Saturday 9 February 2013

Local maps one year on from Kuwait

Hard to believe it's over a year since I left Kuwait, and I'm back in Cambridge now working west of London - the shortest commute yet, weekly as opposed to every 10 weeks in Kuwait or every two weeks in Milan three years ago - so just out of curiosity I looked for web maps of the area again.

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Google and OpenStreetMap left a little to be desired in the geography, but Leaddog's Syria GIS Map is very impressive indeed. Aside from the unfortunate symbology (Cross for Mosque) it's spot on.

Then I turn to my old employ's map of a Kuwait University project I helped with (log in as guest/guest as instructed). It's a full Kuwait Municipality map, with GIS and geodesign of the new university, but also the whole city complete with directions including barriers, which I haven't seen on Google or Bing maps! And when you zoom to Salmiya I lived in for over a year, I found the local coop but not the mosque next door.

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There is no permalink so you have to go to the site and zoom out to see Salmiya the cape (Ras al Salmiya) to the NW, but it's a full-fledged web GIS with measuring tools and even history for the Kuwait University Project. And the project itself zooms in to trees and room-level detail true to geodesign.

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