Digital Geography

Map a whole city with OpenStreetMap

One day last month, I came back to OpenStreetMap, to see how the city of Legnano (city of 60k people – near Milan – Italy) was mapped. I knew I did not find much, but hoped it would have been mapped to a large extent. I immediately created an atlas with the online tool mapOSMatic and the result can be found here: Download PDF Atlas of Legnano (as it was) or go to the repository mapOSMatic I always talk about OpenStreetMap on my blog and I invite and teach all kinds of mapping. When I realized the state it was in my city,…

odyssey.js: your easy story mapping engine

Reading my tweets can be somehow interesting: It seems like ESRI invented and exclusively owns the phrase “story map”: #storymap Tweets What IS a story map? To me a story map is the same like a map: a way of information distribution. According to ESRI: “Story maps use geography as a means of organizing and presenting information. They tell the story of a place, event, issue, trend, or pattern in a geographic context. They combine interactive maps with other rich content—text, photos, video, and audio—within user experiences that are basic and intuitive” (citation). Let’s sum up the characteristics: tell  a…

Quick Overview of New Features in QGIS 2.4

I have been busy working on new post based on performing geospatial analysis in QGIS, but I had to take a quick detour on this topic to talk about some really great features that will be coming out in the next release of QGIS, 2.4. Keep in mind that I downloaded the nightly release of QGIS just a few days ago and these are the most exciting new features in QGIS that I have noticed. Field Calculator Bar First, I have read the most about this new feature (here in Nathan Woodrow’s blog) , and this is what pushed me…

Final Edits on a Vintage Themed Map in QGIS

Well, I think this will be my last post on this topic for a while. I feel like I could never stop on this subject because the more I work on designing a vintage style map, I find more ways to add another styling element. So if this is the first time you are reading my blog I have done three posts of this subject so please take a look at them (ArcGIS Vintage, First QGIS Vintage, and Second QGIS Vintage). I have decided to stick with QGIS since it has more ability for you to manipulate your map inside…

MORE Designing Tips for Vintage Maps in QGIS

Thanks to everyone who read my first post on this topic, Vintage Themed Maps in QGIS 2.2, and since I have receive positive feed back on this post I have decided to add more designing tips for vintage maps in QGIS 2.2. At the end of my last post on this topic I stated that: “[. . .] labeling is not as advance as ArcGIS. I may be mistaken, however, I could not find a way to create curve text[. . .]” I would like to say that I am wrong about this assessment, and with the guidance of Nathan…

Vintage Themed Maps in QGIS

Vintage Design in QGIS 2.2 Hello again! Thanks for taking a look at this post on how to create a Vintage Themed Maps in QGIS 2.2. Now for this process I am using QGIS 2.2 on Ubuntu 14.04, I only mention this because I have never compared the Linux and Windows version to see if there are any difference between the two versions. Furthermore, I would like to state that I originally the idea for this post from this Blog last year, so please take the time to look at it. Also, if you haven’t looked at my original post…

maps on the web: fortified regions

To echo the  recent tragedies in the island of  Lampedusa, I invite you to discover Philippe Rekacewicz’s map collection on the subject. This helps having a global sight of these fortified areas (which are not necessarily walls) built around our rich and westernized countries and show how much we isolate ourselves gradually against the outer misery and how, in fact, thousands of migrants die each year to our doors.

Create your own worldmap: worldmapgenerator.com

The “Viewpoints” project explores the aesthetic question whether there is a parameter-based method for generating unconventional maps of the world that do justice to the thematic context in which they appear. For this purpose a  project-specific software is developed. So far, map production by means of projection has been governed by certain rules that determine the geographical area depicted at the centre of the map. With conventional world maps, the horizontal centre is usually made up by the equator. The project software enables the generation and design of wholly new and unconventional varieties of world maps in simple and structured…

Rapa Iti, the treasure Island (for a story teller)

Everyone knows the island of Rapa Nui (the “big”) also named Easter Island, but very few know the island of Rapa Iti (the “small”). This island worthy of inclusion in the best novels of Stevenson is the southernmost inhabited lands of French Polynesia. This extinct volcano has a deep bay and breathtaking steep reliefs, but no airfield. The 450 inhabitants of this island are so isolated that they have developed a language apart from the commonly shared tahitian language in Polynesia. One day a child was born in Luxeuil (France, Haute-Saône) who spoke a language that no one understood, even the most…

short announcement: learn to create maps online

This week a new 5 weeks course will start at coursera. Coursera is an online learning platform that enables people from all around the world to learn and to develop skills. This week we will see the first cartography related course to start: Maps and the Geospatial Revolution by Dr. Anthony C. Robinson First Session will start with a short historical view on maps and technologies together with some basic questions: how do we navigate, what is geography and the simple statement: “The Earth is Round and Maps are Flat” Session two will cover the concept of a scale, dimensional…