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Fun with GIS 206: Community Round Mile

Nov 14 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  analysis arcgis online community critical thinking education

Want to do a simple crowdsourcing activity? Want to engage students in an exploration of areas around school, across the state, or spanning the country, using both demographic and landscape data? Want to make it an activity based on your … Continue reading

xkcd’s British Map

Nov 14 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  art comics funny uk xkcd

Today’s xkcd is a British map labelled by an American. It’s another one of those where the longer you stare at it, the more it hurts. Randall’s messing with us again.

The British Library on Fantasy Maps

Nov 14 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  british library exhibitions fantasy maps libraries maps and literature

British Library curator Tom Harper writes about fantasy maps, which make up a major component of the Library’s current exhibition, Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line (previously). Fantasy maps increased in number during the 20th century due to the rise of science fiction and fantasy writing, and the birth of television and video games. … Continue reading "The British Library on Fantasy Maps"

The Un-Discovered Islands Reviewed

Nov 14 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  books map errors phantom islands

The Spectator reviews Malachy Tallack’s new book, The Un-Discovered Islands. “This book is an account of 24 non-existent islands, yet is suffused with the same elegiac frostiness as before. Tallack’s style is precise without being perjink, and the overwhelming feeling is of something lost, or disappearing. It’s just this time, what is lost never was.” [WMS] Previously: Mapping … Continue reading "The Un-Discovered Islands Reviewed"

Thanksgiving turkey and traffic tips from Google Trends and Maps

Nov 14 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps trends

Next week tens of millions of Americans will hit the road to spend Thanksgiving with loved ones near and far. So now’s the time to start planning your Thanksgiving celebration of food, family and football. From figuring out the best time to leave for grandma’s house to searching for the tastiest pumpkin pie recipe to wow your guests – Google’s your guide to a successful (and gluttonous) turkey day. Here’s a look at some of the top Thanksgiving searches on Google along with some handy holiday traffic tips and destination trends from Google Maps. For more, check out Google Trends.

Getting to the feast

To enjoy the Thanksgiving festivities, first you have to get where you’re going. We looked at historical Google Maps traffic data to help you hit the road and avoid Thanksgiving traffic gridlock. 


If you’re flying this Thanksgiving or just dropping off or picking up loved ones, get ready for the airport traffic. In cities with busy airports, airport traffic can be up to 60 percent worse than a normal workday. Here’s a cheat sheet on the best and worst traffic times around the top five busiest airports in the country.


Once you’re there, it’s all about the food (and drink)

Search interest in Thanksgiving-related terms has tripled since October, and within the next week, we expect it to more than double again. For a foodie holiday like Thanksgiving, we looked at the top trending recipes searches in the US and by state. If top searches are any indication of what you’ll find at your Thanksgiving dinner this year, get ready for roasted turkey with dressing, green bean casserole (love it or hate it), mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.




But there's more to a meal than just the food. A great drink pairing can elevate any meal – a culinary secret that people using Google Maps know well. On the day before Thanksgiving, wine shops and liquor stores are the most queried  food and drink shopping locations on Google Maps.


Whether you’re hosting a friendsgiving, flying across the country, or just driving across town. Whether you’d rather bite into a pecan pie than a pumpkin pie. And whether you’re roasting a turkey, cooking a ham, or going meatless with a tofurkey. Happy Thanksgiving from Google.

Celebrate the Use of GIS in Society on GIS Day!

Nov 13 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Esri Insider under tags  citizen engagement community development esri gis managing gis

Our world faces complex challenges that are global in nature but also are increasingly affecting our everyday lives.  These challenges occur at multiple scales, locations, time periods, and cross national boundaries.  To grapple with these challenges requires robust tools and … Continue reading

Teaching Students about the Societal Aspects of Technology using GIS

Nov 11 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  copyright cte education ethics privacy

A recent article in eSchoolNews by Dianne Pappafotopoulos, school district instructional technology specialist, posed the question, “What should we teach students about the future of technology?”  She reflects about the ways that humans are increasingly relying on programmable devices and … Continue reading

Mapping Stories of Service

Nov 11 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Esri Insider under tags  citizen engagement community development story maps storytelling with maps vision

Esri is honoring Veterans Day this year with two Story Maps that both show the unique lives of the brave men and women who have defended the United States. The Mary Edwards Walker Story Map tells the amazing story of … Continue reading

Bentley Media Day: Government and Utilities

Nov 11 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at GISCafe Voice under tags  3d cities analytics arcgis bentley bentley systems

On Media Day at the Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2016 Conference held in London, the media was treated to Industry presentations for the various industry segments that Bentley Systems serves. The event is a vehicle for Bentley’s jurored Be Inspired Awards, which are bestowed on the selected finalists at a Wednesday evening gala event. Prior […]

The First Self Driving Vehicle

Nov 11 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at In The Scan under tags  autonomous vehicles research sensors

What year do you think the first self driving vehicle was launched? According to the researchers at Carnegie Mellon it was 1986 and it was called NavLab1, short for navigation laboratory. It literally required tons of gear to support the … Continue reading

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