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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

Simple, intuitive map software/service for a business

My (small) company provides services in people's homes. We'd like to use electronic maps to plan technician routes and better understand where our clients are geographically. What (Mac-compatible) software or web service might help with this? [more inside]
posted by Clandestine Outlawry on Apr 16, 2013 - 2 answers

What is the best way to track and share walking routes on an iPhone?

For a personal project, I'd like to be able to track my route as I'm walking using my iPhone and then share that route in some form that can be embedded in a blog post. [more inside]
posted by enn on Mar 17, 2013 - 8 answers

What is the street in Michigan with the longest name?

What is the street in Michigan with the longest name? Or, how would you find this out? Assume I'm too cheap to spend any money on a commercial map database or the like.
posted by kc8nod on Feb 15, 2013 - 5 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

Maps for a political race?

I'm helping someone with their local political campaign and I've been given a voter list with about 2500 records - I'm estimating that it probably has around 1500 unique addresses. I've been asked to map them and produce street by street maps, identifying the address and which side of the street it's on to make it easier to go door to door. Some questions: [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Jan 27, 2012 - 7 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

Creating my own crime map

I want to create a "crime map" of a city over time. I know the dates of the crimes, and I know the physical address. I'd like for the crime map to be something that I could show a crowd in a presentation such that the audience members could witness for themselves how a particular part of the city changed as time went on. I was thinking of Gapminder as the ideal, but spatially and dynamic instead of simply numbers. I suppose it'd be possible to get something up and going with GIS, but I was wanting to do it in a way that was idiot-proof as this is only valuable to me if I can do it easily without a ton of time learning some new program.
posted by scunning on Jan 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me make a map of response rate by zipcode

What I want to do seems simple enough. But, it turns out, I may be too simple to do it! Or something. I have a dataset of survey responses. There are approximately 80K observations, which include response zipcode. What I want to do is make a map depicting which areas had the heaviest/lightest response rate. I have the following software at my disposal: GoogleEarth (but not pro) -- this did not seem to be up to the task; MapPoint (the very current 2004 version); and SAS [more inside]
posted by mcostanzo on Jan 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Easy way to build a county-focused clickable web map?

Can you help me easily build a clickable web map centered on counties (in US)? [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers on Nov 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Can I use Google My Maps offline?

My standard MO when I go on vacation is to plot out all of the locations I'd like to visit using My Maps on Google, and then I pull up the KML on my iPhone. Unfortunately, my next trip is in the UK where I won't have a data plan! [more inside]
posted by smurdah on Sep 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Finding closest address pairs from a list

I have a list of several hundred complete U.S. street addresses. For each record, I need to identify another record with the nearest address (in road distance), and its distance from the subject record’s address. Is there a free, easy way to accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by Snerd on Apr 17, 2010 - 15 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

Website to sort and display different mountain heights?

Is there a website that would show the world sorted by elevation? I recently enjoyed reading Plague Year, a post-apocalyptic thriller. The main conceit of this science-fiction novel is that a nanotechnology plague that kills any warm blooded animal (including humans), but the disease self-destructs at altitudes above 10,000 feet. How much territory would this be across the whole planet? [more inside]
posted by seasparrow on Oct 30, 2009 - 7 answers

What can you see in satellite photos?

Satellite photos: what interesting features can be seen or measured in them (or other aerial photos), and where can I get a supply of images? [more inside]
posted by k. on Sep 30, 2009 - 12 answers

I don't work for the government, promise.

I'm trying to map protests in the United States, but I'm grappling with data sources (and will eventually tangle with data management). Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw on Jun 11, 2009 - 5 answers

I can haz demographic displays, plz?

I am in need of a program that will allow me to display demographic information by county on a state map. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jun 7, 2009 - 8 answers

Any interesting map theory books?

I'm looking for suggested book(s) for backgrounding myself in map theory. Think somewhere between a history of maps and a technical textbook. I've been looking at maps for 30+ years as a non-geographer, and will be taking some GIS and mapping courses this autumn. So, plenty of text-and-classroom exposure there. What kind of semi-technical background reading would be useful over the summer?
posted by slab_lizard on Jun 6, 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

Is there a free (cheap) KML editor for the Mac?

Is there a free (cheap) KML editor, like NorthGates' KML Editor or KaMeLwriter, for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by brokekid on Oct 28, 2008 - 1 answer

Help me find a pseudo-cartogram of the world's largest cities.

Help me re-find a cartogram-like picture of the 100 largest cities by population. [more inside]
posted by brownbat on Sep 28, 2008 - 6 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

Generating shaded maps of India with state-level data series.

What's the easiest way of generating a map similar to this? I have several state-level data series I want to display on maps of India. [more inside]
posted by matthewr on Mar 23, 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

How to Sync GPS data

What is a simple straight forward way to gather gps data, and sync it with my digital camera/ Digital recorder? And possibly create a GIS database out of it? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Feb 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me find a direction for my website.

I want to build a website centered around maps, mapping, geography, GIS, etc., but I need help narrowing down my focus. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 13, 2007 - 8 answers

In search of maps with a higher purpose

I'm looking for Web sites that use interactive maps to display social phenomena, such as Oakland CrimeSpotting. They don't need to be that sophisticated. I'm especially interested in maps related to poverty and education.
posted by desjardins on Nov 12, 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

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

On-line map site that can indicate magnetic north on any given map?

Is there an easy-to-use, on-line mapping site that can optionally indicate magnetic north on large-scale map images? [more inside]
posted by Dave 9 on Jul 5, 2006 - 3 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

web maps

How do I get all the map features I want on a website? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Feb 24, 2005 - 1 answer

Mapping routes with hundreds of stops

I Need Super-Mapquest [More inside] [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Feb 4, 2004 - 6 answers

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