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GIS Industry

Geospatial Redux: National Map Reading Week, Esri UC Call for Papers, Google Maps’s Blue Beam Measures Accuracy

This edition of Geospatial Redux takes a look at the first annual Map Reading Week hosted by the Ordnance Survey, Esri’s Call for Papers, and Google Maps’ new blue beam for directional accuracy.

Maps and Cartography

Swing base and copy board form Photo-mechanical processes : a practical guide to photo-zincography, photo-lithography, and collotype (1897)Swing base and copy board form Photo-mechanical processes : a practical guide to photo-zincography, photo-lithography, and collotype (1897)

Photozincography: Advances in Cartography

Photozincography, or heliozincography, was a revolutionary way of copying photographic negatives onto zinc to be used for map making, outlines, engravings, and the reproduction of images.

GIS Data

London from above in GB Minecraft 2.0. Source: Ordnance Survey.London from above in GB Minecraft 2.0. Source: Ordnance Survey.

Improved and More Realistic Minecraft Map of Great Britain

Last year, UK Ordnance Survey (OS) intern Joseph Braybrook created a geographically accurate map of Great Britain for the virtual reality game Minecraft.  That map was created using 22 billion blocks.  Now a full-time employee with the OS, Jopseph has built an improved map built using 83 billion blocks. From the […]

GIS Learning

Ordnance Survey Launches the GeoVation Housing Challenge

The Ordnance Survey has launched new GeoVation challenge that offers £101,000 to the ventures that make the best use of geography, technology, and good design in order to offer solutions that address the identified problems of long term housing issues in the United Kingdom.  Looking to provide a way for people in Britain to […]

GIS Learning

The default style for the Ordnance Survey (top) as compared to the new color blind friendly scheme (bottom).

Making Color Blind Friendly Maps

It’s estimated that about 7% of males are color blind in some form (as compared with 0.4% of females).   While a very small percentage don’t see color at all, the most common form of color blindness is the inability to differentiate red and green colors.  One area that color […]

GIS Learning

GeoBriefs: Platial No More, Brief History of Ordnance Survey

GeoBriefs: Platial No More, Brief History of Ordnance Survey

Platial announced its demise.  The site went offline March 2nd and GeoCommons will be hosting all “geo-data (maps and places) from Platial’s 5 years of neogeography.”  (Via James Fee)  The Platial blog and Twitter account platialmaps live on. Learn about the Ordnance Survey with their quick “A brief history of […]