Off camping for a few days; here are a few links to tide you over:
A few quick map and map-related gems to share with you:
- 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, Map Mashups Get Personal, looks at Platial, a service that touts personal Google Maps mashups. An awful lot of services built on that single API, methinks.
- Glenn Letham is wondering whether he should flip the switch and move to another blog he’s got on another service — Anything Geospatial.
- A pro-Iranian-government web site has a review of Cyrus Alai’s General Maps of Persia, 1477-1925 (see previous entry).
- A tutorial on how to make GPS-enabled trail maps using a handheld GPS unit and Topofusion. Via MAKE: Blog.
- 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 the sharing of geographical data among European countries, is raising concerns that it would restrict public access to that data. More at and via Boing Boing.
- Of interest to Movable Type users: the MTGoogleMaps plugin is now at version 3.0. Via Movable Type News. See previous entry.
Boing Boing reports that the archive of silly Tube maps (previously mentioned here) has gotten into a spot of legal trouble and has been taken offline. As a followup on this question, have a look at Stefan’s post about… • 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.
(I’m going to try calling these link roundups “Triangulations” and see how that goes.) Via GPS Tracklog, the difference between Garmin’s and Magellan’s topo maps. The National Geographic Society is planning a “mega-map” of the Sonoran Desert region. “It will… • Continue reading this entry.
Yes, I’m still alive. Should be back to normal on Monday. Meanwhile: The centre of Google Maps’s universe is apparently Coffeyville, Kansas. And you thought talking on the phone while driving is bad. You’d think that consulting a map while… • Continue reading this entry.
I’m still up to my neck in Olympics nonsense, but I’ve got a few links to share with you that have been accumulating in my “post these soon” file. For all you tube map fanatics, a London Underground Map where… • 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.
Now that it’s available for the Mac, Macworld reviews Google Earth. Robert Gelb reviews Chandu Thota’s Programming MapPoint in .NET: “The bottom line is that if you are developing anything mapping related with Microsoft components, you gotta buy this book…. • Continue reading this entry.