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By Mark Reed | mapping news from around the web

Snapchat's Foray Into the Future of Maps

The app’s newest feature combines two major trends in modern cartography: mapping life in real time, and mapping subjective, emotional information.<p>There’s a lot going on in the world that you won’t find in the day’s headlines. The Mall of Qatar is hosting a pirate-themed stage show in its central …

Maps

Maps Show How Water Can Be a Precious Lifeline—or a Deadly Weapon

A new atlas by "guerrilla cartographers" explores the importance of water in everything from ancient mythology to modern warfare.<p>In the recent conflicts in Iraq and Syria, water has often been used as a weapon. When ISIS seized the Fallujah Barrage, a dam on the Euphrates River, in 2014, they …

Maps

The lie of the land: when map makers get it wrong – in pictures

The history of cartography is littered with mistakes, myths and mendacity. From the magnetic mountain at the north pole to Australia’s inland sea, Edward Brooke-Hitching charts five centuries of misrepresentative maps

Who needs GPS and Google? Minneapolis map publisher is 'master of cartography'

Sure, your phone is a great navigation tool.<p>But can it show you all of the dog-friendly breweries in the Twin Cities? The location, times and what’s …

Maps

Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world

In the early 2000s, a new field of climate science research emerged that began to explore the human fingerprint on extreme weather, such as floods, …

Climate Change

The Soviet Military Secretly Mapped the Entire World

These intricate, curious maps were supposed to be destroyed. The ones that remain reveal a fascinating portrait of how the U.S.S.R. monitored the world.<p>English retiree John Davies has been smitten with maps his whole life. “I was drawing maps of my house as a toddler,” he said. Though his career in …

Experts Restore Largest Known Early World Map, Complete With Unicorns, Lizard People, And Mermen

Experts have restored one of the largest known early maps of the world, and it's glorious, mythical creatures and all.<p>The hand-drawn map was created …

Maps

When You Should (and Shouldn’t) Share Your Location Using a Smartphone

SAN FRANCISCO — Last week after my motorcycle malfunctioned and crashed on the freeway, I wanted only two simple things from technology: to call 911 and to tell loved ones where I could be found.<p>Coincidentally, I had been testing location-sharing tools from Apple, Google, Facebook and Snapchat. So …

Privacy

How Accurate is My Map?

Firstly - let's take a moment to appreciate the incredible capability of modern GPS. From 20,000km to 36,000km away, radio signals that are affected …

These Amazing Maps Show How Kids See Their Place in the World

Children from 38 countries submitted some impressive entries for a competition judged by the International Cartographic Association.<p>If you want to see the world through a child’s eyes, ask her to draw a map. Or you could spend some time with this collection of maps from the International …

Maps

Leveraging 3DEP Partnerships to Map Uncharted Lands

Alaska is known as the “last frontier” because of its rugged, remote landscape, but it’s also a last frontier of sorts for the GIS community. While …

Death of the Paper Map ‘Greatly Exaggerated’

There is no doubt we live in a digital world, and portable digital mapping is changing the way we use geography to solve problems. Before you send …

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 …

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 …

Maps

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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> …

Game of Thrones

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

Every time police across the UK attend an incident or make an arrest, it is logged. This information is stored online and the largest force in the …

Freedom of Information

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 …

Maps

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, …

Electric Vehicles

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