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April 8 · Issue #15 · View online
Spatial Awareness
Welcome to Spatial Awareness, a regular editorial focused on the maps and the spatial community. Each issue I highlight the most interesting and inspiring things that I’ve found — cool demos, new tools, tutorials, beautiful maps, interviews, behind-the-scenes and more.
Missed out? All previous issues can be found in the archive.

Hello? Is this thing on? Do you even remember who this is?
It turns out that my little break from Spatial Awareness ended up as 4 whole months without a single issue. Whoops! While I’ve never wanted to promise a strict schedule, and the break has been needed, I do feel bad for leaving things so long. The good news is that I’m raring to go again. And don’t worry, I’ve been keeping an eye on the community the entire time so I have a stupid amount of amazing content in a backlog ready to be shared.
And who knew so much could happen in 4 short months? It turns out that the entire world turns upside down once Spatial Awareness stops, so I best not do that again 😬
In more personal news (and part of the reason for the downtime), I’ve recently started a full-time position as a Senior Principal Engineer at Wood Mackenzie. My role there is focused around spatial data and mapping and I’m excited to sink my teeth into things. Hopefully I can share some of my work there in the near future — I promise it’ll be interesting.
Also, at the end of the year I posted my 2010 to 2020 retrospective, which is a candid overview of the past decade and the journey to where I am today. The Spatial Awareness community gets an honourable mention.
Please stay safe, and I wish you all well.
— Robin Hawkes (@robhawkes)
Aerial embroidery Aerial embroidery
Dutch railways annual report
Blender visualisation with clouds Blender visualisation with clouds
Odds and ends
Tron-like videos from SAR constellation
Radio Garden
Software and tools
3D Streetmix visualisations 3D Streetmix visualisations
Recent updates to Mapbox GL JS — Help! I need a geocoder
How to make a beautiful map How to make a beautiful map
Amazing 3D rendering with Aerialod Amazing 3D rendering with Aerialod
Mapzen project updates
Behind the scenes of a Planet satellite launch
UP42 — The open platform for Earth data and analytics UP42 — The open platform for Earth data and analytics
OpenSkyNetwork data during the pandemic
How to do map stuff — April 29th, 2020
Videos from FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2019
Community space
How to map an island in the Pacific
Rainfall Rescue
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 that you can reach me on Twitter to send feedback, suggestions for content or if you just want to say hi. I’m also posting all sorts of interesting spatial-related stuff there.
See you in the next one. 👋
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