Digital Geography

HERE maps: Free navigation apps for web and smartphones

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.

new word-based coordinate system

A few days ago I saw an announcement about what3words, a new startup which claims to have invented the simplest way to communicate a location. This statement forced me to have a closer look into their new coordinate system, because to communicate a location systematically with words isn’t easy. In order to organize venues or other meeting places, we’re often talking about locations and geographic places. A popular way is it to announce street corners to define meant places.

Overview: Newest developments from ESRI

At this years 11th geoforum of central Germany ESRI showed some new developments in their ArcGIS online portfolio. Those were published 23rd of September. Let me please introduce you to some of these features. If you came across the website of ESRI you might have mentioned that current ArcGIS offline or desktop applications are beyond the functional possibilities of the new ArcGIS online framework. One of these was the new multi-directional shadow algorithm which came on stage on the ArcGIS online platform and is now a downloadable function. Of course they will be available with the upcoming ArcGIS pro but…

Reading stuff the Spritz way

This is truly not a GIS oriented post but when it comes to science or studying you probably faced a big stack of books or a more or less endless list of PDFs you always wanted to read. My main proplem always was: it takes huge amount of time to read stuff.

Mapping earthquake environmental effects

In contrast to magnitude, which describes the energy release of an earthquake, the intensity of a seismic event describes its effects. Obviously, the intensity value depends on the location of the observer, on the earthquake parameters, but also on what is used to ascribe earthquake effects. Many scales exist. Most macroseismic intensity scales are based on earthquake damage to buildings and infrastructure. The MM and, especially in Europe, the EMS-98 scales are widely used.  All these scales that take into account damage to man-made structures have at least four problems in common: It is hard to compare building types world…

Peakfinder – identify the hills around you

Peakfinder.org is a fascinating website. It’s not new, but I just came across it few days ago by a recommendation of @callanbentley. It appears very simple, very clever and very beautiful. The site allows you to find peaks (mountains and hills) in your surroundings or wherever you want. Basically, it draws a simple line sketch of the horizon as you see it from your current position and names all the peaks in your sight. I could spend hours on this.  The website’s layout is amazing. It’s calm, pure and perfectly organized. Some options include searching for peaks from a database and…