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Spatial Awareness #3 — Maps & spatial newsletter by Robin Hawkes

June 30 · Issue #3 · View online
Spatial Awareness
Welcome to the third 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.

How are we already on the third issue?! In a way it feels like time has flown by since the first issue, and in another it feels like so much has happened since then. You can find the previous issues here if you’ve not read them yet.
Creating this newsletter has quickly become a big part of my life and I’m loving every minute of it. I never dreamed of growing a community this large, especially in such a short space of time. You’ve helped open my eyes to all sorts of new and amazing spatial content, which I’m able to then pass on to everyone else through the newsletter. That’s the great thing about this — we all benefit from getting involved.
I’d also like to say thank you for sharing the newsletter as we’re now up to 875 subscribers, in less than a month! 🤯 All I ask from you is that if you enjoy this issue then please share it with your friends and colleagues. With your help we might even reach 1,000 before the next one!
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.
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 (@robhawkes)
Hurricane inundation zone map Hurricane inundation zone map
The age of Arctic sea ice The age of Arctic sea ice
IFSAR-derived image of the Yukon River in Alaska IFSAR-derived image of the Yukon River in Alaska
Watercolour map Watercolour map
New map of Greenland reveals fast-changing environment New map of Greenland reveals fast-changing environment
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.
Software and tools
ArcGIS Pro 2.4 ArcGIS Pro 2.4
QGIS 3.8
Cesium ion SketchUp extension for publishing models as 3D Tiles
You can use FME Desktop for free for personal use
Vintage shaded relief in Photoshop Vintage shaded relief in Photoshop
How our GIS team moved to open source systems How our GIS team moved to open source systems
Real-time route optimisation with Location Intelligence
Magnetic north continues its march to the east
High-res data updates to Living Atlas World Elevation Layers High-res data updates to Living Atlas World Elevation Layers
UK places, buildings and constituencies UK places, buildings and constituencies
Slides and videos from the NOAA 2019 Geospatial Summit
ESA Space App Camp 2019
GEO Individual Excellence Award
FIG Foundation Grant for the FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting (Porto, October 11 & 12th)
Thanks again to @programmerpunk for suggesting the jobs in this issue.
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.
Remote Sensing — University of Wisconsin-Madison (postdoc)
Lectureships in Geography (4 Positions) — Bristol University
Geospatial Developer roles (2 positions) — Bayer Crop Sciences
Who to follow
Raluca Nicola (@nicolaraluk) Raluca Nicola (@nicolaraluk)
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
Can you help the OpenStreetMap Operations Working Group?
Why your community should host State of the Map
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. 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 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
And with that we round up another week jam-packed with spatial goodies. I’m already excited about the next issue!
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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