TechCrunch: Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map. “Snapchat’s next big feature wants to get you to meet up with friends in real life rather than just watching each other’s lives on your phones. Snap Map lets you share your current location, which appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat. It’s rolling out today to all iOS and Android users globally.”
CBC News: Indigenous communities in Canada finally on Google Maps. “More than 3,000 Indigenous communities in Canada have been added to Google Maps and Google Earth — and it’s about time, Aboriginal people say.”
Mic: Snapchat Maps: How to find every geofilter in the world using this crowdsourced Google tool. “There is a cool little Google Map that is crowdsourcing all the regions around the world with Snapchat Geofilters. It’s not associated by Snapchat and is far from an official list, but it has organized the availability of filters across the globe.” Cool idea, unfortunately a bit light on details.
Google Blog: Find Pride events on the map . “People everywhere are celebrating Pride this month. To help you find your local parade and events or just navigate around the crowds, we’ve added the parade routes and event info to Google Maps on both Android and iOS in 35 cities worldwide.”
You have a new tool to see historic Washington DC. From WUSA: New database allows you to see the world as your grandparent did (warning: autoplay video). “It doesn’t take a historian or an anthropologist to know that a lot has changed since 1948. But now a new database can show you just how significantly the landscape has transformed over sixty years. An anthropologist in the district named Jessica Smith has gathered thousands of photos from the late 1940’s, and has put them online in a database, that allows you compare them to today’s view.”
Arizona Geology: AZGS receives $64k to update and publish digital geologic map data. “The AZGS was notified last week that we will be receiving $64k from the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program, administered by the USGS, for FY18. We will be supplying the required state match, for a project total of ~$130k. Funding is expected to begin in September 2017. This is an exciting opportunity to continue the very important process of bringing our older digital geologic maps up to modern standards, making the map data available in a variety of formats that are useful for current consumers of geologic data, and establishing a permanent archive for our geologic data and products.”
Justin O’Beirne: A Year of Apple and Google Maps. “Shortly after I published my Cartography Comparison last June, I noticed Google updating some of the areas we had focused on… Coincidence or not, it was interesting. And it made me wonder what else would change, if we kept watching. Would Google keep adding detail? And would Apple, like Google, also start making changes? So I wrote a script that takes monthly screenshots of Google and Apple Maps.1 And thirteen months later, we now have a year’s worth of images…” Pretty amazing and thorough overview – even if you’re not interested in maps and mapping, take a look if you’re interested in graphic design and UI.