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
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
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:
This is a very insightful map of the Great Migration that occurred in the early 20th century. No one really has written much about it. I am interested in the migration pattern of early native North Americans and of the continent as a whole. I really love this stuff.
Follow the link to read more byMax Galka
In the 60 years that followed, growing racism and a lack of economic opportunities in the South led more than 6 millionAfrican Americans to migrate north. The pull northward was also compounded by World War I, which boosted the demand for northern industry, but left the North with a shortage of workers.
Bike sharing isn’t very popular around the Northwest Florida area but it is in larger cities across the globe. There is a very neat project that shows the real-time bike sharing use across major cities in North America and Europe. Now, I love riding my bike but for me to be able to get to the office from my home would mean that I would leave the house at 3 in the morning. But, if I were located in a larger city with an adequate cycling lanes, I would probably be one who commutes by bike.
Follow the link in the quote and see how this project started and what the visuals reveal about the programs.
Thanks to http://metrocosm.com/ for the post on facebook about the article.
Bike sharing programmes have grown from just 24 cities worldwide a decade ago to more than 800 cities today, but how has a 200-year-old device suddenly become the next big thing in urban transport? The key is digital information, the real-time GPS technology that allows the bikes to be tracked and secured, and lets cities monitor how and where they are being used.