Digital Geography

HERE maps: Free navigation apps for web and smartphones

HERE maps Berlin-Munich by cat

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.

How a QGIS plugin saved my day: autotrace

3483780One of my favourite horror exercises for students was the digitization of geological maps. Everyone hated it as you need to take of snapping options, correct attributes, and always needed to check with the background map which was most of the times a bad quality scan of an old never-heard-of-this-country geological map. Today I needed to do this work for myself… what goes around, comes around.

EGEA: Who are we and what do we do?

0_EGEA_logo_Plain-980x450We are EGEAns and part of the European Geography Association for students and young Geographers (or in short EGEA), a network to create, explore and share different approaches of geography in a culturally mixed environment. So what else do we have to offer? Vision EGEA brings together young geographers in an atmosphere of respect, inclusion and personal development. This inspires global understanding of environmental and social processes and enables us to bring about a positive impact on society. Mission EGEA targets European students and professionals in the field of Geography to encourage sharing, networking, volunteering and alternative informal peer-learning. We…

5 reasons why I blog

11036455_1650714048490008_1262806449232851901_n(1)5 reasons why I blog, and why shall you. About 4 years ago I started blogging and building a website/blog with content about GIS, geodata and programming. As I am an IT consultant for banks and mainly working as a testmanager in a SAP-software surrounding in Switzerland you might ask: “Why the heck do you this?”. Check out my motivation and reasons why I blog and spend time here.

Geospatial World: geospatial industry magazine for free

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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 QGIS survey needs input!

QGIS User survey

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.

Adding projection data to ENVI headers (GIMMS 3g example)


Once in a while you may need to take an unprojected file and add coordinate parameters to the header. Assuming you use ENVI, the hard way is to perform a reprojection via Image to Map registration in ENVI Classic. The easy way is to add the coordinate information to the header file. Here we assume you do not need to warp the file to an ellipsoid or datum. Here we use the example of GIMMS 3g data from the University of Maryland and NASA. Start by importing the data as a Binary file.   It is important to realize that…

GIS with javascript – tutorial part 1

pie charts as point markers

An article from Anders. Geodata in javascript GeoJSON is the standard way of storing geodata in JSON, javascripts native data format. The wikipedia article has very clear and telling examples. If you have never heard of GeoJSON, read it. The aim of this article is to show you how to convert your geodata to GeoJSON and some basics in querying the data.

Short Announcement: SRTM 1 Data Worldwide

coverage SRTM 1The digital elevation dataset resulting from the SRT Mission in the year 2000 is probably the most widely used digital elevation dataset in the world. It was first released with a 90 at ground resolution in a more or less global level (56° S to 60° N). In 2014 the White House announced the release of the 30 m original solution dataset. So they released parts of the dataset one-by-one. Our author Christoph just mentioned an update via Twitter.