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Other Mapping things / Google Arts and Culture - maps
« on: 17 May 2018, 10:28:05 »
Google Arts and Culture curates many map collections, as well as many other artifacts in museums etc across the world.

OpenDroneMap is "an open source toolkit for processing aerial drone imagery. Typical drones use simple point-and-shoot cameras, so the images from drones, while from a different perspective, are similar to any pictures taken from point-and-shoot cameras, i.e. non-metric imagery. OpenDroneMap turns those simple images into three dimensional geographic data that can be used in combination with other geographic datasets."

Sources of Maps and Geographic Datasets / Re: UK LIDAR data
« on: 17 May 2018, 06:53:53 »
In 2018 the Environment Agency announced that they plan to survey the whole of England at 1m resolution, completing the coverage by 2020. This will fill the gaps in coverage giving a complete lidar dataset for England, where currently 40% is either unsurveyed or surveyed at only 2m resolution.

Another example is the canton of Zurich which made its geodata available to the public free of charge from January 2018 onwards. The information should enable the development of business ideas. The authorities expect a lot of potential for the economy and society.

Mapping Technologies we can probably ignore / OpenAddresses
« on: 17 May 2018, 06:36:07 » is "The free and open global address collection." Anyone can Parse & import into a database, put on a map, or use for geocoding.

Some countries (eg France) are much better covered than others (eg UK).

Current Examples / Mapping a cemetery
« on: 17 May 2018, 06:27:30 »
New GIS mapping project is chronicling genealogical history through Waxahachie (Texas) Cemetery.

“This is just for the benefit of our citizens so they can better search our cemetery. Genealogy is becoming a very popular hobby and a very popular thing for families to do,” Smith explained. “It will help in that hobby and help our citizens better learn our cemetery because our cemetery is large and kind of confusing if you are not familiar with how it is laid out.”

Other Mapping things / Morphology
« on: 17 May 2018, 06:22:03 »
Morphology is "an exploratory cartographic tool based on the Mapzen platform that eschews common communicative elements like color and symbols. Instead, it seeks to show the world, and all its constituent parts, as a series of carefully chosen lines."

This post from Rory Biggadike of webmapsolutions says "We are today seeing an explosion in the number and type of mapping platforms. In this post we will discuss the differences between these mapping platforms, and why you might choose one over the other."

Other Mapping things / True Size Maps
« on: 17 May 2018, 06:11:40 »
The “True Size” Maps Shows You the Real Size of Every Country (and Will Change Your Mental Picture of the World).

The True Size is "a website that lets you compare the size of any nation or US state to other land masses, by allowing you to move them around to anywhere else on the map."

Commercial Mapping Companies / Foursquare
« on: 17 May 2018, 06:04:57 »
Foursquare "is a technology company that uses location intelligence to build meaningful consumer experiences and business solutions.

For consumers, we believe the world is full of amazing experiences. We make two apps to help guide you to them:
  • The Foursquare City Guide app helps you discover new places, with recommendations from a community you trust. Find a better experience, anywhere in the world.
  • For people who have a lust for life, Foursquare Swarm is a lifelog that keeps track of every place you go. Although life moves fast and is full of fleeting moments, Swarm is always with you motivating you to take a richer and more interesting journey.
For commerce our location intelligence technology helps brands to locate, message and measure their own consumers."

Other Mapping things / All the Buildings in Manhattan
« on: 16 May 2018, 06:56:38 »
(From curbed New York) "There are more than 1 million buildings in New York City, and many of those are clustered on the island of Manhattan, spanning architectural styles, hundreds of years, and all manner of types. And now, a nifty new tool, called All the Buildings in Manhattan, takes information about those myriad structures and puts it in one colorful data visualization."

The tool was created by Taylor Baldwin, a software engineer at BuzzFeed (“One thing I learned is that there is an unbelievable amount of data the city makes available.”)

(Note that I had difficulty getting it to work.)

Other Mapping things / Map Books of 2018
« on: 16 May 2018, 06:46:14 »
The Map Room (Jonathan Crowe blogging about maps since 2003) has many interesting things about maps - for example this list of Map Books which have been published or are scheduled to be published in 2018.

Other Mapping things / Viz Palette
« on: 16 May 2018, 06:37:10 »
Viz Palette is a colour picker tool to help with selecting a palette for data visualizations, including maps.

Commercial Mapping Companies / Latitude-Cartagena
« on: 16 May 2018, 06:32:58 »
Latitude-Cartagena, a cooperative society based in Lyon, France, is "much more than a cartographic communication agency. It's a living network of cartographers, consultants, designers and developers working together to improve your everyday life ... without you noticing."

An example of one of Peter Watson's Valuation transcripts for Herne Bay in Word document format is attached to this post.  It comprises separate tables, one for each property in the 1910 Valuation, interspersed by some images to help remind about the property. For convenience each document contains a limited number of properties (eg 100), and this example shows just a few.

Each table has the following data for each property:
  • ValuationID (when preceded by V this is used as featureid)
  • Situation
  • Description (which for technical reasons internally we call Designation)
  • Gross Value (£ and optionally shillings and pence)
  • Occupier
  • Former Sale - the date the property was last sold, and hopefully the amount of sale, + additional cost (eg if it was bought as land, then a house built in it)
    • [Note this is displayed/stored after Owner in M4OPS]
  • Owner
  • Particulars

Broadly speaking the stages of the process are:
  • Manipulate the Word Documents to prepare a single table of data
  • Convert this table into a list of features for M4OPS
  • Add the All Features layer
  • Upload and compile
  • Georeference the Features

Manipulate the Word Documents to prepare a single table of data:
  • In Word, create a new landscape document
  • Empty the document, headers and footers of all content
  • For each transcript document: Select all, copy and paste onto the end of this landscape document (selecting the default - destination theme)
  • To remove header lines: Select all of style Title and delete
  • Use Replace All various times:
    • Images: ^g to null
    • Manual line breaks: ^l to space
    • Tabs: ^t to space
    • Semicolons: ; to #semicolon#
    • Description or description to #Dscn# or #dscn# (technical problem!)
    • Other special characters/words may need converting:
      • (These are all defined in the CSV2HTMLConvsArray in M4OPS.json)
      • non-breaking space to #nbsp#
      • less than or greater than to #lt# or #gt#
      • ampersand to #amp#
      • single or double quotation mark to #apos# or #quot#
      • cent, pound, yen, euro to #cent#, #pound#, #yen#, #euro#
      • copyright or registered trademark to #copy# or #reg#
    • [(unnecessary?)Extra paras: ^p^p to ^p – repeat until 0 (any left delete manually)]
    • Single paras: ^p to null
  • Select all, cut and paste as text only
  • Select all and insert table (Convert: paragraphs, 5 columns, Autofit contents)
  • Check for changes in pattern, and for each: Undo, adjust, redo
    • [eg in the attached document there is an issue after id 63]
  • Delete the blank column (must be narrow if it is empty)
  • Convert to text (separate text with tabs)
  • Select all and insert table (Convert: tabs, 8 columns, Autofit contents) – if not 8 then undo, resolve issue, and redo
  • Save the document

Convert this table into a list of features for M4OPS:
  • Insert 4 (blank) columns to the right of the table (these fields will be filled by geometries)
  • (At this point, if relevant, transfer any geometry cells from an existing features.csv file)
  • Check there are no semicolons in the document
  • Convert to text (separate text with semicolons)
  • Replace ;space by ;
  • Replace ^p by ^pV (thereby preceding each id by the letter V)
    • ensure the first line has a V at the start
    • remove any last line(s) with just a V on them
  • Select all, copy and paste into a blank Features.csv text file
  • Copy the following string and paste it as a new line at the beginning of this file
    • featureid;Situation;Designation;GrossValue;Occupier;FormerSale;Owner;Particulars;Lon(X);Lat(Y);GeomType;GeomCoords
  • Under this header line enter a blank line and a line starting Comment, with the date etc
  • Save the file as Features.csv

See Compiling Features for the next stage.

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