We all basically go to the local Publix or market to gather all of our basics for our Thanksgiving feast. But if you have ever wondered where those great goodies have their origins, click this link to see this cool story map from ESRI.
It’s a problem that has plagued cartographers for centuries: How do you accurately represent a round world on a flat map?
The most common world map used today, designed almost 450 years ago, is highly distorted—it’s that classroom wall map that shows Greenland as absolutely colossal. But a new map called AuthaGraph, created by Tokyo-based artist and architect Hajime Narukawa, just won Japan’s distinguished Good Design Award for accurately representing the relative sizes of landmasses and bodies of water on Earth. The map is so proportionally accurate that you can fold it up into a three-dimensional globe.
The rest of the article can be found here: This World Map Is So Accurate It Folds Into a Globe
Over the past 10 plus years, I have been blessed to learn a skill that has a multitude of uses from oil and gas exploration (where I first learned and used GIS) to archaeology and environmental (my current GIS consulting area). But GIS has a wide range of uses that can be used cross-platform and cross-industries. Take, for example, health care and business. Walgreens is a heavy GIS user that has integrated the use and practice of GIS to be able to predict within a day or two where influenza outbreaks are occurring. The CDC is usually a week or more in detecting the outbreaks and occurrences of influenza.
Also another great article: WalMap: The App By Walgreens That Maps Out Community Trends in Real Time
Hillary Clinton’s path relies on winning traditionally Democratic states and has several potential ways over the top. Donald Trump has a much narrower path — he has to run the table in toss-up states and break through in a state that currently leans toward Clinton.
Here are seven ways Election Day could play out:NPR Article
A very interesting article about the shift over the years politically. The maps are what I find fascinating.
Thanks to Beth Weise born for sharing.
The great divide
The words “problem,” “solving,” and “GIS” are often used together. GIS is regularly touted as a technology that helps people solve problems. If the problem is that a wilderness search and rescue team needs help identifying a location suitable to land a helicopter, GIS can help with that. If you are a political campaign manager and you want to understand the socio-economic demographic patterns of the people who have been donating to your campaign, GIS has your back. Do you have multiple years’ worth of classified land use, land cover data covering the same geographic area and you need to quantify and qualify the changes? Hit the GIS Easy button.
In reality, however, reaching solutions happens that directly and easily only in the marketing brochures. The actual real-world process will be characterized by stumbles, a hassle or two, and a few work-arounds. Regular practitioners know the tremendous amount of work that a GIS project can represent in terms of question clarification and refinement, data collection and management, and software skill acquisition and application, among countless other tasks.
The rest of the article can be found here: Directions Magazine
One of a maps first set of purposes was to show troop movement and or territorial boundaries during ancient times. The would show the land owned by a King or nobleman and sometimes those very same maps would cause a dispute which resulted in war. Check out this article on how Google Maps and other map applications change the boundaries based upon a person IP address or geographical location. Talk about political correctness.
Here is a portion of the article: