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Spatial Awareness #1 - New maps & spatial newsletter by Robin Hawkes

June 16 · Issue #1 · View online
Spatial Awareness
Welcome to the first issue of Spatial Awareness, a regular editorial focused on the maps and the spatial community. Each issue I’ll highlight the most interesting and inspiring things that I’ve found — cool demos, new tools, tutorials, beautiful maps, interviews, behind-the-scenes and more.

As a small introduction, my name is Robin Hawkes and I’m absolutely mad about maps. When I’m not working on Web-based mapping systems for my day-job, I’m creating projects like ViziCities (above) and all sorts of other crazy stuff related to spatial data. If you’re curious, you can find out more about me on my personal website.
I’m constantly collecting interesting links on my travels and this series is a way of doing something constructive with my slightly obsessive hobby. I’ll also be adding my personal thoughts to things as we go, rather than dumping a whole bunch of links on you with no context. My aim is for this to be more than just a simple newsletter — it’s definitely a “sit down with a coffee” rather than a “skim in a couple minutes” kind of read. Hopefully we can foster something nice here.
So please, sit back and join me on this periodic journey through the world of maps. And remember, you can unsubscribe at any point if you’re not finding this useful. Alternatively, send me feedback so I can make things better — I’m always looking for ways to improve.
All I ask from you is that if you enjoy this issue then please share it with your friends and colleagues. The more people we can get involved, the better this will be.
One last thing — you can reply directly to me via this email if you have content suggestions, questions, or just want to say hi. Don’t be shy! 👋
— Robin (@robhawkes)
An orbit map of the solar system An orbit map of the solar system
Ordnance Survey Moon map Ordnance Survey Moon map
Generative unicode terrain
Monochrome map of Oregon's Newberry Caldera Monochrome map of Oregon's Newberry Caldera
Zurich's Hills in contour lines Zurich's Hills in contour lines
Software and tools
Mapbox GL JS quietly reaches v1.0.0
Three updates to Mapbox Studio
PostGIS 3.0.0alpha2
QGIS TimeManager 3.2
Flightradar24 interview on the MapScaping Podcast
Parallel PostGIS and PgSQL 12 (Part 2)
How does the Bay Area commute?
New Ordnance Survey Data Hub coming in 2020
Better bombing with machine learning
How The Pudding team uses Mapbox
All official streets and addresses in Belgium
3D model of Dublin's Docklands
Toronto light poles — traffic and street lights
British Cartographic Society Awards close 28th June
Early-bird tickets for State of the Map are available
PostgresOpen call for papers
Climate Statistician — National Oceanography Centre
Mapping and GIS Assistant — British Antarctic Survey
Who to follow
Anita Graser (@underdarkGIS)
Who inspires you from the community?
I can only highlight the people that I’m aware of, so get in touch if you have someone you admire in the community who deserves some recognition. You can reply to this email or contact me on Twitter.
Community space
Each issue I’ll be using this space to highlight the bits and pieces suggested by the community that didn’t fit anywhere else; whether a cool project you created yourself, or some kudos you’d like to give to a community project you admire.
Don’t be shy, so long as it’s non-commercial then I want to hear about it so I can give it the attention it deserves.
Join the OpenStreetMap Foundation
JSON Schema Validation
Crowd2Map Tanzania
That's a wrap
And just like that, the first issue is over. It’s been a blast to pull together and I’m already fleshing out the second and third issues. I’m not committing to a firm schedule yet but the aim is to keep these coming on a regular basis.
I’d also like to point out that this is a personal endeavour put together in my spare time. Nothing you’ve seen is paid for by anyone else, and if that ever happens to help cover costs then I’ll ensure that it’s considered, relevant and made absolutely clear.
So what do you think? What did you like? What didn’t you like? Don’t forget to reply to this email if you have any feedback, suggestions for content or just want to say hi. You can also reach me on Twitter, where I’m usually posting all sorts of interesting spatial-related stuff.
See you in the next one.
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