GIS News

CityEngine unveils mobile Virtual Reality solution

Dec 19 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  3d 3d gis arcgis earth city modeling cityengine

We are excited to announce a mobile VR solution for urban planners, architects, and GIS professionals. With the latest version of CityEngine, we offer the ability to simply and quickly create VR experiences on mobile devices. You can view these … Continue reading


Introducing Arcade

Dec 19 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  api app developers apps arcgis online arcgis pro

If you’ve been keeping up on ArcGIS news you might have noticed we’ve added something new… That something is Arcade. You’re probably still wondering what it is exactly and what it means to you as a GIS user.  The simple … Continue reading


Electoral Map What-Ifs

Dec 19 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  2016 us elections politics usa

Neil Freeman’s Random States of America creates election maps from an alternate reality. They apply real-world election results to randomly generated state boundaries, which can yield radically different results than what actually happened. Taking things one step further, Josh Wallaert of Places asked Freeman “to calculate who would win the 2016 election if the states were … Continue reading "Electoral Map What-Ifs"


Recent Book Reviews

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  art books cities new york city travel

At The Skiffy and Fanty Show, Paul Weimer reviews Atlas Obscura. “So is there a point to the book? Is there any good reason to read the book and not just go trolling and traversing through the website, which has many more entries? Yes. Even in an interconnected world such as ours, there is a tactile experience … Continue reading "Recent Book Reviews"


The Great American Word Mapper

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  linguistics usa

Like The United Swears of America, The Great American Word Mapper explores regional variation in English language use in the United States based on geocoded Twitter data, this time through a search interface that allows side-by-side comparisons. As before, forensic linguist Jack Grieve is involved, along with fellow linguist Andrea Nini. [Kottke] Previously: Speaking American; The United Swears of America.


Mapping Migration Trends to Europe

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Esri Insider under tags  citizen engagement community development story maps storytelling with maps

Today, December 18, the world celebrates International Migrants Day, an observance initiated by the General Assembly of United Nations to raise awareness of the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, and the unique issues they face. It … Continue reading


Microsoft partners with Esri, HERE and TomTom to create the next ‘world graph’

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  cloud esri here microsoft self-driving cars

Microsoft is probably one of the few tech giants that isn’t directly working on autonomous cars, instead they have signalled their intentions to serve as the de-facto cloud service platform for autonomous cars. And in a move at strengthening their position, Microsoft has announced a partnership with Esri, HERE and TomTom to create a ‘world graph’. Microsoft + […]

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Understanding Engraved Maps

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  antique maps mapmaking printing

My last post was about engraved copper plates used in map printing. To understand the relationship between printed maps and the plates that print them (woodblock, copper plate or lithographic stone), see Tony Campbell’s article, “Understanding Engraved Maps,” reprinted at his indispensable Map History/History of Cartography site.


Engraved Copper Plates Retrieved

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  antique maps british library conservation libraries mapmaking

The British Library has acquired nine engraved copper plates, used to print maps of India for the East India Company in the late 18th and early 19th century, from a scrap metal dealer. Another plate had been acquired in 1988 from a Norfolk farmer, who had intended to use it as a mudguard for his tractor. The plates … Continue reading "Engraved Copper Plates Retrieved"


End of the Line: A Tube Map of Tube Maps

Dec 18 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  tube unusual maps

Well, this is meta. Kenneth Field, whose map of Mars I told you about earlier this year, has created a tube map of tube maps. End of the Line is an attempt to be the last word in tube map pastiche. […] While Beck himself likely ‘copied’ a number of aspects that ended up on … Continue reading "End of the Line: A Tube Map of Tube Maps"