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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

Maps.me Update
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

GeoBig
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. <a target="_blank" <="" span=""> <a target="_blank" <="" span=""> <div class="visually_embed_overlay" data-id="

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

QGIS Primer
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

Eclipse Maps
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

QGIS Primer: Analysing Point Data
A good QGIS primer on analysing point data....

posted on: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

QGIS 2.8 Wien
QGIS 2.8 Wien has just been released which sees a plethora of useful features added. The latest version introduces a long term release (LTR) which will provide a 1-year support cycle with backported bug fixes. This is particularly useful for businesses. And, along with the latest version we now have a UK QGIS Shop for the purchase of all those less than useful items of clutter you might want to show off with!! P.S. And as a reminder, remember that QGIS is completely USB portable friendly. Just copy the entire QGIS directory over to your USB stick and then double-click on bin\qgis.bat file.

posted on: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Journal of Maps Best Map 2014
It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the award of the 2014 "Best Map" to Jerzy Zasadni (AGH University of Science and Technology) and Piotr Klapyta (Jagiellonian University) for their map reviewing the Tatra Mountains during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM)....

posted on: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

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