29 June 2011

Last Chance -The Beauty of Maps - BBC Series

Last Chance -The Beauty of Maps - BBC Series

This is the last chance you will get to view this series.
According to the new source (below) this will NOT be made available on DVD or BluRay .

"Seeing The Art In Cartography"
An amazing array of interesting cartographic maps spanning centuries of maps that changed the perception of the world we see today.

Psalter 1260 Map


Desceilers World Map 1550


Digital World Internet Data Movement Map


Clips can be previewed (UK only? iplayer restricts uk only - advise foxyproxy & a uk proxy)
If you use get_iplayer with Tor (Tor, Polipo and Vidalia bundle) even better

*Can be seen on BBC Four in the coming weeks or on the BBC iPlayer

1/4. The story of the Hereford Mappa Mundi, the largest intact Medieval wall map in the world.
Next Monday 19th April, 20:30 BST on BBC Four
Medieval Maps - Mapping the Medieval Mind


Beauty of Maps main page

Also see 'Animated History of European Mapmaking'

Look out for "Windows on the World" [starts Sunday 18 April 2010 21:00 BST BBC4 & HD]
"In a series about the extraordinary stories behind maps, Professor Jerry Brotton uncovers how maps aren't simply about getting from A to B but are revealing snapshots of defining moments in history and tools of political power and persuasion."

(thanks for the reminder from @steev8)

NEW source:

source: @mapperz
Original Post:

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23 June 2011

London Geographic Tube Map

London Geographic Tube Map

London Geographic Tube Map

Mark Noad created this geographical London Tube Map. Showing all stations on the underground network related in real-world locations. Note the River Thames is a realistic shape.

The map is an unofficial response to a recent backlash against the original version, created designed by Harry Beck. This is often described as a ‘classic’ schematic map , showing routes and stations logically rather than geographically.

London Original Tube Map

Harry Beck's original tube map - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tube_map

View the geographical version:http://www.london-tubemap.com/



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15 June 2011

Yahoo! Maps APIs Service Closure - Due 13th September 2011

Yahoo! Maps APIs Service Closure - Due 13th September 2011

(And suggest working/moving to Nokia Maps and Nokia Maps API)

As part of Yahoo!’s commitment to creating deeply personal digital experiences, we have been reprioritizing our current portfolio of mapping products to refocus on a great consumer Mapping and Local Search experience. After careful consideration, Yahoo! will no longer support the below Maps APIs as of Sept 13, 2011. However, we are continuing to invest in our core maps offering at Yahoo! and later this year will announce more details of our strategic partnership with Nokia, so stay tuned!

We will continue to support a number of location APIs and encourage you to use our Placefinder API for geocoding, our Local Search API and Placemaker for geoparsing.

In the meantime, we have decided to close the following Maps APIs:

Supported Geo APIs and alternative services
Yahoo will continue to support a number of location APIs. We encourage you to use our Placefinder API for geocoding. The Local Search API remains available and Placemaker is still available for geoparsing.

Developers who wish to implement maps, routing and traffic into their web pages may use third-party developer networks for mapping services. We suggest using maps from our partner Nokia. Please go to api.maps.ovi.com/ for more information.


Q: On what exact date will the Yahoo! Maps APIs be shut down?
A: Yahoo! will no longer offer the Maps API service as of September 13, 2011.

Q: Why is Yahoo! removing the Maps APIs service?
A: In order to focus on our core strengths and deliver new innovations, we are reprioritizing our portfolio of products and services – increasing investment in some areas while scaling back in others. This will allow us to continue improving the Yahoo! Maps and Local Search experience and allow us to focus on providing best-in-class digital media, content and communications experiences.

Q: What Maps APIs will remain available for developers?
A: Placefinder, Placemaker and Local Search will continue to be supported.

Q: What other resources are available to developers wishing to use maps?
A: Developers who wish to implement maps, routing and traffic into their web pages may use third-party developer networks for services. We suggest using maps from our partner Nokia. Please go to api.maps.ovi.com/ for more information.

Q: What is the status of Nokia integration with Yahoo! maps and navigation services?
A: This work is in-progress and we plan to have something to announce later this year."

More Information


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14 June 2011

Offline Routing comes to Google Maps Navigation

Offline Routing comes to Google Maps
Offline reliability New!

Get continuous guidance and automatic rerouting, even if you lose your network connection after you’ve begun a route.


Nokia (aka was Ovi Maps) did have this advantage now seems to be a key part of Google Maps Navigation.

This is important when traveling quickly through areas without mobile/cell coverage. The Route can be changed and no need to connect to internet to adjust your

With Google Maps Navigation the entire data is stored on the device (in vector) form.

2.5D Mode Offline Google Maps Tablet
What is next for Google Maps - Offline Routing - 2.5D Buildings (example from Google Tablet above).
Offline Streetview (unlikely do to the amount of storage required).
Live Ads (very likely)
Real-Time [Connected to Mobile/Cell Network] - Weather - Google did for a short while introduce Weather.
Custom Overlay - most likely of them all - providing the format and files sizes are quick enough to download.

Link to Google Maps Navigation
(see halfway down about Offline Routing)


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06 June 2011

MagicShop FrontDoor Beta (BING & OSM)

MagicShop FrontDoor Beta (BING & OSM)

Something to do when your really bored: move address locations for Bing and contribute to OpenStreetMap (OSM)

MagicShop FrontDoor Beta

What's this? Every time you help Frontdoor correct an address point to the front door you're improving the local search results in Bing Maps. You're also contributing address position data under the ODbL to the OpenStreetMap project.

No more details....

Map and Fix some Addresses


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