Digital Geography

Create Maps Online: A comparison of 6 webmap providers

Working with a desktop GIS might be a good choice for geodata-experts, GIS-people in general and everyone who is inside the fields of geosciences. If you don’t want to struggle with a desktop mapping software or you “just want to create a map” for your publication, business data, website or professional service the following online mapping solutions might be the one-stop-shop for your needs.

Spatial Big-Data: 10 stunning services

In the last month the German website Spiegel-Online showed some nice examples of big-data combined with geodata. Geodata get’s more important with every GPS-enabled device that is sold, form that will store your address, IP that is monitored, customer in a global market. Let me Introduce you some stunning examples of geo-enabled web applications. Maybe you get some inspiration to power your business with some spatial data too.

open navigation overview: 4 OSM routing services

Routing is one of the main tasks when using Google Maps and co. Some systems are directly inserted into cars, some others should show us practical routes to the next supermarket or train station. Often routing services are associated with big commercial and proprietary providers like Google, TomTom, Nokia and other ones. In the mean time also routing services powered by the OSM (Open Street Map) community could provide proper routing to get you to your desired destination.

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.

uMap – easy open source webmap creation based on OSM, Leaflet and Django

Creating maps is the most appropriate way to present spatial data. In the last years several methods appeared to generate such webmaps. Based on a tile-layer, wich contains all basic map informations such cities, motorways, natural elements etc, even inexperienced computer users can drop their informations with ease. Nevertheless there are some methods and services, wich are easier than others, even if they have less options in map configuration. uMap can be classified as such a smart and easy way to get your spatial informations on a reasonable webmap, which can easily embeded to your personal homepage and so on.…

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.

NeoCartography and the need to code

The time when I studied Geography and Mathematics is long ago. So I chose Cartography as one major part of my studies and learned to draw circles and a good cartographic representation of discrete values as an example. As I have chosen this field of cartography and GIS I am well aware of the changes that came to this fields. Especially Cartography made big leaps to be more represented by Geoinformatics than those traditional map makers. And I would assume that it is hard for Geographers and Cartographers to catch up with all those fancy programming stuff. Nevertheless I think…

How to find geospatial data for Spain

In some countries, such as the USA and Spain, there is a very nice law that makes life easy for geoscientists. This law guarantees free access to a broad range of geospatial data like DEMs, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, ground use data, hydrological information and so on. In most cases, these data are made public via web-based GIS applications. These are generally rather slow, but allow to display a lot of different datasets. I did both my diploma thesis and my PhD in Spain and I really needed to find out about all the data available. I knew that they…