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By Mark Reed | mapping news from around the web

The problem with maps.

Mandatory Accompanying Playlist<p>The World<p>The world is round. Google says so. The problem is, spheres can be hard to get your head around… Imagine we …

Maps

Amazing City Maps That Look Like They're Made of Wood

A San Francisco mapmaker’s work appears so real you can smell the varnish.<p>Melody Cao is a freelance map designer in San Francisco; most of the work she does involves moving data and pixels around. But she also loves woodworking. Her new project has found a way to combine those interests: She …

Atlas for the End of the World

Précis<p>On May 20, 1570, Abraham Ortelius, book collector and engraver from Antwerp, published the <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum</i> (Epitome of the Theater of …

Biodiversity

LiDAR Key Tool for Preserving Cultural Heritage

Distance = Speed x Time. Such a simple formula, and it’s all you really need to remember to appreciate how LiDAR works. We know the speed at which a …

From Babylonian Clay to Google: The Evolution of Maps

<b>Google</b> Maps: Isn’t it exciting to take a look back and see that, despite the fuss and the mess, we can sometimes represent, as a society, we have …

Maps

The world is changing; shouldn’t our maps?

To Parag Khanna, maps aren’t static outlines of the world’s regions. Instead, maps tell stories: of how we got to this point in human history; of our …

Maps

The Graphic Designer Who Maps the World’s Cities by Smell

Smell has long been dismissed as the second-class citizen of our senses—the “most ungrateful” and “most dispensable,” according to Immanuel Kant, who, echoing Plato and Aristotle, praised vision as our “noblest” sense. But, on a recent Sunday, I spent the afternoon placing full faith in my nose, …

German Philosophy

World first geospatial mapping – for nearly every building, nearly every little detail

Government-owned company PSMA has officially launched what it says is a world first in geospatial mapping technology, providing high-resolution built …

Geospatial Analysis

Search underway to uncover the lost continent Zealandia

New Zealanders have long scoffed at suggestions of becoming Australia's seventh state but in a major shock on both sides of the Tasman, it turns out …

Geology

13 amazing facts about the maps of Game of Thrones

Jonathan Roberts was only 31 when he received the fateful email in early 2012. It came from Random House, the publisher of the <i>Song of Ice and Fire</i> …

Top tips: Making the most of mapping data

Map of the Internet by the Opte Project. (CC BY-NC 4.0)<p><i>written by Gareth Bathers, European Delivery Manager, Geospatial, Cyient</i><p>Wherever you look, …

This map claims it can predict crimes across London before they happen

Each circle on the map represents the potential number of crimes in the area that are expected to take place in 2017<p>Dataiku<p>Every time police across …

The bike lanes of London: Tube-style map reveals how capital's web of cycle lanes connect together

• <b>London has a steadily improving network of cycle lanes but there are few at-a-glance maps covering the city</b>• <b><br>A new map reveals the web of lanes in the</b> …

But where is the green sheep? Old maps put the art in cartography

Here are the "some sheep", and here are the "no sheep" — but where is the green sheep?<p>The national library's Trove digital service has been …

Tesla Adds Charging-Station Status Indicators to Its In-Car Maps

Public charging infrastructure is rapidly ramping up around the country, but it’s woefully lacking in one area: ease of use. Anyone who’s tried to charge an electric vehicle—except for those from Tesla—probably knows that it can be a jungle out there, with inconsistent charger interfaces, …

Sweden uses Minecraft for urban planning

Swedish National Land survey has put its maps on Minecraft to promote its work

Sweden

Visual Geocoding A Quarter Billion Global News Photographs Using Google's Deep Learning API

Last March I wrote about an early experiment using Google’s Cloud Vision API to perform deep learning-powered geocoding of 20 million global news images. In that experiment I compiled 20 million photographs that had appeared in online news articles worldwide as monitored by the open data GDELT …

Machine Learning

Understanding Our Cities, Thanks To Beautiful Maps

<b>Maps of our cities have been around since the 15th century, but today’s merge technology and art like never before</b><p>As you might have guessed from some of my previous posts, I’m a huge fan of data visualization, especially when it relates to cities. One of my favorite books is The Information …

Cities

How the U.S. Air Force Mapped the World at the Dawn of the Cold War

One specialized unit gathered data that could guide a missile to a target thousands of miles away.<p>When Gordon Barnes joined the U.S. Air Force in 1956, he worked as a navigator on the tanker planes that refuel long-range bombers in midair. Coordinating a connection between two planes moving …

Maps

Maps & Cartography - Digital Map Developer, Designer

Digital Data Maps, Cartography & Geospatial Design<p>Cartography is the art and science of making maps… and making beautiful and informative maps is …

Maps

Interactive Data Map of Victoria Case Study - Datalabs

Interactive Data Mapping Case Study<p>The interactive map is designed with d3 and Google Maps API<br>• Pulls data from ABS traffic accident data<br>• Interactive …

Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly for $250M to $350M

Snapchat’s newest feature, Snap Map, is based on its latest acquisition, social mapping startup Zenly. TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has bought Zenly for between $250 million and $350 million in mostly cash and some stock in a deal that closed in late May. Snapchat will keep Zenly running …

Startups

Taking a ride in MIT’s self-driving wheelchair

Over the past few months, CSAIL’s (MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) self-driving wheelchair has become a familiar sight around the MIT halls. It’s a nice little rolling advertisement for the lab’s work — and more importantly, it’s a great opportunity to test the mobility …

Robotics

World Map Creator

The Stunning Early Infographics and Maps of the 1800s

Educational diagrams of scientific discoveries, from the moon’s surface to the longest rivers.<p>Have you ever wondered what the tallest active volcano …

Infographics

Virtual Reality: the Paradigm Shift of Spatial Representation

Virtual Reality: the Paradigm Shift of Spatial Representation - 10/01/2017<p>Virtual reality (VR) is a computer-generated representation of a …

Faultlines, black holes and glaciers: mapping uncharted territories

In the era of satellites and Google Maps there are still areas that remain a mystery<p>On a quiet summer evening, the Aurora, a 60ft cutter-rigged sloop, approaches the craggy shore of eastern Greenland, along what is known as the Forbidden Coast. Its captain, Sigurdur Jonsson, a sturdy man in his …

Maps

This mapping app will keep you from getting lost even without a network connection

Modern maps apps on our mobile devices are incredibly useful, helping us to navigate from one place to the next, keeping us informed on shifting …

Digital Elevation Models: Building your Base

One of the most widely used and valuable data sets that a GIS project can involve is a digital representation of the earth’s terrain, also known as a …