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Map Books of 2017 Updated

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  books housekeeping

I’ve finally updated the Map Books of 2017 page to account for all the books that were brought to my attention over the past few months. Later this month it’ll be time for me to post the 2017 edition of The Map Room’s Holiday Gift Guide. Each year I put out a list of some of … Continue reading "Map Books of 2017 Updated"


The perfect storm called artificial intelligence and geospatial big data

Nov 14 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  artificial intelligence descartes labs digitalglobe facebook featured

On April 20, 2010, when BP’s deep-water drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, the oil giant claimed that the spill was just 1,000 barrels per day. A small non-profit in West Virginia, SkyTruth, studied the satellite observations of the oil slick, cataloged its computations, and concluded that the spill was at […]

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Maps Without New Zealand

Nov 14 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  map errors new zealand

New Zealand is left off world maps so often that there’s a Reddit group about it. BBC News has picked up the story. [Peter Mellow]


Cartographers in the Field

Nov 14 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  art painting paintings usgs

Cartographers in the Field: “This Depression-era oil painting was created by USGS field man Hal Shelton in 1940. The painting depicts mapping techniques used in the early days of cartography, including an alidade and stadia rod for determining distances and elevations and a plane-table for sketching contour lines. A USGS benchmark is visible near the top. … Continue reading "Cartographers in the Field"


An Online Class on Fantasy Maps

Nov 14 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  fantasy map design fantasy maps maps and literature

Alex Acks and Paul Weimer are teaching an online class on creating fantasy maps: Join Alex Acks and Paul Weimer as they talk about fantasy maps in order to give you the tools you need to create and map your world. Topics include basic geologic principles, common mistakes, forms maps can take, how maps reflect … Continue reading "An Online Class on Fantasy Maps"


Mapping the Borders

Nov 14 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  art events exhibitions lectures uk

Mapping the Borders, a series of talks, exhibitions and workshops hosted by the University of Sunderland from 18 to 25 November as part of this year’s Being Human festival, includes an art exhibition, a workshop on glass mapmaking, a full day of activities on the 19th, and a number of pop-up talks. [NLS]


Spend more time around the table (not in traffic) this Thanksgiving

Nov 14 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

Many Americans will spend next Thursday surrounded by family and friends around a table full of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce (or whatever your family favorites are). Because traveling for Thanksgiving can be stressful, we looked at historical Google Maps traffic data to identify the best and worst times for your Thanksgiving road trips. And just for fun, we took a peek at the places Google Maps users are most often getting directions to during the holiday week. To look at this a bit more closely, we’ve created an interactive experience where you can explore Thanksgiving trends in your area.


Tips for a traffic-free Turkey Day

Because many of us can’t or don’t take off extra days leading up to Thanksgiving, we looked at last year’s traffic trends the day before Thanksgiving through the Sunday after. As you might expect, Wednesday late afternoon is the busiest time to hit the road, but it’s pretty much smooth sailing the morning of Thanksgiving. So if you can wait until Turkey Day, you might be able to avoid the crowds on the road.


To make your travels as efficient as possible, don’t forget to share your trip with the in-laws so they’ll know exactly when you’ll arrive. And if you forgot the stuffing you promised to bring to the potluck, just search for an open supermarket along your route to quickly pick it up without adding a long detour—you can even see how much time you can expect to spend in the checkout line with our new wait times feature (now available on Google Maps for Android).


When the eating is all over and it’s time to head home, early morning on Saturday or Sunday are your best bets (just make sure to avoid the road when traffic heats up on Friday and Saturday in the late afternoon).

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Trending places over Thanksgiving  

Every family has their unique holiday traditions—like Dad’s dash to the tree lot the day after Thanksgiving. According to historical Google Maps search data, the most popular destinations over the Thanksgiving holiday period are ham shops, outlet malls, tree farms, natural features (think outdoor experiences), and electronics stores.

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When you’re not digging into your food, dig into the Turkey Day traffic and Google Maps search trends for your city in our interactive experience. Happy Thanksgiving!


World’s First Lidar Integrated Circuit

Nov 13 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at In The Scan under tags  3d modeling autonomous vehicles consumer sensors the industry

LeddarTech claims that the LeddarCore LCA2 is the world’s first LiDAR integrated circuit (IC) enabling rapid high-volume deployment of solid-state 3D LiDARs that meet the automotive industry’s stringent performance, cost and reliability requirements. By integrating a powerful, proven, discrete solid-state … Continue reading

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Maps from The Magicians Trilogy Available

Nov 13 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  art fantasy maps fillory maps and literature roland chambers

Roland Chambers is selling limited-edition prints of his maps for Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy. Each print costs £100 and is A2-sized (42 × 59.4 cm); only 100 copies of each will be printed. More at The Verge. I’ve admired Chambers’s work for a while: these are fantasy maps that are less derivative and closer to their original source … Continue reading "Maps from The Magicians Trilogy Available"


Drone delivery and American skies

Nov 13 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  amazon drone delivery drones geo news project wing

Four years ago, in December 2013, Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos shared with the world his vision of using flying robots to deliver products. “I know this looks like science fiction. It’s not,” he assured of the service called Amazon Prime Air, even as critics hollered that the announcement was nothing more than a […]

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