Big Map Blog is, well, a new map blog. The curator explains the premise behind it: “there’s always been two things I wanted from a map blog, and rarely got: A.) enormous maps, and B.) access to the full-resolution file. That’s what this website is about. Enormous maps, file access, and if I can bang out a couple of paragraphs without sounding like an ass, then all the better.”
Atlas der Neederlanden is a Dutch-language blog that explores the restoration of a nine-volume composite atlas — a bound collection of maps from different periods and by divers hands — by the Special Collections department of the University of Amsterdam’s library. If you don’t read Dutch, there is a not-identical English version. Here’s a summary, also in English. Via @cartografie.
Mapping London is a new blog by James Cheshire and Oliver O’Brien, whose work we’ve seen before. Here’s how James announced it on his own blog: “Oliver O’Brien and I have decided to team up to launch the mappinglondon.co.uk blog for people who like to see maps of London without the techie blurb/ code you often see here. This is timely as there are some fantastic London mapping events in the pipeline (stay tuned) that I know will spread the good word about the geography and cartography of this great city.”
Marleen’s Maps and the City: a new map blog that might be worth keeping an eye on.
The map of global obesity (see previous entry) came to us from The Economist’s Daily Chart blog, which “publish[es] a new chart or map every working day.” Yesterday’s entry was a map of world alcohol consumption based on WHO data…. • Continue reading this entry.
Tim Wallace’s bogus art maps — maps of the contiguous 48 U.S. states in the style of various artists. Don’t miss the rest of his blog, either. Via @awoodruff…. • Continue reading this entry.
Daniel Huffman, author of the Cartastrophe blog about bad map design and — more recently — the map of profanity on Twitter, not only has a new blog called somethingaboutmaps, but his most recent mapping project is a series… • Continue reading this entry.
The British Cartographic Society has a new blog. Via @worldmapper…. • Continue reading this entry.
The Toronto Star’s Map of the Week blog went dark last July, but another Map of the Week blog has been trucking along since 2005 2007 . Via @awoodruff…. • Continue reading this entry.
Oh look: two blogs about mapping other bodies in the solar system by planetary scientist Paul Schenk: Dr. Schenk’s 3D House of Satellites, about stereo, perspective and topographic maps of moons and dwarf planets (thanks to recent Cassini data,… • Continue reading this entry.
AndroGeoid takes a look at the new official Bing Maps app for Android. AndroGeoid is a new blog about mapping, location, GIS, GPS, geography and so forth on the Android platform; it’s by Leszek Pawlowicz, whom you may remember from… • Continue reading this entry.
Old-Map-Blog posts scans from the author’s collection of antique maps; so far they seem mainly to be from German-language atlas plates. GPSFix focuses on Garmin’s outdoor GPS receivers…. • Continue reading this entry.
I think I’ve been aware of the Ordnance Survey’s official blog for some time, but it doesn’t look like I’ve actually mentioned it here. Not sure how that happened…. • Continue reading this entry.
More map tumblelogs: cartophile and fuckyesmaps (previously)…. • Continue reading this entry.
If you’re familiar with the phenomenon of the so-called “fuck-yeah” tumblelog (see also Slate), you will not be surprised to know of the existence of Fuck Yeah Cartography (via)…. • Continue reading this entry.
Thierry Gregorius’s Georeferenced and Teresa Baldwin’s map-maker.ca have just gotten started; it’ll be interesting to see where these two new blogs go from here. The unofficial Bing Maps Watch has been around for a few months…. • Continue reading this entry.
We’re one week away from the opening of Magnificent Maps at the British Library; in the meantime, there’s an accompanying curators’ blog, which started up earlier this month. Via Mapperz…. • Continue reading this entry.
Comic Book Cartography collects maps and diagrams from comic books — more the latter (e.g., cutaways of superheroes’ headquarters) than the former so far. Via Boing Boing, among others. At right: Jack Kirby’s World of Kamandi. Previously: The Marvel… • Continue reading this entry.
(e)space & fiction is a blog about the use of maps “and other spatial machineries” in works of fiction, from novels to movies to comic books. Bilingual, in French and English. Thanks to Paul for the link…. • Continue reading this entry.
Geocurrents, a blog “based on the proposition that geographical knowledge can greatly enhance our understanding of current events” (submitted by Samuel Franco). GIS in Education and Curriculum Integration (via Jesse)…. • Continue reading this entry.
Mark Ovenden, author of Transit Maps of the World (reviewed here) and Paris Underground (reviewed here), has a new blog…. • Continue reading this entry.
The website of the David Rumsey Map Collection has been given its first redesign in its 10-year history. That redesign, by the way, includes a new blog. Via Maps-L; thanks also to peacay for the tip…. • Continue reading this entry.
Two more map blogs have come to my attention recently: the new ArcGIS Data Blog and El mundo de los mapas, a Spanish-language blog that has been around somewhat longer…. • Continue reading this entry.
The World Freedom Atlas is a project by cartographer Zachary Forest Johnson (who also has a blog). The Atlas combines a number of datasets from non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations that attempt to measure human rights, freedom, democracy and all… • Continue reading this entry.
Cartastrophe is a blog by Daniel Huffman that critiques bad maps: There are a lot of bad maps out there. They lurk in brochures, on company websites, and in magazines. They confuse, they miscommunicate, and they make it hard to… • Continue reading this entry.
I don’t think I’ve encountered Andy Woodruff’s Cartogrammar blog before, but his latest entry, about his latest project, is a beaut: “Last month, as I was driving through Ohio,” he writes, “it dawned on me: There are 88 counties… • Continue reading this entry.
Ball State University’s GIS Research and Map Collection has a blog, which has already been running for three years…. • Continue reading this entry.
It looks like GIS Web Maps will be a blog that critiques GIS web mapping: “I usually don’t have that much to say. But I know good when I see it. I know bad when I see it. I usually… • Continue reading this entry.
Kidlandia is an interactive map builder that allows you to create custom fantasy maps for children; you choose from one of four maps (which seems rather limited to me), which you customize with your own place names. Prices for… • Continue reading this entry.
Kevin Brown of Geographicus writes, “I am a generalist antique map dealer specializing in rare maps from the 15th through the 19th centuries. As a sideline I have also started a map blog on cartographic anomalies, current map-related events, and… • Continue reading this entry.
Changes afoot in the map blogging world: Using Google Earth is being folded into Google LatLong. After four years at Flickr, doing (and posting about) a lot of Flickr’s map- and geotagging-related stuff, Rev Dan Catt is moving on. Briefly… • Continue reading this entry.
The Bartholomew Archive at the National Library of Scotland contains the business records, publications, working maps and printing plates of John Bartholomew & Son Ltd., the Edinburgh mapmaking firm. The Archive is still a work in progress: the Library is… • Continue reading this entry.
David Mumford writes to point to Roger Pountain’s curious story of a map his son created on the unfinished wall of their kitchen: I had found my oldest son Alistair (25) up a ladder with a felt-tip marker and… • Continue reading this entry.
Google Earth bloggers are on the move: Stefan Geens (Ogle Earth), lately a resident of Cairo, is relocating to Shanghai; Frank Taylor (Google Earth Blog) is preparing for a five-year trip around the world by sailboat with his wife. Stefan… • Continue reading this entry.
Eric Pimpler of the GeoChalkboard blog (which I was not aware of prior to this) has posted the the fifth revision of Mashup Mania with Google Maps, a free 52-page e-book on the Google Maps API; direct link to the… • Continue reading this entry.
More competition (always welcome) in the form of The Map Scroll, a new blog about maps that started in January that has, as its goal, “one new bitchin map every goddamn day.” I look forward to us stealing each other’s… • Continue reading this entry.
Photos aren’t the only things that can be geotagged; blog entries can, too. (So can just about any discrete piece of information, for that matter; don’t be so un-2.0.) Anyway, Blogger has added geotagging to its “Blogger in Draft” interface… • Continue reading this entry.
Understanding Google Maps & Yahoo Local Search is self-explanatory. Renalid is dead; Renaud Euvrard is now collaborating with Audrey Malherbe at their new blog, GeoInWeb (en français, bien sûr). GIS Pathway is a site — it has an RSS… • Continue reading this entry.
It seems as though every other map blogger has offered their opinion on Sean’s list of top 25 37 blogs in GIS and cartography, so here is my two cents’ worth: Instruments like Alexa and Technorati are blunt, and measure… • Continue reading this entry.
Maps That Matter, a blog by the University of Manchester’s Martin Dodge and Chris Perkins, looks at influential maps and diagrams: classics of design, significant milestones in terms of cartography or information, that sort of thing. Via Catholicgauze…. • Continue reading this entry.
Map Hawk, a side project by Directions Media’s Joe Francica, is a blog that “will cover the use of maps, mapping technology and location-based information in the media”; topics so far include the U.S. elections, the recent Russia-Georgia crisis, and… • Continue reading this entry.
Razón Cartografica’s aim is to promote the history of geography and cartography in Colombia and Latin America. The first issue of its bulletin is here; there’s also a blog. In Spanish, of course, so I can’t say much more about… • Continue reading this entry.
Fantasy Cartography is a blog that reprints scans of maps from science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as role-playing and computer games. The archives are quite extensive. Via La Cartoteca…. • Continue reading this entry.
The Toronto Star has a map blog, the main content of which is a map of the week feature and which anchors the Star’s online mapping efforts. Thanks to Richard for the link. Chris Watson wrote to tell us… • Continue reading this entry.
Facebook app whereyougonnabe? gets an upgrade focusing on integration with other platforms (previously). Diana Eid takes a look at map art, focusing on three artists we’ve seen before: Matthew Cusick, Elisabeth Lecourt and Susan Stockwell (via GeoCarta). On the… • Continue reading this entry.
Google Earth Design has been around for more than a year, but I’ve apparently missed it until now; the subject of good map design within Google Earth seems a laudable one. Ryan Strynatka writes about his blog, The Fiducial… • Continue reading this entry.
Off camping for a few days; here are a few links to tide you over: Roger Hart’s very good blog, GeoCarta, has moved to a new address and a new platform. The Sandusky Library Archives Research Center’s map collection is… • Continue reading this entry.
MetaCarta has a blog. “As you can tell by its name, this is a corporate sponsored blog. That said, the goal of the blog is to open up discussion on a wide-range of geography-related issues — not to be… • Continue reading this entry.
Two more recent Google-related items: North Oaks, a rather xenophobic town in Minnesota — the streets are privately owned — has asked Google to remove it from Street View; Google has complied with the town’s request. Google’s gotten into trouble… • Continue reading this entry.
Apologies in advance for the inside baseball, but in light of the fracas that has developed over All Points Blog’s link to a map-related story on Daily Kos, a partisan Democratic blog, let me say the following: I saw the… • Continue reading this entry.
Contour lines have been added to Google Maps’s terrain map layer, which adds its their usefulness (especially, for example, in a mountain context). But it has some way to go before it’s a suitable replacement for a topo map;… • Continue reading this entry.
Two new mapping-related blogs, both kind of technical: Spatial Ed by Ed Katibah, the spatial project manager for Microsoft’s SQL Server (via James). The Thematic Mapping Blog, the stated purpose of which is “to elaborate ideas of how geobrowsers and… • Continue reading this entry.
MapQuest has relaunched its mapping APIs, calling them the MapQuest Platform: Free Edition. I’m not exactly sure how this works: MapQuest has had a free API along with commercial partnerships; I don’t know if this is meant to replace both,… • Continue reading this entry.
Hugh Yeman writes, “I recently caught the cartography bug, and I’ve spent the last several weeks writing almost exclusively about two visits to the Chicago Festival of Maps. As I’ve researched the exhibit items I’ve been quite surprised to find… • Continue reading this entry.
National Geographic’s Map of the Day site provides (in a vein similar to that of NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, which it is strongly reminiscent of) a map along with a brief description every weekday (more or less). Maps… • Continue reading this entry.
First came the BibliOdyssey book, a dead-tree compilation based on our friend PK’s excellent blog about archival images (some of which are maps, so I have no qualms about mentioning either blog or book; here’s the Amazon link for the… • Continue reading this entry.
You Are Here, Hon is a new map blog by someone going by the name of Her Majesty of Maps. With names like that, this could turn out to be interesting…. • Continue reading this entry.
Brendan Crain writes, “I have seen a few posts on The Map Room about the Festival of Maps here in Chicago. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been attending and reviewing the shows around town. Here’s a… • Continue reading this entry.
TOPO! Hacker is a relatively new, unofficial blog about messing around with National Geographic’s TOPO! software. Via GPS Tracklog…. • Continue reading this entry.
Mad props to two new blogs: Jamie’s Cartophilia, a blog from an enthusiast’s, rather than a professional’s perspective (which sounds oddly familiar); and Richard’s Tech Reviews, a spin-off of his Science Library Pad, which despite its name had quite a… • Continue reading this entry.
Joost Depuydt’s new blog, Maps and More, seems to be taking a turn towards maps in advertising and graphic design so far…. • Continue reading this entry.
Chicago’s Festival of Maps officially opened on Friday; in addition to its new website, which went live in September, there is also a Festival of Maps blog to help us keep track of the proceedings. And there’s a lot to… • Continue reading this entry.
Speaking of election maps, The Electoral Map is a relatively new blog that’s all about them (at least within an American context). What I find interesting is that the maps featured on this blog are definitely about elections and politics,… • Continue reading this entry.
Stefan reports that Google Karten has moved to gkarten.blogspot.com. The ESRI Support Center blog has moved to blogs.esri.com/Support/blogs/supportcenter…. • Continue reading this entry.
National Geographic Maps has started a blog called Contours, which is being hosted on BlogSpot until their main site is relaunched in January, according to an NG Maps representative…. • Continue reading this entry.
The New York Public Library’s skunkworks is currently experimenting with a number of blogs, one of which — quite naturally, given the existence of the NYPL’s map division — deals with maps: Maps @ NYPL is still at an early… • Continue reading this entry.
On his relatively new Terra ETL Blog, which I had not noticed before, Dean C. Mikkelsen has a nice post explaining the Robinson projection, the compromise projection created for aesthetic purposes by the late Arthur Robinson. (You may recall that… • Continue reading this entry.
MapQuest — still the ostensible market leader in online mapping, apparently — has taken some steps to catch up with its upstart rivals. Its new blog — yes, MapQuest now has a blog — begins with a post announcing… • Continue reading this entry.
Krygier and Wood are also involved, as two of several authors, in another cartography blog, CartoBlog, which seems to flow from the CartoTalk forum. The most recent entry, Allelopathic Maps and Google’s “My Maps”, is a good one: it argues… • Continue reading this entry.
The reports of Slashgeo’s death may have been greatly exaggerated…. • Continue reading this entry.
The GeoWeb 2007 conference, which takes place later this month and deals with “the convergence of Web technologies, XML, Web services, and GIS,” has a conference blog. The blog associated with Krygier and Wood’s excellent book, Making Maps (reviewed here),… • Continue reading this entry.
Unfortunately, Slashgeo is closing down, for an all too common reason: too much work to do in Alex’s spare time. Too few people who shared his enthusiasm for the project. And, though he doesn’t say it explicitly, for too little… • Continue reading this entry.
Leszek reports that his Free GeoTools blog is moving to a new URL — freegeographytools.com — and a new name: Free Geography Tools. Via Catholicgauze, the Infonaut Blog, from a company that does map-based medical IT stuff. Given all that… • Continue reading this entry.
Update your RSS readers — here are three more blogs for you: Le blogue du LFG by Henri Willox; in French; an interest in Google mapping stuff. Digital Earth Blog by Mickey Mellen; foci include Google Earth and Maps, Virtual… • Continue reading this entry.
Still with Where 2.0. GeoPressMT, a Movable Type version of the GeoPress plugin, previously WordPress only (see previous entry), was also announced today. It enables embedding geographic information in posts (especially their RSS feeds) and adding maps…. • Continue reading this entry.
Yahoo and Microsoft have had mapping blogs for a while, but not Google — at least not until today, when the Google Lat Long Blog, which covers Maps, Earth, Local and the mapping API, made its debut. Now where’s the… • Continue reading this entry.
RenaLId, which I referred to earlier today, is a French blog by Renaud Euvrard; it’s been focusing mainly on online maps, with an understandable amount of recent coverage of the French presidential elections. (I can’t explain the caps in the… • Continue reading this entry.
Former Intergraph CTO Peter Batty now has a blog: GeoThought. Via All Points Blog and Anything Geospatial…. • Continue reading this entry.
Matt Fox, whose work we’ve seen before, has started a new blog about Google Earth content — Google Earth Library — which already has a ferocious amount of material posted. Via Google Earth Blog…. • Continue reading this entry.
James reports that he’s pushed out an improved version of Planet Geospatial, the geospatial blog aggregator, that should be a bit less wonky in its operation. Meanwhile, Christopher Schmidt decided that Planet Geospatial wasn’t for him, not only because of… • Continue reading this entry.
First, three more map/geospatial blogs for you: Free GeoTools by Leszek Pawlowicz, which started in January; points to (mostly Windows) software tools and data sources; covers quite a bit of ground, actually. Hablandodesigs by Juan Manuel Uribe Medina, a Mexican… • Continue reading this entry.
Strange Maps launched last September and first came to my attention in October. Since then it’s generated all kinds of buzz in the blogging world, establishing itself as a map blog with serious crossover appeal. I’ve been delighted to see… • Continue reading this entry.
Cartographic Perspectives, the peer-reviewed journal of the North American Cartographic Information Society, now (as of yesterday) has a blog. Writes John Krygier in the blog’s first (and so far only) entry: “I plan to post abstracts and summaries of… • Continue reading this entry.
Two new blogs from the geospatial industry: ESRI Support Center News (via James, who notes that it “seems to be in a holding pattern”); and MapInfo’s Location Intelligence Blog (via All Points Blog)…. • Continue reading this entry.
Nat Case writes, “I’ve recently started a blog on the ontology of maps (and other stuff that comes to mind). I’m a cartographer, head of production for Hedberg Maps and this blog is an outgrowth of 15+ years of talking… • Continue reading this entry.
Two more blogs to tell you about, though they’ve been around long enough that I should have spotted them sooner. I linked to a page on High Earth Orbit’s site before, but since then Andrew Turner has added a blog… • Continue reading this entry.
Stefan has discovered two brand-spanking-new blogs that have started up this very month: the Google Earth Hacks blog accompanies the site of the same name; MapWrapper.com is a GIS blog with an interest in earth sciences and remote sensing. Previously:… • Continue reading this entry.
I’m pleased to see the return of two blogs I’d given up for dead: Roger Hart’s GeoCarta and Antal Guszlev’s Térképes Egoblog (in Hungarian). Back in the directory with you both…. • Continue reading this entry.
Sean Gillies has compiled a list of the best of the geospatial community and blogosphere for 2006. I can’t really add to it (though I’m listed) because I’m not really a member of that community, just an imperfect observer. If… • Continue reading this entry.
The University of Chicago Press has a blog that talks up their books; of interest to us is the Cartography and Geography category, where you can find links to reviews and discussions of such books as Mark Monmonier’s From Squaw… • Continue reading this entry.
Andrea Borruso writes to tell us about his blog about cartography, GIS and other subjects; since it’s in Italian, I can’t say much about it, but I can at the very least point it out to you…. • Continue reading this entry.
Directions tries to makes sense of the rather large geospatial and mapping blogosphere with A Reader’s Guide to Geoblogs. It says something about your perspective, though, if maps, “paper and otherwise,” are considered a special interest while ESRI and Autodesk… • Continue reading this entry.
There are hardly any posts up yet, but the London: A Life in Maps exhibition now has an accompanying blog. Via MapHist. Previously: London: A Life in Maps — Now Open and Online; Peter Barber on “London: A Life in… • Continue reading this entry.
GeoData Blog is a French-language blog about geospatial data by Christophe Charpentier (who’s spent more than six years working on Cartosphère). Up and running since March, but really taking off in the last two months. Via Catholicgauze…. • Continue reading this entry.
Engadget covers this weekend’s opening of Garmin’s flagship retail store in Chicago, with plenty of photos to stimulate those who would find an upscale store dedicated to GPS products stimulating. Also points to Garmin’s corporate blog, which I don’t think… • Continue reading this entry.
Platial has introduced MapKit, which integrates their service, built atop the Google Maps API, into your web page or blog (though there seem to be issues with certain blogging engines, including WordPress and Blogger). It looks profoundly easy to… • Continue reading this entry.
A year ago, if you had asked me which mapping blogs were my favourites (and my greatest competition), I would have said, with little hesitation, Cartography, the Canadian Cartographic Association blog run by Paul Heersink, and GeoCarta, by surveyor Roger… • Continue reading this entry.
Strange Maps is a relatively new blog about maps with a taste for the hypothetical, the fictional and the unusual. Via Cartography…. • Continue reading this entry.
Google itself is getting into the Google Earth blogging action, but Using Google Earth is a bit more basic, more introductory in its coverage than Stefan and Frank are. It’s written by Google Earth team member John Gardiner. Via Ogle… • Continue reading this entry.
John Hessler’s Warping Waldseemüller is a new blog about applying mathematical methods to old maps as a way of testing their accuracy. Sounds like it’s working the same vein as the new scholarly journal e_Perimetron (see previous entry). Via MapHist…. • Continue reading this entry.
Free GIS Data GeoBlog points to GIS data available for free online; it’s another project by Glenn Letham, whom we’ve heard of before: he’s also behind Anything Geospatial and GISUser.com, among other things. Via Cartography and GPS Tracklog…. • Continue reading this entry.
GeoPress “is a WordPress plugin that allows users to quickly and easily embed location information in blog posts.” Via O’Reilly Radar, which covers it in some detail. See previous entry: Google Maps WordPress Plugins…. • Continue reading this entry.
Brady Forrest, covering FOSS4G2006 for O’Reilly Radar, links to some fascinating animations from the OpenStreetMap project. This one tracks two days’ worth of courier activity in London: There are also videos that track the growth in GPS traces for OpenStreetMap… • Continue reading this entry.
An upcoming employment change is forcing Paul to scale back from blogging at Cartography, the Canadian Cartographic Association’s blog, so he’s looking for one or more people to share in the blogging duties. Bloggers should be CCA members — this… • Continue reading this entry.
Google Karten is a German-language blog about Google Maps and its ecosystem. Via Kartentisch…. • Continue reading this entry.
Books about Google’s mapping services continue to appear. Beginning Google Maps Applications with PHP and Ajax is a new book about producing web applications using the Google Maps API and your data, whether your data is small and simple… • Continue reading this entry.
Tarek Kahlaoui, who is working on a Ph.D. dissertation on Islamic cartography in the 13th to 16th centuries at the University of Pennsylvania, has just started a blog on the subject that will include, over time, a bibliography of the… • Continue reading this entry.
Blogs about antique maps, rather than the geospatial industry, are few and far between, but a new blog about antique maps and map collecting, plus the usual gamut of general subjects, started last month, with an eerily similar premise: Map… • Continue reading this entry.
QGIS, an open-source, multiplatform GIS application, has a blog by its developers. Via James Fee, who’s been covering QGIS for a while…. • Continue reading this entry.
If you have a Flickr account and are interested in geotagging, don’t miss Frank’s roundup on Google Earth Blog: Three Flickr Photo Browsing Tools for Google Earth — the point of which is to allow you to browse geotagged Flickr… • Continue reading this entry.
If you’re sick of hearing about Google Earth and would like to hear more about NASA World Wind, have I got a blog for you: The Earth Is Square. It’s not dedicated to World Wind per se, but it’s frequently… • Continue reading this entry.
Glenn is moving Anything Geospatial back to BlogSpot (see previous entry); if you’re accessing it via anygeo.com (see previous entry) the changeover will be automatic, though you may want to update any RSS subscriptions. Recent first-year blog anniversaries for, and… • Continue reading this entry.
Map GIS News Blog for UK, Europe and World Maps is a relatively new general-interest mapping blog with an emphasis on British topics and a really unwieldy name. GIS Dirtbag is probably the closest thing the mapping blogosphere has to… • Continue reading this entry.
Another mapping blog celebrates its first anniversary: this time it’s Ogle Earth. Congratulations, Stefan. (812 posts in one year? Yow.)… • Continue reading this entry.
The MTGoogleMaps Movable Type plugin (now at version 4.0) has some competition, kind of: MTMaps, now at version 0.6, which also uses Google Maps. Developer Patrick Calahan writes, “MTMaps is different from other map plugins in that it associates map… • Continue reading this entry.
The folks behind Yahoo! Local and Maps now have a blog. In their most recent post, they announce they’re lifting restrictions on commercial uses of the mapping API…. • Continue reading this entry.
Via James and Glenn, I discover ESRI’s new public (and possibly collaborative) blog about the GIS industry, Geography Matters. Still in its early stages; ought to be interesting to see how it develops…. • Continue reading this entry.
A big change from a year ago is that there are an awful lot of blogs about cartography, mapping and the geospatial industry: I list a bunch of them in the directory (which needs another update, I think), and there… • Continue reading this entry.
Blog anniversaries are breaking out all over; I guess a lot of mapping blogs had their start in 2005, and those that have stuck it out for long enough are now able to mark their first-year milestones. Cartography turned one… • Continue reading this entry.
Congratulations to Google Maps Mania on its first anniversary. I’ve given up trying to keep track of all the hacks and mashups — my present policy is to blog about them generally, and include any mashups when talking about a… • Continue reading this entry.
A couple of address changes to tell you about. Glen reports that his new Anything Geospatial blog (previous entry) can be reached from the easier-to-remember URL of anygeo.com. On a similar note, James has moved Planet Geospatial, his geospatial blog… • Continue reading this entry.
Jeff Thurston’s contribution to the debate over free geodata looks at the question of scale: if you want geospatial data to be free and updated regularly, consider the huge amount of territory that has to be mapped. Wired’s piece,… • Continue reading this entry.
An article about GPS and geocaching in South Africa points out the extreme markup for GPS devices in that country: they cost twice as much as they do in the U.S.. The proposed INSPIRE directive, which would ostensibly standardize… • Continue reading this entry.
The Batch Geocoding Blog has a comparison of the Google, MapQuest and Yahoo! mapping APIs; it’s a quick outline of what the author sees as the pros and cons of each. Via Very Spatial. Alex Stengel says MapMemo 2.5… • Continue reading this entry.
Significant Blogspot outages rendered several favourite mapping blogs unavailable for portions of last weekend, including Cartography and GeoCarta. The city of North Platte, Nebraska, its police department, and surrounding Lincoln County all use different GIS and CAD software to generate… • Continue reading this entry.
Ben Keene, the editor of Oxford University Press’s atlas program (see previous entry), looks at the changes in geography he had to deal with in 2005 (via World Hum). MapQuest has inadvertently left Edmonton off a map of Canadian cities… • Continue reading this entry.
Claus Moser has begun a German-language map blog: Kartentisch: Die Welt ist ein Atlas. This looks promising and I will keep an eye on it, my badly atrophied and rudimentary German notwithstanding…. • Continue reading this entry.
As an experiment, a lot of new links at once: A new Google Earth blog with a rather unwieldy title: Using Google Earth for Earth Science and Remote Sensing (via Ogle Earth). The Prejudice Map is built by querying Google… • Continue reading this entry.
Nominations for the 2006 Bloggies — the sixth annual weblog awards — are now open, and close on the 10th. Since I have neither shame nor subtlely, may I do what every other attention-whoring blogger does at this time of… • Continue reading this entry.
La Cartoteca is a Spanish-language blog about maps and geography by Alejandro Polanco Masa. I’m always interested in hearing about mapping blogs in languages other than English, even if I can’t understand them myself (I read and speak French, and… • Continue reading this entry.
A few quick links for the Map Site Directory: Via MapHist, I’ve learned about the British Cartographic Society and its journal, The Cartographic Journal. ArcDeveloper is a new blog that should be of interest to ESRI GIS developers. Via Spatially… • Continue reading this entry.
The WordPress Geo plugin allows bloggers using WordPress to specify a default location for their blog and assign geographic coordinates to specific posts. Dylan Kuhn takes this one step further with his Geo Mashup plugin, which takes that geographic data… • Continue reading this entry.
Google has launched a Google Maps API blog to keep developers better informed about changes to the API, plus, they say (because there’s only one post so far), tips and so forth. Via Google Maps Mania. But if the API… • Continue reading this entry.
Topo Employees is an insiders’ blog by and for employees of the USGS national mapping program; presumably recent controversies about outsourcing maps and relocating their headquarters are fuelling a certain amount of disgruntlement above and beyound what is normal for… • Continue reading this entry.
If you’re a blogger using Movable Type — which reminds me that I need to upgrade to version 3.2 at some point — you might be interested in the MTGoogleMaps plugin. It requires a Google Maps API key, naturally, but… • Continue reading this entry.
A few more mapping-related blogs to tell you about, with still more to come. Most mapping blogs approach it from the GIS pro’s perspective; First Printing’s perspective is also professional — but it’s from a company dealing in antique maps… • Continue reading this entry.
Planet Geospatial, by Spatially Adjusted’s James Fee, aggregates GIS, mapping and related blogs (including this one) into a single page. It’s a fine idea, and I’m happy to be along for the ride. (Believe it or not, I thought about… • Continue reading this entry.
More mapping, cartography and geospatial blogs to go up on the sidebar: Darren Cope’s Blog — Darren’s a recent geography grad from the University of Waterloo. (Oddly enough, Mike from Google Maps Mania is from Waterloo, and I did my… • Continue reading this entry.
I posted links to a lot of new blogs next month, but Cartography’s roundup of cartography and related blogs last week brought a grand total of seven more blogs to my attention. Plus, I was already aware of Ed Parsons’s… • Continue reading this entry.
Another blog to tell you about, and I can’t believe I missed reporting this one earlier: Spatially Adjusted, a GIS blog by James Fee, with a lot of stuff on ESRI and other software…. • Continue reading this entry.
Another new blog to bring to your attention: Frank Taylor’s solid and eponymous Google Earth Blog. Via Ogle Earth. Map blogging is coming on fast and furious; that’s the fifth new blog I’ve reported on this month, and I know… • Continue reading this entry.
Back when I started The Map Room, map blogs were few and far between; nowadays I’m learning about new blogs all the time. The most recent one I’ve stumbled across is Roger Hart’s GeoCarta, which he describes as “a blog… • Continue reading this entry.
Cartography is the blog of (or for) the Canadian Cartographic Association; it’s also good reading for “other individuals interested in all things cartographic,” writes Paul Heersink, who submitted this link. It’s been running since April; its choice of topics has… • Continue reading this entry.
Rich Owings, author of GPS Mapping: Make Your Own Maps (Amazon, web site), reports that he’s started a new blog about GPS and mapping software called GPS Tracklog. Like The Map Room, it’s aimed at mere mortals rather than professionals…. • Continue reading this entry.
I don’t know how I missed Ogle Earth, but now that I’ve found it I’m keeping an eye on it. Written by Stefan Geens, with a mandate is to focus on Google Earth and its competitors, Ogle Earth has been… • Continue reading this entry.
Directions magazine’s All Points Blog launched last February, and it’s become one of the best mapping blogs out there. I guess they could be considered the competition, in terms of us both being advertising-supported blogs, but we’re serving different niches:… • Continue reading this entry.
Sprol is a relatively new blog that uses satellite imagery to draw attention to the effects of environmental predation. Via MetaFilter…. • Continue reading this entry.
Vector One is “a spatially related blog” by Jeff Thurston, focusing mostly on locative technologies and GIS; it’s been running for a year but I only found out about it late last week. Shame on me. In a recent post,… • Continue reading this entry.
Since its launch a little less than three months ago, Google Maps has generated more buzz than any other mapping site since I’ve been paying attention to them. Adding satellite photos only made it worse. That buzz can be measured… • Continue reading this entry.
I’ve been saving up a bunch of Google Maps satellite imagery links for you over the weekend. Google Maps and Accountability: Dave Shea explores the possibilities of using Google Maps as a tool for whistleblowing rather than a threat to… • Continue reading this entry.
Chandu Thota has added an API and other features to BlogMap (see previous entry). Via Scoble…. • Continue reading this entry.
Possibly the strangest way I’ve yet had a link submitted is via someone’s comment in the reader survey: “Excellent reading. Combines well with www.webmapper.net.” Hold the phone — I hadn’t actually heard of webmapper.net. (Insert Jon Stewart going “whaaaaa?” all… • Continue reading this entry.
My coverage of GPS stuff is paltry at best, but gadget blog Engadget has a dedicated GPS section (RSS feed) that I’ll be keeping an eye on, to learn more about the subject…. • Continue reading this entry.
GeoPDF looks like the company blog of Layton Graphics, which puts out (pricey) software that adds georeferencing to PDF files. The blog, which started this month, naturally covers their stuff, but also has a few more general map entries. Atom… • Continue reading this entry.
Mapping Hacks, forthcoming from O’Reilly, isn’t just a book of tips on everything from using mapping sites to using a GPS to building your own maps (see the table of contents), it’s also a blog. I must confess to being… • Continue reading this entry.
“Geocoding” is adding latitude/longitude data to something to indicate its physical location — for example, geocoding a digital photograph so you can pinpoint where it was taken, or geocoding your blog so that people can know where you’re blogging from…. • Continue reading this entry.
This is a blog about maps written in Hungarian. Because I can’t read Hungarian, that’s all I can say about it…. • Continue reading this entry.
A new blog, Urban Cartography, “dedicated to covering cartography and related subjects: urban planning, land use, imaging, GIS technology, urban studies and anything else that fits under the umbrella,” is now up and running. It apparently went live today, so… • Continue reading this entry.