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Lyft rides will now be powered by Google Maps

Oct 13 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  geo news google maps lyft

You know how you get into a Lyft and find the driver fidgeting with his phone? The poor chap is usually toggling between the ride-hailing app and a third-party navigation app like Google Maps or Waze, figuring out the turn-by-turn instructions to your drop-off point. Well, these rides are going to become much swifter now […]

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‘They Just Wanted to Fix Some Things About the State Borders’

Oct 13 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  comics funny unusual maps xkcd

Today’s xkcd. Apparently, the graphic-designer dictatorship will, in their zeal to fix the state borders, overlook Point Roberts.


Street View at the Top of the World

Oct 12 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  canada ellesmere island google nunavut quttinirpaaq

At 82° north latitude, Quttinirpaaq National Park is on the northernmost tip of Canada’s northernmost island, Ellesmere Island. It takes days to fly there and requires you to hire a charter plane. Fewer than 50 people visit every year. And along with the remote northern communities of Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay, it’s just been added … Continue reading "Street View at the Top of the World"


Expand What You Know: Smart Mapping, Living Atlas, and Basemaps

Oct 12 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis online esri uc 2017 living atlas smart mapping vector basemaps

Looking to broaden your understanding of smart mapping? Wondering how the Living Atlas data ecosystem works? Curious about styling custom basemaps? These videos guide you through fundamentals, best practices, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of web … Continue reading


Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS v2.6 Developer Edition Now Available!

Oct 12 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  app developers apps arcgis api for javascript arcgis developer blog arcgis developer community

FYI: Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS v2.6 Developer Edition is now available for download from the ArcGIS Developer’s Site. This release includes the new capabilities that were recently added to the embedded Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS in ArcGIS Online last month. Please … Continue reading


‘Counter-Mapping’ the Amazon

Oct 12 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  amazon rainforest brazil colonialism human geography indigenous

The Conversation has a piece on how indigenous peoples in the Amazon are using “counter-mapping” to reclaim not only their ancestral lands, but as a way to counter the colonial process of mapmaking itself. Maps have always been part of the imposition of power over colonised peoples. While map-making might be thought of as “objective”, it … Continue reading "‘Counter-Mapping’ the Amazon"


The Expansive Reach of Web GIS

Oct 12 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis online web gis

Across Organizations, Across Communities, Across the Globe By Christian Harder and Clint Brown The geographic organizing aspect of GIS has been part of the thinking from the beginning, but now factor in the impact of the web. Web GIS provides … Continue reading


Enabling a Smarter World

Oct 12 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis online web web gis

GIS Provides a Framework and Process By Christian Harder and Clint Brown The Internet of Things is becoming real. We’re learning how to measure virtually everything that moves and changes on the planet with a web of connected instruments that … Continue reading


ArcGIS for Developers: Build apps with over 30 new DevLabs!

Oct 12 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  apis arcgis devlabs arcgis runtime developer python

Today we’re releasing over 30 new ArcGIS DevLabs to help you explore and build powerful geospatial apps. What are DevLabs? If you are new to the ArcGIS DevLabs, they are short walk-throughs that step you through the process of building geospatial … Continue reading


A Map of the Entire French Rail Network

Oct 12 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  france railroads railways sncf transit

I love track network maps. I’ve told you about Franklin Jarrier’s rail maps, Transport for London’s track network map, and Andrew Lynch’s network map of the New York subway. Now for something grander: the SNCF’s map of the entire French rail network (28 MB PDF). It shows TGV lines, freight-only lines, number of tracks, and … Continue reading "A Map of the Entire French Rail Network"