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Flex Projector

Apr 03 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  cartography flex projector map projections software

With all this recent talk about map projections, it might be worth pointing out the existence of Flex Projector, a cross-platform Java application for creating map projections, now at version 1.0.6. Yes, creating: if you want to invent your own map projection and slap your own name on it, you can do that with this app; others certainly … Continue reading "Flex Projector"

ArcGIS Pro Tips: Why Undo is Underrated

Apr 03 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  3d animation apps arcgis desktop arcgis pro

My favorite keyboard shortcut (yes, I have a favorite keyboard shortcut, I type a lot) is Ctrl+Z. Undo. I find comfort in knowing that a couple taps on my keyboard can quickly undo any typos or unwanted actions. Trial and … Continue reading

A big comeback of location sharing. First Google and now Facebook. Who will be next?

Apr 02 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  location-based services location privacy location sharing privacy

Location-sharing is not a new idea. Remember Foursquare, Gowalla, and Google Latitude among others? Most of these services don’t exist anymore. The value proposition that they offered was clear, but the idea was a little bit ahead of its times and many people were not ready to challenge their privacy comfort zone. In the end, […]

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Scottish Power Using Lidar

Apr 01 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at In The Scan under tags  uncategorized

Scottish Power is spending 36 million pounds to improve their vegetation management programs in Scotland and Wales. Part of the investment is going to the acquisition of airborne lidar. Guy Jefferson, SP Energy Networks distribution director, said: “Managing trees next … Continue reading

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The Isle of Bait

Apr 01 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  april fool funny imaginary maps

The Future Mapping Company has announced the discovery of a new island 20 kilometres off the coast of Great Britain. They have naturally already produced a new map of this island. The Isle of Bait is a small, beautiful and untouched paradise, but there is a hitch—it is only visible through the Face Swap Snapchat … Continue reading "The Isle of Bait"


Apr 01 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  blogs housekeeping

Today marks The Map Room’s fourteenth anniversary: its first posts went live on 31 March 2003. The general consensus is that the blog is finished as a medium, done in by the effective death of RSS (thanks to Google killing Reader), the collapse of online advertising (too many publishers chasing too few ads), and the shift in online attention from … Continue reading "Fourteen"

Ms. Pac-Maps

Apr 01 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  android april fool games google google maps

Google tends to release wacky things around April 1st, as well as some more serious things (like Gmail). Ms. Pac-Maps is one of the former, and the latest strange thing to be added to Google Maps around this time. In the same vein as the Google Maps Pac-Man feature from 2015, it enables you to play Ms. Pac-Man on the … Continue reading "Ms. Pac-Maps"

Why Location Strategy Matters for Utilities

Mar 31 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Esri Insider under tags  uncategorized

We have a burglar who visits our house regularly. Unlike most burglars, he or she only steals small, mostly unimportant items. Aside from an occasional sock, the stolen goods are almost always tools that I use around the house. I … Continue reading

Mapping Great Lakes Pollution

Mar 31 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  canada environment great lakes pollution usa

President Trump’s budget proposes eliminating the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. That fact is no doubt what’s behind two publications posting maps earlier this month, only a couple of days apart, showing the environmental stresses on the Great Lakes basin. Canadian Geographic reposted a map from their July/August 2013 issue: And the Washington Post included the following map in … Continue reading "Mapping Great Lakes Pollution"

Scanning the Miranda Map

Mar 31 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  1700s antique maps

Speaking of scanning old maps. The State Library of New South Wales, Australia is scanning its copy of Jozeph da Costa e Miranda’s 1706 world map with a state-of-the-art high resolution scanner. This digitisation process combines high resolution scanning, up to 1200 dpi, with precise lighting technique and incredibly accurate colour rendition. This process is ideal for scanning … Continue reading "Scanning the Miranda Map"