2017-02-22 11:36:15

Is Cartography Dead?

Kristin Warry speculates on the relative importance of cartography as everyone has access to visualisation tools – including mapping tools – and as the amount of geographically related data proliferates exponentially. Kristin would like anyone to enter for the AGI’s new ‘Best Geospatial Visualisation Award’ – whether or not they produce a map! Once, like the illuminated writing in the book of Kells, only a few people could make a map: they drew it painstakingly by hand, and not many could read or use it. Even a decade ago many legal maps were still drawn by hand; the cartographer sat... (read more)
2017-05-31 02:50:49

7th International Conference on Cartography & GIS

7th International Conference on Cartography & GIS & Seminar with EU cooperation on Early Warning and Disaster Management Sozopol, Bulgaria, 18-23 June 2018  Organized by International Cartographic Association, Bulgarian Cartographic Association and University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria.  The event will be held during Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, 2018.  Upon very successful events in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016, 7th edition of the International Conference on Cartography and GIS (ICC&GIS) is organized in Bulgaria.  As a part of the conference several other events will be held during 18-23 June: Special Session... (read more)
2017-09-05 01:29:28

Bluesky aerial images reveal Britain's hidden land for mapmakers

Cartography.co.uk is using the latest aerial photography from Bluesky to produce bespoke maps of rural farms and estates. The largest producer of customised mapping for private landowners in the UK, Cartography.co.uk’s map products are used for a variety of applications, including a growing concern for rural safety. The detailed maps are increasingly being produced for landowners who are concerned about employees working in remote locations in the event of an accident or other incident requiring support from the emergency services. “In addition to the more traditional uses of our maps, there is a growing requirement from landowners to be able... (read more)
2017-01-14 05:26:20

Hewlett Packard chooses XYZ Maps

XYZ Maps has been selected out of hundreds of companies across the world by Hewlett Packard to provide maps for their plotters. Dr Tim Rideout from XYZ Maps commented: “It is a great reflection on both XYZ Maps and Scottish cartography that out of all the hundreds of map companies in the World, HP should have come to us.” Hewlett Packard has selected a range of XYZ World, Continental and City maps to use as demonstration and sample files at Print and Design Shows all round the World. So next time you are you are looking for a large plotter... (read more)
2017-01-12 01:58:19

Airbus Global Elevation Data Added to ArcGIS

Airbus Defence and Space WorldDEM4Ortho elevation data is soon to be part of the growing ArcGIS Online Living Atlas of the World. Covering the entire earth's land surface, this is the most consistent and accurate elevation model for ensuring that imagery is properly calibrated to geographic standards on a global scale. This data will be available for online end-user applications and developers creating apps with a specific need for elevation information. Navigation systems, for instance, can use 3D road data to give drivers better estimates of fuel costs based on the terrain. The applications for these elevation layers include analytics... (read more)
2017-07-19 01:47:17

INTERGEO – Bridge To A Digital Future

When geo IT experts from the worlds of business and science sat down together at a roundtable for INTERGEO and got talking, they put together a picture of geo IT’s significance and role at the present time and looking ahead as the transformation to a digital future takes shape. The experts concluded that intelligent geo applications will provide the answers to pressing issues that arise in the future. Each of the experts at the table has a particular specialism. Surprisingly, despite the great diversity of the industry representatives from Hexagon Geosystems and Trimble and the scientists from the disciplines of... (read more)
2017-07-25 03:02:24

How did you get into geography, in the first place. . . ?

Chair of AGI Council Abigail Page charts her path to membership and achievement at AGI. . . and the route to outstanding cocktails! I’m always interested in who’s who at the AGI, where they’ve come from, and how they ‘got into’ geography in the first place. We have such a diverse membership – and with the emphasis on education and personal development in this issue, I wanted to share something about my own career path, the role for personal development, and indeed the changing nature of the AGI. Before entering a world of geo I spent time managing a photo... (read more)
2017-08-04 10:49:24

The Revolution of GIS in Map Making

Visualising that what we do not know yet
GIS is crucial for map making nowadays and we could barely imagine cartography without digital data acquisition, processing, analysis and visualisation. But the art of map making is much older than GIS. Ever since the first maps were created thousands of years ago, cartographers have been busy with the collection, processing and careful representation of the world around us – in many output forms and crafted with various tools. How did GIS and data acquisition developments in the 20th century revolutionise this process and, consequently, our use of maps? This article highlights some of the developments we now take for... (read more)
2017-08-07 11:52:18

Ordnance Survey Ireland Shows New Perspectives

Part 1: Cartographic Orchestration
The Republic of Ireland is leading the way in national geospatial activities within the international mapping arena. As of this September, Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) is the first national mapping agency in the world with the capability to produce 1:1,000,000 cartographic products and services from its 1:1,000 topographic database in a fully automated flowline. OSi has populated a standards-based, object-oriented data model and implemented orchestrated, rule-based production workflows to achieve this result. This article focuses on OSi’s new rule-based production workflows. A second article will focus on how OSi transforms these new work processes into ‘Mapping as a Service’. One of... (read more)
2016-12-06 09:43:03
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