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OpenStreetMap: Every Line Ever, Every Point Ever

[Crossposted from the Stamen blog] At Stamen we use OpenStreetMap data in most of the maps we make, including our Watercolor, Toner, and Terrain map tiles. OpenStreetMap is a rich and growing dataset that has been created and maintained by hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the world, and at Stamen we wouldn’t be able […]

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Introducing “map gardening”

Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. – Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus p. 238 At the recent Association of American Geographers conference in Los Angeles, I presented some of my in-progress dissertation research on the dynamics of editing behavior in OpenStreetMap. In the next […]

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A very short introduction to QGIS

Yesterday I posted a Google Maps lab assignment that I created for UBC’s Advanced Cartography course earlier this year. For that class I also created a short QuantumGIS (aka QGIS) tutorial to expose students to an open source GIS and the possibility of using OpenStreetMap data to make basic maps. Here is that tutorial, which […]

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Mapping with Google Fusion Tables

Earlier this year I created a lab assignment for Sally Hermansen’s Advanced Cartography course at the University of British Columbia. The purpose of this lab was to introduce students to Google Maps and managing data in Google Fusion Tables. I’m posting it here in case anyone else finds it useful. I’d also like to thank […]

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Balloon Mapping Success!

[Guest post by Britta Ricker] A huge thank you to Alan for organizing Balloon Mapping in Vancouver on August 16! It was a great success! I, @bricker will be guest blogging about the launch of the balloon! Key lesson, even if you think the balloon is full, fill it up some more. We were using […]

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