Tagged: mapping

Motivating volunteers 1

Motivating volunteers

Crowdsourcing projects like OpenStreetMap, Google Map Maker or Building Maker without compensation for contributors rely on volunteers’ efforts. There are various studies which try to shed light on the motivational factors of such volunteers. One way to motivate people to contribute their time and effort can...

Google in Libya 1

Google in Libya

Maps are about territory. And in history, cartography has often been (ab)used to political ends. Due to its big popularity and global visibility Google’s geo-products have attracted their share of border and naming debates and disputes over time and the change of a border’s status...

World’s wiring scheme in an interactive map 0

World’s wiring scheme in an interactive map

A while ago I reported on a collection of historic maps of undersea cables. In today’s post I’d like to highlight an interactive and up-to-date version of such a map: For every undersea cable, Greg’s Cable Map by Greg Mahlknecht shows characteristics such as a list...

The World Map of Useless Stereotypes 0

The World Map of Useless Stereotypes

The New York Times’ Abstract Sunday of this week features the World Map of Useless Stereotypes by Christoph Niemann of I LEGO N.Y. fame. Obviously, the geography has been messed with a little. And New York and its five boroughs (minus Staten Island) are prominently displayed...

Urban Earth: Photo-mapping urban spaces 2

Urban Earth: Photo-mapping urban spaces

The Urban Earth project by The Geography Collective aims at representing humanity’s habitat by walking across some of earth’s biggest urban areas. The motivation is critical of media and their portrayal of our living environments: The media distorts the way we see our world(s) with...

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...

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...

Swiss maps on your website 2

Swiss maps on your website

Yesterday in the late afternoon the Swiss Federal Office of Topography (Swisstopo) declared (German) the exposure of maps via web service and opening up of their API (press release also only in German) through Swisstopo web access (brief description in English) with the following two options: WMTS option (Web Map...

Real-time visualizations of Singapore 0

Real-time visualizations of Singapore

In cooperation with local partners MIT’s Senseable City Lab has developed six real-time visualizations of the city of Singapore which is on display since April 8 in the exhibition LIVE Singapore!, co-curated with the Singapore Art Museum.

New method locates you within a few hundred metres 0

New method locates you within a few hundred metres

A new method developed by Wang et al. claims to be able to geolocate IP addresses much (they claim 50 times) more accurately than has been previously feasible. The new method uses a three-tier approach: 1) sending a data packet and measuring how long it...

OpenWhateverMap 0

OpenWhateverMap

As a sort of April fool’s joke (I guess) and a pun on the Open<XY>Map naming scheme somebody (Grant Slater of Firefishy?) set up an OpenWhateverMap: http://openwhatevermap.org It doesn’t quite deliver on the promise though, IMO, since it shows ‘only’ differently rendered OpenStreetMap tiles. It...

TargetMap let’s you put your data on – well – a map 0

TargetMap let’s you put your data on – well – a map

Today I first heard about TargetMap. TargetMap is a mapping portal in public beta. Everybody can create customised maps with their own data (so-called ReportMaps). The interface for creating a ReportMap and the display of a ReportMap is implemented in Flash – and thus requires...