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Best images of Earth in 2014

Wired has a slideshow of NASA’s best images of Earth that I’d recommend you to check out if you enjoy images from space! Below is a picture of the spectacular Bowknot Bend of the Green River in Utah (USA), as taken by an unnamed astronaut on...

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Be nice to your sysadmin

Sysadmin Appreciation Day was exactly two months ago, but this gem shared by Bill Morris is too good to pass up on: (source) Then there’s of course also this classic by Randall Munroe: (source)

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Sunchaser Pictures: Angel City

I was in L.A. the first time this March, before Esri’s Business Partner Conference and Dev Summit in Palm Springs. So this time-lapse film of L.A. by Sunchaser Pictures came as a nice diversion: (via BoingBoing)

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Trends in web mapping

A while ago, Alan McConchie and Beth Schechter of Stamen held a presentation titled Anatomy of a Web Map at Maptime SF, a weekly map hack-night hosted at Stamen Design. The slides can be viewed at maptime.github.io/anatomy-of-a-web-map (allow some seconds for loading). Click through for a thorough refresher and some innovative web map...

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Wikipedia cartogram mentioned by Smart Hive

Big honour: my interactive visualization Infor­ma­tion Imbal­ance: Africa on Wikipedia for the OII Internet Geographies blog has been featured by Smart Hive under the heading Non-traditional data mapped to geography. Thanks for the mention!

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First two publications of 2014

I’ve mentioned it before, but now the official links have arrived for my latest work in user-generated content research: Together with Arzu Çöltekin and Gennady Andrienko I have published a paper titled Towards (re)constructing narratives from georeferenced photographs through visual analytics in The Cartographic Journal. You can find...

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When NOT to use maps

Recently, I’ve stumbled across Noah Iliinsky’s Where 2012 talk When To *Not* Use Maps. The title immediately intrigued me. As a geographer and data consultant I’m convinced, an important part of my work lies in the question what tools best fit a purpose or a goal I...

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Minard’s march – a hallmark visualization, rightly so?

Some days ago, Martin Elmer (@maphugger) tweeted Numberphile’s video in which they highlight the famous Minard map. Martin and I exchanged a series of tweets on the topic: Martin had some substantial criticism of Minard’s graphic. Maybe, graphic is the crucial word here: A part of...

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Catch-up

The Future of GIS according to Esri I’ve been a bit busy recently with, for example, attending the Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit. If you are interested in the latest news from the GIS world, you can read a review by a colleague and...

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Happy 2014!

2013 has been a very interesting year for me: I rebuilt my website, started to self-host this blog and successfully applied for it to be included in the Planet Geospatial aggregator. I also revamped the Ernst Basler + Partner GIS blog. From March to May I had an unpaid...

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Ubiquity of Python

I have written about the ubiquity of Python before and I’ve also given a talk in that direction at this year’s FOSSGIS conference (“Python as ‘glue’ in the GIS software domain: Sun glare analysis of road traffic accidents”). There is also a video of my talk...

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GIS blogs from the cartography country

At Ernst Basler + Partner (EPB, my employer) Stephan Heuel and I have done some community-building in the Swiss geoindustry, starting with a Twitter analysis followed by five instalments of the GeoBeer event series. Further, Stephan and I both blog privately (see Stephan’s blog here)...