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Spatial Awareness #5 — Maps & Spatial Newsletter by Robin Hawkes

July 14 · Issue #5 · 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.

The past week has been a busy one, full to the brim with spatial goodies. Throughout the week we had Esri UC going on, which resulted in all sorts of announcements and cool maps. Also, the Spatial Awareness community has been in overdrive lately, suggesting loads of interesting content for future issues. Please keep it coming!
And did you notice my unforgivable spelling mistake in the previous, “forth” issue? It turns out my brain decided that was entirely the right word to use and I’m still a little embarrassed about the whole thing. Oh well, I’m hoping I can claim back at least some credibility in this firth issue. 🤞
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)
Trails of Wind Trails of Wind
MapSCII: The whole world in your console
Rock Climbing Map: Vancouver, British Columbia Rock Climbing Map: Vancouver, British Columbia
The North Sea The North Sea
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
Before & after of latest NOAA weather model update Before & after of latest NOAA weather model update
Archive of National Geographic's vintage maps
Software and tools
Compression benchmarks for 1m elevation data stored as GeoTIFF Compression benchmarks for 1m elevation data stored as GeoTIFF
Geoq: Geospatial utility belt
Overview of differences between PROJ.4 and PROJ.6
Mapping Mount Everest Mapping Mount Everest
The marvelous Mississippi River meander maps The marvelous Mississippi River meander maps
Visualising data in Kepler with the RNLI Visualising data in Kepler with the RNLI
The end of the map as we know it
GEOSS Portal
Free GIS Datasets
National Trust opens new permanent display related to WWII maps
NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET)
State of the Map 2019 call for posters
New Geoawesomeness job portal
Cesium are looking for a variety of roles
Who to follow
Eleanor Lutz (@eleanor_lutz) Eleanor Lutz (@eleanor_lutz)
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
Dundee Satellite Receiving Station needs your help
Scene From Above Podcast
Spatial Awareness visits Switzerland
I’m hoping to get out to Switzerland in the near future to visit the rich and engaged mapping community over there. Know of any spatial events happening this year? Would you be interested in me giving a talk at your company or local event? Or perhaps you’d like to meet up and talk all things spatial? Either way I’d love to hear from you.
If we get enough interest then it might make sense to organise some kind of Spatial Awareness meetup out there. You never know, if it’s successful then it might be something we can replicate in other countries.
That's a wrap
Before I wrap things up I’d like to apologise for what I wrote at the end of the previous issue about “actively avoiding” content from the Esri UC. I’m hoping that my intention was clear and innocent — to avoid overloading the newsletter with content from a single source. However it could have been easily interpreted as an affront to the good work that happens by Esri employees — some of whom I know — which is not what I wanted.
I’m acutely aware that I need to balance who and what I cover in this newsletter in an effort to remain diverse and independent. This is particularly important to remember so one company or source doesn’t get an unfair advantage because they’re bigger and can output more (still interesting) content at a faster pace.
It’s going to take some time to find the right balance, but singling out and being unfairly negative isn’t the right way for me to achieve that.
So with that out of the way, what do you think about this issue? 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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