Thursday, August 14, 2003

Map History Lectures

Juniorbonner writes to point out a series of lectures in the history of cartography slated to begin in the fall at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London. The “Maps and Society” lectures focus on early maps (eighteenth century and earlier).

This is as good a place as any to note that the Map History/History of Cartography site (see previous entry) has changed its URL to

Posted by Jonathan Crowe at 7:50 AM

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Inaccurate Maps Blamed for Mine Flood

Inaccurate maps are to blame for a flood last summer that trapped nine miners for three days in Pennsylvania, a U.S. government agency said.

Posted by Jonathan Crowe at 8:53 AM

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Atlas of Mars

Plep links to a Mars Atlas put online by NASA. I’m dead keen on maps of other planets, and will post links to any I can find online.

Posted by Jonathan Crowe at 10:59 PM

Saturday, August 09, 2003

Tracking the West Nile Virus

There are several maps put out by various agencies that track the spread of the West Nile virus. For the United States, the CDC’s map only provides a basic overview, but the USGS’s site includes breakdowns by avian, pet, mosquito and human infections, and also allows you to view state data by county where available. For Canada, Health Canada provides a zoomable map that shows avian infections by health region, but does not provide as much detail as the USGS.

Posted by Jonathan Crowe at 10:23 AM

Earth as Art, Landsat-7 as Artist

If you like satellite imagery of the planet, you’ll love the Landsat-7 Earth as Art Gallery. (via Plep)

Posted by Jonathan Crowe at 9:56 AM


I don’t really understand what “geowanking” is — my guess is that it’s something to do with GIS hacking (better explanations welcome) — but geowankers should take note of the Geowanking mailing list. As Josh Schachter says, “There’s at least some discussion of home-made mapping . . . ”

Posted by Jonathan Crowe at 9:51 AM

Friday, August 08, 2003

Australian Word Map

This Australian word map deals with regional variations in Australian English; it’s not a map of Aboriginal languages, which for some reason is what I anticipated when I saw the title (via Languagehat).

Posted by Jonathan Crowe at 7:20 AM

Hopefully the Last Garmin iQue 3600 Post Ever

Reviews of the Garmin iQue 3600 (see previous entry: Garmin iQue 3600 Now Shipping) are beginning to appear: InfoSyncWorld; MSNBC (via Slashdot). For my part, it doesn’t look like this gadget is something I can use: based on the reviews, it’s more a street-finder GPS than anything else (the Canadian maps are city-only, whereas I now live in the countryside; and there’s no indication of UTM support, and I need that for field work); and its software is PC-only, according to the MSNBC review, which really scotches it for me (see previous entry: Mac Mapping Software).

Posted by Jonathan Crowe at 6:57 AM

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Still Alive!

Sorry for the dearth of posts; I’ve been in the middle of moving for the past week or so, so have had little time (and no broadband) to work on this site. But I’ll be back soon. I’ve been accumulating a list of links to check out . . .

Posted by Jonathan Crowe at 9:51 AM