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Syntax highlighting on WordPress.com 0

Syntax highlighting on WordPress.com

In order to present readable and usable code here on WordPress.com without manually formatting it I searched the intertubes for an elegant solution – and found one here. [sourcecode language=”python” gutter=”false”] import math, string def readFile(file): """Reads a file from disk and returns its content as a...

Old maps of undersea cables 4

Old maps of undersea cables

Boing Boing highlights this map of undersea cables of the Eastern Telegraph Company system printed in 1901. At Boing Boing’s source a person points to a treasure trove for anybody interested in the history of undersea cables or, specifically, related cartography. Above map with its salient...

Path of destruction of tornado visible from space 0

Path of destruction of tornado visible from space

Living in Switzerland you don’t get to experience many weather phenomena as dramatic as hurricanes and tornados. However, a former colleague of mine investigates the movement patterns of hurricanes to find similarities between individual storms. And in 2004, I was professionally dealing with hurricane Ivan....

Projection from WGS1984 to Swiss national grid (CH1903 LV03) 0

Projection from WGS1984 to Swiss national grid (CH1903 LV03)

In my last project I used (standalone) Python for geoprocessing. Since ArcGIS or something like that was not there to help with projecting geodata from one coordinate system to another, I wrote a function which converts well-known WGS1984 to Swiss national grid coordinates (Swissgrid, CH1903 LV03). Swisstopo has...

OSM’s new license arrives… 0

OSM’s new license arrives…

… in my inbox today: Hi, Thank you for being a long-time contributor to the OpenStreetMap project. We are writing to ask you to login into your account at http://openstreetmap.org/user/terms and accept a new set of contributor terms. Why are we asking this? We need to ask...

Counterspill: The renewable energy communications war room 0

Counterspill: The renewable energy communications war room

With the 2010 BP oil spill in the Golf of Mexico and the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, environmental disasters have gotten big coverage in the mass media over last months. However, when the biggest shock and public outrage has passed the aftermath of...

Upcoming events 0

Upcoming events

Several visualization contest deadlines are approaching: Hacking Education Data In Sight Tableau Interactive Viz Contest FlowingData has more information on these. Datavisualization.ch announces a one-day conference called Visualizing Europe, which will take place in Brussels in mid-June.

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Py all means

Over on his blog, Bill Dollins muses about the range and ubiquity of the Python language in the geospatial realm. It’s true – if you work with ESRI products on a daily basis (like I do) you almost can’t get away without using Python one...

Gefährdung der Bevölkerung der Schweiz durch Kernkraftwerke: Eine Analyse 7

Gefährdung der Bevölkerung der Schweiz durch Kernkraftwerke: Eine Analyse

(Deutsch weiter unten) Things have been a bit silent around here for the last days. That’s because I have been busy with a private project of mine: doing a spatial analysis of the exposure of the Swiss population to the dangers of nuclear power plants...

Geospatial Revolution Episode 4 is available! 0

Geospatial Revolution Episode 4 is available!

From Penn State University and partners comes the fourth instalment in the Geospatial Revolution series [18 mins]. The programme is an “outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact” – and it’s great for...

iOS4 devices track and store their location 0

iOS4 devices track and store their location

According to a presentation by two UK researchers at Where 2.0 conference, iOS4 devices constantly track and timestamp their location and dump that data into a file, which is shared with your desktop computer if you choose to backup your iPhone’s content. This presents a...

London Tube Maps 2

London Tube Maps

Much has been talked and theorised about, and much has been done to, the London Tube Map, the epitome of the intersection of information design and abstract network cartography. From fourthway comes now a handy tool to draw some interesting comparisons: The Real Underground allows you to...