GIS DAY 15th Anniversary: Take the way back machine

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Take the way back machine to the first GIS Day in Spring of 1999. ESRI ARC News Online announced GIS Day 1999 Slated for November!  According to the press release, ESRI told users to “Get ready to learn more about GIS and geography. The National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and Esri are announcing […]

Maps and U.S. (Mid-Term) Elections

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Each year the number of media sources using interactive election maps increases, from search engines like Bing Elections to newspapers of record like the New York Times Elections 2014, to public television like PBS.org, or media like USA Today. Even Facebook has added an ‘I voted‘ button. Some are created in-house using geospatial software like ESRI GIS for Elections […]

NASA, Big Data, and a Real World Jigsaw Puzzle

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NASA has posted two news items that illustrate the large amounts of data that they are generating. NASA| The Data Downpour is a  video describing how the GPM constellation turns observed radiances and reflectivities of global precipitation – falling snow and rain – into data products.  They detail this huge task in “GPM Mission’s How-to […]

Participate in a cartographic art project: Tweeting the NYCTA Graphics Standards

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Massimo Vignelli continues to inspire cartographers, graphic designers, and artists with his New York City Transit Authority map standards. Artists, Niko Skourtis, Jesse Reed, and Hamish Smyth found a first edition Graphic Standard Manual designed by Vignelli in a locker beneath some old gym clothes.  According to an article in designTAXI, “Massimo Vignelli’s NYCTA Graphics […]

Nautical Miles: From Darwin to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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The diaries from sea voyages are thrilling, especially those that study marine biology.  From the first entry setting down the base coordinates to later entries listing nautical miles traveled. Although they take place almost two hundred years apart,  two sea voyages  are available online this week, Darwin’s Beagle Library  from Darwin’s voyage (1831) and Clean Our Oceans […]

When to Use an Interactive Map

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The Washington Post’s Wonkblog article, “10 Maps that show how much time Americans spend grooming, eating, thinking, and praying”  presents some crisp maps using data from the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey.   The article is an interesting introduction to regional geography, but it is  sometimes jarring to find a […]

Calling all cartographers and map-lovers: A request for Massimo Vignelli

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Massimo Vignelli, the Italian graphic designer who created  the famous helvetica subway maps of New York City and Washington D.C, train stations in Italy, and other pared down cartographic designs,  is gravely ill.  Graphic design blogs such as   Quartz, Creative Review, and Gizmodo are forwarding on a request by his son, Luca,  Massimo Vignelli asking us to […]

The Geospatial Community and Public Interest Declassification Board

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The National Archives Blog, Transforming Classification: Blog of the Public Interest Declassification Board recently asked different listservs –  “What records should the US Government prioritize for declassification?” They took suggestions from historians and the public in five categories:  older records (25+ years), newer records (less than 25 years old), records relating to nuclear weapons policies (also called “FRD […]