right: May 14th, 2015 Above: The Dharahara tower. Its…
 
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    GIS Education Community

  • Lakota Wicowoyake Canku owapi: Lakota Language Story Map

    Joseph Kerski
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    My colleague James Rattling Leaf and I created a story map on the Lakota language.   Our reasons for doing so are several.  We have long been interested in and collaborated on projects involving education, maps, and GIS, and wanted to illustrate how the story maps platform can be used to learn and teach about Native Languages, beginning with Lakota. When you access the story map, and step through its contents, you will be able to hear audio of a dozen words that are in both Lakota and English, a photograph of each spoken feature, and what that feature looks like on a satellite image map.
  • Fun with GIS 175: Styling Data

    Charlie Fitzpatrick
    18 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    “Style my data?” That’s the verb; it connotes more than just basic classification and symbolization. The March release of ArcGIS Online gave great new options for styling data: heat maps, continuous colors, manual classification, transparency tweaks, and more. Some of us struggled with the new choices. A popular tactic had been to ramp symbols of a feature set (e.g. stores by dollars, or counties by median age) and use a particularly striking symbol for the most extreme, making it even more prominent. Some had trouble finding that among all the new options. It’s still…
  • The Choro-Quiz

    Joseph Kerski
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Which answer below identifies the correct theme of this map? Choro-quiz question 1: Farms, small towns, or soybeans? The answer:  Soybean acreage.  Too easy?  Well, then, see if you can identify the correct theme of his map: Choropleth Map Quiz #2: Mobile homes, divorced people, or never married people? The answer?  Percent of housing units that are mobile homes. For many of us, the word “quizzes” or “tests”, conjures up memories of stress or drudgery. For the educators reading these words, who deal with quizzes and tests on a daily basis, you know very well that…
  • Walking on Water? Revisiting Reflections on Resolution and Scale

    Joseph Kerski
    8 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    A few years ago, I walked on the pier at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and after mapping my route, reflected on issues of resolution of scale in this blog.  After recording my track on my smartphone in an application called RunKeeper, it appeared on the map as though I had been walking on the water!  This, of course, was because the basemap did not show the pier.  Recently, following the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, I had the opportunity to retrace my steps and revisit my study.  What has changed in the past 2 1/2 years?  Much. As shown below, the basemap used by…
  • Exploring 600 of the World’s Largest Urban Areas

    Joseph Kerski
    1 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    A new map in ArcGIS Online on the world’s largest urban areas invites exploration into the size and distribution of these important places.  This map shows the distribution of over 600 of the world’s largest urban areas, based on United Nations data. Examine the map cartographically with your students.  How does the dark gray canvas basemap help make the blue city symbols stand out and the distribution become understandable? Click on specific cities and compare their growth rates and total size.  Discuss some reasons for the wide variation.  The city attribute table lists…
 
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    GIS Lounge

  • Black Holes No More: The Emergence of Volunteer Geographic Information

    GIS Contributor
    26 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    This essay by Ron Mahabir takes a look at how crowdsourced mapping efforts are helping to fill in much needed geographic information about impoverished areas around the world.The post Black Holes No More: The Emergence of Volunteer Geographic Information appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Keys to Successfully Managing GIS Data Health and Quality

    GIS Contributor
    26 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Jennifer Kennedy, a GIS Analyst at Timmons Group discusses the importance of managing GIS data quality and some GIS solutions for managing GIS data and ensuring its integrity.The post Keys to Successfully Managing GIS Data Health and Quality appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Geodesign to Create Smarter Cities and Adaptable Landscapes

    GIS Contributor
    25 May 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Nadia Amoroso, PhD, ASLA, an academic in landscape architecture and urban design, writes about geodesign and the geodesign technology platform offered by Esri.   Cities are under threat from the impacts of climate change. In recent years major urban centres have been struggling to cope with temperature extremes, urban heat islands, [...]The post Geodesign to Create Smarter Cities and Adaptable Landscapes appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Creating Dynamic Maps in QGIS Using Python: QGIS Python Programming CookBook

    PACKT Books
    17 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Learn how to use Python to create dynamic maps in QGIS with this free preview chapter of QGIS Python Programming CookBook. With 140 short, reusable recipes to automate geospatial processes in QGIS, the QGIS Python Programming CookBook teaches readers how to use Python and QGIS to create and transform data, produce appealing GIS visualizations, and build [...]The post Creating Dynamic Maps in QGIS Using Python: QGIS Python Programming CookBook appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Tools: QGIS Python Programming CookBook

    PACKT Books
    17 May 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Learn how to work with map tools in QGIS using Python from this section as part of this preview chapter, Creating Dynamic Maps from QGIS Python Programming CookBook.The post Tools: QGIS Python Programming CookBook appeared first on GIS Lounge.
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    AnyGeo - GIS, Maps, Mobile and Social Location Technology

  • Google i/o Live May 28-29 livestream

    gisuser
    28 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    TweetYes indeed, time for another Google i/o Live – you can catch all the details HERE or watch it live on youtube or right here.. enjoy! Recall, Google I/O is two days of inspirational talks, hands-on learning, and a chance … Continue reading →
  • Twitter Adds Website Cards to drive website clicks

    gisuser
    27 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    TweetLooking at Twitter for some added exposure and marketing? Consider The new, Twitter website cards – note, you’ll need a Twitter ads account in order to get started.  So, what are website cards? To help you connect Twitter’s valuable users … Continue reading →
  • Esri Provides U.S. Flooding Public Information Map for Central U.S.

    gisuser
    26 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    TweetSuch a tragedy seeing the flooding and devastation in the South this week… we hope all of our readers and colleagues are staying dry and safe! To help those of you interested in tracking and/or monitoring the current situation, Esri … Continue reading →
  • World’s Lightest Portable Immersive Virtual Reality Glasses hit CES Asia

    gisuser
    19 May 2015 | 8:50 pm
    TweetSomething pretty cool out of CES Asia, the World’s smallest VR glasses – enter Dlodlo. According to the company, Dlodlo VR Glasses are used in a variety of ways:  for gaming, movies, apps, and adult entertainment [and no doubt, for … Continue reading →
  • Reading Tip – 5 Free Resources for Coders or Would-Be Coders

    gisuser
    19 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    TweetSome week-end or late night reading tips here along with several resources that a coder or would-be coder might find handy to have in the library… Enjoy! The Essential Core Python Cheat Sheet” Find out how to write readable, even … Continue reading →
 
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    VerySpatial

  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 514

    Jesse
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 514 24 May 2015 Main Topic: Interviews with Blue Marble Geographics and ASEE Smart Scholarships Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode514.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Traveling Made-up Continents by Gillicuddy News Funding Bill passes House that cuts NSF funding for Earth Science and social science Exelis shareholders approve Harris acquisition Autodesk working toward consistent user experience Google Maps search issue and apologies Global Mapper update Apple Apple…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 513

    Jesse
    17 May 2015 | 6:31 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 513 17 May 2015 Main Topic: Park narratives in Edmonton, Alberta Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode513.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko News Woman sues former company over location tracking app Illinois gets rid of its drones by calling them a different name Google Temporarily Shuts Down Mapmaker OpenGeo Suite 4.6 ArcGIS 10.3.1 National Geographic Bee winners Web Corner National Geographic’s The Great Nature Project Main topic…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 512

    Jesse
    10 May 2015 | 7:55 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 512 10 May 2015 Main Topic: Our discussion with Keith Masback of the USGIF about the upcoming Geoint 2015 Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode512.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Washington, DC by Nighttime Adventure Society News Warrantless Cellphone tracking French Surveillance bill Uber makes a play for HERE maps? Samsung VR now available for about $200 + phone Autodesk Urban Canvas Watch the Geography Bee this Friday Web Corner New USGS online historical topo map…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 511

    Sue
    3 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 511 3 May 2015 Main Topic: Our discussion with Jennifer Krstolic of the USGS at the AAG 2015 Conference Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode511.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music River Meditation by Jason Shaw News US Board on Geographic Names will be celebrating its 125th anniversary in September Launch mishap sends Russian ISS resupply rocket into unrecoverable spin CityEngine 2015 details Autodesk and Microsoft partnering for 3D printing and HoloLens Geomatica 2015…
  • GIS and Today’s Technology: A Beneficial Duo

    Aleigha Shears
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Note: This is the last post by our Spring intern Aleigha. A big thanks to Aleigha and good luck after graduation. The significance of location services, prominence of maps, and apps that allow us to familiarize ourselves with geographic locations is on a steady rise. Where we used to depend on paper, or some form of tangible maps or listed directions, technology has drastically increased the demand to have those exact same directions or maps accessible to mobile phones, and other electronic devices such as tablets, and portable GPS gadgets. Location based technologies are always evolving. A…
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    GIS and Agent-Based Modeling

  • A Semester with Spatial Agent-based Models

    26 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    With the spring semester over, I thought I would show some of the final agent-based modeling projects that were carried out in CSS 645: Spatial Agent-based Models of Human-Environment Interactions. As always I was quite impressed the models and we had a plethora of topics ranging from mobile agent-based models, shopping, pick pocketing, route finding, travel to work, the spatial spread of information, deer management, urban growth etc... What is interesting is that while the majority of models are implemented in NetLogo, more and more are being done in Python. Something new for this semester…
  • Leveraging Crowdsourced data for Agent-based modeling: Opportunities, Examples and Challenges

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    This week I am attending the AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago. While here, we organized 3 sessions entitled "Geosimulation and Big Data: A Marriage made in Heaven or Hell?" in which I presented a paper, co-authored with Sarah Wise: "Leveraging Crowdsourced data for Agent-based modeling: Opportunities, Examples and Challenges." The abstract is below:The rise of crowdsourcing has made new kinds of data available to the  geographical community. New forms of data range in their characteristics and purpose. One example is Volunteered Geographical Information (VGI), were users purposely…
  • Exploring Creativity and Urban Development with Agent-Based Modeling

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    There is considerable debate about "creative cities" and relatively few agent-based models that explore such ideas from the bottom up. To that end we have recently published a paper in the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation entitled: "Exploring Creativity and Urban Development through Agent-Based Modeling"In the paper we introduce the Creative City Model, an exploratory ABM to simulate the theoretical relationship between land-use regulation, urban mobility and societal tolerance on the economic performance of cities. The model is based on simplified assumptions from our…
  • Bumble Bee Colonies

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    When reading papers about agent-based models / individual-based models, I am always curious if the model can be reproduced from the description in said paper. Specifically whether there is sufficient information in the paper to reproduce the model and the results. Often we task students with such a task as a learning exercise and I thought it would be nice to show you one such example done by Dale Brearcliffe.The model that was reproduced is entitled "The Ontogeny of the Interaction Structure in Bumble Bee Colonies: A MIRROR Model" by Hogeweg and Hesper (1983) which explored whether or not…
  • Collective Behavior of In-group Favoritism

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    We just had a paper accepted in Advances in Complex Systems entitled "The Effect of In-group Favoritism on the Collective Behavior of Individuals' Opinions." In the paper we develop and an agent-based model to explore how individuals interact and how more  collective behaviors emerge (e.g. reaching a consensus or the spreading of opinions). The abstract of the paper is as follows: Empirical findings from social psychology show that sometimes people show favoritism toward in-group members in order to reach a global consensus, even against individuals' own preferences (e.g., altruistically…
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    ArcGIS Blog » Mapping

  • Cascadia graces the cover of the 2015 Esri Map Book

    abuckley
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    By David McCloskey, Cascadia-Institute.org (posted by Aileen Buckley, Esri Cartographer) Chosen to grace the cover of the 2015 Esri Map Book, this map, by the Cascadia Institute, with cartography by Benchmark Maps, shows for the first time the natural integrity of Cascadia as a whole bioregion. Cascadia is named for the whitewaters that pour down the slopes of her mountains. Home of salmon and rivers, mountains and forests, Cascadia rises as a Great Green Land from the Northeast Pacific Rim. Cascadia curves from coast to crest—from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains and Continental…
  • Take your terrain mapping to new heights

    Kenneth Field
    21 May 2015 | 5:07 pm
    by Kenneth Field, Senior Cartographic Product Engineer Standard techniques for representing terrain, like a hillshade, are adequate for many applications, but you may want to represent terrain under different lighting conditions, or perhaps use more artistic techniques. In these cases you might need to go a little further than creating a simple hillshade. For this reason (and because we like making tools that extend what we can do!) we’ve built a new toolbox, called Terrain Tools, that helps you take your terrain mapping to new heights. Cartographic research often develops techniques,…
  • How to Contribute Maps to the Living Atlas of the World

    Jim Herries
    19 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    In this blog, you will see how to contribute your maps, apps, Story Maps, scenes and layers to the Living Atlas of the World. The focus is on how to use the new “contributor app” for the Living Atlas of the World. There are two useful things the contributor app does for you and your ArcGIS Online items. First, it gives each item a “score” based on your item’s key characteristics. Second, if your item meets a minimum score of 80 out of 100 possible points, you can nominate your item for review and possible inclusion in the Living Atlas. A great way to start is to…
  • Civilian Topographic Map Released

    ProductionMappingTeam
    15 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    The Civilian Topographic Map (CTM) is designed to allow you to easily create civilian style 25K topographic data and maps using Esri Production Mapping.  The first release of CTM includes a geodatabase data model as well as sample configurations for editing, quality assurance, and cartography for creating 1:25000 scale civilian style topographic maps. You can adopt the CTM data model holistically and implement all configuration rules rapidly, easily, and repeatedly or you can use these files as a sample to implement this type of configuration with a different data model.  The CTM…
  • Living Atlas of the World Updates Improve the World Topographic Map

    Shane Matthews
    14 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    ArcGIS Online has been refreshed with new and updated content to Esri’s Basemaps. The user community has improved the World Topographic Map. We appreciate our users and partners who are supporting the Living Atlas of the World by contributing useful information and applying this content to enhance their communities. You can join this growing community of contributors by sharing your data with Community Maps.   Topographic Map Updates This update incorporates contributions from select locations in Europe to include the Country of Iceland and Hamburg, Germany and North America…
 
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    Jonathan Crowe: Recent Map Posts

  • Mapping the California Sea Floor

    Jonathan Crowe
    26 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    The USGS's California Seafloor Mapping Program has produced a set of insanely detailed maps of the sea floor along the California coast. Downloadable as rather hefty PDF files; the map sheets are three feet across as paper maps. Above, a detail from the shaded-relief bathymetry map of the San Francisco area. Boing Boing, Wired.
  • Mapping An Ember in the Ashes

    Jonathan Crowe
    26 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The fantasy cartographer Jonathan Roberts has a blog post, reprinted at Tor.com, that shows some of the steps involved in creating the map for Sabaa Tahir's novel An Ember in the Ashes. I sometimes get asked how to do a fantasy map. I'm the wrong person to ask, because I'm basically a fantasy map critic, not a working illustrator. What the people asking me this question want is an instruction manual for the standard fantasy map, and for that, Roberts is their man, because he's an actual illustrator. He does operate within the dominant fantasy map paradigm I often critique (though with a good…
  • Google Apologizes for Offensive Map Search Results

    Jonathan Crowe
    26 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    Google Maps had to apologize again last week, this time because searching for racist terms gave results like the White House and Howard University. The results were derived from online discussions: idiots using an offensive term to describe a place associated the term with the place in Google's search algorithms. Google says it's changing the algorithm to fix the problem (because algorithms are to Google what procedures are to bureaucracies -- the source of, and solution to, all life's problems). Boing Boing, Engadget. Previously: Google Map Maker Program Suspended.
  • Clichéa

    Jonathan Crowe
    12 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    A Redditor called Sarithus has created a map of Clichéa, "a map based on fantasy tropes that also pokes a little fun at unoriginal map makers." Like others of its kind, it hearkens back, probably undeliberately, to early modern maps of Cockaigne and Schlaraffenland and other satirical maps. Cartographer's Guild thread, Reddit thread. Previously: The Only Fantasy World Map You'll Ever Need.
  • Google Map Maker Program Suspended

    Jonathan Crowe
    11 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Google is temporarily suspending Map Maker, its tool allowing user contributions to Google Maps, until they fix their edit moderation system. Auto-approvals of map edits had been suspended in the wake of the notorious and high-profile edits to the map near Rawalpindi; since then edits to the map have required manual approval, which has created a massive backlog. "We believe that it is more fair to only say that if we do not have the capacity to review edits at roughly the rate they come in, we have to take a pause." Via The Verge. Previously: Google Maps Edits Cause Embarrassment; A Google…
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    Maps Mania

  • Open Aerial Imagery

    Keir Clarke
    28 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    The OpenAerialMap has been reborn. Between November 2007 and December 2008 OpenAerialMap provided a collection of open-sourced aerial imagery. Unfortunately some problems with hosting and licensing caused the first iteration of OpenAerialMap to close in 2008. Now however Humanitarian OSM Team (HOT) has restarted the OpenAerialMap project. OpenAerialMap will provide a central repository for
  • Interactive Strip Maps

    Keir Clarke
    28 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    Strip maps are very useful when you want to provide a navigation aide from one specific location to another. These maps, which represent a linear route and leave out geographical detail beyond a thin corridor, provide a focused guide to navigation and essentially ignore any geographical knowledge which isn't germane to the journey. Linear strip maps have a long history. One great example is
  • Reinventing the Map

    Keir Clarke
    28 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    The 2015 European Games is being held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 12 to 28 June 2015. This will be the inaugural event of the new European Games, an international mini-Olympics type event for athletes representing the National Olympic Committees of Europe. The Journey of the Flame is a very interesting map which shows the route of the Baku 2015 torch relay. This futuristic 3d map was built using
  • The Great San Francisco Earthquake Map

    Keir Clarke
    27 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Esri has published an interesting Medium blog post exploring some of the best history maps created using their mapping platform. We've featured some of the maps in Seven Maps That Will Change the Way You Look At History on Maps Mania before but The San Francisco 1906 Earthquake & Fire is one that I haven't seen before. This Story Map is based on a report by San Francisco Fire Department
  • Ten Years of the Google Maps API

    Keir Clarke
    27 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    It has been nearly ten years since the launch of the Google Maps API. That's right - the Maps API is almost as old as Maps Mania. To celebrate the occasion Google is sending the Google Maps bus out on the road. Starting tomorrow a  customized 1959 GM tour bus will be at Google I/O in San Francisco. After Google's developer conference the bus will set off on a road trip across the USA. On this
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    Mapperz - The Mapping News Blog

  • Noise Map (High Speed 2 Rail Impact)

    26 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Noise Map (High Speed 2 Rail Impact)   A nice visualization of the impact of potential Noise traveling around the new High Speed Link (known as HS2) The project to create a faster... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • New Ordnance Survey OpenMap (Open Data) Released

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    New Ordnance Survey OpenMap (Open Data) Released OpenRoads "OS Open Roads is a connected road network for Great Britain. It contains all classified roads (such as motorways and A & B... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • QGIS on Raspberry Pi 2

    10 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    QGIS on Raspberry Pi 2 Asking what is a raspberry pi? then go to  http://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-2-model-b/ (This is work in progress) Current QGIS 2.2 but working on... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • Google Earth Pro now Free

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Google Earth Pro now Free 30th January 2015 "Starting today, even more people will be able to access Google Earth Pro: we're making it available for free"  Google Earth Pro... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • Check My Flood Risk Map

    14 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    The Check My Flood Risk map from ShootHill is designed to increase awareness among the public of the likelihood of flooding from rivers or the sea, and to encourage people living and working in... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
 
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  • Verfy Domain Name in Zoho

    iemhub
    26 May 2015 | 5:20 am
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    mariediaz
    22 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    I do not meditate that I would not like to verify my info less. After all, as my teacher relates pertaining to Slimdrene, "Out of sight, out of mind." That attitude shift with respect to Slimdrene appears to be driven, at least in part, by this. This doesn't mean that simply because you're using Slimdrene that you can stop. We're really self-reliant. Somehow or other, "We're not in Kansas anymore." That's how to prevent being bothered what crowds think. I expect that I am simply not ready to face this. Fundamentally, I'll quit. It's easy to get confused between the three…
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    Send flowers to agra through india flower in same day fast delivery we have delivery fresh flowers anywhere in agra and all over india in events such as birthday party wedding anniversaries and more. So Dont waste your time and book now fresh flowers and more products for events in 24 hours in day. Get More Informaion See My website Send Flowers To Agra | Agra Online Florist | Send Cake To Agra
  • FARO Add Terrestrial Laser Scanners to Geo-matching

    Peter Tapken
    21 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    FARO has added their Terrestrial Laser Scanners Portfolio to Geo-matching. Take a look for youself.
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    GPS World

  • Official Best Practices for June 30 Leap Second Published

    GPS World staff
    28 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    A leap second is scheduled to occur on June 30, and most affected industries are taking steps to prepare. Now the DHS National Coordinating Center for Communications has issued guidance with a paper titled “Best Practices for Leap Second Event Occurring on 30 June 2015.” The paper is sponsored by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in coordination with the United States Naval Observatory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the USCG Navigation Center, and the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning,…
  • EGNOS Hits the Road in North Africa and Middle East

    GPS World staff
    28 May 2015 | 2:39 pm
    MEDUSA sponsored a Think Tank May 19 in Tunis focused on EGNOS in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Delegates from 10 countries met in Tunis May 19 for an “All-day-long Think Tank” organized by MEDUSA. The sixty participants represented Algeria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Egypt, Jordan, France, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and Slovak Republic. Focused on the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) market, the event addressed the advantages of satellite navigation, and particularly of EGNOS and Galileo. ITS concerns the integration of information and communication technologies to create new…
  • FAA’s UAS Test Sites Receive Blanket Authorizations

    GPS World staff
    28 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The nation’s six unmanned aircraft system test sites now have blanket authorizations to fly drones and no longer have to seek authorizations for each type of aircraft flown, according to new Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The new regulations streamline the approval process for UAS research by the test sites. They also allow those with only a recreational- or sport-pilot certificate to conduct test-site operations. Previously, the rules required operators to have a private pilot’s license. A third-class medical certificate also is no longer required. Now an operator…
  • Hyundai Launches Android Auto in New Car Models

    GPS World staff
    28 May 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Android Auto in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. (Photo: Hyundai) Hyundai has become the first car company to launch Android Auto on production vehicles. Android Auto is premiering on the 2015 Sonata with Navigation at dealerships nationwide, and will later become available on other Hyundai models. “Android Auto aligns with Hyundai’s core interior design principles of safety, intuitiveness and simplicity,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “We launched this highly anticipated feature on our best-selling Sonata, adding to our promise of value. With the launch of…
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Certified for GPS Launches

    GPS World staff
    28 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Team Vandenberg launches its first SpaceX launch from Space Launch Complex-4 Sept. 29, 2013. 30th Space Wing’s 1st Air and Space Test Squadron was the lead for all launch site certification activities at Vandenberg for SpaceX as an EELV New Entrant. The squadron evaluated SpaceX’s flight and ground systems, processes and procedures for the upgraded Falcon-9 rocket. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Yvonne Morales) The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to launch military satellites, clearing the way for SpaceX to bid on launches of GPS III satellites. The Air…
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  • Sorry for our Google Maps search mess up

    Lat Long
    21 May 2015 | 2:37 pm
    This week, we had some problems with Google Maps, which was displaying results for certain offensive search queries. Like many of you, we were deeply upset by this issue, and we are fixing it now. We apologize this has taken some time to resolve, and want to share more about what we are doing to correct the problem.At Google, we work hard to bring people the information they are looking for, including information about the physical world through Google Maps. Our ranking systems are designed to return results that match a person’s query. For Maps, this means using content about businesses…
  • Don’t let traffic slow you down this Memorial Day

    Lat Long
    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer in the U.S., and is a time to pay tribute to service men and women. So whether you’ll be manning the grill or marching in your local parade, you’re probably looking forward to the three-day weekend with your friends and family. The only thing that might slow you down? Traffic: Memorial Day is one of the busiest driving days of the year. Luckily, Google Maps can help you find the best route to your destination with the fewest delays.And just in time for you to hit the road, we’re updating Google Maps with new traffic alerts to help you…
  • Set foot on the world’s oldest island with Street View

    Lat Long
    7 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    For almost 88 million years, the island of Madagascar has stood off the coast of Southeast Africa. From the tropical humid and dry forests of the interior, home to ring-tailed lemurs, to the mangrove ecosystems along the coast, the island is home to some of the most unusual and delicate ecosystems on Earth. Now for the first time, through our Trekker Loan partnership with conservation organization Blue Ventures and the Department of Water and Forests: University of Antananarivo, the Madagascar Ministry of Culture, and Madagascar National Parks, you can take a virtual journey to Madagascar…
  • Exploring Canada’s National Parks in the land of the Midnight Sun

    Lat Long
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The days are getting longer in Canada’s Arctic. The sea ice is breaking up, Arctic heather is poking through the snow-covered tundra and the arrival of the migratory snow bunting is days away. Summer is right around the corner. And today, in close collaboration with Parks Canada, we’re thrilled to share a glimpse of Canada’s Northern National Parks and the high north’s breathtaking summer season through the lens of Street View and Google Maps.These are some of Canada’s most remote National Parks. In spite of challenges posed by this vast geography, the far north also presented a…
  • Walk in the footsteps of South Africa’s freedom fighters

    Lat Long
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    On April 27, 1994, Nelson Mandela became President of South Africa in the country’s first democratic, post-Apartheid election. Known now as “Freedom Day,” that date has become a symbol of hope in South Africa and around the world. To commemorate this historic day, we’ve partnered with the Robben Island Museum and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to bring the story of this UNESCO World Heritage Site online for the world to explore. The Maps gallery and Cultural Institute online tour allow people everywhere to see the island where Nelson Mandela and many of South Africa’s freedom…
 
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    Between the Poles

  • Changing the world's energy economy: Elon Musk announces Tesla Energy

    Geoff
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    At the beginning of May Elon Musk gave a presentation is which he offered his vision of an alternative to fossil fuels as the future of humanity's energy sourcing and delivery.  Musk's long term objective is global carbon free energy for power generation and transportation.  He announced Tesla Energy and its first products, lithium-based Powerwall consumer (10 kWh) and Powerpack utility-scale (100 kWh) batteries.  He also discussed a third product, GigaFactory, which he described as a gigantic machine to manufacture Powerwall and Powerpack batteries.  Elon Musk is an…
  • Geospatial contributes $21 billion to the Canadian GDP

    Geoff
    5 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Prashant Shukle, Director General of Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO) at Natural Resources Canada, invited the Canadian geospatial community to a pre-release discussion of the just released Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Economic Value Study of the contribution of the geospatial sector to the Canadian economy.  The Canadian study was conducted by Hickling Arthurs Low Corporation with partners ACIL Allen Consulting, Fujitsu Canada and ConsultingWhere.  According to Prashant "For the first time, we have quantified not only the contributions of…
  • Nanosatellite and microsatellite market forecast to reach $2 billion by 2019

    Geoff
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    According to a recent article in Science, 132 CubeSats were launched in 2014.  The original 1U CubeSat, designed in 1999, was a 10 cm cube weighing less than a kilogram.  They could be launched on Russian rockets for about $30,000.  NASA has a program called the CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) which provides opportunities for nanosatellites to fly inexpensively as auxiliary payloads on rockets supporting major missions. Currently they can be launched for about $100,000. The economics of these small satellites is so compelling that there is talk of a constellation of CubeSats replacing…
  • New journal for open geospatial data, standards and interoperability

    Geoff
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    A new open journal Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards provides an advanced forum for the science and technology of open data, crowdsourced information, and sensor web through the publication of reviews and regular research papers. The journal publishes articles that address issues related, but not limited to, the analysis and processing of open geo-data, standardization and interoperability of open geo-data and services, as well as applications based on open geo-data. The journal is also meant to be a space for theories, methods and applications related to crowdsourcing,…
  • Register for the FOSS4G 2015 open source geospatial conference in Seoul

    Geoff
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Registration for the FOSS4G 2015 Conference in Seoul has opened. There is only one week left to submit your abstracts for presentations (closing April 24th).  Some ideas for topics include Development: new development in projects. Hacks and Mashes: novel solutions to all our problems. Big Data : geospatial big data. New Trends: IoT, Indoor GIS, etc. Case Studies: relate your experiences. Benchmarks: comparisons between packages. Business Cases: building the economic case. Policies: FOSS4G related policies around government and international organizations. Visualization: effective…
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    GPS Tracklog

  • US Government To Test eLoran as Backup

    Liz E.
    28 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    GPS jamming threats have increased in recent years, so much so that the United States Government has been looking into alternative methods of ensuring that navigational technology can’t be competely disrupted. The most common solution to the GPS jamming threat has been to simply develop a backup system. And that backup system would be eLoran.read more The post US Government To Test eLoran as Backup appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • System Allows Drones to Fly Without GPS

    Liz E.
    27 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    Drones are absolutely taking off in popularity and public appeal (pardon the pun). In the wake of the FAA finally releasing rules and regulations for drone use, it seems like the whole world has suddenly become drone-crazy. But, with companies like Amazon promising that drone deliveries are just around the corner, researchers are looking foreread more The post System Allows Drones to Fly Without GPS appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Supermarket Uses LEDs for Indoor GPS

    Liz E.
    26 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    I’m not really 100% sure why, but for some reason or other everyone seems to be rather obsessed with indoor location technology, specifically for commercial use. I can’t say that I’m not interested in anything that avoids me having to walk up and down every aisle looking for black olives (which are always placed somewhere strange),read more The post Supermarket Uses LEDs for Indoor GPS appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Earn Geocaching Road Trip Souvenirs

    Liz E.
    25 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Other than swimming pools and grilling outside, one of the first things that I think about when I think about summer is vacations and, more importantly, road trips. There’s nothing quite like going on a road trip with friends or family to discover new places and generally just celebrate the summer. Well, the people overread more The post Earn Geocaching Road Trip Souvenirs appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • GPS III Program, Ground Systems Grossly Over Budget

    Liz E.
    24 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    The United States GPS program was the first real successful venture into global satellite navigation, but as more countries enter the GNSS market, for the U.S. to stay ahead we have to continue to innovate and expand. That means updating satellites and ground stations, which is exactly what the GPS III satellites were expected toread more The post GPS III Program, Ground Systems Grossly Over Budget appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
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    WordPress Tag: Geography

  • Capri

    Paul F. Lenzi
    24 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    Evening in Capri Photo from velvetescape.com sweet isle of secret seas where sirens of odyssey lifted songs on the breeze long before came Tiberius taking his rest of imperium ever since have millennia drank of its lovely allure settled into twin hamlets gently clasping its slopes with esthetics of leisure here is heaven’s own blue known to comfort and calm the most turbulent souls here are people who share a vibrant affection for life afternoons in the swoon of lush gardens amid terraced villas exquisite with views here is haven a triumph of paradise over perdition evenings of wine and…
  • Ancient Greece (1000 - 300 BC)

    GCSE Helper
    24 May 2015 | 2:24 am
    The Greeks believed in many Gods sch as Zeus and Hades. Many Greek people spent time thinking about certain things and ended up coming up with multiple rational theories instead of the supernatural ones that existed. People like Pythagoras, who suggested that everything in life had to have a balance between opposites, came up with certain theories.Poems from Homer suggests that the Greeks were able to give simple treatments such as those used to help the soldier who fought in the siege of Troy. Stronger materials were also used to make different medical equipment. The Greeks still believed in…
  • Map overlays

    cheunglab
    23 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Ever since I was a kid, I have always had a great interest in geography, whether it be a map of the United States or California or the entire island of Manhattan. I don’t know if this attributed in any way to my better than average sense of direction, but either way, I remember poring over books and maps, studying locations of famous landmarks and trying to relate to the distances between one city to the next. I even fancied the thought of becoming a cartographer. A couple years ago, I created a map overlay of Manhattan and the San Francisco Bay Area. I was curious to see how big the…
  • X: Centre Of London

    xitineraries
    23 May 2015 | 10:14 pm
    X: Where is the distance to and from London measured? Distances from London: Manchester 184 miles Liverpool 198 miles Paris 257 miles Glasgow 389 miles Geneva 539 miles Rome 1118 miles Los Angeles 5455 miles Bangkok 5931 miles Sydney 10,500 miles The moon 240,000 miles (approx.) Where Is The Centre Of London? London’s real centre point is next to bench on the Victoria Embankment by the Thames
  • Halbar's Bookshop

    Xaeyruudh
    23 May 2015 | 9:23 pm
    This information is intended for use with the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. At a Glance
 
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  • Undiscovered Hawaii: Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Niihau

    Kyle Kusch
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hawaii is one of the world’s great tourist destinations, with millions of people from around the world streaming into the islands each year. While most tourists lounge their time away on the beaches of Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii, many forget that there are eight major islands in the archipelago. Today we’re going to take a look at the other three major islands of the 50th state of the United States. We begin with Lanai (Lāna’i), known as the ‘Pineapple Isle’. Measuring 364 km2 (141 sq. mi.), Lanai is the smallest publicly accessible island of Hawaii.
  • Android users make their feelings clear about Apple products through the medium of cartography

    Alex Turnbull
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    You're reading an entry from Google Sightseeing, which is copyright © 2015 Alex Turnbull & James Turnbull and must not be reproduced without permission.
  • Walled Cities of the Caribbean

    Kyle Kusch
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    In many people’s imaginations, walled cities are associated with medieval Europe, but such cities exist all over the world. In this post we look at walled cities from around the Caribbean, most (but not all) of which are legacies of Spanish colonisation. We begin in Mexico with the city of Campeche. From its founding by the Spanish in 1540, the city was constantly attacked by English and Dutch pirates and privateers; enough so to warrant the fortification of the city beginning in the 1680s with a 2.6 km (1.6 mi)-long wall containing eight small defensive forts, or bastions, along with…
  • Google Ice View (Rideau Canal Skateway)

    Ian Brown
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Each winter, 7.8km (4.8miles) of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa freezes into what is dubbed the World’s Largest Skating Rink – the Rideau Canal Skateway. Located in the capital of Canada, anyone can lace up a pair of skates and glide along this spectacular World Heritage Site, which is maintained during the winter by the National Capital Commission. Each year more than a million skaters visit the Skateway, with peak season during February’s Winterlude festival. We begin our tour at the northern end of the canal, in the shadow of a number of icons of the city – the brutalist architecture…
  • Groundhog Day

    Alex Turnbull
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    Today is Groundhog Day, a North American festival which reckons that “if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks.” So in celebration, we’re posting Woodstock, Illinois, the location where most of the scenes from the excellent Bill Murray comedy of the same name were filmed (although it was actually set in Punxsutawney,…
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  • FOUND: The Jawbones of a Never-Before-Seen Species of Early Human

    28 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Very, very old teeth. (Photo: Yohannes Haile-Selassie) In the vicinity of three million years ago, in what's now Ethiopia, there lived some two-legged apes that were going through some very strange changes—they were becoming more like us. This is the area of the world where the famous fossil Lucy was found. Now, in the same neighborhood, scientists have discovered the bones of what they think is a separate species of hominin. They named this species Australopithcus deyrimeda. Its bones were found essentially around the corner from Lucy—about a day's walk, National…
  • Sprucing Up the Pine Box: Inside Ghana's Novelty Coffin Industry

    28 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    The Kane Kwei Coffins workshop in Teshie, Accra has been creating and selling fantasy coffins since the 1980s (All photos: Angelica Calabrese) The workshop of one of the most well-known fantasy coffin carvers in the world is squeezed between a barbershop and a clothing store, in the shadow of a three-story Melcom supermarket. In front of the workshop, children skitter through the dirt and women sell fried yam, cell phone credit, and balls of fermented corn mash called kenkey. A generator’s incessant hum fills the air, alongside the echoing calls of the passing tro-tros and the…
  • The Spy Who Billed Me

    28 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    (Photo: Photick/shutterstock.com) In 1961, when a KGB counterintelligence officer showed up at a CIA station in Helsinki, Jeanne Vertefeuille held the keys to the office safe. "Responsibility for office funds was part of my normal administrative duties," the former CIA officer writes in Circle of Treason, the book she co-authored in 2013, "and therefore I could get into the strongbox where we kept our money." The intelligence officer and his family needed to get out of the country, fast, and they needed money for the plane tickets and travel expenses. "I immediately drove to the office,…
  • The War on Pinball

    28 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    On Obscura Day, May 30, join us for a private tour and play session at the Pacific Pinball Museum. (Photo by Michael Moore on Wikipedia) In an age of Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, and fantasy games where sex is a major subquest, it seems hard to believe that pinball was once the scourge of America’s youth. But in the 1940s and for decades after, the pinging, zinging, flicking, bumping game of pinball was considered by many to be both a moral and economic stain on America’s proud cultural quilt. To get the story of the war on pinball we spoke with Michael Schiess,…
  • Places You Can No Longer Go: Webb's City

    28 May 2015 | 4:27 am
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  • Black Holes No More: The Emergence of Volunteer Geographic Information

    GIS Contributor
    26 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    This essay by Ron Mahabir takes a look at how crowdsourced mapping efforts are helping to fill in much needed geographic information about impoverished areas around the world.The post Black Holes No More: The Emergence of Volunteer Geographic Information appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Keys to Successfully Managing GIS Data Health and Quality

    GIS Contributor
    26 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Jennifer Kennedy, a GIS Analyst at Timmons Group discusses the importance of managing GIS data quality and some GIS solutions for managing GIS data and ensuring its integrity.The post Keys to Successfully Managing GIS Data Health and Quality appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Geodesign to Create Smarter Cities and Adaptable Landscapes

    GIS Contributor
    25 May 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Nadia Amoroso, PhD, ASLA, an academic in landscape architecture and urban design, writes about geodesign and the geodesign technology platform offered by Esri.   Cities are under threat from the impacts of climate change. In recent years major urban centres have been struggling to cope with temperature extremes, urban heat islands, [...]The post Geodesign to Create Smarter Cities and Adaptable Landscapes appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Creating Dynamic Maps in QGIS Using Python: QGIS Python Programming CookBook

    PACKT Books
    17 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Learn how to use Python to create dynamic maps in QGIS with this free preview chapter of QGIS Python Programming CookBook. With 140 short, reusable recipes to automate geospatial processes in QGIS, the QGIS Python Programming CookBook teaches readers how to use Python and QGIS to create and transform data, produce appealing GIS visualizations, and build [...]The post Creating Dynamic Maps in QGIS Using Python: QGIS Python Programming CookBook appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Tools: QGIS Python Programming CookBook

    PACKT Books
    17 May 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Learn how to work with map tools in QGIS using Python from this section as part of this preview chapter, Creating Dynamic Maps from QGIS Python Programming CookBook.The post Tools: QGIS Python Programming CookBook appeared first on GIS Lounge.
 
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  • Tax Parcels / Surface Ownership - UPDATE

    5 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    US Land Grid just added over 2,000 counties of tax parcels (surface ownership/land parcels) to our already large collection of tax parcels - covering most parts of the US, with an oil and gas focus.    Fact: Over 129 million polygons of tax parcel data inventory.   The way we collect and collate the data has changed. Hence, our pricing has slightly changed, and our updates are more frequent. Please see the download link below for more information on the new coverage areas. Within the downloadable spreadsheet, each county now shows the vintage, the number of parcels, attributes…
  • Spatial Information that Predicts Change

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Have you heard about US Land Grid's business intelligence tools? They provide information to anyone within your organization, and are an easy way to find answers to those daily questions, regardless of platform or location.  RIG TRACKING Track oil and gas drilling rigs across your selected areas of interest. See historical movements and use advanced queries such as most active township currently drilling.  OPERATOR TRACKING List the operators in your area of interest and then rank by number of townships they occupy. Query by individual operator while quickly discerning between real…
  • Maps of Interest Series - Mt. Hood, Oregon

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    Mount Hood, which has been active for at least 500,000 years, occupies a long-lived focus of volcanic activity that has produced ancestral Hood-like volcanoes for the past 1.5 million years. Much of the Mount Hood  edifice is formed of lava flows, but eruptive activity during the past 30,000 years has been dominated by growth and collapse of near-summit lava  domes to produce broad fans of pyroclastic flow deposits. Similar deposits were probably formed in Mount Hood's past but were largely eroded, especially during ice ages, and are poorly…
  • Oil and Gas Well Data - UPDATES

    10 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    US Land Grid, Inc. is pleased to provide highly accurate oil and gas well data that is affordable and easy to import. We now provide over 11 states of rationalized well data that includes the well spot, header information, formation tops and bottom holes. Focused on data quality - each state and county of well data follows our master data model making it easy to import and use in programs like Petra and GeoGraphix. We also cleaned up things like the formation codes, removing redundancies and mistakes, reducing strat columns on import. We then QA/QC our well data with processes that include…
  • Economic influences on GIS data

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    The last month has seen a shift in oil prices, and with it, our industry has started to react. Now more than ever, reducing cost while becoming more efficient at what we do is a key goal moving forward. Oil and gas companies will be looking to improve processes while reducing waste. Like it or not, previous ways of doing business are going to be analyzed, with innovations in technology more important than ever. In our world, this means reviewing expensive, long term subscriptions of data that might need justification. Are they adding value and maximizing revenue? So, you ask, what is your…
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    GIS Geography

  • 5 Maps that Help Explain the Arctic

    GISGeography
    21 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    Mineral extraction, natural gas as well as potential shipping routes. These Arctic Maps display one of the last great frontiers for human development. The post 5 Maps that Help Explain the Arctic appeared first on GIS Geography.
  • Mapping Out the GIS Software Landscape

    GISGeography
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
    ArcGIS, QGIS, SAGA GIS to JUMP GIS. What GIS software should you be using? We map out the GIS software landscape and list 30 options for you to choose from. The post Mapping Out the GIS Software Landscape appeared first on GIS Geography.
  • Pleiades 1B

    GISGeography
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    The Pleiades constellation is comprised of Pleiades 1A and Pleiades 1B. Pleiades satellites have 0.5m panchromatic and 2m multispectral spectral bands. Pleiades 1B The Pleiades constellation comprises of two satellites – Pleiades 1A and Pleiades 1B. They provide total coverage of the Earth’s surface with a repeat cycle of 26 days. Pleiades 1B delivers higher spatial resolution imagery then SPOT-6 and SPOT-7. The Pleiades constellation is agile in terms of dynamic image acquisition to meet the users needs. The panchromatic band provides 0.5 m resolution imagery. The multispectral is 2…
  • Pleiades 1A

    GISGeography
    15 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    The Pleiades constellation is comprised of Pleiades 1A and Pleiades 1B. The Pleiades satellites offers dynamic image acquisition at 50cm panchromatic and 2m multispectral. Pleiades 1A The Pleiades constellation comprises of two satellites – Pleiades 1A and Pleiades 1B. They provide total coverage of the Earth’s surface with a repeat cycle of 26 days. Pleiades 1A delivers higher spatial resolution imagery then SPOT-6 and SPOT-7. The Pleiades constellation is agile in terms of dynamic image acquisition to meet the users needs. The panchromatic band provides 50 cm resolution imagery and…
  • SPOT-7 (Azersky)

    GISGeography
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    SPOT-7 (identical to SPOT-6) was launched on June 30, 2014. Airbus Defense and Space sold SPOT7 to Azerbaijan-s Azercosmos space agency. SPOT-7 (Azersky) SPOT-7 (Azersky) was launched on June 30, 2014 and provides continuity of the SPOT family of satellites. Airbus Defense and Space sold SPOT-7 to Azerbaijan-s Azercosmos space agency. Although, the rights to future SPOT satellites remains in Airbus Defense and Space. The service life for the constellation SPOT satellites is 10 years. ensuring service continuity from the SPOT family SPOT-6 and SPOT-7 are identical. They deliver multispectral…
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