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Spatial Awareness #6 — Maps & Spatial Newsletter by Robin Hawkes

July 21 · Issue #6 · 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.

As I write this the world is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. The Internet is currently buzzing with interesting and amazing celebrations of the momentous event, including a lot of maps — some of which I’ll be featuring today.
One non-map resource related to the landing that I recommend checking out is Apollo 11 in Real Time — it’s a beautifully-crafted website that has all the audio and visual recordings of the mission playing back in real time. You can even interact with the timeline to jump around as you please. It’s easy to forget that you’re experiencing an event that happened 50 years ago.
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)
Mapping the Moon Mapping the Moon
Appalachian Trail map Appalachian Trail map
Lights at 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
Limited edition Apollo 50 print Limited edition Apollo 50 print
Jet streams, atmospheric turbulence and climate change Jet streams, atmospheric turbulence and climate change
Examples of how to make basic Web maps with various libraries
Software and tools
What’s New in ArcGIS API for JavaScript (July, 2019) What’s New in ArcGIS API for JavaScript (July, 2019)
Chroma.js palette helper
Mapbox GL JS v1.1.0
The Atlas of Moons The Atlas of Moons
When pirates studied Euclid
Uber’s brings glTF to geospatial data visualisation
Global River Widths from Landsat (GRWL)
US street network graph
AI4Copernicus Day
PostgreSQL Conference Europe 2019
FOSS4G UK 2019 tickets now available
Various roles at the Future Cities Laboratory — Singapore
Chair of Physical Geography — University of Passau
Assistant Professor of Photogrammetry — University of Twente
Who to follow
Topi Tjukanov (@tjukanov)
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
Feedback on desired
Language translators needed for Equal Earth maps
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
I’m starting to find a routine with these issues now — they’re coming together a lot quicker and don’t take up quite as much time and energy from me each week. The good thing about that is that it frees me up to work on some of the other things related to the newsletter outside of written issues — interviews, a monthly ‘podcast’ roundup, and most likely a blog to centralise everything. Watch this space.
Also, I’m running a poll on Twitter to get some feedback on the length and regularity of each issue. Please take part if you think things should change — you can find the poll here.
So 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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