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Spatial Awareness #8 — Maps & Spatial Newsletter by Robin Hawkes

August 11 · Issue #8 · 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.

You may have noticed that there wasn’t a newsletter last week. The reason for this is that I’ve moved the newsletter to a bi-weekly schedule for the foreseeable future, mainly to give myself some breathing space and to ensure I can keep this going for a long time to come.
While I love putting together these issues, they do take a lot of time and effort and the weekly schedule meant that once an issue was finished I was pretty much already starting on the next. I’m hoping that with the bi-weekly approach I’ll have a bit more downtime between issues to focus on general life stuff outside of this newsletter and my day job.
Thank you again for all the messages and support — I do read them all, even if I’ve not had a chance to reply to you all yet. I’ll get to each of you eventually, which is part of the reason I’ve shifted to a more relaxed schedule so I have time to do that between issues.
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)
John Snow's cholera map in 3D
The Geology of Mars The Geology of Mars
Britain’s most complex motorway junctions Britain’s most complex motorway junctions
Foggy Spaces Foggy Spaces
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
mapdeck: R interface to and Mapbox
Google Earth Studio
The painted panoramas that will make you yearn for Yosemite and dream of Denali The painted panoramas that will make you yearn for Yosemite and dream of Denali
Mapping the land between the tides
Visualising animated radar data with vector tiles
How to render a map of San Diego's smart city streetlights with HERE XYZ, Python and Tangram
This issue we have a bit of an autonomous driving theme! 🤖🚘
Lyft autonomous driving dataset
Open Datasets — Scale
Echoes in Space
Geoawesomeness Jobs Portal
Machine Learning Engineer — Development Seed
Map Data Engineer — Development Seed
Who to follow
50 Must-follow Twitter accounts for spatial data science
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
RUS Training
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? And how do you feel about the new bi-weekly approach?
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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