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Need a map editor that will let me overlay aerial photographs and more?

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.
posted by FuckingAwesome on Dec 3, 2013 - 3 answers

How to display 300+ GPX cycling routes over a Google Maps base layer

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]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Buying an impressive world map for my wife for christmas - how & where?

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]
posted by Cogentesque on Nov 4, 2013 - 21 answers

Where should I put the prime meridian?

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]
posted by ErWenn on Oct 19, 2013 - 22 answers

Is there a map of dirt?

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]
posted by Grandysaur on Sep 15, 2013 - 9 answers

I am making a post-apocalypse map for my friend. Critical elements?

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]
posted by occidental on Aug 30, 2013 - 26 answers

Endgame tools for a cyclist trying to bike down every street in a city?

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]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jun 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Is there any software that will dynamically re-project a map as you click-and-drag it?

Is there any software that will dynamically re-project a map as you click-and-drag it? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Sep 26, 2012 - 4 answers

An urbanist (and friend) travel to Toronto

What urbanist/transit/maps/architecture/local history-related attractions should I hit up in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Sep 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Early examples of GPS-type things in movies/TV?

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]
posted by theatro on Jul 23, 2012 - 9 answers

What films feature scenes with shots of war and situation rooms with characters examining maps?

What films feature scenes with shots of war and situation rooms with characters examining maps? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign on Apr 25, 2012 - 32 answers

index.html: the internet's best directory browsing resources and how to find them.

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]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Feb 7, 2012 - 8 answers

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]
posted by stuboo on Jan 25, 2012 - 5 answers

What are the iconic maps/cartography to come from the RPG/fantasy/MMO genre?

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]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jan 19, 2012 - 17 answers

Maps with a time axis?

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.
posted by steinwald on May 21, 2011 - 4 answers

What are some software a geography major should be familiar with?

What are some software a geography major should be familiar with? [more inside]
posted by enroute888 on May 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Gimme Maps for our Urban Fantasy RPG

I need maps for a modern urban fantasy (pen and paper) RPG... [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Mar 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Earth, cut in half.

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]
posted by brightghost on Feb 23, 2011 - 15 answers

How Do I make a very simple map to help my friend hawk their wares?

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]
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 11, 2011 - 5 answers

How to look at a map and know the date it was created?

How do you look at an atlas and derive the date it was created quickly? [more inside]
posted by Felex on Jan 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Maps in novels?

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]
posted by suedehead on Nov 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Where can I find information on the history of web mapping?

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?
posted by serial_consign on Sep 19, 2010 - 3 answers

Mapping for dummies

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]
posted by Kerasia on Aug 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Detail painting on muslin?

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]
posted by runaway ballista on Aug 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Get me back on track with my GIS career

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]
posted by desjardins on Mar 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Mercator poisoning

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?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Is there a cartographic term for this?

Is there a cartographic term for this? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Mar 1, 2010 - 9 answers

What is the last geographical feature in the world to be named?

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]
posted by myrrh on Feb 12, 2010 - 20 answers

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]
posted by cadastral on Jan 14, 2010 - 4 answers

Where did that continent go?

Is there any technical reason why Antarctica often gets left off world maps?
posted by WhackyparseThis on Oct 29, 2009 - 6 answers

Where can I download a vector (.svg?) map of the 5 boroughs in NYC?

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!
posted by ejfox on Oct 9, 2009 - 2 answers

GPS device for DIY maps

A good GPS for DIY cartography -- what do you think? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Aug 13, 2009 - 5 answers

Resources for novice cartographer

What are some good resources for making my own maps? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Jul 31, 2009 - 10 answers

Back to school, for a different career... in Europe

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]
posted by janek on May 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Where in the world is.........

Please pass on your favourite online mapping websites, with an emphasis on interactive applications. [more inside]
posted by micklaw on Apr 24, 2009 - 4 answers

Wish I still had my class notes...

Looking for a specific article on text placement on a map. [more inside]
posted by bellbellbell on Jan 26, 2009 - 7 answers

How to maps some trails with a GPS?

How can I create a trail map using a GPS? [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR on Dec 26, 2008 - 14 answers

I have a GIS question.

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.
posted by BoldStepDesign on Aug 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Mapgeek looking for a career

What kind of career can I pursue that involves maps, apart from the obvious (cartography, GIS, geography teacher)? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Aug 7, 2008 - 30 answers

Calling all mapmakers

Resources on amateur cartography? Help me make some maps. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on May 12, 2008 - 6 answers

What about London should I map?

What about London should I map? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Feb 21, 2008 - 21 answers

Terms for battle maps?

Official terminology to describe battle movement maps? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on Jan 3, 2008 - 8 answers

you got map'd

What are the best essays, books, or scholarly articles regarding the social role of maps? Both pre- and post- web 2.0, google earth mash ups, and the like. I'm familiar with the Situationalist critique, but wonder where else to begin reading. [more inside]
posted by pinto on Nov 25, 2007 - 5 answers

Maps on a Mac

GraphicsFilter: Help me find a program to import and mark up maps on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by MarshallPoe on Oct 11, 2007 - 10 answers

"The Map of a Single province covered the space of an entire City."

I'm looking for maps "the same scale as the Empire." [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on May 15, 2007 - 16 answers

How do I combine polygons?

Given multiple contiguous polygons, the coordinates of which are precisely known, how can I combine them into a coordinate set for a single polygon? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo on Apr 11, 2007 - 18 answers

Man, the beltway sure is a pretty octagon!

Is there a geographically accurate map of the DC metro system? Like this London tube map?
posted by phrontist on Dec 28, 2006 - 11 answers

Is there a GIS + Google Maps website?

Is there a website that lets you show GIS data (i.e. standard geographical data from various sources) on Google Maps? [more inside]
posted by blacklite on Dec 9, 2006 - 6 answers

where the 性交 am I?

How do I see this google map of Japan with English placenames?
posted by luriete on Oct 18, 2005 - 10 answers

GIS & London assistance required

Looking for a street shape file of London that is readable and useful in ArcView 3.2. Oh yeah, it would be nice to find it for free. Any takers?
posted by kuperman on Apr 18, 2005 - 2 answers

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