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"So long and thanks for the maps"

"So long and thanks for all the fish, I meant maps (apologies to Douglas Adams)" was the last post in my #30DayMapChallenge report...

Friday, 23 September 2011

"Vectors are your friend"

HTML5 Canvas was a natural extension for giscloud.com:  Its distinction is to post vectors on the web, overlaying rasters like any GIS, and with a optional postGIS running in the background. Not only does this speed up drawing maps on the web, it also allows massive amounts - in the millions of points, lines and polygons - to render PDQ (pretty darn quickly) - thus Vectors are your friend - my moderately complex maps benefit from even clean&crisper renderings of polygons as expected and of tiled images especially.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Be the weatherman for others

Last week I posted dust and wind data germane to Kuwait in my banner map. This week take the same layers and mash them up with another service: Here I took a service from ESRI(France) to post volunteer ride-sharers (covoiturage) to their SIG 2011, and added weather and urban data, just to show how easy it is to augment existing offerings.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Be your own weatherman

Dust storms are what you look out for in Kuwait. The banner map was a very simple way for me to create my own weather map:
  1. where are the dust clouds?
  2. what is the wind direction?
  3. when will Kuwait get one?

Saturday, 3 September 2011

New book and banner ads

Geography is the basis of "Entre deux Eaux", my new book of poetry and prose on my travels and travails - check the publisher icon to the right, and soon on Amazon and Barnes&Noble in the banner - so much so that the book cover image is a snapshot of my three-year old web map: