Esri: 6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Maps
Some really helpful cartography tips from staff writer Lisa Berry on 6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Maps. I particularly like point 2, Find Signal within the Noise, which is pertinent to any kind of exposition. What is your main point and highlight it.... demonstrate you signal.
posted on: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Maps.Me Adds OpenStreetMap
Great news from Maps.Me developers. The slightly more minor news is that theyve gone much more granular for map data downloads - so now you don't have to downloads 800Mb of data for the UK, but pick your regions. Much better.
The big news though is the ability to feedback map updates to the OpenStreetMap community directly through the app. Now that really is a brilliant way to improve PoI information. You can both add new points and edit point information.
Not only is Maps.me a great offline map app but you can now give back to the community.
posted on: Wed, 06 Apr 2016 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
GISgeography: Quick Sheets
GISGeography have some great "quick summaries" or quick sheets as I like to call them. They are short, focused, "explainers" usually with good use of graphics and links to other sites....
posted on: Sat, 02 Apr 2016 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
OK, so it's another hackneyed take on the well worn tube map meme, but the Londonist's Lost London is a wonderful trawl down memory lane with the map providing location for those not so familiar with London. It's history, tourism and discovery all rolled into one and well worth spending 10 minutes looking at. Then go and visit some of the places!
posted on: Sat, 26 Mar 2016 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
OS Maps Mars
Yes, the OS Maps (some of) Mars in their own inimitable style... great bit of PR!
posted on: Mon, 15 Feb 2016 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Repost: QGIS Features I long for while using ArcGIS
A really good post about known and not so known QGIS features that will make ArcGIS users weep....
posted on: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Came across the Mapumental service recently. Mapumental comes out of mySociety and the basic rationale is to take public transport timetables, link them to underlyingOS postcode data and then display isochrons using Leaflet with underlying OpenStreetMap data....
posted on: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Timelapse: 3. Video Production
This is the final blog in the series on producing an inset map for a timelapse video (see also Geocoding and Map Production)....
posted on: Tue, 29 Dec 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Timelapse: 2. Map Production
This is the second in the series on creating map overlays for timelapse videos from a series of photos....
posted on: Thu, 24 Dec 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Timelapse: 1. Geocoding
Following on from last week's blog, the first stage in putting together the timelapse video with inset map is to geocode the photos....
posted on: Mon, 21 Dec 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Timelapse: Creating an Inset Map
Last month I blogged about an update to my workflow for creating a timelapse and particularly adding overlays (both graphics and text from EXIF data) and solving problems with dates being out-of-sync by timeshifting them....
posted on: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
I was using the CLustre code recently for analysing some lineaments and it reminded me to update to the latest version of WinPython (which I covered at the AGI)....
posted on: Wed, 09 Dec 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Repost: Cartographer's Toolkit
A really nice blog translating and re-posting visual thresholds when viewing graphical features (for cartography). Useful.
posted on: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Journal of Maps Best Map 2015 (FREE to view)
It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the award of the 2015 "Best Map" to Vít Pászto, Alžbeta Brychtová, Pavel Tucek, Lukáš Marek and Jaroslav Burian (Palacký University) for their map using fuzzy logic to delimit rural and urban areas in the Czech Republic....
posted on: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Open Source Roundup
Following on from my talk at AGI yesterday, a few open source posts came up at the helpful GISGeography. These include:
Free GIS Software: Map the World With Open Source GIS Mapping Software
10 Open Source Remote Sensing Software Packages
Mapping Out the GIS Software Landscape
27 Differences Between ArcGIS and QGIS – The Most Epic GIS Software Battle in GIS History
All make for helpful reading!
posted on: Wed, 25 Nov 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Just a reminder that the AGI's GeoCom15 is coming up 23-25 November 2015 at the rather swish Chesford Grange Hotel just outside Kenilworth. Remember that its both the conference and exhibition, the latter of which is free to wander around, so no excuse not to register and come along to see myself and Prof Nigel Walford from the Centre for GIS speak.
posted on: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
This news article reminded me that I should provide a brief update on Maps.Me (which Ive blogged about before) which is receiving a good roadmap of development....
posted on: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
..... has just landed. See the changelog for the new features which continue to be extensive and useful, for example rule based labelling and rule based styling of attribute tables.
posted on: Wed, 28 Oct 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Free GIS Data
Great long list of free GIS data resources from Robin Waters. Something for everyone!
posted on: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Redux: think you know your countries?
As a follow on to last weeks Think you know your countries? blog, have a visit to TheTrueSize.com where you can select countries and move them around a mercator map at will to compare them to any other country. How big is Germany, really, compared to Angola??
posted on: Sun, 04 Oct 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Think you know your countries??
Then try your luck with the Mercator Jigsaw - took me about 5 minutes with some distinctly tough ones in there. And - goddamn - that Mercator projection can be problematical ;)
posted on: Fri, 02 Oct 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Mapping the Syrian Conflict
An interesting short piece over at the BBC about mapping the Syrian conflict - what is interesting is the BBCs lack of understanding about how data, (online) mapping and journalism are merging together to create a new generation of (often (remote) citizen) data journalists....
posted on: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
EA DEMs Data Precision
UPDATE: An illuminating and quite hilarious read over here. The release of the LiDAR sourced EA DEMs is garnering some nice attention around the world although Martin spotted that the elevation values are recorded to a precision of attometers. Yes that's 15 to 17 digits after the decimal point!! As Martin points out, this is a huge waste of bandwidth and, I imagine, a default export setting. As I noted yesterday, the interface is functional, if a little clunky, and could do with some improvement.
posted on: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
EA DEMs of UK
As I noted earlier, the EA has now made its 50cm DEM data of the UK available at Data.gov.uk. You can find both the DSM and DTM 50cm products.... From either page you'll eventually get to this download page which is a touch slow but works well enough where you can download fairly small OS tiles (shame they cant be bigger). Ill be playing with these over the next few weeks to see what they are like.
posted on: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
The ArcGIS Book
Esri have just published a free online and PDF book called The ArcGIS Book. In Esri style, it is beautifully produced and presented with an eye for layout, typography and map design....
posted on: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
CLustre: source code released
With the paper CLustre: semi-automated lineament clustering for palaeo-glacial reconstruction now accepted for publication, we have released the sourcecode for CLustre at Github....
posted on: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
QGIS 2.10 Released
QGIS 2.10 has just been released and the pace of development and features continues
posted on: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Well the devs must have been reading my earlier post on the (very good!) Maps.me because they've fixed my two biggest gripes!...
posted on: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Digitising in QGIS
I've been spending a fair bit of time digitising in QGIS 2.8.1 lately so thought I'd list some of my top tips for those doing the same (and dont forget the QGIS Manual)!...
posted on: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Its a bit twee in its connotations, but "big data" keeps popping up all over the place. My brother sent me the link to this story: "5 Ways Big Geospatial Data Is Driving Analytics In the Real World". There is nothing overly new or exciting in the actual research itself, however what is interesting is how "geo" is now overtly mainstream. A lot of the benefits and issues associated with geodata are now more widely understood and appreciated meaning that more people want to use it. Definitely boom times...
posted on: Fri, 05 Jun 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Liam Neeson Kill Map
Clearly Liam is one badass guy!!!! Love the kill map just for the way it presents information that you find yourself asking for during a movie. In my case (re)watching "Taken" and thinking, whats the body count in this?? Star Wars 1 surprised me though.... I wonder who holds the cinematic record?! Anyway, its nicely designed and more as an infographic, but still feel it could be improved.
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posted on: Sat, 16 May 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
International Map Year 2015
Well the International Map Year has passed me by up until this point... that said it formally kicks off at the ICA in Rio de Janeiro in August 2015 and runs through until December 2016. As the website says: "International Map Year (IMY) is a worldwide celebration of maps and their unique role in our world. It's organized by the International Cartographic Assocation (ICA) and supported by the United Nations (UN)."
So things are just starting to get going - there's a helpful news item in the ICA newsletter. Interestingly no UK organising committee...yet!
posted on: Wed, 06 May 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
QQIS Help Forums
At some point using QGIS you'll have a question about how something works or wondering how to solve a spatial problem....
posted on: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
QGIS: great features 2
I've been working with some colleagues in Argentina for which open source data is sparse. To this end, I wanted to collate some SRTM data (from EarthExplorer) and OSM data....
posted on: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Although a little dated (it was produced using v2.0 and we are currently on v.2.81) Lex berman's QGIS Workshop is a very easy to access and use intro and primer to QGIS, with a smattering of useful links. Worth looking through for hints and tips.
posted on: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
OS Open Data
OS recently provided a recent update on their OpenData products as a reminder of what is available and some of the new products. Indeed, take a look at their main OpenData page, the products page and the download page. There are some really good products here including Meridian (medium scale vector), Terrain 50 (medium scale DEM), CodePoint (postcodes), BoundaryLine (administrative boundaries) and a range of raster products. Very good for a range of mapping projects and all using the very flexible Open Government License. Enjoy!
posted on: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
QGIS: great features 1
Thought I'd kick off an occasional series of blog posts highlighting nice features in QGIS..... this is my go-to app for working with spatial data as it's fast and reliable....
posted on: Sat, 21 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Feels appropriate, given the eclipse across northern Europe (very nearly now!) to post about the topic..... and point people to the very good Eclipse Maps (Esri employee by day, eclipse fanatic by night). Below is an example from a couple of years ago - really nicely produced and very clear. Worldwide eclipses 2001-2020 are shown here.... the gallery has a good range of maps both historical and predicted.
posted on: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
How to win friends and use GIS
For those newbies to QGIS, a good primer....
posted on: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry
Android App: Maps.Me
I've been a long-time user of Mapdroyd, part of my mapping requirement to have offline maps for travel....
posted on: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry