Wednesday, January 29, 2020


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

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.

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