Best of the Blogs 11 July 2016

Each week Spatial Source highlights the best that the internet has to offer.

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The last 12 months has seen more data captured by drone than any of the years that preceded it, and from a photography perspective the results are beyond impressive. From these innumerable data, Dronestagram and National Geographic’s Drone Photography Contest were able to select the best photographs captured by drone across three categories. The above photograph by Maxseigal of Rock Climbing in Moab took out the first prize of the Category Sports Adventure.

Australia’s digital research body Data61 (part of CSIRO) has developed a tool that aims to change the way sports like the Tour de France are enjoyed by fans. Doarama is a 3D interactive map visualisation of the tour in which users can control and interact with the routes in a 3D virtual world across desktop and mobile devices for free. As CSIRO explains, the plan is for the tool to be rolled out for all top-level endurance events, including in the upcoming Rio Olympics.

 

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The earth’s crust is undergoing movement as you read this sentence leading to around 40 tremors per day. At the same time it’s also being mapped globally in near real-time, as shown by Geoawesomeness. The above screenshot shows all the tremors in the past month across the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire.

 

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Long before cartography, GIS and car navigation, Aboriginal Australians developed their own means of navigating and understanding land: through song. Songlines were developed throughout the 250 language groups of Australia to combine ritual, expression and the practicalities of navigation. As part of NAIDOC week’s theme of ‘Songlines’, ABC uncovered the stories behind the songlines from all corners of the continent.

 

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Gone are the days of long arguments about your favourite sport’s stars performance. With modern sports visualisation, it’s all shown objectively. Maps Mania this week shared some of the new insights being discovered in this ‘New Age of Sports Visualization’.

 

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