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Spatial Awareness #7 — Maps & Spatial Newsletter by Robin Hawkes

July 28 · Issue #7 · 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.

I’d like to thank you all for the feedback last week — the Apollo-themed issue seemed to go down really well. As a result I’m going to see if there’s a way for me to collate related content and do more themed issues in the future. Have an idea for a theme? I’d love to hear it!
On a related note, I ran a poll on the frequency of these issues and the results were very clear. On the whole it seems that you’re happy with the length of the issues but the majority of you felt that moving to a bi-weekly schedule would be better. Interestingly, most comments were focused on moving to bi-weekly to ensure I don’t burn out, rather than not wanting issues weekly. Thank you for the concern. 😊
I’m going to sit down and have a think about how I want to approach things now that we’re 7(!) issues in. Researching and writing these issues take a lot of time and I’ll probably need to change something to keep them coming in the future while allowing me to keep some semblance of normal life. The obvious choices are moving to a bi-weekly schedule, or reducing the length of each issue, and the effort involved.
Another potential option is to look into using something like Patreon to help cover costs and allow me to do some things that have been on the back-burner, though I’m as yet unsure on whether anyone would actually bother with that. Would you pay a small amount each month to help keep this newsletter going and get some special benefits in return? I’d love to hear if so, or cast your vote on this poll!
For now, 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)
How Planet's satellites map the Earth in a single day
Mont Blanc massif Mont Blanc massif
Building Footprint Comparison Building Footprint Comparison
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
Did you know that every Sentinel 2 image is actually a short video?
Geospatial podcasts you should be listening to
Software and tools
GeoJSON Path Finder — offline routing in the browser
The new ArcGIS StoryMaps has arrived
Introducing Mapbox developer forums on Stack Overflow
Explore the history of the BART map Explore the history of the BART map
How to draw an airport How to draw an airport
You thought OpenStreetMap data uses the WGS84 datum? No it doesn't!
The Antarctic Iceberg Tracking Database
Collection of digital elevation models
Esri 2019 User Conference Plenary
European Space Talks
Spatial jobs at NPR for Elections 2020
Jobs at UK Hydrographic Office
Data Scientist at Ordnance Survey
Who to follow
Paul Naylor (@cartocraftsman) Paul Naylor (@cartocraftsman)
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
Geovation Scotland accelerator is open for applicants
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.
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
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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