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What geospatial companies tweet 0

What geospatial companies tweet

Directions Magazine has an article by Adena Schutzberg and Tina Cary who investigated what 216 companies in the geospatial industry tweeted during two days in 2011. The total number of analysed tweets amounted to 430. The gist of the results: The majority of tweets were sent...

Seth Godin on the power of visualization 0

Seth Godin on the power of visualization

Celebrating the publication of a revised Death & Taxes poster (a visualization of the allocation of the U.S. budget) Seth Godin has a few words about the power of visualization: Data is not useful until it becomes information, and that’s because data is hard for...

When mapping is political 0

When mapping is political

Maps chart territory and can thus be used and abused, for example, to convey one’s own interpretation of a territorial dispute. In such cases maps exhibit their considerable potential to invoke political disputes. With the advent of online mapping and the gripe very few large companies...

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ZIPScribble Map: Switzerland – Part I

Having seen a visualization by Robert Kosara of EagerEyes a loooong time ago, I wanted to try to reproduce it for Switzerland using Processing. This is the first installment of a two-parts post covering this project, in which I will describe how to arrive at an intermediate...

Terminology is a beast: The many names of visualization 1

Terminology is a beast: The many names of visualization

Nathan Yau of Flowing Data has a blogpost about the many terms floating around visualization. It’s worth reading! But, in my opinion, not complete without Robert Kosara’s sometimes constrasting view. Terminology is often flourishing in thriving disciplines where people seek to differentiate themselves and find their...

A tale of times long gone 0

A tale of times long gone

 See the wide channel that runs from left to right with the windy river in it? You are looking at one of the most amazing stories in geological history ever. I’d like to tell you about it. Over on Scienceblogs, Greg Laden has a great...

“What was there” project: More geocoded old photographs 0

“What was there” project: More geocoded old photographs

While the news on Historypin is still fresh, the next project made its way onto my radar. Like Historypin, the “What was there” project crowdsources photos from times past and has them geocoded by users/contributors a.k.a. produsers. You can browse the collection on their website...

Some GEarth tips 1

Some GEarth tips

While Google Earth is still around, it makes sense to maximise its usefulness. The Google Earth Blog shares some nice pointers how to tune your GEarth installation in case you experience performance issues. They’ve also recently covered a company called KMZmaps.com which offers a set...

Timelapse video lets you ride the ISS – Canada to Chile in a minute 1

Timelapse video lets you ride the ISS – Canada to Chile in a minute

Behold this HD timelapse video of the view aboard the International Space Station (ISS). I can’t find first-hand information on its author, but PopSci claims that it was created by a certain James Drake, who stitched together 600 publicly available images shot from the ISS. The...

A GEarth challenger from Iran 2

A GEarth challenger from Iran

Apparently, Iranian officials have decided to build a service to counter the success of Google Earth, which is described as a website that “was designed and built by the global arrogance for espionage purposes and to gather information from other countries” (Brigadier-General Mohammad Hasan Nami...

Historypin lets you fuse past and present (a.k.a. Street View) 2

Historypin lets you fuse past and present (a.k.a. Street View)

I don’t know how I managed to miss out on Historypin by an organisation called We Are What We Do. Historypin is a website that lets you overlay old photographs and other media on Google Street View imagery.