Digital Geography

Interactive Space Image Map of ISS-Pictures

The Sojus TMA-13M started on May 28th 2014 from Baikonur to bring the German Alex Gerst, the Russian Maxim Surajew and the American Reid Wiseman to the ISS (International Space Station). Besides the task of the crew to make some experiments etc. on ISS, they show the public how vulnerable and beautiful our blue planet is. There are different ways they try to do it: Regular public calls and interviews to the crew members bring the earth population in contact with the members. If you’re following one of those members on Twitter or Facebook I’m sure you’re impressed by the pictures…

CSVs and leaflet: the ultimate ressource

When it comes to certain tasks the usage of leaflet can be tricky. Of course it claims not to be the ultimate webmapping solution but one of the sleekest ones. But when it comes to csv files and reading data from them I always found it hard to implement given solutions listed in the plugins section of leaflet.

Peakfinder – identify the hills around you 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…

short announcement: learn to map with cartoDB

Dear folks, most of you probably know how to map things using software on your pc. Some of you might also know cartoDB. We like their service as our job-page here on is based on their tables, API and GeoJSON export functionalities. Additionally it’s for free (with some limitations)… The guys from CartoDB now offer an online learning event which will give newbies the chance to map their data in a very interesting online mapping engine.

The Spiegel Magazine and their “maps”

Today I stumbled upon a “map” on Spiegel Online ( an import news page in Germany ) which shows the spied countries of the NSA. As we already know leaflet quite good and also tried other mapping possibilities I was interested in what they are using for this map which is more informative than this useless map. So looking on the source code: It’s a library called jvectormap.

short announcement: The Mercator Puzzle

A lot of articles here at Digital Geography deal with maps and projections. You may have wondered how wrong the different map projections are or let’s say, what they lead us to think how big some areas on earth might be. Well, I can not tell you exactly, but the Mercator Puzzle gives you an idea on the errors that we need to deal with. Plus, it’s fun. Drag the outlines and fit them to countries: The Mercator Puzzle by Google. (To be honest, I expected myself to perform better…)