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Sixth Waldseemüller Globe Gore to Be Auctioned Next Month

Nov 08 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  1500s antique maps auctions collecting globes

AP reports that Christie’s will be auctioning “a previously unknown copy” of Martin Waldseemüller’s globe gores on 13 December. This would be the sixth known remaining copy of Waldseemüller’s gores, which were designed to form a small globe a few inches across when pasted onto a sphere. They’re a smaller, less-detailed version of Waldseemüller’s famous 1507 … Continue reading "Sixth Waldseemüller Globe Gore to Be Auctioned Next Month"

The New York Times Maps the Virginia Governor’s Race

Nov 08 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  election results elections politics virginia

The New York Times’s graphics department generally does very good election maps, and their work on yesterday’s gubernatorial election in Virginia is no exception. I particularly like how the interactive map toggles from a standard choropleth map to maps that better account for population density, show the size of each candidate’s lead and the shift in … Continue reading "The New York Times Maps the Virginia Governor’s Race"

Waymo’s fully autonomous cars on US roads without driver

Nov 08 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  geo business geo news

Waymo, formerly known as Google’s self-driving car, now owned by Google parent Alphabet, is launching a fully autonomous ride-hailing service with no human driver behind the wheel. Recently, Waymo team tested the vehicles on public roads in Arizona and ride-hailing service project was announced by the company’s CEO John Krafcik at a tech conference in […]

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Meridian: Old Maps, Virtual Globes

Nov 07 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  antique maps globes libraries virtual globes

Meridian, an “experiment” from the DX Lab at the State Library of New South Wales, overlays old maps onto virtual, 3D interactive globes. Two globes have been created to date—one based on the 1706 Miranda world map (previously), the other on a set of Coronelli globe gores from 1693—with more in the works. Details here. [Cartophilia]

Mega-Easy Coastal Stipple Effect

Nov 07 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis pro cartographic cartographic design cartography how to?

Ah the days of old, our field bursting with artists plying their craft, creating maps of breathtaking imagination and technique. Just window shop here for a moment to fall into the eye-watering depths of cartographic charm. One of my favorite … Continue reading

Blaue’s ‘Archipelagus Orientalis’ Restored

Nov 07 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  1600s antique maps australia blaeu conservation

The National Library of Australia’s fragile copy of Joan Blaeu’s Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus (1663) has now been restored. (I told you about the fundraising campaign for its conservation, and its trip to the University of Melbourne to begin conservation work, back in May 2016.) It took over one thousand hours for the 11 person team … Continue reading "Blaue’s ‘Archipelagus Orientalis’ Restored"

A Book Roundup

Nov 07 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  books history movies and television

Writing for the Globe and Mail, Charlotte Grey reviews two recent Canadian books about mapmaking and mapmakers, both of which came out last month: Adam Shoalts’s History of Canada in Ten Maps (which I reviewed here last month) and Barbara Mitchell’s Mapmaker: Philip Turnor in Rupert’s Land in the Age of Enlightenment. Mitchell and her book also get local-author … Continue reading "A Book Roundup"

Small Funds Leading to Big Impacts

Nov 07 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The EPA Blog under tags  choctow environmental funds grants justice

By Alyssa Edwards Small funds don’t always mean small impacts. As the EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grant program has shown us, oftentimes, very small funds, when put in the hands of community-based organizations (CBOs), can achieve big results. Since the … Continue reading

ArcticDEM Release Six Adds Eurasia

Nov 07 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  arctic arcticdem dem gis

The sixth release of the ArcticDEM initiative adds 32 percent more terrain data, mostly in Russia and Scandinavia. ArcticDEM provides a two-metre-resolution digital elevation model for arctic regions north of the 60th parallel, plus those bits of Alaska, Greenland and the Kamchatka Peninsula south of 60. The final product is due out next year. More … Continue reading "ArcticDEM Release Six Adds Eurasia"

Skip the line: restaurant wait times on Search and Maps

Nov 07 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps search

When it comes to a saucy bowl of pasta or a perfectly cooked steak, people are willing to wait in (long) lines for a taste of their favorite comfort foods. Rolling out soon, wait times on Google Search (and coming soon to Maps) shows you the estimated wait at your favorite restaurants. Now you can decide whether that cronut is really worth an hour wait or plan ahead to get your fix at a time when you can avoid a wait entirely.


To see wait times for nearly a million sit-down restaurants around the world that allow walk-ins, just search for the restaurant on Google, open the business listing, and scroll down to the Popular Times section. There you’ll see the estimated wait time at that very moment. And by tapping on any of the hour bars, you’ll see the estimated wait for that time period. You can even scroll left and right to see a summary of each day’s wait times below the hour bars–so you can plan ahead to beat the crowds.

Wait time estimates are based on anonymized historical data, similar to how we compute the previously launched Popular Times and Visit Duration features.