Bloomberg Quint: Nobody Wants to Let Google Win the War for Maps All Over Again. “Autonomous cars require powerful sensors to see and advanced software to think. They especially need up-to-the-minute maps of every conceivable roadway to move. Whoever owns the most detailed and expansive version of these maps that vehicles read will own an asset that could be worth billions. Which is how you get an all-out mapping war, with dozens of contenders entering into a dizzying array of alliances and burning tens of millions of investment dollars in pursuit of a massive payoff that could be years away.”
University of Wyoming: Successful Wyoming Atlas Project Launches Digital Version for Wyoming’s K-12 Schools. “The digital version, like the hard copy, is produced by three UW programs — the Department of Geography, the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) and the Wyoming Geographic Alliance. The digital 55-page atlas includes more than 100 full-color, interactive maps, along with numerous charts, tables and photographs. The School of Energy Resources provided the funding. The digital student atlas is targeted to students in Wyoming grades 4-8. The previous hard-copy version was targeted to school libraries; elementary and junior high classrooms where geography is taught as part of the curriculum; and county libraries and their associated branches.” I know the headline says “for Wyoming’s K-12 Schools,” but I was able to access it without issue.
Emacsen’s Blog: Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble . “I was a contributor for OpenStreetMap for a long time, and I advocated for OpenStreetMap for a long time, but the project has stalled while the proprietary mapping world has continued to improve in data quality. For those of us who care about Free and Open data, this is a problem. In this article, I explore the reasons why I think OSM has stalled, as well as solutions to get the project back on track.”
A tip o’ the nib to The Map Room. for this pointer from Indiana University Bloomington: Digitizing captured Russian Military maps. “Thanks to cataloging exchange arrangement with the Library of Congress, Indiana University holds 4,000 topographic maps, largely produced by the Soviet military, and captured during World War II. Now a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources will exponentially increase access and exposure to interested international audiences.” Over 1000 maps are already available.
EU Science Hub: World’s biggest city database shines light on our increasingly urbanised planet. “The JRC [Joint Research Centre] has launched a new tool with data on all 10,000 urban centres scattered across the globe. It is the largest and most comprehensive database on cities ever published.”
Boy Genius Report: Snapchat brings its Snap Map to the web. “While Snapchat users are still reeling from the recent update, the company has continued to expand beyond the reaches of the app. After giving users the ability to share and watch Stories outside of the app last month, Snap this week is bringing the Snap Map feature to the web for anyone to browse, regardless of whether or not they have the app.”
Lifehacker: How to Track How Many Olympic Medals Each Country Has Won in Real Time. “Keeping track of where all those medals are going can be a pretty epic task. Online mapping company Esri has created a really sleek way of doing it through an interactive map where you can see a visual representation of where all the medals are going.”