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04 December 2014

Explore a collection of historical maps of Bath

Explore a collection of historical maps of Bath


Maps ranging from 1572 to 1942 in a nice interactive way


http://nadnerb.co.uk/HistoryMap/


source:http://blog.nadnerb.co.uk/?page_id=115

17 October 2014

Ordnance Survey Minecraft [Version 2] map of Great Britain [Video]

Ordnance Survey Minecraft map of Great Britain

Video by Leigh Dodds


Ordnance Survey Minecraft data is available from 

http://download.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/minecraft/OSGB.zip (1GB File!)


OS have created GB Minecraft 2, a Minecraft® world made with digital map products – freely available as OS OpenData™

Some Locations to start from

Southampton Water --- X = 17900 Y = 100 Z = 47800
London -------------- X = 21000 Y = 100 Z = 45000
Mt Snowdon ---------- X = 10438 Y = 200 Z = 37823
Outer Hebrides ------ X = 5700 Y = 100 Z = 14700
Shetland Islands ---- X = 17900 Y = 100 Z = 6350
Poole Harbour ------- X = 16100 Y = 100 Z = 48500
Weymouth ------------ X = 14700 Y = 100 Z = 48900
Foulness Essex------- X = 24000 Y = 100 Z = 44300
Lake Windermere------ X = 13600 Y = 100 Z = 32000
Ordnance Survey ----- X = 17492 Y = 100 Z = 47380 

Official Video

A ramble through Snowdonia in GB Minecraft 2




09 September 2014

An Online Easy Translator for GIS Data

An Online Easy Translator for GIS Data


The Easy Translator is available as a free web service, for immediately translating data into your required format and coordinate system.













All  these formats for source and 
output are supported:
AutoCAD (DWG/DXF)
CSV
GeoJSON
GML
GPX
DGN (v7)

MapInfo (TAB)
KML
ESRI (Shapefile) 















Output Coordinates:
WGS84
WGS84 (GeoCentric)
Mercator Projection
Robinson Projection
Spherical Mercator

The tool is available here:
http://demos.fmeserver.com/easytranslator/index.html

 


11 August 2014

GIS Stack Exchange 2014 Community Moderator Election

GIS Stack Exchange 2014 Community Moderator Election

update 18th August 2014.


 Phase 2 - Election is now in Finished...



The 2014 Community Moderator Election is now underway!

Community moderator elections have three phases:

  1. Nomination phase - 6 candiates
  2. Election phase - Finished 27th August 2014
Results are 

Most elections take between two and three weeks, but this depends on how many candidates there are.

Please visit the official election page at

http://gis.stackexchange.com/election
for more detail, and to participate!
If you have general questions about the election process, or questions for moderator candidates, feel free to ask them on meta:


Questionnaire to all candidates 

http://meta.gis.stackexchange.com/questions/3728/2014-moderator-election-qa-questionnaire

Vote here
http://gis.stackexchange.com/election?cb=1

Questions

2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

 GIS SE Election Chat

http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/16352/2014-gis-stack-exchange-election

16 July 2014

Global Wind Animation ESRI JS API

 Wind Animation Map ESRI JS API

 
Clean visualisation of Wind Currents across the world


 data source:[US National Weather Service - NCEP(WMC]
 
 
 

18 June 2014

QGIS Ordnance Survey Opendata Cartographic Styles

QGIS Ordnance Survey Opendata Styles

Ordnance Survey have released Style Sheets for their #opendata including ESRI (ArcGIS) and Quantum GIS (QGIS) style sheets.

Most strikingly for the Vector Map District Product that is one of the best full Great Britain datasets everyone can download from

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/
opendatadownload/products.html















Nice looking vector data in QGIS using Vector Map District Data from 
Ordnance Survey Opendata.
(Yes motorways in the UK are blue....)
But you can change that if you want.


You can download the stylesheets from

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/resources/carto-design/
cartographic-stylesheets.html

And Charley Glynn sent me a twitter message that these stylesheets and associated files are available on github here:.

https://github.com/OrdnanceSurvey/OS-VectorMap-District-stylesheets/tree/master/ESRI%20Shapefile%20stylesheets/
QGIS%20stylesheets%20(QML)/Full%20Colour%20style

Couple of notes before the quick guide to help you get going...

Install the font provide first - see quick guide below.

The shapefiles have a classification field that is truncated (shapefile truncates field names) but if change to CLASSIFICA it will work. See this screenshot.




















Quick Guide
1. Fork or download the contents of this repository
2. Copy the font file 'OS_VMDistrict.otf' into your systems font directory (on Windows machines this is (C:\Windows\Fonts)
Your machine may require a restart for QGIS to recognise this new font
3. Load your OS VectorMap District ESRI Shapefile data into QGIS
4. Double click on a layer to access the 'Layer Properties' window > click on 'Load Style...' > navigate to the directory containing the QML files (those ending .qml) > select the QML file that corresponds to that layer > click 'Open' > click 'OK'
Repeat step 4 for all layers
5. Although every feature is styled, for use as a contextual map we recommend the following layer order and visibility:
Screenshot
Recommended viewing the map between 1:10,000 and 1:25,000 for maximum legibility
I have even reprojected the data to Web Mercator and got the Bing Aerial Imagery as a background.
Just styles need reversing on a dark background, this uses the Openlayers plugin, the only restriction is making the imagery transparent to 'fade' the imagery down then less contrasting colours can be applied to the background.
The only addition I made was adding the OS Vector Contours from the OS 50 Terrain Dataset - just for a bit more details in the rural areas of England.
Overall it is well worth downloading the styles and playing around with QGIS and the styles. 

  

13 June 2014

The FIFA World Cup of Football 1930-2014.

The FIFA World Cup of Football 1930-2014.

A great map showing The FIFA World Cup of Football since 1930-2014.














"The national teams of 31 countries advanced through qualification competitions to join host nation Brazil. A total of 64 matches are to be played in 12 cities across Brazil. The first round, or group stage, is thirty-two teams divided into eight groups of four teams. Each group will compete in a round-robin fashion. The teams finishing first and second in each group progress to the knock-out stage. This map will update during the tournament to show results and progress.

For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the games will use goal-line technology to help determine whether balls completely cross the goal-line in the event of a marginal decision. Though FIFA president Sepp Blatter had been a vocal opponent of such technology the disallowed 'goal' scored by Frank Lampard against Germany in the 2010 World Cup became so controversial that moves to introduce technology were inevitable. Had Lampard's goal been awarded, England may very well have gone on to win the game."

The official ball of the 2014 World Cup will be the Adidas Brazuca. The name was selected by a public vote that received responses from more than 1 million Brazilian football fans. It is produced by Adidas, the official FIFA World Cup match ball supplier since 1970.

The World Cup 2014 Map
http://downloads.esri.com/kfmaps/worldcup/index.html

Credit and Source:
https://twitter.com/kennethfield/statuses/477211727012970496


02 June 2014

Reprint those World Maps

Reprint those World Maps

All Maps are out of date, whether it is by minutes or years....


"India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh has formally split in two, with its northern area carved out to create a new state called Telangana."


 On 2 June 2014, Telangana became the 29th state of India


Source of image BBC NEWS 

So if your looking for a World Map on your wall check that Telangana for a visual guidance on how up-to-date your World Maps is.

Notes to Cartographers - up date your map quick and re-print as soon as you can.

More Information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telangana

14 May 2014

Public Transport - Google Maps Update (May 2014)

Public Transport - Google Maps Update





Today, Google Maps is helping you get around on public transit even more easily with these additions:
  •  every single transit route in Great Britain to Google Maps—making it easier to get anywhere from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
  • On the other side of the globe, Vancouverites looking for sun can now get real-time updates on whether a bus to Kits is faster than one to Third Beach.
  • In Chicago, Cubs fans can now zip to and from Wrigley Field, armed with the real-time information they need to hop on a bus and avoid congestion on Lake Shore Drive.
  • And finally, just in time for the games, recently added transit information for every host city in Brazil.
Source: 
http://google-latlong.blogspot.ca/2014/05/hop-on-boardand-go-almost-anywherewith.html

24 April 2014

Time traveling in StreetView now available

Time traveling in StreetView now available



Hoverboards due in November 2015....

31 March 2014

UK Air Pollution Forecast Map

UK Air Pollution Forecast Map


New National Mapping Website showing air pollution:


More Detailed Local Pollution Monitoring 

Map
http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/forecasting/ 

24 March 2014

USGS Maps in Google Maps Gallery

USGS Topo Maps in Google Maps Gallery

Over 193,000 Topo  Maps georeferenced in a seamless USGS Layer with a transparency control on the left.

See the Maps
http://maps.google.com/gallery/details?id=z4f-ZuCLmiKg.kUOos96GzVzs&hl=en

source:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2014/03/us-geological-survey-and-google-maps.html

20 February 2014

Met Office Storm Tracker Update


Met Office Storm Tracker Update
(the updated new service is free of subscription.)




"Following a recent upgrade to StormTracker, we are providing the new service free of subscription. As a result you will no longer have access to the subscription based service you have previously used.
From the 26th February the old StormTracker pages will no longer be available.  Instead, you can now access StormTracker without the need to log in, by simply following the link below:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/storm-tracker/

We welcome any feedback on this service and would love to hear your thoughts on the new StormTracker.

Many thanks,
Met Office"



This is n update from an older post
http://mapperz.blogspot.com/2011/07/met-office-storm-tracker-beta.html (22 July 2011)

19 February 2014

OpenStreetMap competes during the Olympics


 OpenStreetMap competes during the Olympics (and gets gold).

 Top Left is OpenStreetMap, Top Right is Google Maps, Bottom Left is Bing Maps and Bottom Right is the Geofabik interpretation of OSM.


Compare them all here
http://tools.geofabrik.de/mc/?lon=40.28988&lat=43.68848&zoom=13&num=4&mt0=mapnik&mt1=google-map&mt2=bing-map&mt3=geofabrik-topo

OpenCycleMap using OSM data looks impressive too:
 

sources:

http://opensource.com/life/14/2/weekly-wrap-feb-14