Best of the blogs 3 September 2013

By on 3 September, 2013


Google Maps Mania has points readers to a sort of ‘map wizard’ that allows users to experiment with the colours on a ‘flat’ UI style Google Maps, and then export a JSON file to import into a mapping project. A great way to make your Google Map project stand out from the crowd.


For all the cyclists in the audience, Google Maps Mania also highlights a Bike Blackspot application for iPhone users, which allows cyclists to report areas that are dangerous for riders.


All Things Spatial has an interesting critique of the Sydney Morning Herald’s federal election map, calling it “a big fail for SMH data journalism”, thanks to its use of current electoral boundaries with information of old sitting members, including those whom aren’t contesting their seats. In your opinion, how does it compare to the election map we just reported on? All Things Spatial also talks about The Age’s federal election map, too, here.


Cameron Shorter has a post outlining the latest features of the freshly released OSGeo-Live v7.0 distro – which provides users with a comprehensive suite of open source GIS tools – for free!


The next two GeoRabbles will hit simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne on the 17th September, and both a looking for speakers. You can learn about the Melbourne event here and the Sydney event here.


Remember that big (world’s biggest, in fact) atlas, Earth Platinum, that we recently talked about? Well, The Cartographic Journal has an interesting entry that discusses the legacy that such atlases – and atlases in general, really – leave behind.  It also talks about the production of the atlas. Worth a read.

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