May, 2012


GIS Learning

Geospatial Redux: Free GIS eBook, Crowdsourcing Maps with USAID, Listen to Your Maps, 2012 National Geographic Bee Winner

Geospatial Redux: Free GIS eBook, Crowdsourcing Maps with USAID, Listen to Your Maps, 2012 National Geographic Bee Winner

Bing Picks Nokia Bing Maps has selected Nokia Maps as its provider for its geocoding and traffic information.  Bing Maps will now make traffic information available for 24 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, […]

GIS Learning

Google Maps Games

Google Maps Games

While Google Maps has many real world and practical applications, there have also been a few fun with Google Maps applications created.  Listed here are some of the noteworthy ones. The Wilderness Downtown Set to Arcade Fire’s “We Used to Wait”, the Wilderness Downtown mixes in aerial and street View […]

Maps and Cartography

Map as Art

Map as Art

There are many amazing examples of artists who turn to cartography and geography for inspiration. Whether through the lens of a camera, paint, or sculpture, these artists have turned to creative ways to express themselves through maps. World Map as Seen Through a Drop of Water Markus Reugels is a […]

Spatial Analysis

World touristiness map by Ahti Heinla.World touristiness map by Ahti Heinla.

Heat Maps in GIS

Heat mapping, from a  geographic perspective, is a method of showing the geographic clustering of a phenomenon.  Sometimes also referred as hot spot mapping, heat maps show locations of higher densities of geographic entities (although hot spot analysis tends to be used to show statistically significant patterns: more about the difference between heat […]

GIS Software

The Politics of Google’s Mapping

The Politics of Google’s Mapping

Being one of the world’s leading online web mapping service means also trying to walk the impossible tightrope between the political bickering of countries.  More than a few times has Google found itself in the middle of a maelstrom involving the geopolitical delineations and labels shown in Google Maps and […]

GIS Data

Spatial Unmapped

Spatial Unmapped

Geographic maps aren’t the only means by which to communicate spatial information.  These alternatives to communicating geographic information revise space so that a singular focal point emerges, unfettered by the standard depiction of spatial entities. The Quasi-Map Styles I like to refer to as quasi-maps are data visualizations that evoke […]

GIS Learning

Geospatial Redux: Envisat End of Mission Declared, GIS for Geocaching, Tunneling the Earth

Geospatial Redux: Envisat End of Mission Declared, GIS for Geocaching, Tunneling the Earth

With communication broken with the earth monitoring satellite since April 8, 2012, the European Space Agency (ESA) has declared an end of mission for Envisat.  The ten year old satellite has delivered over a thousand terabytes of data, doubling its expected lifespan of five years.  The lowering of its orbit back in […]

GIS Software

Quantum GIS Desktop.Quantum GIS Desktop.

QGIS: Introducing the Quantum GIS Ecosystem

Anita Graser provides an introduction to the desktop, web, and mobile capabilities of the open source GIS software, QGIS in this guest article.   A GIS specialist with the Austrian Institute of Technology, Anita Graser also writes about open source GIS topics on her blog, “Free and Open Source GIS […]