Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Mapping our Future - from paper to pixels

A programme on how Digital Mapping and Paper Mapping interact. What are these map apps doing to us?
Jerry Brotton navigates the transformation from paper to digital mapping.
Jerry Brotton programme can be listened to on BBC Sounds. 
From paper to pixels... Mapping of the Coronavirus as an example of why it is important...
A good input from Ed Parsons on the dynamic nature of digital mapping and the change in map projection - from Mercator close in to a globe zoomed out. Google Earth as "a browser for the planet". This also shows no national borders... and referencing Tobler's first law of Geography.
Plenty of other good contributions as well.
Apple and Google worked together on a contact tracing app.
References 'Powers of 10' which I use to explore scale, and 'Earthrise'.
Reference to the Ordnance Survey's origins as well, and its military origins, and the US military's involvement in Keyhole - the forerunner of Google Earth. Earth Observation Satellite programme was also called Keyhole.

"Surveillance capitalism" is a useful phrase for some of the work of these large organisations in a book by Shoshona Zuboff.

It also mentionsWilliam Morgan's vast map of London.
Mentions the commercial information which blocks out some other information on the map.

A map of the human population is being created by our interactions with these digital maps. Counter-mapping is challenging this work.
Interested to read about Poly-Olbion

And the work of Stephen Walter of course.

Finishes with Borges 1:1 scale map of the Empire. The only truly accurate map, but its size makes it useless... All maps pursue certain agendas and define the way in one way rather than another.
Corporations are mapping the world....
Don't give up completely on the paper map.
Well worth listening to.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Free access to Digimap for Schools until the end of July

In an effort to help students and parents during this challenging time of isolation and home schooling, Digimap for Schools will be free for any school to access from today until the end of July 2020.

If you are an existing Digimap for Schools subscriber, they are automatically extending  subscriptions by four months, at no cost, subscribers don't need to do a thing.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Geograph - now available in Welsh

The Geograph project has appeared here numerous times over the years. It played a big part in my first trip up to the SAGT Conference.

When it was first launched, I publicised it over on GeographyPages and contributed some early images of the Norfolk area and bagged a few squares along the coast.


The Geograph Project Ltd is a small national charity – an online community and project that maps the British Isles with photographs and information, “to advance the education of the public in geography and heritage”. They have over 6 million moderated, geo-located and dated images on www,geograph.org.uk , made available through a Creative Commons Licence.

Many people use the website to learn about where they live or areas they might visit.
Don't forget that there is also a schools area providing some activities and games that can be played to explore the millions of images.

After a lot of hard work, the site has been translated into Welsh.

The Schools Area is also now available in Welsh.
Take a look if you haven't been before, or haven't been for a while.
The site is supported by the Ordnance Survey.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

what3words

We had a visit from what3words into school a few weeks ago...
Here is the original idea / TED talk

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Ridge Maps

Another tip off from Ben Hennig is this Github mapping tool and script.

Open it up and navigate to a location, zoom in and change the angle of the map if necessary.

Open Settings and you will see various options for the creation of peaks on the map using height data.
These can be made more exagerrated, and the colour changed - messing with other settings produces different effects. Why not have a play?



It's a way of making a Joy Division 'Unknown Pleasures' style image...

Here's a map of the island of Ely in the Fens... with the Ouse Washes the flat area running diagonally across.

And here's one with the Wash and King's Lynn at the top - spot the edge of the Fens... see, Norfolk is actually far from flat...



Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Google Earth Creative Tools - Part 2

I posted about the new Google Earth Creation Tools earlier in the week.

These have been launched after extensive beta testing.

Three tutorial videos have been added to YouTube for those who want to take a look at how to make a tour before getting stuck in. Also here's another tip

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Google Earth Creative Tools

For some months now, thanks to an invite from Richard Allaway, I've been part of a group of beta testers for some new creative tools on Google Earth on Chrome.

The announcement is here.

Today is launch day and we have been given the news to share that these tools exist, and also some stories that we may have been working on.

Google wants Earth to become a “storytelling canvas” that lets you “create a map or story about the places that matter to you.” These creation tools are accessed by clicking the new “Projects” tab in the sidebar and creating one.
After adding a location by search or dragging a pin, you can attach images, text, videos, and customize other properties, including colors, pins, and choosing the right 3D view to frame. In addition to places, you can draw lines, shapes, and Street View.
All work is saved to Google Drive and supports standard collaboration. Once complete, there is a “Present” view that flies you from location-to-location while displaying all your notes on top. In addition to the web, the final project is available on mobile and tablet devices with the Google Earth app for Android or iOS.

I have started to produce a story on South Georgia for my first attempt, as part of a resource that I am producing for the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This has been blogged about elsewhere.


Here's the link to the story so far.

The tools produce a similar outcome to that produced with ESRI StoryMaps, but with variations in imagery and functionality of course. The two tools aren't necessarily in competition and it remains to you to consider.

Check Richard Allaway's examples here: revising extreme environments.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Digimap v2

Having an early play with this today. 
A new, improved version 2 of the GA Gold Award winning Digimap for Schools.

Information from Edina.

Digimap for Schools - the definitive global digital atlas for schools




The Digimap for Schools Team are pleased to announce the imminent arrival of a new version of their award winning schools service.

This new version has all the mapping products and functionality Digimap for School users are already familiar with (Ordnance Survey mapping, historical data and aerial photography for GB, drawing tools, image library, webinar and training support), but adds:

Global mapping
- incorporation of the beautiful and authoritative Collins Bartholomew World Panorama product providing a definitive global school atlas




- the same wonderful Ordnance Survey data for Great Britain and beyond GB for the rest of the world, detailed street level mapping from Open Street Map:





An updated and modern intuitive User Interface has been added - this is similar to the one on the DataNation website which is an optional upgrade for schools who don't already have Digimap for Schools perhaps. It also includes a useful additional option to find your location and zoom to it, rather than using the search, or drawing a rectangle as currently.





The new version of Digimap for Schools will be available from November 2019 at http://digimapforschools.edina.ac.uk

Access to the old version will remain available from the same address.
The existing Digimap for Schools version will remain supported until January 2021.
Schools resubscribing to Digimap for Schools before March 2020 will be able to chose between the old version and our new enhanced Global version.
From March 2020 subscribers will only be able to take our new enhanced service.
(Re)subscription will be on a rolling twelve month basis as is the case now. It will not be possible to subscribe to both new and old versions.

As always, the Digimap for Schools Team are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have over on the website.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Humber 2100 StoryMap

Thanks for the tipoff from Bob Lang to this ESRI StoryMap

Useful for all sorts of rivers / flooding / landscape management related topics...

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.