Entries by Nina KF

Tracking Apps

Traveling a lot these days, and hiking and biking. There must be a way to keep track of my travels, organize and georeference photos and video’s, take notes, maybe even record comments as I move around. So, I am looking at iPhone and android tracking apps. Here’s my starter list: MyTracks, for Android MyTracks for […]

The David Rumsey Collection

I’ve known about the exciting David Rumsey Historical Map Collection for more than a decade, and have used it from time to time as a resource for research. The physical collection has more than 150,000 maps, mostly of North and South America, but also the rest of the world. About two thirds of the collection […]

Gerrymandering – the Line Dance

The 2020 U.S. Census controversy brings attention to many mapping issues, most importantly the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Partisan Gerrymandering.  GIS Software is sometimes viewed as the guardian angel, abut more often the devil in the bizarre American governmental process of “redistricting”.  This occurs on a state-by-state basis after the completion of the […]

Geospatial trends in 2019

Time to get up to speed again. In January, this article appeared in Geospatialworld. Review of terms: EO = Earth Observation LIDAR = Light Detection and Ranging (also, remote sensing) AWS Ground Station = An Amazon service – “a fully managed service that lets you control satellite communications, downlink and process satellite data, and scale […]

Open Data in the Netherlands – BAG

The BAG Viewer (in Beta) allows access to the Basisregistratie Addressen en Gebouwen (BAG) database of addresses and buildings maintained by Kadester, the Dutch organization responsible for national mapping. Information for each structure includes square meters, type of object and age, plus parcel data for each address within a structure.

Open Data in the Netherlands – PDOK

The PDOK Viewer released to the public in September 2013 makes it possible to see all open datasets currently available. To download a dataset, search in the Nationaal Georegister. (Update 12/1/2019: New PDOC viewer available.)

Driveway Decisions

I parked this car (and changed its color) in my neighborhood, with the Driveway Decision Maker (Updatge 12/1/2019: No longer available.)This nice google maps hack was created by Hyundai marketing guys Innocean for an Elantra model launch. I learned about it, and another nice spot-the-VW map hack, on PSFK website. Wouldn’t it be cool if […]

Magic Planet

An exciting approach to understanding the Earth is offered by Global Imagination based in Santa Clara CA. This article in the New York Times describes applications in schools, museums, industry and government. Magic Planet globes range in size from 40 cm to 3 meters with a projection system which is either built into the base […]

Who Owns the North Pole

Just watched a wonderful BBC documentary series, “Mapping the World“, which focuses on the use of maps throughout history for national power.  The last segment focuses on the current amazing new competition to claim the rapidly melting arctic region because of its enormous oil and gas reserves.  This has been in the news for some […]