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Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in Featured Maps, Visualisation | 4 comments

The Best of 2011

The Best of 2011

As 2011 draws to a close it is worth reflecting on what, I think, has been a defining year for mapping and spatial analysis. Geographic data have become open, big, and widely available, leading to the production of new and interesting maps on an almost daily basis. The increasing utilisation of technology such as Google Fusion Tables has made it easier than ever to map data. Sadly the number of bad maps is on the increase as a result (largely thanks to the web’s preference for the Mercator projection and push-pins) and I hope things will improve (over to you Google!) next year. To inspire another year of mapping, and in no particular order, here is the spatialanalysis “Best of 2011”. The maps here have been popular, engaged users, innovated, and raised the bar for cartographic standards. I bet I have missed some so feel free to link to your best map in the comments section. Paul Butler’s Facebook Connections Map This just sneaks in as it was produced in December 2010....

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Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in London | 0 comments

Time Travel Explorer London

Time Travel Explorer London

I have recently purchased the slimline version of the Time Travel Explorer (TTX) London iPhone App. There are two versions available: the slimline version (cost £1.79) or the pro version cost (£5.49). The prices sit neatly either side of the Lonely Planet Guide to London app (cost £3.49). This is relevant because both can be used as city guides. Whereas the Lonely Planet includes entertainment venues etc, the TTX guide appeals to the historians and map geeks out there with a series of historical maps and information. These have been seamlessly integrated with a contemporary map of the city and can be viewed by dragging a slider bar (see below). The app is a big one- 355mb- and it takes a while to download and install. This is due to a rich range of content. The 750 points of interest have extensive written information, 150 have audio guides and there are 1500 images. POIs are shown as push pins on the map; or as part of a searchable list…...

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 in Resources | 4 comments

ArcGIS for iPhone: Review

ArcGIS for iPhone: Review

ESRI have just launched their ArcGIS for iPhone Application. I have tested it out and thought I would share a my first impressions. I conducted the test on my iPhone 3GS running software version 4.0.1 and with 1 to 3 bars of 3G signal. Overall I found the app to be very impressive. You are greeted with a world map that you can instantly interact with by panning and zooming in the usual way. The map tiles loaded surprisingly quickly- it took approx 5 seconds to zoom from the above view to building level with only 1 bar of signal. Users can search for places of interest… …but this provided the only disappointment with the map appearing to lack the required data. Zooming out a little resolved this problem, but I am not sure how many people would think to do this. I suspect the problem is relatively easily  addressed and may well be in future updates. Offering standard maps is not particularly innovative and not what the app...

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Posted by on Jan 8, 2010 in London | 0 comments

UCL Panoramic Pictures

To add to Oliver O’Brien’s “A Year at UCL” slideshow I have uploaded a couple of panoramic photos from visually impressive moments featuring  UCL’s Portico Building. As I take more pictures I will add them to this...

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Posted by on Aug 11, 2009 in London | 1 comment

AutoStitch iphone

AutoStitch iphone

Whilst it is not my intention to write a technology blog, I do want jamescheshire.co.uk to reflect some of my broader interests. For this reason I have devoted this post to the very impressive AutoStitch iphone application. AutoStitch was developed originally for PCs/ Macs as a powerful method of creating panoramic photos. Unlike many other photo stitching tools, the software can handle multiple rows of photos and does not require users to partially align and order the input images before stitching. I found AutoStitch to be very effective and have used it to create very large images from multiple 10 megapixel photos. Best of all the software can be freely downloaded from here and requires no installation. I was therefore excited to hear that the developers of AutoStitch have created an application (cost £1.19) that enables users to stitch and crop photos on their iphone. I tested the application yesterday. I took the following photos from Waterloo Bridge, London. Stitching the images (3 in the top photo, 3 x...

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