Category Archives: Spatial IT/GIS

Treasure Map

Should We Be Reading Maps or Moving Forward?

There has been a lot of press recently about an announcement from the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) declaring that “Society is being sedated by software,” and it would appear that most of the media have jumped on board, like the BBC, The Guardian, even the Western Morning News. I have to agree with them...

ArcGIS Transparent Text 7

How to Add Transparent Text in ArcGIS

ArcGIS is a great piece of software but has some small functionality missing which, to a cartographer or perfectionist (like myself), can be a little frustrating. So I was really pleased when I discovered a way to create transparent text, something which has eluded me for a long time in ArcGIS. Lets consider this map:...

Boeing K65438

Tracking Aircraft in Flight

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series xyHt in print April 2015From surveillance methods using ground-based radar to space-based systems, it’s more complex to track aircraft than you might think. The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, was both tragic and stunning. The...

Maptime co-founder Alan McConchie (back, left) teaches Tilemill 1 and 2 at a Maptime meetup at Stamen’s offices in 2014. Credit: Christie Hemms.

Maptime

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series xyHt in print April 2015A new source of support for mapmakers is spreading internationally. With so many sectors and niches, the spatial/IT industry was falling into silos. Then, seemingly from out of nowhere groups started appearing, first in the United States and then in Europe,...

Pufferfish sphere

Esri Developer Summit 2015 Highlights

The 2015 Esri Developer Summit (colloquially referred to as the “DevSummit”) was held in Palm Springs, CA, March 10-13. Two thousand+ programmers and technologists participated, seeing the latest developments for building applications in ArcGIS web, desktop and native coding environments. I particularly enjoy the DevSummit events, since they are entirely geekfest in nature, as opposed...

Maptime

Maptime – A [UK] user experience

A year ago if you had said “Maptime” to me, I would have thought you were mad. I have now been to three “Maptime” events, and I want to share my experience, as you may be sitting there perplexed as to what you would gain from it. Maptime is increasing in popularity. Before Christmas [2014]...