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Spatial Awareness #4 — Maps & Spatial Newsletter by Robin Hawkes

July 7 · Issue #4 · View online
Spatial Awareness
Welcome to the fourth 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 that time again — time for your weekly helping of spatial goodies. This week was a hard one as there were so many interesting things to include. The good news is that the next issue is already half-way complete as a result!
We also managed to surpass 1,000 subscribers since the last issue went out — and then some! I’m hoping to do something fun to celebrate this huge milestone, so watch this space. In the meantime, please continue to share the newsletter with your friends and colleagues. These issues take a long time for me to put together and the more people we can get involved the more interesting we can make it for everyone. 🙏
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 Hawkes (@robhawkes)
Historic sea ice extents
Crater Lake in monochrome Crater Lake in monochrome
Visualisation of LINZ elevation data using Blender Visualisation of LINZ elevation data using Blender
Storms in 3D using precipitation radar data Storms in 3D using precipitation radar data
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.
Odds and ends
Colouring London Colouring London
Software and tools
TravelTime releases isochrone plugin for QGIS TravelTime releases isochrone plugin for QGIS
earthpy released
Delaunator v4 (3D maps) for Jupyter
Finding hidden ship tracks Finding hidden ship tracks
What to consider when creating choropleth maps What to consider when creating choropleth maps
Calculating 30 billion speed estimates a week with Apache Spark
OpenStreetMap and curb regulations
Data vessel traffic data (AIS)
OpenStreetMap planet data as GeoPackage
Call for Nominations for the 2019 Sol Katz Award
European Space Agency Earth Observation Phi-Week
Geological Remote Sensing Group — Annual Conference call for papers
Satellite Image Quality Engineer — Planet
Assistant Professor in Transport Geography — University of Hong Kong
Early Stage Researcher (Geophysics) — University of Bremen
Who to follow
Craig Taylor (@CraigTaylorGIS)
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
Kickstarter for QGIS terrain shading plugin
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
It’s crazy to think that this is the end of the fourth issue, when just a month ago the newsletter didn’t even exist. I’m so happy to see how it has been received so far and I can’t wait to see what the next issues have in store — I have some exciting stuff planned which I hope to put in place soon. What was that? Did someone say interviews with people from the spatial community?! 😉
So what do you think? What did you like? What didn’t you like? 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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