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Spatial Awareness #2 — Maps & spatial newsletter by Robin Hawkes

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Welcome to the second issue of Spatial Awareness, a regular editorial focused on the maps and the spa
 
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Spatial Awareness
Welcome to the second 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.

It’s been a week since the first issue was released, and what a week it’s been! The response from the community has taken me completely by surprise — far beyond my wildest expectations.
When I originally came up with the idea for this newsletter I had a long-term goal of getting to 100 subscribers, with a handful of people providing active feedback and content suggestions. At the time of writing this issue we have 635 subscribers from all areas of the community, and what feels like a small army of amazing people suggesting content for future issues. Perhaps we can reach the goal of creating a nice little spatial community sooner than expected. I hope so.
I want to to thank you all for the kind words and constructive feedback. These issues take a lot of time and effort to pull together and your enthusiasm and encouragement is everything I need to keep this going long term. 😊
So as always, 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.
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. Hopefully I can do something special once we reach 1,000 people.
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 did this last week and I replied to every single one of you. Don’t be shy! 👋
— Robin (@robhawkes)
Maps
Detailed map of Omaha Beach D-Day landing zone Detailed map of Omaha Beach D-Day landing zone
"Throwing shade" on EMODnet bathymetry "Throwing shade" on EMODnet bathymetry
A topographic map of Mercury A topographic map of Mercury
Visualising Web Mercator distortion using an orange peel Visualising Web Mercator distortion using an orange peel
StoryMap of 68 map projections StoryMap of 68 map projections
Odds and ends
OpenStreetMap discuss terminating Facebook's right to use it
OGC publishes results from Vector Tiles pilot
Software and tools
trip-simulator v2.1.0 trip-simulator v2.1.0
harp.gl harp.gl
qgis2web
CesiumJS 1.57, with up to 10x faster 3D Tiles
Over $300,000 raised for development of OpenLayers 6
Articles
Cities start to regret single-family zoning Cities start to regret single-family zoning
Visualising tsunamis is all about capturing cause and effect Visualising tsunamis is all about capturing cause and effect
Mapping mistake allowed a billionaire to win over the poor Mapping mistake allowed a billionaire to win over the poor
Creating a DEM from OpenTopography point clouds Creating a DEM from OpenTopography point clouds
(Who will be) America's next big mapping company?
DCFemTech recognises Mapbox Map Data Engineer Anna Petrone
Data
New Zealand releases 10s of thousands of old aerial photographs New Zealand releases 10s of thousands of old aerial photographs
First batch of 1m LIDAR data for England's full coverage
Netherlands building data in PostgreSQL and GeoPackage formats
Events
British Cartographic Society & Society of Cartographers Annual Conference
Calling for nominees for the OpenStreetMap Awards 2019
Are there events happening in your area?
I’m only able to highlight events that I know of so please inform me of events happening in your local area or country. Either reply to this email or contact me on Twitter.
Jobs
I want to say a big thank you to @programmerpunk for tirelessly passing on spatial jobs for the newsletter. If you know of any roles that are related to the spatial industry then let me know so I can include them in a future issue.
Senior GIS Technician — Nature Conservancy
PhD Positions in Geospatial AI for Disaster Management (Japan)
Who to follow
Carl Churchill (@Cchurchili) Carl Churchill (@Cchurchili)
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
The Spatial Community
Women in Geospatial
Spatial Awareness is 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. I’ll also be sharing early access to issues with a select group who are happy to help me proofread and generally double-check things.
We’ve already got a small group of people signed up. You can join here — I’m looking forward to seeing you there too.
That's a wrap
And again, the issue is over already. I’m still not committing to a firm schedule yet but the aim is to keep these coming on a regular basis. I managed a weekly update this time, though we’ll find out soon if I’m able to continue that momentum. As I said at the start, your energy and enthusiasm really helps give me the motivation to write these issues. Please keep it coming.
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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