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Free Topographic Maps of the United States

Passing this along:

The redesigned AnyPlaceAmerica.com offers free topographic maps of most major points of interest in the United State.. Users can search points of interest by name or geo-location and we have significantly improved the images and maps available.

2017 GISP Map Contest

The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) is proud to announce its 2017 Map Contest.

This year’s challenge is to show us how GIS can be, or has been, used in either disaster preparation, response, or recovery. Scenarios can be real or imagined. More information is available, including eligibility and prizes, on GISCI Announcements.

The […]

Open Data Discovery

Open Data Discovery is an interesting project that tracks and displays 306 open data portals around the globe.

“These data portals are established by nations, provinces, cities, and institutes worldwide, which are main force of the global activity of data opening. With the effort of constantly observing these portals, we hope to provide […]

Newly released maps show how Housing Discrimination Happened

This was certainly interesting to read about in the National Geographic – about redlining and the historical impact on minority communities. I checked and you can download these as georeferenced images.

Link to article

Link to site

 

Download the georeferenced images for LA:

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OSGeo Kids’ Map Gallery

Even as FOSS4G 2016 was ending in Bonn barely two weeks ago, organizers are busily preparing for FOSS4G 2017 in Boston next summer. Among many other things, a Kid’s Map Gallery is being planned, with prizes to be awarded at the closing session. Since many children will not be able to attend […]

LA County buildings being loaded into OpenStreetMap (in 3D!)

Since we made our Building Outlines public a few years ago, I have received requests here and there for that information in order to load that information into Open StreetMap (OSM). The scope of the project is huge (over 3,o00,000 buildings) and OSM doesn’t allow, as far as I know, the ability to just […]

Every Single Trail in California on One Map

Thanks for a couple of folks passing this along. Pretty amazing work by one person – although it would be hard to take this one with you 🙂

http://laist.com/2016/07/06/california_hiking_map.php

 

See every day of World War 2 in one Timelaps

Thanks to Thierno Diallo for passing this along – pretty interesting – especially if you are a WWII historian.

The Whole World

 

Europe

 

Pacific

 

What happened to Google Maps

Thanks to Mike Carson and SoCalGIS.org for passing this along – one of the better cartography notes that I have seen about balancing features vs. labels. I highly recommend reading this if you make maps, or even if you use Google Maps!

http://www.justinobeirne.com/essay/what-happened-to-google-maps

LA County Park Needs Assessment Published

On Tuesday, May 3rd, the Board of Supervisors received and filed the Park Needs Assessment Executive Summary and discussed the draft language for a proposed park funding measure. This was a very GIS-intensive process, resulting in a large series of maps that profiled park needs across the County. Each Study Area was profiled, and […]