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Just downloaded DIVA-GIS to try out. Seems small and relatively responsive; I’m unfamiliar with it but willing to try. Let’s see how easy it is to work with!
If you have any interest in maps and the history of mapping, this brief History of Cartography is pretty nice. It is geared toward the UK mapping universe, however, and leaves out such cool things as stick maps of Micronesia and Inuit carved wood and antler maps.
Making maps in this abstract manner must have been difficult; were they made en route? Seems like the only way I could do it – with the terrain right there in front of me – but it also seems unlikely that they produced them in a kayak. What’s left? Amazing memories for topography and an ability to equate an abstract shape to a shoreline.
I love this feature in Google Maps as it gives me a chance to see what places look like, and it allows me to “revisit” places I’ve already been. Using Street View is a lot like driving slowly down a road and still being able to look out all the windows of your vehicle. Very occasionally it offers a view of an unusual event in the vicinity of the Google Maps vehicle. While it would be extremely time-consuming to find these yourself – short of coincidence – GstreetSightings.com is a great shortcut to some of those odd happenings.
I am working on a map of Iceland right now; something I’ve had rattling around in my brain for ages. As someone not formally trained in geography or cartography, I never really had exposure to proper historical maps until much later in my life than your average geographer (I imagine).
I was delighted to discover in my 20s the über-cool Ortelius Islandia map from the 16th century! Although not up to my “cute polar bear” standards, it’s pretty nifty. My Iceland map is inspired by this Ortelius creation but with fewer fanciful creatures on it. I’m shooting for more realistic critters like Puffins, Icelandic sheep and horses, seals and maybe the odd walrus or two…
I’ve had a bit of a time finding detailed vector base material, so I ended up vectorizing a very old map I had around the house, after separating the features on it into different Photoshop layers. It has been a bit of a pain but well worth it. Now I am cleaning up the extra vertices and stray vectors – making sure things close up properly – and then I’ll copy things to fill layers and outline layers… You get the idea.
Nope! You can’t see it until it’s presentable. Well, maybe just a little peek…
I have always love aerial photography. The first time I ever worked with them was very briefly in 7th grade Social Studies to view a city from the air. Since then I have worked with tons of them; indexing them, labeling them, ordering them, returning them, researching them; you name it and I’ve probably done it. I never get sick of looking at them.
I’d love to make some of my own, too, but I have no plane! What’s a poor would-be aerial photographer to do? Well, GEOINT has the answer! The latest thing in college-level geo-imagery is also the first thing, apparently.
Back in the 1800s when photography was new, people naturally wanted a view of their environs from a new viewpoint. The only available means were from balloons and kites (and pigeons, but that’s another story). So aerial photography was born – hanging from a balloon or a kite.
My camera means a lot to me. From what I’ve read, the poor thing would be protected by a shell of soda (pop) bottle, which also houses the shutter gas-pedal. I would worry about my camera, honestly. But it looks like such fun, and you can get some really snazzy aerial images this way.
And, so cheap!
You can see more about DIY aerial at Grassroots Mapping’s website.