Best of the Blogs, 10 September 2013

By on 10 September, 2013


Now that the election is over, and we’re under the reign of a new government, it’s time for the customary public service switcheroo. Worried about what your future may look for under the new conservative regime? PS news has some early estimates about what to expect.

And, while only tangentially related to spatial news, the Conversation have consulted some experts in various fields to hear their predictions on what the new government has in store for business, the economy, environment, broadband, health, primary care, social polisy, immigration, science, and education. It’s a good read.


The BBC have a story on a new piece of software that claims that it can map the mood of a nation using Twitter. The tech could be used to help calm civil unrest and identify early threats to public safety.


Fuzzy Tolerance has a great post arguing that we spatial types need to get out more. His angle is that spatial isn’t special, and we all need to start mingling with others in the field – cartographers with designers, web-map developers with website developers and UI/UX experts, GIS programmers with programmers. So, go get to it!


GIS Lounge alerts us to NASA’s recent redesign of the download site for its Earth Observations data. The datasets are global, so even us in the lower hemisphere can gain benefit from it.


Fresh from the IMTA/.MAP conference in Cambridge, Adena Schutzberg has a post over at the All Points Blog that discusses the future of the map – and it seems to be that personal customisation is key.


Google Maps Mania has a great post all about mapping Wikipedia – including a map showing all the geographically tagged content, including visualising maps based on word counts, creation date, number of authors, and number of images (pictured above).
[At the time of print, the GMM website was resulting in a redirect, so the map is available directly at  Additionally, you can view a real-time map of where the edits to Wikipedia articles are coming from, here:]

In fact, in response to Google’s removal of the Wikipedia layer from Google Maps, GMM is running a day of Wikipedia-themed maps, so be sure to check some of the other great maps available.

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