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eCARTO News June 2015

eCARTO News capture the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.

Mapping Applications

  • A Ready for a smellfie? Photo tags map the smellscape of a city – newscientist.com
  • Penn State mapping tool could help save seabirds – news.psu.edu
  • Detroit Battles Blight Through Crowdsourced Mapping Project – forbes.com
  • Mapping the Spread of U.S. Baby Names Over the Past 100 Years – citylab.com
  • Trial uses mapping technology to dig up better yields for vegetable growers – abc.net.au
  • Diagramming the Landscape: Digital Mapping, a Powerful Tool for Analyzing a Site’s Biophysical and Social Context – metropolismag.com
  • Τhe Μystery of the Antikythera Shipwreck Further Unfolds – greece.greekreporter
  • Scientists Map Sagebrush with Drones – outsideonline.com


  • Swarm of Apple iRobots released to map interior of Cupertino HQ – theregister.co.uk
  • Into the light: how lidar is replacing radar as the archaeologist’s map tool of choice – theguardian.com
  • Crisis Mapping Technology Boosts Relief Efforts In Nepal – forbes.com
  • High-resolution satellite radar for mapping changes in global forest cover – spie.org
  • Mapping an Entire Hidden Subway With Lasers and VR – popularmechanics.com
  • Marauders Map: the Chrome app that stalks Facebook Messenger users – theguardian.com
  • Programming Intelligent Underwater Robots – manufacturing.net
  • Augmented-Reality Golf Coverage Uses KVH IMU – gpsworld.com

Industry News

  • HERE wins top spot for mapping and traffic in Ovum Location Platform Index – globenewswire.com
  • Sizing Up The Suitors For Here, Nokia’s Map Business – techcrunch.com
  • Apple Granted their Seventh 3D Depth Mapping Patent for 2015 – patentlyapple.com
  • Mapsense developer platform provides mapping big data analytics – programmableweb.com
  • Google Maps goes offline, complete with turn-by-turn directions – cnet.com
  • Report: iOS 9 Maps will finally bring mass transit navigation…to select cities – macworld.com
  • Google Maps are coming to the smartwatch on your wrist straight out of Sydney – news.com.au
  • Periscope lets you watch the world live with new map feature – mashable.com

People in Cartography

  • “Datascaper” Mixes Digital Mapping With Landscape Design – nextcity.org
  • Communicating with Maps Part 2: Discussing the issues with CaGIS President Sarah Battersby – directionsmag.com


  • Will Google’s Patent Battle over Street View Mapping Eventually Spill over to Apple Maps? – patentlyapple.com
  • How D.C. Is Becoming a Hub for Mapping Tech Startups – dcinno.streetwise.co
  • Why 3.5 times more Apple users choose Apple Maps over Google Maps – fortune.com
  • Three Reasons to Get to Know TCI’s Industry-Leading Mapping Software – directionsmag.com
  • Why Google Maps Shouldn’t Forget About Smell – fastcodesign.com
  • How your friendly neighborhood search engine took over the world – newrepublic.com
  • Not just for analysis, visualizations support transparency – gcn.com

Cartographic Education & Resources

  • Use this excellent mapping tool to figure out how long it takes to travel to every single place in London – businessinsider.com.au
  • NGA and DigitalGlobe Open Source Toolkit to Harness the Power of Collaborative Mapping – gisuser.com
  • Looking for a New Direction in Mapping Your World? – uknow.uky.edu
  • UW students use open source mapping to aid relief efforts in Nepal – washington.edu
  • Dot is a quirky location app for mapping anything from trash cans to watering holes – thenextweb.com

Cartography – Out of this world

  • Mapping the Outer Milky Way – skyandtelescope.com
  • Dawn Does Dramatic Fly Over of Ceres, Enters Lower Mapping Orbit: Video – universetoday.com
  • Mapping 90 years of UFO sightings: Fireballs are most commonly seen, while egg-shaped craft are rarer – and Maine is a hotspot – dailymail.co.uk
  • Geologic mapping of mars – smithsonianscience.si.edu
  • An illustrated guide to space maps – atlasobscura.com
  • These amateur maps of the Curiosity rover rival NASA’s – wired.com
  • Ceres’ Bright Spots Continue to Mystify Astronomers – gizmodo.com
  • MAVEN results find Mars behaving like a rock star – phys.org

Country Specific Cartography

  • Ministries to conduct mapping, profiling exercise – fijitimes.com
  • Mapping the Grand Canyon’s Gruesome Legacy of Death – citylab.com
  • Indonesia Regional Planning and Development Sector Powers Up Mobile Mapping by SuperPad – directionsmag.com
  • Mapping the monsoon: Find out when the rains hit your city – hindustantimes.com
  • Mapping Trees In Intricate Chemical Detail, So We Know Which Ones To Save First – fastcoexist.com
  • Brazil’s Maranhao state to map renewable power potential – renewables.seenews.com
  • Why we need to liberate Philippine public map data – gmanetwork.com
  • Ocean surface currents now being measured in near real-time off Hilo – hawaii.edu

Environmental cartography!

  • Just in Time for Juneteenth: A Mapping Tool That Makes It Easier to Spot Environmental Justice – citylab.com
  • Mapping the Surge in L.A.’s Homelessness Epidemic – citylab.com
  • California’s quake worries don’t end with the San Andreas – wired.com
  • Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal Redesign Links Users via Stories, Data, Mapping – prweb.com
  • Sound map launched for UK’s coastline – eandt.theiet.org

Alternative Cartography

  • Beautiful, Intriguing, and Illegal Ways to Map the Internet – wired.com
  • Mapping, Beirut-style: how to navigate a city without using any street names – theguardian.com
  • Oculus acquires 3D mapping company Surreal Vision to turn reality into a video game – theverge.com
  • An Imaginary City, 50 Years in the Mapping – citylab.com
  • Detailed 3D Map Visualizes The Battle of Stalingrad – kotaku.com
  • Charting Napoleon’s military career – in maps – theguardian.com