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Amazing history of maps and diseases

Apr 03 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  book

The idea that diseases have a spatial component and therefore can be mapped can be traced as far as the late 1600s. This period is the starting point for author Tom Koch, a clinical ethicist, gerontologist and professor, who was interested in the relationship between mapping and medical science. The motive behind his research that […]

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Radium Watersheds a Risk

Apr 03 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Articles – FracTracker Alliance under tags  articles class ii disposal fracking waste guest commentaries

By Greg Pace – Columbus Community Bill of Rights, and Julie Weatherington-Rice – Environmental Consultant Most Ohio residents are unaware of the frack fluid deep underground injection occurring north of Columbus, underneath the region’s source water protection watersheds (Figure 1). Materials injected are liquids that have as much as ten times the salt concentration of sea-water. Mixed […]

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1882 Isochrone Map of France

Apr 03 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  antique maps france isochrone maps railroads railways

I think I'm in love: a stunning isochrone map of travel times from Paris by rail in 1882 (making this a very early example of the genre). pic.twitter.com/gaSEzGCQWI — Transit Maps (@transitmap) March 31, 2017 Cameron Booth (of Transit Maps fame) posted an 1882 isochrone map of France showing travel times from Paris by rail to … Continue reading "1882 Isochrone Map of France"


Zero Degrees

Apr 03 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  books prime meridian surveying

Jon Wright reviews Charles W. J. Withers’s Zero Degrees: Geographies of the Prime Meridian (Harvard University Press, March 2017) for Geographical magazine. Zero Degrees is about the effort to establish a single, uniform prime meridian from among more than two dozen rival claims. As Wright writes, “Withers manages to turn what might have been an obscure, rather technical topic … Continue reading "Zero Degrees"


Flex Projector

Apr 03 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  cartography flex projector map projections software

With all this recent talk about map projections, it might be worth pointing out the existence of Flex Projector, a cross-platform Java application for creating map projections, now at version 1.0.6. Yes, creating: if you want to invent your own map projection and slap your own name on it, you can do that with this app; others certainly … Continue reading "Flex Projector"


ArcGIS Pro Tips: Why Undo is Underrated

Apr 03 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  3d animation apps arcgis desktop arcgis pro

My favorite keyboard shortcut (yes, I have a favorite keyboard shortcut, I type a lot) is Ctrl+Z. Undo. I find comfort in knowing that a couple taps on my keyboard can quickly undo any typos or unwanted actions. Trial and … Continue reading


A big comeback of location sharing. First Google and now Facebook. Who will be next?

Apr 02 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  location-based services location privacy location sharing privacy

Location-sharing is not a new idea. Remember Foursquare, Gowalla, and Google Latitude among others? Most of these services don’t exist anymore. The value proposition that they offered was clear, but the idea was a little bit ahead of its times and many people were not ready to challenge their privacy comfort zone. In the end, […]

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Scottish Power Using Lidar

Apr 01 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at In The Scan under tags  uncategorized

Scottish Power is spending 36 million pounds to improve their vegetation management programs in Scotland and Wales. Part of the investment is going to the acquisition of airborne lidar. Guy Jefferson, SP Energy Networks distribution director, said: “Managing trees next … Continue reading

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The Isle of Bait

Apr 01 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  april fool funny imaginary maps

The Future Mapping Company has announced the discovery of a new island 20 kilometres off the coast of Great Britain. They have naturally already produced a new map of this island. The Isle of Bait is a small, beautiful and untouched paradise, but there is a hitch—it is only visible through the Face Swap Snapchat … Continue reading "The Isle of Bait"


Fourteen

Apr 01 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  blogs housekeeping

Today marks The Map Room’s fourteenth anniversary: its first posts went live on 31 March 2003. The general consensus is that the blog is finished as a medium, done in by the effective death of RSS (thanks to Google killing Reader), the collapse of online advertising (too many publishers chasing too few ads), and the shift in online attention from … Continue reading "Fourteen"