Google Maps JavaScript API WebGL

I’m a huge mapping nerd, so I’m a sucker for the Maps JavaScript API WebGL beta which was announced at Google I/O back in May: Introduced are three new features: WebGL Overlay View lets you add custom 2D and 3D graphics and animated content to your maps. Tilt and heading can now be adjusted programmatically, …

Launching the Facebook Map

Jodah Adkins from Stamen Design: For the past year and a half, it’s been our privilege to work on one of our largest and most ambitious undertakings ever: collaborating closely with a team of Facebook engineers, designers, and data experts to roll out a global, multi-scale base map for all of Facebook’s billions of users. …

Unfolded Studio — Geospatial Data Reinvented

A geospatial analytics platform for data unification, enrichment, and visualization. It’s built on top of the aforementioned deck.gl and Kepler.gl Unfolded Studio →Unfolded Studio Example: All Public Transport stops in Germany → Sidenote: By the looks of it, the open-source Kepler.gl is doing the heavy lifting there.

Google Maps Hacks: Creating a Virtual Traffic Jam

Google Maps Hack by Simon Weckert: 99 second hand smartphones are transported in a handcart to generate virtual traffic jam in Google Maps. Through this activity, it is possible to turn a green street red which has an impact in the physical world by navigating cars on another route to avoid being stuck in traffic. …

The Spilhaus “World Ocean Map in a Square“ Projection

Coming to the next version of ArcGIS is the “Spilhaus projection”: In September and October of 2018, three maps went viral on social media and the web. All of them had the same perspective, featured oceans as the main focus, and presented the oceans as one body of water. The maps were based on the …

MapItOut: “How far could I live from X?”

The folks at IAmsterdam have released a map that measures distances not in miles / kms but in time. Select a spot + a means of transportation + a desired travel time and it’ll show you how far away (in time) you can get. From what I can tell European countries such as Belgium, France, …

Mercator – It’s a flat, flat world!

In the 16th century, Gerardus Mercator, a Flemish cartographer devised a new way of depicting the world on a flat plane. We set off to explore his map in order to illustrate his biggest blunders, unearth curious facts and explain the advantages that make this representation of the globe still relevant today. I especially like …

Inuit Cartography: A Coastline Map Carved out of Driftwood

In Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), the Inuit people are known for carving portable maps out of driftwood to be used while navigating coastal waters. These pieces, which are small enough to be carried in a mitten, represent coastlines in a continuous line, up one side of the wood and down the other. The maps are compact, …