Best of the Blogs 23/8/11

By on 23 August, 2011
The New York Times has a piece recounting the history of lithographer/cartographer John Bachmann, the man that coined the term “Birds eye view”, and how his maps helped a population with little cartographic literacy make sense of the war they were in the middle of.
The Sydney Morning Herald have a sad piece that marks the end of an era for a piece of Sydney’s cultural history: the final edition of The Gregory’s.
GIS User have thrown together a brief little ‘Geo-geek Speak’ reference list containing some popular terms used in the geo world. How many did you recognise?
In light of the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, the AP have put together an overview of the inconsistent, befuddling, and often ineffectual attempts, post 9-11, of American governments to ‘hide’ sensitive information in the information age.
Computerworld NZ has an article talking about the IT lessons learned from the Christchurch earthquakes, including the shift from process-based decisions to outcome-based decisions, and a greater emphasis on field technology.

Google Maps Mania points us toward a map made by CNN that charts the ‘Unrest in the Arab world’ sparked by the Arab Spring. The map allows you to click on individual countries and read an overview of events since the unrest began earlier this year.

Vector One points us to a whole new blog that talks about analytical methods in historical cartography. It should be of interest to anyone that gets into the nitty gritty of cartographic analysis. Vector One’s post about the blog does such a good job of summarising what it’s all about, so go check it out.

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