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Get real-time commute info and more in one tap

Feb 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

Starting today we’re rolling out an update to Google Maps on Android that provides helpful everyday info—in real time—at the bottom of your home screen. Just swipe up and you’ll see three tabs that will help you find a nearby restaurant, beat traffic, or catch the next bus.

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Under the places tab, you’ll see curated lists of places to eat and drink like “best dinners,” “cheap eats” or “business dining,” around you or in any location you choose. In one tap you can also search for other everyday spots like ATMs, pharmacies, gas stations and grocery stores. Peek at images of the area or read a short description of the neighborhood to get the lay of the land.

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Under the driving tab, if you have your home and work addresses saved, you’ll see real-time ETAs to home and work, as well as a nearby traffic conditions report and expected delays on the road ahead. If you don’t need turn-by-turn directions but want real-time traffic info as you take your usual route, you can tap on “start driving” to go directly into driving mode.

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With  the transit tab, you’ll never have to sprint to the bus again. If you have your home and work addresses saved, you’ll see a recommendation for which bus or train to take, when the next one’s coming, and an ETA for when you’ll arrive at work or home. If you’re headed somewhere else, you can swipe down to find nearby transit stations along with real-time schedules.

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When you're on the go, there's no time for apps that can't keep up.Whether you need to get to work or you’re just looking for a quick bite around you, Google Maps gives you the personalized information about your world to make decisions and get around with confidence.


Editorial in Human Computation Journal – Creativity and Learning in Citizen Cyberscience

Feb 05 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Po Ve Sham – Muki Haklay's personal blog under tags  citizen cyberlab citizen cyberscience citizen science papers

As part of a special issue of the open access Human Computation Journal, I am the co-author of the editorial Creativity and Learning in Citizen Cyberscience – Lessons from the Citizen Cyberlab Summit. Following the summit (see blog post here), Egle Ramanauskaite took the blog posts and edited them with her notes, which led to a … Continue reading Editorial in Human Computation Journal – Creativity and Learning in Citizen Cyberscience


50 Fantasy States

Feb 05 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  art fantasy map design fantasy maps usa

50 Fantasy States is Chris Engelsma’s ongoing project to create fantasy-style maps of all 50 U.S. states. Six have been completed so far, including the above fantasy map of Alaska.


The Origins of the Selden Map

Feb 05 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  1600s antique maps china selden map

The Selden Map is a map of Chinese origin bequeathed by John Selden to the Bodleian Library in 1659. The precise origins of the map have hitherto been unknown, but scientists at Nottingham Trent University are trying to do something about that. Using a series of non-invasive techniques to examine the map’s material composition, they conclude that … Continue reading "The Origins of the Selden Map"


Tactile Maps, Modern and Historical

Feb 05 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  antique maps blind cartography switzerland tactile

Two items on maps for the blind and visually impaired—a subject I find terribly interesting: Greg Miller of National Geographic’s All Over the Map reports on a new tactile atlas of Switzerland, which “is printed with special ink that expands when heated to create tiny bumps and ridges on the page.” I can’t find a direct link to said … Continue reading "Tactile Maps, Modern and Historical"


The future of Earth Observation. Predictions by Dr. Keith Beckett, Chief Scientist at UrtheCast

Feb 04 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  geotrends geotrends2017 urthecast

To date, the model for geoanalytics has tended to be very transactional: request imagery, analyze imagery, deliver imagery analysis results. Earth Observation is now heading towards a revolutionary model where all data is immediately available, all analysis is performed in near real-time as the data is acquired, and the distribution of the imagery analysis results are […]

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Planet Labs acquired Google’s satellite imagery unit Terra Bella

Feb 04 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  geo business google planet labs

The Planet Labs, one of the leading satellite and mapping startups, announced that it had acquired the Terra Bella – a satellite imaging unit of Google. Google started its short romance with satellite imagery back in 2014 when it acquired Skybox Imaging and rebranded it to Terra Bella last year. Two years ago Google paid for Skybox $500 million. The value of the deal […]

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Online Training Videos

Feb 04 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at In The Scan under tags  airborne lidar environmental training

This website provides access to information about free on-line training videos for use of LiDAR digital elevation data in soil and water conservation applications. It is hosted by the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center. The videos were developed and … Continue reading

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Top 9 maps and charts that explain Super Bowl

Feb 04 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  football super bowl topgeo

Each year, on a Sunday at the end of January or beginning of February, tens of millions of Americans declare their unofficial holiday. More than half the adult population in the US watch The Super Bowl, which determines the championship of American football. The maps and charts below try to capture an essence of this fantastic […]

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R – ArcGIS News and Plans for 2017

Feb 04 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  analysis & geoprocessing arcgis r uncategorized

It’s been about a year and half since we released the R-ArcGIS Bridge on GitHub, and we just passed 6,000 downloads. Thanks to all who’ve provided feedback to help us continually improve the project. Last year, Esri joined the R … Continue reading