Best of the Blogs 20 August 2013

By on 20 August, 2013

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Rachel Evans has created a world map using shapes from a spirograph, which is pretty darn cool. You know what else is cool? She’s created a YouTube video of the creation of the map, too.

 

The Wired Map Lab has a post that talks about a new interactive 3D map of space, compiled using data from the Japanese Subaru Telescope. It’s a great way to get your head around the sheer scale of the universe, while keeping the map trim of overwhelming information.

 

Avid SpatialSource reader Ross Johnson this week pointed me toward World Wind – an open source, Java-based SDK/API that allows anyone to create a Google Earth-like virtual globe for use in their own applications. If you’re looking for a way to package up some geospatial data for interactive use by your users, this could be a great way to do it.

 

The Boston Globe has a fascinating article that talks about how GPS is (negatively) affecting our brain’s ability to self-navigate – and what we can do about it.

 

All Things Spatial has an interesting post entitled ‘Why standards should be ignored.’ Given that standards are usually only heralded as being beneficial to both projects and the industry as a whole, how can breaking them be a good thing?

 

Andy Woodruff has a great post entitled ‘Six map links that every cartographer has seen a million times’. It’s meant to document those links that any new friends of yours will inevitably send you, once they discover you’re a cartographer. There are some gems in there, even if you’ve seen them before.

 

LiDAR News talks of the Zeb-1 (aka the CSIRO’s Zebedee, previously mentioned on Spatial Source here) recent iAward by the Australian Government. The Zeb 1 is a handheld mobile mapping device that is able to simultaneously map the environment and localize the user of the device without the need of infrastructure/control.

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