Friday, August 02, 2019

GA Presidents Blog

I have spent much of the last four days researching the 1920s and the history of the Geographical Association for the next phase in my major project around my GA Presidency: the creation of a biography of all the presidents since 1893, and associated events. I've also been contacting lots of former Presidents and finding out a whole range of stories and connections to

Check out the project here. You can also subscribe to the blog.

I'm currently in 1927, and the most recent President to be added was Charles Close, who was Director General of the Ordnance Survey - hence the map link.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Name your own city

Dan Cookson has started a new geographical map project which allows users to define their own cities using Maptionnaire and Carto.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fieldwork Data plotted

Lovely work by Brendan Conway
Follow the thread and replies for more guidance.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Where have you BEEN?

Thanks to Miss McEvoy on Twitter for this tipoff.

Been is an app produced by a Swedish organisation.
It has a simple interface. Check the box next to each country's name and you can record where you've BEEN, and what percentage you've covered... Here's my fairly limited wanderings - plenty in Europe, but not much beyond... The video can be uploaded to Instagram and exported in other formats.

Friday, May 31, 2019

OS Interactive Mapping used to collect Poems about Places

The Places of Poetry website has launched today.
I mentioned it earlier in the year when I first heard about it.
It is collecting poems which are written about places, which can then be pinned to an interactive map. Click the menu icon top right on the home page for all the details and to add your own poem.

Read about the project on the OS blog here. There is a link with the Ordnance Survey.

The project has been developed by Paul Farley and Professor Andrew McRae, who says:

“Poetry has been used across the centuries to reflect on places and their histories. We’re using modern technology to reinvigorate this model, and we hope that as many people as possible get involved. We are excited to see where people pin their poems, and what they say about the places that matter to them.”

I went on this morning and added my own poem to the map.
You can view and read it here, just outside of the city of Ely.
My poem also has a link to the Ordnance Survey, as it describes the survey of the Fens that was done in 1916, and imagines the challenges facing the surveyors of capturing this fluid and flat landscape with its shifting rivers and streams, only to find that an old Fenland boy spots a mistake. Fast-forward 100 years, and students on a geography fieldtrip, using their smartphones, notice a missing stream on their digital maps...

Why not write / add your own poem to the map to contribute.
The map is open for contributions until October, and I look forward to seeing more poems appearing over the next few months.

Here's the poem for those who might like to read it and haven't already...

Monday, May 27, 2019

Living in the age of Humans

A good StoryMap on the Anthropocene...

Plotting a route on OS Maps

Another one for National Map Reading Week.

National Map Reading Week

It's a pity that it's during the school holidays as we normally do a big push on this at school, and it's sometimes been later in the year.

It's National Map Reading Week, so try to get out there this week with an OS Map and try the downloadable guides.

Perhaps this is the week to do a trial of the OS Maps app - it's excellent...

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Google Earth Studio

I was invited to Google Earth Studio a few weeks ago, but just had a moment to take a look.
You need to request an invite and wait to be approved. This can take a while.

You will be able to access the STUDIO area - using Chrome.

Not sure what it can do? Watch this showreel...

I'm going to have a go at making some when I get a moment.

There is a series of Tutorial videos available in the Tutorials area.

Follow the links down the left hand side for all the relevant information.

I started with the Basics video - narrated by John Bailey I think... This introduces you to the basics of producing an animation: there are two areas to the screen, and you can animate sections to produce a completed video.

The second video explores easing animations, including curving paths and other effects to make your animations nice and smooth.

The final video explores Multi-camera views

Friday, January 18, 2019

GIS in Schools

Grace Healy has a piece in the latest issue of IMPACT: the journal of the Chartered College of Teaching.
The majority of each issue can be read online, which for me negated some of the benefits of membership, as the journal was one of the few tangible 'benefits' of membership.

This issue is on the theme of Ed-tech: education technology.

Grace's piece, written with Nicola Walshe, is on the use of GIS.

Nicola has previously done quite a lot of work on GIS, and I've been to speak to Homerton students when she was the tutor there, about my use of technology in the classroom.

Read the GIS piece here, or follow the earlier link to access all the open access pieces from this issue. There's a piece by David Rogers on the cloud and CPD, and one by the wonderful Steve Bunce too, but you'll need to be a member to read those...