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Updated JISC-OS Licence.... why this matters to UK academics
I have on several occasions blogged about the OS-JISC licence including the 2009 version (including my reference to smoking!)...

posted on: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Have a mapping Christmas......
A nice gift guide selection of cartography books from Jonathan Crowe.....

posted on: Tue, 04 Nov 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Digimap offers file geodatabase
Digimap is now supporting the file geodatabase format for downloading Mastermap. Whilst GML is a good standard for data transfer, Digimap's users by an large use ArcGIS and QGIS and by offering it this way it should make life much easier for using Mastermap. Note that the file geodatabase has long been touted as the successor to the shapefile, but Esri dragged it's heels over publishing the api although it now works on Windows, Linux and Mac (32/64bit) so hopefully this will help push things along a little more.

posted on: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

gvSIG MOOC: get your head into open source!
This gvSIG online training course is shortly to run - those wanting to dip their toe in the waters of open source GIS might find it useful.

posted on: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

QGIS Under the Raedar
Really nice article from Alasdair - I can only echo his comments. QGIS has reached a nice level of maturity and usability and is now well worth the investment of time. I would add a couple of my own points to this: 1. Portability: just copy the QGIS folder on to your USB stick. It runs from there happily 2. Speed: for such a large application it is relatively fast. I have been working on a project with colleagues at Wageningen (Saskia Keesstra and Niels Anders) involving some spatial processing using Python - this utilises shapefiles for data storage and QGIS is wonderfully rapid for loading, symbolising and querying data.

posted on: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Open GIS Classes
Nice link to a range of open GIS classes at the Open Source GIS Blog. Worth a look...

posted on: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Dive into Python
Good catch on Dive into Python over at GoGeo

posted on: Tue, 05 Aug 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Crowd georeferencing at the British Library
A really nice georeferencing project over at the British Library that has been going on since 2011!! Scanned by Microsoft, the >3000 maps are available for the public to georeference so they can be overlaid with modern mapping. Thoroughly worthwhile project and a slick interface - watch the 57s video, log in, get going!

posted on: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

QGIS Chugiak Released
Just a brief note that QGIS Chugiak has been released. For those that haven't used QGIS recently it is highly capable and becoming increasingly user friendly. Well well well worth further exploration. Also worth noting that by default it is a portable app - simply copy the QGIS folder on to your USB stick and run it directly from there! How cool is that?!

posted on: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Britain' Mapmakers
Nice blog on Major General William Roy over at the OS - and a really great link to a free e-book on Map-makers to Britain since 1791.

posted on: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Intro to spatial visualisation in R
Nice catch over at GoGeo

posted on: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Using OSM Data in QGIS
A nice practical guide to using OSM data in QGIS from download, to conversion, to styling

posted on: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

The things streetview photographs....
Gotta admit, its classy.....

posted on: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Magnetic Mapping
Interesting article on interior mapping over at the NY Times.... the Finnish Company Indoor Atlas is using changes in the magnetic field of a building interior to location your position (to within ~2m). Interior is definitely the new frontier and paves the way for you to optimise your route through Tesco - traveling salesman all over again!

posted on: Thu, 22 May 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

BLOG REC: Getting started writing QGIS 2.x plugins
Thanks to the people at GoGeo for the link to Getting started writing QGIS 2.x plugins.... useful! (and BLOG REC is of course short for blog recommendation!)

posted on: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

OS Carto Home!
The OS unleashed their cartography "home" this week titled Cartographic Design and Development - its well worth dropping in to and it shows some excellent resources, examples and advice on sourcing, resourcing and designing maps. I particularly liked the Cartographic Design Principles and the examples they show. Well worth a look for anyone who needs to design and make maps.

posted on: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

QGIS Primer
A primer for QGIS - good starting point (picked up by GoGeo)

posted on: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Open Source GIS Blog
For those that haven't seen it, it's worth subscribing to the Open Source GIS blog - some recent posts include creating QGIS plugins and installing QGIS on a Nexus 7. Useful and nicely illustrated.

posted on: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

OS develop QGIS Stylesheets
Nice post over at the OS about their development of QGIS stylesheets for use with OS Opendata - and all made available on Github. Take a look and use

posted on: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Father of GIS: Roger Tomlinson 1933-2014
Noted on GoGeo and a nice NPR tribute

posted on: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Journal of Maps Best Map 2013
It is with great pleasure I can announce that the paper "Relief-Rock-Soil relationship in the transition of Atlantic Plateau to Peripheral Depression, Sao Paulo, Brazil" by Fernando Nadal Junqueira Villela, Jurandyr Luciano Sanches Ross and Sidneide Manfredini has been given the Journal of Maps "Best Map" award for 2013....

posted on: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Packt boot deals
Try them out.... (I reviewed the Python one earlier this year

posted on: Fri, 27 Dec 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Why are maps still so powerful?
Nicely blogged by the OS - and listen directly at the BBC here

posted on: Sun, 17 Nov 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

OS Postcode Viewer
Nice link over at the OS blog on a postcode viewer developed in Processing. Worth a glance!

posted on: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Journal of Maps Most Read
Just wanted to flag the Journal of Maps Most Read Articles - its a good way to see what has been trending and maybe take a peak at some of the articles. Our top article (at over 2000 downloads) is The Spanish population during the twentieth century and beyond which was our "Best Map" of 2012. This is currently a "free view" as it was released under our "Editor's Choice".

posted on: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

FREE EPRINT: Bibliographic webmap: the Physical Landscape of Britain and Northern Ireland
This one passed me by in the depths of my inbox.....for the first 50 people interested, my paper Bibliographic webmap: the Physical Landscape of Britain and Northern Ireland has 50 FREE E-PRINTS. Please click on the link and download your copy.

posted on: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Live London Buses
The Live London Bus Tracker is just too cool to pass up - pick your route and be mesmerised by the buses passes to-and-fro. Want to get on an old Routemaster? Look up route 15 (amongst others) - OK, they're not all Routemasters but its fantastic to be able to see where the buses actually are!! There are train and tube trackers around, but this for me is a winner!

posted on: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

QGIS Training Manual
Get your hands on the latest QGIS Training Manual from the helpful peopl at Linfiniti. Also available in print and don't forget the training data to go with it.

posted on: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Styling OS data
Nice entry on styling OS maps - OS are keen to make the "style" recognisable, based upon their data and to make it familiar to viewers. They are widely available, easy to implement and have been converted to other formats (e.g. QGIS). So use them!

posted on: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

OS Terrain 5
As mentioned in an earlier post, the OS has now released, what was somewhat sketchy, Terrain 5. The website and technical specs are both quite scant of detail but looks to be photogrammetrically derived and on a rolling 3-5 year programme of maintained updates however "only required when real-world change has occurred; for example, a new motorway cutting."...

posted on: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

BOOK REVIEW: Programming with ArcGIS 10.1
It's been on my "to-do" list for a while, but I finally got around to taking a more detailed look at Programming with ArcGIS 10....

posted on: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

OS Terrain 50
OS announced this weekend the availability of OS Terrain 50 (T50), a maintained 50m DEM of the UK. This is great news as 50m provides an incredibly useful spatial resolution for a variety of tasks....

posted on: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

New dawn for "geoservices"
For want of a better name (new cartography, neogeography, geoservices or maybe geomatics!!), Science has a nice article on the emergent importance of geo in the global economy and the subsequent requirement for suitably qualified employees, noting a ~35% predicted growth in workers in the US by 2020. That's pretty big! Worth also reading the linked Oxera report for Google on Geoservices. Bright future ahead people!

posted on: Fri, 22 Mar 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

QGIS Primer
OpenShift have a good post of using QGIS for loading spatial data and then does some spatial processing using Python and GDAL for import. Its a good primer and forms part of a series on open source spatial - part 1 looked at spatial data

posted on: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Proprietary data silos
.....and the moral of the story is..... .....don't lock your data away in proprietary silos. The quotation at the end is fabulous: " A person seeking public records should expect to pay the price for copying the records, but not the price for a public entity’s mistake in purchasing inefficient software."

posted on: Wed, 13 Mar 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

OS Past and Present
Nice pair of contrasting videos about OS - the first a modern promo video from the OS itself which is very glossy but actually tells you very little about the organisation and the second from Pathe news in the 1950s which is cringingly dated, such as "It used to take two men a whole year to do the map making mathematics that these adding machines and electronic computers can do in an afternoon with a girl to help!" However it does show you the full map making process in 3 minutes - quite a feat! Swansea Trip: 1:40 shows the use f plane tabling!

posted on: Fri, 01 Mar 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Software agnosticism
Nice post from James Fee on software agnosticism..... and yes, we all too regularly build an ArcGIS script to find it no longer works in a new version or hasn't been updated by a third party. And yes, the answer is don't use them!!! However as I am also doing (some work with Niels Anders), move to Python and do you geospatial processing there, then call from within ArcGIS. You even have Portable Python so no excuse for being tied to a workstation.

posted on: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Weogeo: Top 10 free datasets
Nice New Year's list over at Weogeo on the top ten free datasets......

posted on: Fri, 04 Jan 2013 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

London buses and mapping
I have been exploring the use of London buses a little more recently and so naturally started looking at routes and timetables to see how accessible different parts of London are; for instance, did you know that the number 188 runs from St Pancras to the O2 Arena?...

posted on: Sun, 09 Dec 2012 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Fundamental benchmarks
Nice article at the OS on fundamental benchmarks.....

posted on: Tue, 04 Dec 2012 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry