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Where was I?

I acknowledge, it’s been rather quiet in these regions of the web. Why, you ask? I have been rather busy with a sort-of spinoff project I pursue with two friends. After having published about the Twitter network of journalists here, here and here, I directed...

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Tweeting Journalists: Aftermath

A bit more than a week ago I published the Twitter network of (mostly Switzerland-based) journalists and a post about the mechanics behind the visualization. Here is what happened after that: In the first six hours after posting, the tweeting journalists’ network post has seen 800+...

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Economist’s Africa Twitter map provides some teachable insights

Mark Graham has posted a critique of a “Twitter map” that featured in the Economist at Zerogeography. The map was compiled by Portland Communications and Tweetminster and shows the number of tweets per country (original version of the map can be found in this presentation...

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TileMill available for Windows, too

I just got news that TileMill now also runs on Windows (besides Mac OS and Linux). TileMill is a browser-based tool to prepare map tiles which you can, for example, overlay on Google Maps or use as basemap in a Processing sketch. The latter of which...

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Interactive ZIPScribble Maps

I have made various ZIPScribble Maps – Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy – as well as a two-part tutorial on how to produce them using Geonames data, TileMill basemaps and Processing as visualization environment. Those were inspired by the original ZIPScribble Maps by Robert Kosara. He’s back...

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Where’s Europe?

Via the GIS Doctor (in itself a fun blog) I got introduced to NY Times’ Opinionator. The Borderlines category on the Opinionator is maintained by author/blogger Franc Jacobs who “writes about cartography, but only the interesting bits.” Borderlines writes about interesting stories around country borders....

On poorly designed infographics 3

On poorly designed infographics

This: made me chuckle. There is indeed a plethora of badly designed infographics out there (often these bad specimens are images 300 px wide and 3000 px high). Honestly, I have my doubts about this format anyway: e.g. I think infographics often don’t give enough...

OpenStreetMap: A valid competitor to official base maps? 1

OpenStreetMap: A valid competitor to official base maps?

Still in last year, Cédric Moullet, amongst others MapFish and GeoExt contributor, sparked a discussion by his post “Why OpenStreetMap fails to replace official or proprietary base maps in a sustainable way ?” (note how this doesn’t sound like a question but bears a question mark...

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The sketchbook holding the GUI design of early Macs

I remember my early days of computing: There has been a lot of command line stuff going on (and QBASIC programming). Then came Windows 3.1 et al. on our home computer and Macs at school. Later, at university with Unix there has been more command...

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When a comment spamming script loses it

Some meta talk: When you start a blog, you soon realise how much comment spam is out there to try and sneak into your comment sections. Thankfully in the case of this blog, Akismet does a rather good job hunting these “comments” down. Some of...