Vote for the Top Geo Story of 2013: #topgeostoryof2013

For the final #geowebchat of the year (which will be Tuesday, December 17, at 12pm PST), I am collecting your votes for the top news story of the year in the field of geography and geospatial technology. On the 17th I will add up all your votes and post a crowdsourced top 10 list of the biggest geo stories of 2013.

Please send me your votes, either through comments on this blog post, or on twitter using the hashtag #topgeostoryof2013. One vote per person please (but if you must vote for more than one, please rank your votes in order of preference: #1, #2, etc.)

To give you some ideas, here are the top stories you picked for 2012:

  1. The Apple iOS6 Maps fail
  2. Nate Silver’s use of geostatistics and big data to predict the US presidential election
  3. ESRI acquiring GeoCommons and GeoLoqi
  4. The David Imus map of the United States
  5. The emergence of cheap drones, sensors and the dawning Internet of Things
  6. Two tribes emerge (geoweb and GIScience research) within academia
  7. The geoweb and the rise of “Big Data”
  8. The diversification of maps APIs
  9. The undiscovering of Sandy Island
  10. Google Maps 8-bit NES style

As you can see, some stories were serious, some were silly, and many of them could be contenders to be the top story of 2013, too! So, what do you think is the biggest geospatial story of this year? Remember to vote before December 17!

Update: you can read the transcript of our chat here.

The top stories we picked for 2013:

  1. MapBox’s funding and general awesomeness
  2. The release of the iD editor for OpenStreetMap
  3. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team’s activation for Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda
  4. Revelations about NSA #geosurveillance (and other geo-tracking stories)
  5. The year of alternative geo pedagogy: The Penn State maps #MOOC, #mapacademy, #maptime, #mapschool, etc.
  6. Notable successes, failures, & sudden rebirths in #hyperlocal news (@Nextdoor @PatchTweet @everyblock etc)
  7. OpenStreetMap hits 1 million users
  8. Dynamic hillshading by MapBox
  9. Joshua Katz’s dialect maps
  10. The release of QGIS 2.0
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One Comment

  1. Posted December 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    How about the MapBox Cloudless Atlas and subsequent Google followup?

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