Digital Geography

Short Announcement: OpenWhateverMap

Choosing a basemap for your cool web map is always crucial for the style and perception of your map. A colorful basemap like watercolor might be stunning but also interfering with your data visualization. In contrary a grayish basemap might look a bit boring but your data visualization will be crucial. If you’re unsure and a playful type of developer: Use OpenWhateverMap!

Map Compare – a direct comparison of basemaps and cartogrphic styles

Driven of the high usability of webmaps for companies and projects, many background-styles are available online. The existing styles can be easily implemented in your own project-map. Depending on the thematic map approach it’s appropriate to use a topographic, minimal-graphic or thematic reduced map-style to get the best basemap as groundlayer for your overlaid vector-data. The webapp “Map Compare” made by Wolfram Schneider makes it easy to compare available basemaps and cartographic styles and is one of my favorite “smart tools” for digital mapping projects.

MatLab, SAS, STATA, SPSS, Excel users: Try R, damn it!

Due to my work with a multitude of statistical packages in my career I may be able to evaluate a lot of them. I’ve first used Excel for my calculations as most of the normal users do. I like the idea behind a spreadsheet and the combination of data and click-to-do functions. Nevertheless I’ve often managed to gain control again over my spreadsheets as they’ve evolved to some unintelligible things on my hard drive. The ruler of this evolution was spreadsheet “data_results_0.9.1a_final_b_ws.xls”…

“Python” or the agony of choice

The work as a geographer with statistical and remote-sensing related focus arise the necessity of mastering a programming language sooner or later. Lets choose: C, C + +, Java,. Net, C #, VBA decide, etc., but you should ask yourself, what you want to do with your new skills. For me it was important to learn a possible open-source-based language construct. More important to me was the possible range of applications, simple language constructs and documentation, and a widespread use in GIS-related environments. The new language should also be a language that is compatible with applications that I already know…