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Future and Alternate Melbourne Transit Networks

Nov 16 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  cities melbourne transit

  Geospatial scientist Adam Mattison also dabbles in maps of a more speculative bent, including maps imagining Melbourne’s future transit network, including a tram network map of 2048, a metro map of 2070, and the above train network map of 2070. There’s some alternate history as well: maps of transit systems that might have been, but … Continue reading "Future and Alternate Melbourne Transit Networks"


More Fantasy Map Generators

Nov 16 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  code fantasy maps maps and literature

Maps Mania has a roundup of fantasy map generators—applications that generate maps of imaginary cities or landscapes algorithmically. Sometimes even with names. Two of them I’d previously heard of: Uncharted Atlas, a Twitter bot that tweets out a new map every hour, and the Medieval Fantasy City Generator, which generates a random medieval city layout. Two were … Continue reading "More Fantasy Map Generators"


Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps

Nov 16 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  art book reviews books pictorial maps

With Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps (University of Chicago Press, March 2017), Stephen J. Hornsby makes the case for the pictorial map as a distinct and significant genre of mapmaking that is worthy of study and preservation. Because pictorial maps were artistic rather than scientific, Hornsby argues, they were ignored as a … Continue reading "Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps"


Osher Map Art Exhibition Opens Today

Nov 16 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  art exhibitions osher

Opening today at the Osher Map Library in Portland, Maine and running until 10 March 2018, an exhibition of cartographic art called Go Where the Map Takes You: The Intersection of Cartography and Creativity. “Maps show many versions of our world, for many purposes, but their simplest purpose is to show the way from one place … Continue reading "Osher Map Art Exhibition Opens Today"


Mapping in the deep: Why is 85% ocean floor still unexplored?

Nov 16 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  bathymetry geo news oceanography

In another seven years, Elon Musk plans to send humans to Mars. Considering that NASA launched its first global Mars mapping mission in 1996, space enthusiasts have had a long time to prepare for this breakthrough. And yet, it will take another 13 years before we have a ‘complete picture’ of our own planet. After […]

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Win the #GISDay award for the best project idea contributing to local communities

Nov 16 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  events gis cloud gis day

Every year, thousands of Geogeeks worldwide celebrate International GIS Day. Guys at GIS Cloud are also joining the celebration with various activities during Geo Awareness Week (November 13 to 19). They are again launching GIS Day Contest 2017 with the goal of promoting initiatives and project ideas that influence advancement and sustainability in local communities around […]

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FARO Acquires Dustin Forensics

Nov 16 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at In The Scan under tags  3d modeling forensics

In a move to support their vertical business growth strategy FARO® (NASDAQ: FARO) recently announced the acquisition of Dustin Forensics, a digital forensic animation firm based in Adairsville, Georgia with international experience. Dustin Forensics has been led by David Dustin, … Continue reading

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Free GIS Cloud Workshops in New Zealand

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Cloud under tags  auckland blog events gis cloud new zealand

As a part of the GIS Cloud Australia and New Zealand tour, the GIS Cloud team will organize a number of workshops in Australia and New Zealand in collaboration with our partners from Spatial Vision.    New Zealand workshops will be held in: Wellington (December 7) Auckland (December 8)   To see agenda for workshops...


Mapping the Results of Australia’s Same-Sex Marriage Referendum

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  australia marriage politics referendum

When it comes to maps of the results of Australia’s same-sex marriage referendum (or, to be more precise, postal survey), it’s a mixed bag. At the official end, the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides infographics, but no maps. The Sydney Morning Herald provides a map of the results by district (see screenshot above), but it’s boolean … Continue reading "Mapping the Results of Australia’s Same-Sex Marriage Referendum"


Google Using Street View Cars to Map Air Pollution

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  air pollution air quality california central valley environment

Google is using its Street View cars, now equipped with air-quality sensors, to measure air pollution in California on a block-by-block level. Earlier this year, we shared the first results of this effort with pollution levels throughout the city of Oakland. We’re just beginning to understand what’s possible with this hyper-local information and today, we’re starting to share … Continue reading "Google Using Street View Cars to Map Air Pollution"


Google Maps gets a new look

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

The world is an ever-evolving place. And as it changes, Google Maps changes with it. As roads close, businesses open, or local events happen in your neighborhood, you’ll see it on Google Maps. When you schedule an event using Google Calendar, get a reservation confirmation in Gmail, or add a restaurant to your “Want to Go” list, Google Maps reflects that too. Now, we’re updating Google Maps with a new look that better reflects your world, right now.

First, we’ve updated the driving, navigation, transit and explore maps to better highlight the information most relevant to each experience (think gas stations for navigation, train stations for transit, and so on). We’ve also updated our color scheme and added new icons to help you quickly identify exactly what kind of point of interest you’re looking at. Places like a cafe, church, museum or hospital will have a designated color and icon, so that it’s easy to find that type of destination on the map. For example, if you’re in a new neighborhood and searching for a coffee shop, you could open the map to find the nearest orange icon (which is the color for Food & Drink spots).

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We’ve created a cheat sheet of the new colors and icons to help you get acquainted with the new look:

You’ll see these changes over the next few weeks in all Google products that incorporate Google Maps, including the Assistant, Search, Earth, and Android Auto. Over time, the new style will also appear in the apps, websites and experiences offered by companies that use Google Maps APIs as well. 

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So no matter how or where you’re using Google Maps, you’ll have the same consistent experience.


What’s Coming for ArcGIS Pro 2.1

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis pro

ArcGIS Pro 2.1, the next release of Esri’s flagship 64-bit desktop GIS application, is almost here. ArcGIS Pro 2.1 continues Esri’s mission to provide new and user-requested functionality, the latest innovations for working with 2D and 3D spatial data, tools … Continue reading


A New Kind of Conversation

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  esri press scott morehouse the arcgis book uncategorized

Maps and geographic science provide a platform for bringing people together  By Scott Morehouse. People are visual learners and seem to be instinctively attracted to maps. Maps help us instantly perceive patterns, relationships, and situations. They not only organize and … Continue reading


Fantasy Maps as Memory Palace

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  fantasy maps maps and literature

On Obsidian Wings, a post on why I need maps in fantasy novels: “Two books I recently read made me realize that I don’t just like maps, they’re part of how my mind works. For me, a map is a type of memory palace, linking up all kinds of information for easy retrieval. Without one, … Continue reading "Fantasy Maps as Memory Palace"


Cartografías de lo desconocido

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  antique maps bne exhibitions libraries madrid

Cartografías de lo desconocido (Cartographies of the Unknown; Google Translate) an exhibition of some two hundred maps and related pieces at the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid. Cartografías de lo desconocido persigue dos objetivos. Primero, hacer que el espectador se fije más en el mapa y menos en el territorio, pues sucede a menudo … Continue reading "Cartografías de lo desconocido"



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