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Time to discover new places in Africa. Ghana, Senegal and Uganda now on Street View

Feb 10 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

From the lovely scenic mountains of the south, to the beautiful beaches of the west, and the exotic parks of east, the regions of Africa contain some of the most breathtaking views in the world.

Starting today, you can take virtual tours of some of the most iconic landmarks and monuments in Ghana, Senegal and Uganda. That means Street View now covers 81 countries from across the world, and seven in Africa.

You can now virtually explore the UNESCO World Heritage-classified village of Nzulezo in Ghana, which is built over Lake Tadane, and consists of stilt-supported structures integrated seamlessly with the water-dominated natural landscape.

If you have an eye for cultural entertainment, you can now also take a virtual walk inside the National Theatre of Ghana, home to the three resident companies of the National Dance Company, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the National Theatre Players.

Explore amazing African art by taking a tour of Senegal’s imposing African Renaissance monument, a 49 meter tall bronze statue on top of one of the twin hills just outside Dakar, Senegal.

Other iconic landmarks now in Street View include the stunning Lake Retba, a unique lake known for its pink waters, and take a “drive” through major roads and towns including Dakar, Saint Louis, Thies and Touba.

We partnered with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to capture imagery of some of Uganda's most beautiful and iconic National Parks, home to an amazing variety of wildlife. With our Street View Trekker, either carried by our team or mounted on a vehicle, we travelled through seven parks, including the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is home to 10 primate species, including chimpanzees, and more than 600 species of birds.

We're excited that what began with a few South African cities in 2009, has now expanded to many other cities in seven countries across the continent. From Cape Town to Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and now Ghana, Uganda and Senegal, we're glad that more people from around the world can get a glimpse of this beautiful continent. We think you'll be tempted to pack your own cameras to explore in person as well!


How To Cascade

Feb 10 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  app developers apps arcgis online cartographic design cascade

Are you interested in the newest story map template, Cascade, where you can saturate the public with map-drenced scrollytelling? Here are five absurd Cascade stories that show you how to do some things in Cascade. How to Cascade: Media | Maps, … Continue reading


Mapping Health: How GIS Contributes to Public Wellness

Feb 10 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  gis

Medical mapping is not a new concept.  It has been part of the healthcare landscape since ancient times; medical geography is mentioned in the writings of ancient China, Greece, and India.  It has evolved over the centuries from these early mentions to Dr. Robert Baker’s map of the English cholera epidemic during the 1800s to […]

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Esri Privacy & Security Assurance Advancements

Feb 10 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  privacy security ssamymlgp

We are kicking off the beginning of the year with some significant privacy & security assurance improvements: Esri Privacy Shield Compliant – As many of you know, a little over 1 year ago Safe Harbor was found to be inadequate … Continue reading


Time to disover new places in Africa. Ghana, Senegal and Uganda now on Street View!

Feb 10 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

The popular American author John Hemingway once said, “if i have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.” And we agree. From the lovely scenic mountains of the south, to the beautiful beaches of the west, and the exotic parks of east, the regions of Africa contain some of the most breathtaking views in the world.

We’re excited to announce that starting today, you can take virtual tours of some of the most iconic landmarks and monuments in Ghana, Senegal and Uganda. With this launch, Street View now covers 81 countries from across the world, and 7 in Africa.

You are now able to virtually explore the UNESCO World Heritage-classified village of Nzulezo in Ghana, which is built over Lake Tadane, and consists of stilt-supported structures integrated seamlessly with the water-dominated natural landscape.

If you have an eye for cultural entertainment, you can now also take a virtual walk inside the National Theatre of Ghana, home to the three resident companies of the National Dance Company, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the National Theatre Players.

Explore amazing african art by taking a tour of Senegal’s imposing African Renaissance monument, a 49 meter tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills just outside Dakar, Senegal.

You can also delve into other iconic landmarks, including the stunning Lake Retba, a unique lake known for its pink waters, and take a “drive” through major roads and towns including Dakar, Saint Louis, Thies and Touba.

To bring you the wonders of Uganda, we partnered with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to capture 7 of the most beautiful and iconic National Parks of the country, home to an amazing variety of wildlife. With our StreetView Trekker, either carried by our team or mounted on a vehicle, we travelled through 7 vast National Parks, including the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is home to ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

We are excited that what began with a few South African cities in 2009, has now expanded to many other cities in 7 countries across the continent. From Cape Town to Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and now Ghana, Uganda and Senegal, we are glad that more people from around the world are turning to Street View to to get a glimpse of this beautiful continent. We wouldn't be surprised if you'll be tempted to pack your own cameras to explore in person as well!


Pitney Bowes Brings Location-Based Technology to Big Data Environments with New Cloudera Partnership

Feb 10 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GISCafe Voice under tags  cloud cloud network analytics cloudera data geospatial

Pitney Bowes Inc., a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce that acquired the mapping company MapInfo some years ago, announced last week that it has entered a partnership with Cloudera to deploy geospatial processing and data quality solutions to end users on top of Cloudera Enterprise. Clients will now […]


Amazon acquired a patent that could help drones break barrier of distance

Feb 09 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  amazon drones

In December 2016, Amazon Prime Air has completed the first legit drone delivery. It was a significant milestone for both the retail and the transportation industries. From the moment Jeff Bezos saw the potential in drones as a new method of goods delivery, the company invests a lot of time, effort and resources not to […]

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Seeing the World in a Fresh Way

Feb 09 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  10 day anomaly forecast 10 day forecast analysis & geoprocessing arcgis online earth observations

Check out Earth Observation Services updated in the Living Atlas Earth Observation image and map services have been updated in the Living Atlas of the World. This includes data from NASA’s Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS) and NOAA’s National … Continue reading


7 FME UC Things You Won’t Want to Miss

Feb 09 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Safe Software Blog under tags  about fme

Data helps us gain understanding — from business systems to natural processes to our communities. Through this understanding, we have the ability to change and shape our world. On May 24, 2017, hundreds of the world’s top data experts will be arriving in Vancouver, Canada for the FME International User Conference. With more than 100 […]

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Milwaukee’s Map Store Closing

Feb 09 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  industry map stores milwaukee wisconsin

The Map Store, a Milwaukee institution that has been in business since 1937, will be going out of business on April 1st. The Map Store’s owner cited “the combination of falling revenue and his age” (he’s 78) as reasons to close shop. [Cartophilia] Always sad to see a map store close, but these are not unfamiliar … Continue reading "Milwaukee’s Map Store Closing"