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16 July 2014

Global Wind Animation ESRI JS API

 Wind Animation Map ESRI JS API

 
Clean visualisation of Wind Currents across the world


 data source:[US National Weather Service - NCEP(WMC]
 
 
 

18 June 2014

QGIS Ordnance Survey Opendata Cartographic Styles

QGIS Ordnance Survey Opendata Styles

Ordnance Survey have released Style Sheets for their #opendata including ESRI (ArcGIS) and Quantum GIS (QGIS) style sheets.

Most strikingly for the Vector Map District Product that is one of the best full Great Britain datasets everyone can download from

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/
opendatadownload/products.html















Nice looking vector data in QGIS using Vector Map District Data from 
Ordnance Survey Opendata.
(Yes motorways in the UK are blue....)
But you can change that if you want.


You can download the stylesheets from

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/resources/carto-design/
cartographic-stylesheets.html

And Charley Glynn sent me a twitter message that these stylesheets and associated files are available on github here:.

https://github.com/OrdnanceSurvey/OS-VectorMap-District-stylesheets/tree/master/ESRI%20Shapefile%20stylesheets/
QGIS%20stylesheets%20(QML)/Full%20Colour%20style

Couple of notes before the quick guide to help you get going...

Install the font provide first - see quick guide below.

The shapefiles have a classification field that is truncated (shapefile truncates field names) but if change to CLASSIFICA it will work. See this screenshot.




















Quick Guide
1. Fork or download the contents of this repository
2. Copy the font file 'OS_VMDistrict.otf' into your systems font directory (on Windows machines this is (C:\Windows\Fonts)
Your machine may require a restart for QGIS to recognise this new font
3. Load your OS VectorMap District ESRI Shapefile data into QGIS
4. Double click on a layer to access the 'Layer Properties' window > click on 'Load Style...' > navigate to the directory containing the QML files (those ending .qml) > select the QML file that corresponds to that layer > click 'Open' > click 'OK'
Repeat step 4 for all layers
5. Although every feature is styled, for use as a contextual map we recommend the following layer order and visibility:
Screenshot
Recommended viewing the map between 1:10,000 and 1:25,000 for maximum legibility
I have even reprojected the data to Web Mercator and got the Bing Aerial Imagery as a background.
Just styles need reversing on a dark background, this uses the Openlayers plugin, the only restriction is making the imagery transparent to 'fade' the imagery down then less contrasting colours can be applied to the background.
The only addition I made was adding the OS Vector Contours from the OS 50 Terrain Dataset - just for a bit more details in the rural areas of England.
Overall it is well worth downloading the styles and playing around with QGIS and the styles. 

  

13 June 2014

The FIFA World Cup of Football 1930-2014.

The FIFA World Cup of Football 1930-2014.

A great map showing The FIFA World Cup of Football since 1930-2014.














"The national teams of 31 countries advanced through qualification competitions to join host nation Brazil. A total of 64 matches are to be played in 12 cities across Brazil. The first round, or group stage, is thirty-two teams divided into eight groups of four teams. Each group will compete in a round-robin fashion. The teams finishing first and second in each group progress to the knock-out stage. This map will update during the tournament to show results and progress.

For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the games will use goal-line technology to help determine whether balls completely cross the goal-line in the event of a marginal decision. Though FIFA president Sepp Blatter had been a vocal opponent of such technology the disallowed 'goal' scored by Frank Lampard against Germany in the 2010 World Cup became so controversial that moves to introduce technology were inevitable. Had Lampard's goal been awarded, England may very well have gone on to win the game."

The official ball of the 2014 World Cup will be the Adidas Brazuca. The name was selected by a public vote that received responses from more than 1 million Brazilian football fans. It is produced by Adidas, the official FIFA World Cup match ball supplier since 1970.

The World Cup 2014 Map
http://downloads.esri.com/kfmaps/worldcup/index.html

Credit and Source:
https://twitter.com/kennethfield/statuses/477211727012970496


02 June 2014

Reprint those World Maps

Reprint those World Maps

All Maps are out of date, whether it is by minutes or years....


"India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh has formally split in two, with its northern area carved out to create a new state called Telangana."


 On 2 June 2014, Telangana became the 29th state of India


Source of image BBC NEWS 

So if your looking for a World Map on your wall check that Telangana for a visual guidance on how up-to-date your World Maps is.

Notes to Cartographers - up date your map quick and re-print as soon as you can.

More Information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telangana

14 May 2014

Public Transport - Google Maps Update (May 2014)

Public Transport - Google Maps Update





Today, Google Maps is helping you get around on public transit even more easily with these additions:
  •  every single transit route in Great Britain to Google Maps—making it easier to get anywhere from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
  • On the other side of the globe, Vancouverites looking for sun can now get real-time updates on whether a bus to Kits is faster than one to Third Beach.
  • In Chicago, Cubs fans can now zip to and from Wrigley Field, armed with the real-time information they need to hop on a bus and avoid congestion on Lake Shore Drive.
  • And finally, just in time for the games, recently added transit information for every host city in Brazil.
Source: 
http://google-latlong.blogspot.ca/2014/05/hop-on-boardand-go-almost-anywherewith.html

24 April 2014

Time traveling in StreetView now available

Time traveling in StreetView now available



Hoverboards due in November 2015....

31 March 2014

UK Air Pollution Forecast Map

UK Air Pollution Forecast Map


New National Mapping Website showing air pollution:


More Detailed Local Pollution Monitoring 

Map
http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/forecasting/ 

24 March 2014

USGS Maps in Google Maps Gallery

USGS Topo Maps in Google Maps Gallery

Over 193,000 Topo  Maps georeferenced in a seamless USGS Layer with a transparency control on the left.

See the Maps
http://maps.google.com/gallery/details?id=z4f-ZuCLmiKg.kUOos96GzVzs&hl=en

source:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2014/03/us-geological-survey-and-google-maps.html

20 February 2014

Met Office Storm Tracker Update


Met Office Storm Tracker Update
(the updated new service is free of subscription.)




"Following a recent upgrade to StormTracker, we are providing the new service free of subscription. As a result you will no longer have access to the subscription based service you have previously used.
From the 26th February the old StormTracker pages will no longer be available.  Instead, you can now access StormTracker without the need to log in, by simply following the link below:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/storm-tracker/

We welcome any feedback on this service and would love to hear your thoughts on the new StormTracker.

Many thanks,
Met Office"



This is n update from an older post
http://mapperz.blogspot.com/2011/07/met-office-storm-tracker-beta.html (22 July 2011)

19 February 2014

OpenStreetMap competes during the Olympics


 OpenStreetMap competes during the Olympics (and gets gold).

 Top Left is OpenStreetMap, Top Right is Google Maps, Bottom Left is Bing Maps and Bottom Right is the Geofabik interpretation of OSM.


Compare them all here
http://tools.geofabrik.de/mc/?lon=40.28988&lat=43.68848&zoom=13&num=4&mt0=mapnik&mt1=google-map&mt2=bing-map&mt3=geofabrik-topo

OpenCycleMap using OSM data looks impressive too:
 

sources:

http://opensource.com/life/14/2/weekly-wrap-feb-14

31 January 2014

Aerial Maps – A short history (The role of maps during the war)



This August (2014) marks 100 years since the start of the Great War, World War I.  To commemorate this, the National Archives has digitised 1.5 million pages of war diaries, giving readers an insight into what the war was like from a first-hand perspective. We too look back at the technology used during the First World War, specifically the use of Aerial mapping. 




Aerial maps had been around for quite some time before WW1, dating back to the mid-nineteenth century. Gaspard-Felix Tournachon, a French photographer and balloonist, was the first to take an aerial photograph in 1858. The technology soon evolved; in 1882 British Meteorologist E.D.Archibald had pioneered Kite Aerial Photography.
During WW1, Aerial photography had many different uses, and was integral to operations. Aircrafts with cameras attached to them flew overhead taking photos. By the end of the war in 1918, both sides were taking photographs of the front line twice a day. In the same year, General Edmund Allenby commissioned five Australian pilots to photograph 624 square miles in Palestine to improve existing maps of the area – the first use of aerial photography as an aid for cartography.
Aerial maps also branched out to aid with more commercial practices at this time. Several WW1 vets recognised the potential aerial photography had for survey and mapping purposes. A company called Aerofilms created Photogammetry (the science of mapping from photographs), and mapping companies such as the Ordnance Survey started to work with them.

As with WW1, when the Second World War started, aerial mapping technology saw a period of rapid change. Airplanes that were compact and fast were found to be the most suitable aircraft for this activity, particularly Spitfires. Heating systems for cameras and higher altitude photography was also used during this time.
In the present day, it is increasingly likely that radio-controlled planes or multi-rotor helicopters are the aircraft of choice for aerial imagery. Full scale aircrafts still have important roles where higher altitudes or heavier equipment is involved. Aerial maps are now used by individuals on a daily basis, to help them with navigation via smartphone apps.

Aerial maps have also found their place within modern businesses. Many companies require high resolution 12.5cm aerial maps, which allows them to undertake a detailed analysis of the area for planning applications or to combine aerial maps with other data sets, such as height data. .Map by Groundsure sells both 25cm and 12.5cm aerial maps of Great Britain from leading provider, gettmapping.
blog post prepared by Steve Brown.
(many thanks)

27 December 2013

Risk of Flooding from Surface Water [England & Wales]

Risk of Flooding from Surface Water

Environment Agency release more detailed flood mapping at a time of need.

Ironic that the Environment Agency release this during severe flooding events in England  (and people still without power across 24th, 25th & 26th December 2013).

South East was particularity hit hard, would this Surface Water Map make any different?


"Surface water flooding happens when rainwater does not drain away through the normal drainage systems or soak into the ground, but lies on or flows over the ground instead."

The shading on the map shows the risk of flooding from surface water in this particular [Guildford] area.


Maybe a real-time map with 'peak capacity flow' might be a better direction for the future.

See the Maps with the risk of flooding from the surface water.

http://watermaps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/wiyby.aspx?lang=_e&topic=ufmfsw&layer=default&scale=2&x=373059&y=192072#x=499701&y=150294&scale=11

20 December 2013

Central London Cycle Grid Map [proposed]

Central London Cycle Grid Map [proposed]
















"The seven Central London boroughs, the City of London, the Royal Parks, the Canal & River Trust and Transport for London (TfL) today publish for public comment their draft cycle network for Central London, the “Central London Grid.”

“Cycle streets” closed to other traffic, new routes by parks and sixty miles of backstreet “Quietways” are part of the proposed Grid. Many of the new Quietway routes will run parallel to Tube lines or bus routes so that cyclists will know where they go. A “Circle Line Quietway” and a “Victoria Line Quietway” are among the routes published today.

A number of Superhighway and other main-road routes will also form part of the Grid, most fully or semi-separated from traffic (with solid kerbs or traffic wands) where they run on busy roads.

Some one-way streets will be made two-way for cyclists. Intimidating and difficult junctions will be improved. A study will be launched into traffic restrictions on one very busy main road corridor where there is no room for segregation and no Quietway alternative."

Sources:

Maps (as PDF)
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/29172.aspx

http://www.london.gov.uk/media/mayor-press-releases/2013/12/sixty-miles-of-backstreet-cycle-routes-in-new-central-london

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-25444916

10 December 2013

Create Your Own Streetview

Create Your Own Streetview

It is now possible to build your own 'streetview' views.
Either using an Android device (photosphere capable) or digital SLR camera images. 






Connect photo spheres (constellations)

By connecting your photo spheres you can create even more immersive, 360° views called constellations. You can choose to add your “constellations” to Google Maps, so people can explore your favorite places on Maps. Keep your constellations private or share them with others on Google Maps or Views.

Step 1: Select photo spheres

  1. Go to Views.
  2. Open your profile page by clicking your photo in the top right.
  3. Your images appear in the right panel and as dots on the map in the left panel. Click Select images.
  4. Manually select the images you want to connect.
  5. Click Connect images.
You’ll see an updated map of the images you selected.
  • Your photo spheres are marked in blue, sequentially with letters.
  • Yellow dots are Street View panoramas.
https://support.google.com/maps/answer/3481809?p=photosphere_connect&rd=1

Source:
http://google-latlong.blogspot.ca/2013/12/create-your-own-street-view.html