Open Source Cartography Project

This past week at the FOSS4G open source geospatial software conference in Portland Oregon map makers and developers exhibited talents, methodologies and software that are as inspiring as they are enabling. I myself took two insightful workshops at Portland State University (PSU) and volunteered for some phenomenal presentations hosted at the Oregon Convention Center.

With these open source tools I will be transforming some static maps I created for previous clients and cartography class exercises into web maps. With the flexibility and accessibility that open source GIS platforms like OpenGeo, GeoNode and CartoDB give us as map makers of the present (online and on mobile) I am excited to breathe new life into previous works. Stay tuned, I welcome any comments on this new portfolio of work I will post here on geoidlife.com.

Oh and thanks again to everyone who helped make FOSS4G happen, it was truly an eye opening experience to what we can do with the power of where.

–geoidnico

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Map projections article: Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World –Elizabeth Borneman

Interesting map projections article: Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World –Elizabeth Borneman

Loxodromes and Geodesics: Interesting distortions

I am taking a class on projections as part of an elective at the University of Redlands MS GIS program and I thought I would share some projections that created interesting distortions to loxodromic (rhumb lines) lines and geodesics (great circles). The projections themselves create interesting distortions on the shapes/areas of countries and continents of the world.

Loxodromic lines in magenta, Geodesic (great circle) lines in navy blue, straight lines in light blue. Let me know what you think

-geoidNico

Loxodromic lines in magenta,  Geodesic (great circle) lines in navy blue, straight lines in light blue

Loxodromic lines in magenta, Geodesic (great circle) lines in navy blue, straight lines in light blue

Loxodromic lines in magenta,  Geodesic (great circle) lines in navy blue, straight lines in light blue

Loxodromic lines in magenta, Geodesic (great circle) lines in navy blue, straight lines in light blue

Loxodromic lines in magenta,  Geodesic (great circle) lines in navy blue, straight lines in light blue

Loxodromic lines in magenta, Geodesic (great circle) lines in navy blue, straight lines in light blue

azimuthal equidistant projection

Loxodromic lines in magenta, Geodesic (great circle) lines in navy blue, straight lines in light blue

Aspen Mountain map

Aspen Mountain map

Beautiful map of Aspen Mountain from skimap.org. Map developed for US Forest Service.

Credits:
Year Published: 2009
Artist: Bill C. Brown
Added on: 28th Feb 2010

“…maps let yo…

“…maps let you see where you’re going and where we want to be.” –Linda Hecht (‘Location Analytics: The Future is Where’. Wired Magazine. November 1st, 2013)

Isn’t this at the core of what we use geography and G.I.S. for?

Editing ArcGIS maps in Photoshop

World projection of Africa with Adobe Photoshop effects applied by Nico Roldos in Steve Benzek's editing ArcGIS maps with Photoshop workshop.

World projection of Africa with Adobe Photoshop effects applied by Nico Roldos in Steve Benzek’s editing ArcGIS maps with Photoshop workshop.

South Africa, Adobe Photoshop

South Africa Poster with Photoshop effects

MAUP: My geostatistics professor

MAUP: My geostatistics professor

MAUP: My geostatistics professor the dos X guy

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