Spatial Awareness #12 — Maps & Spatial Newsletter by Robin Hawkes





October 13 · Issue #12 · View online
Spatial Awareness
Welcome to 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.

After a few mid-week issues, we’re finally back to the usual Sunday slot. I’ve also been working on a new approach for organising the hundreds of maps and articles that I’ve accumulated over the past few months. With a large amount of new content collected each week, it was proving to become quite cumbersome and confusing to keep on top of. The hope is that this new approach will make selecting content for each issue a lot easier and faster.
This issue also sees the introduction of the GeoHackery section, highlighting some of the smaller and more experimental projects that I’ve been working on. Make sure to send me your own mini-projects and we can expand this out to feature others in the community.
As always, 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.
One last thing — you can reply directly to me via this email if you have content suggestions, questions, or just want to say hi. Lots of you have done this so far. Don’t be shy! 👋
— Robin Hawkes (@robhawkes)
Australia shaded relief Australia shaded relief
One Great Road One Great Road
Mineral map style Mineral map style
Have you made an interesting map recently?
I’d like to highlight more maps from the subscriber community. Don’t be shy! Either reply to this email or contact me on Twitter.
Something new I’ve been working on the past week is GeoHackery — a series of small experiments with spatial technology. Part of the reason for this is that I’ve recently felt that I’ve not been spending enough time working on fun projects and actually finishing them.
The premise is to spend no longer than an evening or two on each concept and to release at least a screenshot and description of the results, even if I don’t fully finish things to the level I intended. So far it’s been really fun and has helped reignite my energy to get creating again.
Do let me know if you end up working on your own GeoHackery project!
WebGL wrapper around the d3-geo projections WebGL wrapper around the d3-geo projections
Animation of London bus routes following real road network
Software and tools
It’s been a busy few weeks for tool updates!
PostgreSQL 12
PostGIS 3.0.0rc1
GEOS 3.8.0 Beta 1
OpenLayers 6
Creating shaded relief in Blender 2.8 Creating shaded relief in Blender 2.8
Advanced label halos in QGIS 3 Advanced label halos in QGIS 3
How Lyft creates hyper-accurate maps from real-time data
DEM-Net Elevation API
Videos from State of the Map US 2019
LBS — Vienna, November 11-13th 2019
Lecturer in Urban Analytics — University of Liverpool
Vector Export Developer — Datawrapper
Graduate GIS Specialist — Arup
Who to follow
Laura Gerrish (@laura_gerrish) Laura Gerrish (@laura_gerrish)
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
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Microgrants 2020
Spatial Awareness on Slack
I’ve set up a Slack chat for the Spatial Awareness community to talk maps and help shape future issues of the newsletter. Please join if you’d like to be part of that community and have a direct channel of communication with me.
We’ve already got a large group of people signed up with a wide variety of expertise. You can join here — I’m looking forward to seeing you!
That's a wrap
So what do you think about this issue? What did you like? What didn’t you like? What did I miss that I should cover in the next issue?
If you liked it then please click on the thumbs up button below as it helps me work out general sentiment. Plus the feedback helps give me energy to keep this going.
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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