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USIBD Publishes Professional Referral Listing

Aug 28 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at In The Scan under tags  uncategorized

The U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) is pleased to announce the online publication of a new resource: a Referral Listing of Individuals who have become certified in the use of USIBD’s LOA Specification V.2.0. These individuals have gone through … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Convert Raster Images to Vector for CAD/GIS

Aug 28 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Safe Software Blog under tags  about data data transformation dem images ocr

Extracting vector features from an image (or “vectorizing a raster”) involves converting groups of raster pixels into polygons. This is a common scenario for GIS and CAD workflows, and a challenging one. Maybe you’d like to digitize a scanned map, convert a DEM to polygons based on elevation, extract text from an image, or otherwise […]

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Top 20 maps and charts that explain North Korea

Aug 28 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  maps north korea topgeo

North Korea is one of the world’s most secretive societies. Its citizens cannot travel abroad and have almost no contact with the external world. North Korean dictators have been working on developing nuclear weapons since the 1960s, and it seems that they are very close to achieving this goal. Last month the country tested intercontinental ballistic […]

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Descartes Labs raises $30 million to create a data refinery of the physical world

Aug 27 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  start-ups

Descartes Labs, a satellite data analytics startup based out Santa Fe, USA has announced that it has raised $30 million in a series B round led by LA-based March Capital. You might remember about Descartes Labs from its prediction of corn production in the US. Building a data refinery for satellite industry The funding will […]

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Two Views on Fantasy Maps

Aug 27 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  fantasy maps maps and literature

At Longreads, Adrian Daub has a long, discursive, in-depth essay about fantasy maps, fantasy novels with maps, and what it meant to grow up loving same. It’s so full of good bits and covers so much ground that quoting just a paragraph would mislead you into thinking it was just about that one thing. It’s … Continue reading "Two Views on Fantasy Maps"


Mapping Confederate Monuments

Aug 27 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  confederacy historical memory monuments politics u.s. civil war

Politico maps the locations of Confederate monuments in the United States, and correlates their locations with where African-American populations are concentrated. The majority of these symbols were dedicated between 1900 and 1920, when the South enacted Jim Crow laws aimed at resegregating society or discriminating against blacks. There was also a notable spike in new … Continue reading "Mapping Confederate Monuments"


A Brief History of Maps

Aug 27 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  history history of cartography navigation

Distilling the entire three-thousand-year history of maps and mapmaking into a 2,400-word article seems awfully hubristic, but Clive Thompson’s piece for the July 2017 issue of Smithsonian Magazine gives it a try, tying everything together right from the outset: Is it possible that today’s global positioning systems and smartphones are affecting our basic ability to navigate? … Continue reading "A Brief History of Maps"


Esri Makes Satellite Imagery Available to OpenStreetMap Editors

Aug 27 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  crowdsourcing esri industry openstreetmap satellite imagery

Esri is making its satellite imagery collection available to OpenStreetMap editors. Today Esri is proud to announce that we are making our own global collection of satellite imagery available to the OSM community directly through our existing World Imagery Service. This regularly updated resource provides one meter or better satellite and aerial photography in many parts … Continue reading "Esri Makes Satellite Imagery Available to OpenStreetMap Editors"


NASA Images of Hurricane Harvey

Aug 27 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  hurricane harvey hurricanes nasa texas weather and climate

NASA’s page on Hurricane Harvey has been updated many times, sometimes several times a day, since Harvey began its life as Tropical Depression 9 on 17 August. It includes plenty of satellite imagery of the storm, as well as temperature and rainfall maps.


Pre-2016 Archives Offline

Aug 27 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  housekeeping

Blog posts prior to January 2016 are offline for the time being, the result of my changing this site to a new FTP user account on the same server without taking into account some of the hard links in the PHP code of my legacy pages. Sorry about that. I think I have some idea … Continue reading "Pre-2016 Archives Offline"