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U.S. Presidential Election Cartogram

Nov 17 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  2016 us elections cartograms elections politics usa

I’ve delayed posting maps of the 2016 U.S. presidential election results because—well, because like many of you I’m still recovering. But here we go. We’ll start with Benjamin Hennig’s cartogram of the results which, as cartograms tend to do, correct for the urban concentrations that made up Hillary Clinton’s vote, and demonstrate the rural nature of Donald … Continue reading "U.S. Presidential Election Cartogram"


Updates to Esri Vector Basemaps (beta)

Nov 17 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  apps arcgis content arcgis online arcgis pro basemap

Earlier this week we updated our Vector Basemap (beta) tiles with additional community content, newer commercial data, and improved map appearance for parts of the world. This is the ninth Vector Basemap update since our Beta 2 release in mid-May. … Continue reading


Geocoding Improvements and Deprecations in ArcGIS Desktop 10.5 and ArcGIS Pro 1.4

Nov 16 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  address locator analysis & geoprocessing announcement arcgis 10.5 arcgis desktop

With almost every new release of ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS for Server, there are changes that aim to improve software quality and performance; sometimes, these changes require you to update your workflows. The improvements and deprecations made for geocoding in ArcMap 10.5 and ArcGIS … Continue reading


Sneak Peek: Amazon Web Services (AWS) improvements in FME 2017

Nov 16 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Safe Software Blog under tags  about fme amazon dynamodb amazon s3 amazon web services aws

In FME 2017 we have spent a considerable amount of time improving the AWS transformers and readers/writers. Here’s an overview of the improvements. All AWS Readers/Writers and Transformers Regions All AWS transformers and readers/writers now allow you to specifically define the region you are using. Why it’s important: Better performance This will improve performance by reducing […]

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Cartography at the CIA

Nov 16 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  arthur robinson cartography cia history of cartography intelligence

The CIA has posted a short institutional history of its Cartography Center, which reaches back before the CIA was created: in 1941 the Office of the Coordinator of Information (COI), which was replaced by the CIA’s forerunner, the OSS, hired a young graduate student named Arthur Robinson to start its cartography section. Small world. Another CIA page looks at … Continue reading "Cartography at the CIA"


The Phantom Atlas

Nov 16 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  antique maps books map errors

Edward Brooke-Hitching’s new book, The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps (Simon & Schuster UK, November) is a book about fictitious and erroneous places that were presented on maps as real—“non-existent islands, invented mountain ranges, mythical civilisations and other fictitious geography.” Places like the Mountains of Kong, or the open ocean at the … Continue reading "The Phantom Atlas"


Atlas of Design, Volume 3

Nov 16 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  books cartography map design nacis

The third volume of the Atlas of Design is now available for pre-order and will ship some time this month. The Atlas’s 32 maps are listed here; Wired’s report has a gallery of some of them. At least one or two will probably look familiar to my regular readers. Published by the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS), the 98-page book costs … Continue reading "Atlas of Design, Volume 3"


What’s Coming in the Business Analyst Web App

Nov 16 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  apps bao bao-only business analyst business analyst online

The upcoming update of the Business Analyst web app will include several exciting features requested by our users. This release will enable you to manage your content more efficiently and bring and use your own data. Leverage new analytical capabilities … Continue reading


Yorktown High School Opens GIS Day 2016 for the Nation

Nov 16 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Esri Insider under tags  academic arcgis online community development education geography

Today, Wednesday, November 16th is GIS Day. Because of a quirk in class schedule, the Geography teachers at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia, celebrated it Monday, November 14. Jennifer Shearin organized presentations from NGA and Esri for seven sections … Continue reading


Quick Tip – Accessor in ArcGIS API for JavaScript

Nov 16 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at odoenet under tags  arcgis esri javascript

The Accessor is a key compoment of the ArcGIS API 4 for JavaScript. It allows you to do some really awesome stuff like watch for property changes in your application. I’ve talked about them before and how useful they are. Today, I just want to quickly look at how they can be used as a...

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