The Phantom Atlas

Looking for a gift for someone who loves maps?  Take a look at The Phantom Atlas.  Long before satellites and Google, cartographers traced out maps of the world, some with errors that persisted for hundreds of years.  The Phantom Atlas compiles the greatest “myths, lies and blunders” on maps, from honest mistakes to deliberate lies.  Check out this interview with the author:

Hardcover and Kindle versions available on Amazon:

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Programming ArcGIS Pro with Python

Eric Pimpler of Geospatial Training Services is giving away copies of his new book Programming ArcGIS Pro with Python.  Enter to win a copy, just click below!

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Chapters include:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to the Python Programming Language
  • Chapter 2: Introduction to using Arcpy in ArcGIS Pro
  • Chapter 3: Executing Geoprocessing Tools from Scripts
  • Chapter 4: Using the Arcpy Mapping Module to Manage Projects, Maps, Layers, and Tables
  • Chapter 5: Managing Layouts
  • Chapter 6: Automating Map Production
  • Chapter 7: Updating and Fixing Data Sources
  • Chapter 8: Querying and Selecting Data
  • Chapter 9: Using the Arcpy Data Access Module
  • Chapter 10: Creating Custom Geoprocessing Tools

Guerrilla Cartography Kickstarter

Guerrilla Cartography has a kickstarter for their upcoming Water Atlas project.  Contribution options include adding your location to the collaborators map, receiving a copy of the book, or even donating a copy of the book to your favorite school, library, or community center with your name printed on the inside cover.  Check it out.

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Thanks goes to Chandler Sterling for pointing this one out!

Disney Map Up For Auction

Have some extra cash?  Maybe you would be interested in placing a bid for this original map of Disneyland, co-created by Walt Disney himself when the park was still in the inception phase.  The map helped Walt and his brother Roy sell the park idea and make it a reality in Anaheim.  For more info of the story and where the auction will be held, click below … and good luck!

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And if you don’t have that kind of cash, maybe you would settle for this book instead?  It’s a good one.

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The book opens up from the middle, which is cool.  For a look inside, check out this video.

Free EPA Report on Climate Change Indicators

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has published a new report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2016 (Fourth Edition), which includes seven new indicators and a feature on climate and health.  EPA partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change.

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Cartographic Grounds

Mapping has been one of the most fertile areas of exploration for architecture and landscape in the past few decades. While documenting this shift in representation from the material and physical description toward the depiction of the unseen and often immaterial, Cartographic Grounds by Jill Desimini and Charles Waldheim takes a critical view toward the current use of data mapping and visualization and calls for a return to traditional cartographic techniques to reimagine the manifestation and manipulation of the ground itself.  Continue reading

Creation of Digital Contours That Approach the Characteristics of Cartographic Contours

The capability to easily create digital contours using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software has existed for decades. Out-of-the-box raw contours are suitable for many scientific applications without pre- or post-processing; however, cartographic applications typically require additional improvements. For example, raw contours generally require smoothing before placement on a map. Continue reading