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TomTom throws open doors to MapShare updates

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I know I am about a week behind on this, but I am still pretty excited about TomTom’s ever growing utilization of its MapShare database. With the release of regular, free updates of the community provided information this brings not only a boon for the TomTom nav unit customers, but an increasing recognition of, and, […]

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Geospatial Dolls

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The Canadian Globe and Mail newspaper has an interesting article asking, “Do these dolls perpetuate Canadian stereotypes?” It raises the question of Maplelea Girls, which are a Canadian version of American Girls, both doll lines created to interest children in their country’s geography and history. The dolls represent Canadian provinces and backgrounds, but Amanda Kwan asks “But as […]

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NPR Laments the Death of Paper Road Maps

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Paper road maps are becoming obsolete, claims a NPR report. Well, not completely obsolete, but less and less used by daily drivers as GPS and SatNav have taken over. A spokesperson for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials believes map printing may be one place state transportation departments cut to ease budgetary […]

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A VerySpatial Evening

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As we enter July we approach several big dates for VerySpatial. The 12th is our 7th anniversary for the site, the 24th for the podcast, and our annual meet up/live show at the Esri UC to celebrate our 7th will be on Wednesday, July 25th. We traditionally do a meeting room at the convention center, […]

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Lego, Australia, and Build with Chrome

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There’s a good 124 (ish) reasons I love this site – Building with Chrome and Lego. The most important are because it’s Lego and a Map. The basic premise is you can grab a plot of land and ‘build’ your lego construct virtually on that plot of land. It can be a house or an […]

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The Most Popular Street Names in the US

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Cars and geography go hand in hand if you ask me. After all, transportation is one of our fundamental layers in GIS, right? So Jalopnik’s post detailing the most popular street names in the US really struck my interest. I guess its no surprise that numbers are the most popular names, nor that trees are […]