Google Maps is one of the most popular web-based map services. If you want to adjust its style you can easily define a custom style sheet and embed it as JSON element into your HTML-code. Because there are lots of map elements you can style, it could be a good idea to use one of here introduced web service specialized on Google Maps style creation.
The visualization and interpolation of 3D terrain (point) data (DEM or DOM) could be a hard task for current GIS software and small to midsize hardware. One thing is the huge possible amount of points and their precision when it comes to airborne or terrestrial LIDAR data with point density < 5m and big areas of interest. Another thing is the rendering performance once the user started his exploration of such a huge dataset. There are several open source and proprietary software solutions and specialized software for several industries. In the following I’ll introduce you to planlauf/TERRAIN, a lightweight DEM…
As I realized that I have a really huge family I was keen to digitize the current family tree and get into contact to my relatives. For getting things done, I choose the open source genealogy software Gramps to record all offline information about my family members and create a database as base for further investigations, updates and of course spatial visualization. After that, I exported a database view and visualized it with QGIS.
The well-known Q/A-forum StackExchange has started a new “Open Data” section. Users can ask for needed datasets and get feedback from the great StackExchange community. Especially for our GIS and webmapping readers this is good news. Often the methodology isn’t the core problem of dealing with scientific or business issues. Often it’s more or less a lack of proper open datasets to run visualization and analyses.
Until now I tried to ignore the worldwide Pokémon Go hype. But as the mobile game consists more or less of a map and some geo-related content, we should mention it here on Digital-Geography.com. Produced by Niantic, Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game where the player can gather or breed Pokémon and fight against other players on real world map. Some functionalities are also just working when you are walking, so that it’s important to stay outside, which could have a positive impact on health of video gamers 🙂 Here you can download the Pokémon Go app for iOS…
Today I received the newsletter from Mapbox with interesting screenshots of their new mapstyles. The company convinced many users with nice basemap styles already in the past. Now they updated their background mapstyles for webmap usage. Just have a look: All pictures are from Mapbox. In my opinion the new styles fits good for modern map applications. If you’re interested in other background maps, check out this article – Map Compare. If you’re interested in getting more information about Mapbox styles, just visit this Mapbox article.
Navigating from a to b is really easy today. Once you have a power connector in your car (bike, bicycle, scooter or whatever) and a mounting point, smartphones are absolutely comparable with common navigation units for vehicles. App sharing onto new car infotainment systems makes it easy to choose your preferred navigation software also in current car models, if you’re not satisfied with the build in software. Also on your desktop many applications will guide you to your preferred destination. It’s time to check out the current navigation solutions on the market.
Recently I found a nice tool that generates stratigraphic tables (geology) for free. TimeScale Creator is Java-based (works with Win, Linux and MacOS) and allows you to compose individual stratigraphic tables and show off also with your own data.
The geospatial media industry is really negligible. Some blogs here, some magazines there. Luckily their authors are very hard-working. This article will introduce a magazine called “Geospatial World” (formerly known as GIS Development magazine). Since 1997 the magazine investigates geo-related topics and writes about present viewpoints of experts, worldnews, case studies, reviews, upcoming technologies and more.
The free and open source gis QGIS started an user survey on its online webpage. The project needs your input to get the best necessary community information for prioritising future adjustments and developments.