My partner and I are amateur hikers, with me being a relative newbie. I'm interested in buying a GPS receiver but I'm not sure how they work and whether they'd be useful for us. We live in New York state and we like hikes of about 4 - 7 miles of moderate woodlands terrain. We've purchased some good trail maps (showing marked/blazed trails, woods roads, and unmaintained trails) with topographical features (and uses UTM coordinates, if that's relevant) and a basic magnetic compass (which we're learning more about using as we go). [more inside]
I am looking for historic GIS shapefiles, or actual drawn maps that are in the public domain that could be rectified in a GIS system, of the world during the 1820s to 1830s, showing national boundaries at the time and with names for countries and cities that were used at the time, for example "Van Diemen's Land" for Tasmania. [more inside]
I want to make a map that's a cross between Google Maps and Waze and Yelp. What software do I use? [more inside]
If you had a world map or globe that was correct and up-to-date the moment it was created, could you use one or more features on the map to pinpoint the year it was created? [more inside]
Is there a service/some software that will let me (up)load an image of a map and then convert that image into an actual map, with lat/long coordinates? I have an image of a hand drawn map (drawn to scale). I know the latitude/longitude points for some points on the map. I want to find out accurate coordinates for some other points on the map. Ideally, I'd be able to click a point on the output and be given the coordinates.
Let's say, for the sake of argument, that I've had a midlife crisis and decided to dedicate my life to creating uninspired exurban developments . . . [more inside]
Hello! I'm researching an old mill site. The plat map has some markings on it that I don't understand. [more inside]
I work for a local, city-wide nonprofit and would like to create a map that displays our client density by zip code. I have never made a map and have only enough knowledge of ArcGIS to know that I don't know what the hell I'm doing. Please point me to resources on how to accomplish this, or alternately, tell me that I'm simply out of my element. [more inside]
Hi there, I am interested in balloon mapping an area of London. I want to host the resulting map online but I also want to contextualise it by placing it on top of for instance, a Google satellite map like this. I also want to be able to annotate it with text and photographs taken from the ground. Are there any programmes or online editors that will let me do this? Thanks.
GPX Visualization on Google Maps: I have 300+ GPX files of bike rides that I'd like to be able to link to somehow over a Google Maps base layer, visually approximating this. This is related to my previous AskMe about cycling every road in a town; I need to visualize what roads I have/haven't ridden, and link that progress to a blog. Would like it to be as low-weight as possible; the 300 (uncompressed) GPX files amount to 100+mb currently (route+track+waypoints) and is only getting larger -- vanilla GMaps doesn't play nice with that many files. Much more information inside... [more inside]
Trying to buy a classy map for my wife's christmas present. Are there any places online that are a bit more than simply a "poster print shop"? [more inside]
So I've just sent a probe to map a new Earth-like planet, and I'd like to establish a latitude-longitude standard for the planet. The poles are pretty easy to spot since the planet is rotating, so I plop down the equator halfway between them and boom, I've got my latitude lines laid out. But now it's time to lay out the longitude lines and I need to find somewhere to put the prime meridian. How do I decide where to put it? [more inside]
New England dirt is brown. In the south, it's red, and in other places it is almost black, or more like tan. Is there map that shows dirt colors throughout the US? Or even just an article or two about regional dirt colors? Please point me in the right direction, dear Mefites! [more inside]
So I am making a map of the United States after climate and disaster induced apocalypse, what are the critical elements of such a map? What is crucial to illustrate for the post-apocalyptic viewer? [more inside]
For the past year I've been trying to bike down every street in St Louis. In the beginning this was easy and wide-open and fun. The middle has been less so. Now, sitting at ≈65% completion [map: zoomable | 1.5mb png | GPX] my current approach has become overwhelming and tedious, and is no longer working; I need to get way smarter about this. How would a programmer, a mathematician, or a GIS/transit specialist approach this endgame, and what tools/software would he/she use? [more inside]
Is there any software that will dynamically re-project a map as you click-and-drag it? [more inside]
What urbanist/transit/maps/architecture/local history-related attractions should I hit up in Toronto? [more inside]
A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold! [more inside]
What films feature scenes with shots of war and situation rooms with characters examining maps? [more inside]
Open Directories: Occasionally I'll come across an index.html treasure-trove. What are the best and most interesting directory indexes of public-facing (by design or by oversight) public-domain archival materials? How does one find more of them? [more inside]
Is there a GPS that can plan the best route for multiple waypoints & accept driver input at each waypoint?
I'm looking for a gps that will allow me to upload a series of waypoints, define the best route based on those waypoints, and then await my input when each is visited. Does this exist? (details inside) [more inside]
RPG/Fantasy/MMO maps and cartography: There's quite a bit out there, but who is making/has made the best, most beautiful, or most significant fantasy maps? And which maps are iconic within the genre? [more qualifications inside] [more inside]
Is there an online map that features a time axis? For example, a slider than controls year, and as the year changes, political boundaries and country names update to the appropriate values.
What are some software a geography major should be familiar with? [more inside]
I need maps for a modern urban fantasy (pen and paper) RPG... [more inside]
Is anyone aware of an image that's been generated depicting the whole circle of the earth in section view, showing the topography of the relevant land masses and sea floors? [more inside]
I want to make a simple USA map showing the 15 nationwide locations of a friend's stores. Besides making it by hand in photoshop or using the overly detailed google maps (or google earth) how do I do it? [more inside]
How do you look at an atlas and derive the date it was created quickly? [more inside]
Researchfilter: Can you think of a old example in which a map of the city is used for navigation within a European/American novel? For example, a character walking on the street would pull out a map to study their destination, or such. [more inside]
I'm working on a few research projects that address early web mapping. What are the essential articles, texts & blog posts that I should track down?
I want to map the walking tracks and landmarks on a 2000ac property in Australia and produce a printable map image as well as a gps file others can download. I have a Garmin eTrex Vista H but I don't really understand how to use it for my purposes. [more inside]
I want to do a painting or drawing of a fantasy map on muslin, but I don't know which materials I should use or how I should prime or seal the cloth. What materials can I use to ensure the best durability/prevent possible damage from getting wet while retaining the ability to do detail work? [more inside]
I am pursuing a career in GIS and I need to refresh my skills and learn new ones. Which tutorials, classes, websites, industry magazines, conferences, etc. would you recommend? [more inside]
Why did Google Maps and the other popular online map tools pick the Mercator projection? If one scrolls further north or south from the equator — up to northern Canada, or down to Chile, for example — is it prohibitive or nonsensical to calculate a new projection to be drawn based on the viewer's current latitude, a new "great circle" that more correctly shows the area one is looking at? Is this is a usage issue for people who live far from the equator, one which forces them to pick maps with other projections more frequently?
Is there a cartographic term for this? [more inside]
Has every geographical feature of the world been named? What was the last (or most-recent) geographical feature to be named, and when? [more inside]
Movie Mapping: Great uses of maps/cartography/GIS/illustrations of spatial relationships on the screen.
Movie Mapping: Great uses of maps/cartography/GIS/illustrations of spatial relationships on the screen (or other non-interactive, motion media)? [more inside]
Is there any technical reason why Antarctica often gets left off world maps?
Where could I download (for free or cheap) an .svg or other vector-based map including or specializing on the 5 boroughs of NYC? I don't need streets or lots of detail. Just a general outline. Thanks!
A good GPS for DIY cartography -- what do you think? [more inside]
What are some good resources for making my own maps? [more inside]
After one year of getting BSc and working in the field, I'd like to switch careers and re-locate from Canada. Are there any schools in Europe that would take in foreign students interested in cartography? [more inside]
Please pass on your favourite online mapping websites, with an emphasis on interactive applications. [more inside]
Looking for a specific article on text placement on a map. [more inside]
How can I create a trail map using a GPS? [more inside]
Basically, I want to build mapping system, similar to google maps, using something like Map server & open layers. Take in my own image, such as a building map, define roads or “hallways”, and import points via a XML or RSS feed. I want an interface that I can take the xml feed and run it under the map in a box, displaying it under the map, allowing users to click on the event, and being able to see where they need to go, and using a current fixed position, being able to see how to get there.
What kind of career can I pursue that involves maps, apart from the obvious (cartography, GIS, geography teacher)? [more inside]
Resources on amateur cartography? Help me make some maps. [more inside]
What about London should I map? [more inside]
Official terminology to describe battle movement maps? (more inside) [more inside]
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