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Recent Book Reviews

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  art books cities new york city travel

At The Skiffy and Fanty Show, Paul Weimer reviews Atlas Obscura. “So is there a point to the book? Is there any good reason to read the book and not just go trolling and traversing through the website, which has many more entries? Yes. Even in an interconnected world such as ours, there is a tactile experience … Continue reading "Recent Book Reviews"


The Great American Word Mapper

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  linguistics usa

Like The United Swears of America, The Great American Word Mapper explores regional variation in English language use in the United States based on geocoded Twitter data, this time through a search interface that allows side-by-side comparisons. As before, forensic linguist Jack Grieve is involved, along with fellow linguist Andrea Nini. [Kottke] Previously: Speaking American; The United Swears of America.


Mapping Migration Trends to Europe

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Esri Insider under tags  citizen engagement community development story maps storytelling with maps

Today, December 18, the world celebrates International Migrants Day, an observance initiated by the General Assembly of United Nations to raise awareness of the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, and the unique issues they face. It … Continue reading


Microsoft partners with Esri, HERE and TomTom to create the next ‘world graph’

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  cloud esri here microsoft self-driving cars

Microsoft is probably one of the few tech giants that isn’t directly working on autonomous cars, instead they have signalled their intentions to serve as the de-facto cloud service platform for autonomous cars. And in a move at strengthening their position, Microsoft has announced a partnership with Esri, HERE and TomTom to create a ‘world graph’. Microsoft + […]

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Understanding Engraved Maps

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  antique maps mapmaking printing

My last post was about engraved copper plates used in map printing. To understand the relationship between printed maps and the plates that print them (woodblock, copper plate or lithographic stone), see Tony Campbell’s article, “Understanding Engraved Maps,” reprinted at his indispensable Map History/History of Cartography site.


Engraved Copper Plates Retrieved

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  antique maps british library conservation libraries mapmaking

The British Library has acquired nine engraved copper plates, used to print maps of India for the East India Company in the late 18th and early 19th century, from a scrap metal dealer. Another plate had been acquired in 1988 from a Norfolk farmer, who had intended to use it as a mudguard for his tractor. The plates … Continue reading "Engraved Copper Plates Retrieved"


End of the Line: A Tube Map of Tube Maps

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  tube unusual maps

Well, this is meta. Kenneth Field, whose map of Mars I told you about earlier this year, has created a tube map of tube maps. End of the Line is an attempt to be the last word in tube map pastiche. […] While Beck himself likely ‘copied’ a number of aspects that ended up on … Continue reading "End of the Line: A Tube Map of Tube Maps"


#GeoawesomeQuiz – The Geography of Christmas

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  christmas geoawesomequiz quiz

We celebrate Christmas each year but what do we actually know about its geography. This quiz will check your knowledge in that matter. If you feel like you need to fill in some gaps we invite you to check our recent post about the top 15 maps and charts that explain Christmas. As always remember […]

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This powerful interactive map shows historical events from Pearl Harbor

Dec 17 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  maps pearl harbor

Recently I came across this amazing map-based website celebrating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It all happened on December 7th, 1941. At 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time 353 Imperial Japanese fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes attacked the base by surprise. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed, 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded…   […]

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3D at Esri: 2016 in Review

Dec 17 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  3d 3d gis app developers arcgis earth arcgis for server

In 2015, the team at Esri started to roll out 3D capability across the ArcGIS platform. That effort laid the groundwork for an incredible 2016 in which we’re seeing 3D used in all flavors of Esri customer environments and domains.  … Continue reading