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National Park moved 150 miles to the east to take up role as suburban escape


Here is a funny response to a major map error on Google Maps, found last month. From BBC Wales:

The gorgeous Brecon Beacons was erroneously positioned outside of downtown London. The technical error has directed people searching for the national park more than 150m (241km) away to a location between Chelsea and Knightsbridge.

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority posted the image online with the caption: "We have now moved. Londoners get an upgrade thanks to Google Maps."

Chief executive John Cook joked: "Well the move has come as a bit of a shock to us all."

He added: "I'm sure it will come as good news to Londoners who want some fresh mountain air on their doorstep.

"The truth is we are only three hours away from London - don't rely on your sat-nav or Google Maps - just head to Bristol on the M4, cross the bridge, ask a local and they'll know exactly where to find us."

Hilarious response. I've been walking on the Beacons exactly once, and it was divine. 

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Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6:31 PM
Tags: accuracy (1), Google Maps (5)

2005-2015: A decade of intense innovation in mapping

The GIF began in November 2015 on a wave of excitement around geospatial technology. In the months leading up to our first GIS Day in 2005, Google Maps launched, then went mobile; Google Earth launched in the summer; and NASA Blue Marble arrived. Hurricane Katrina changed the way we map disasters in real time. The opening up of the Landsat archive at no-cost by the USGS revolutionized how we can monitor the Earth's surface by allowing dense time-series analysis. These and other developments made viewing our world with detail, ease, and beauty commonplace, but these were nothing short of revolutionary - spurring new developments in science, governance and business. The decade since then has been one of intense innovation, and we have seen a rush in geospatial technologies that have enriched our lives immeasurably. In November 2015 we can recognize a similar wave of excitement around geospatial technology as we experienced a decade ago, one that is more diverse and far reaching than in 2005. This GIS Day we would like to highlight the societal benefit derived from innovators across academia, non-profits, government, and industry. Our panel discussion on the 18th has representatives from several local innovators in the field, including: Stamen Designs, Geowing, PlanetLabs, 3D Robotics, NASA,, and Google, who will discuss their perspectives on the boom in Bay Area mapping. 

Please think about joining us at GIS Day!

Posted on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 5:26 PM
Tags: citizen (1), collaboration (1), gif (1), Google Maps (5), learning (1), remote sensing (2), uav (1)

Speaking of Data Viz...


 Check out this cool Google #MapsHack... here!



Google maps+Color= Awesome Art


Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 4:08 PM
Tags: Google Maps (5), viz (1)

Funny pic on Google Maps

This is the island of Nihoa, northwest of Kauai, viewed in Google Maps. Hawaii on my mind. Anyway, it is a funny shot with mixed resolutions, and what looks to be a bordered image without its adjacent partner images. Web link:,-161.8639537,39656m/data=!3m1!1e3
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Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 5:08 PM

Differences between Google Maps and Open Street Map


For class discussion: here is one look at the difference between Google Maps and Open Street Map.


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Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7:23 PM
Tags: Google Maps (5), open source (1)
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