Island Free Press: Paper Nautical Charts Will Disappear as Waterway Maps Become Digitized. “Paper nautical charts will soon be sinking into the horizon, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this month announced its plan to sunset over five years the hard copy maps of the nation’s waterways. Although NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has for years offered several digital formats for raster charts – that is, the electronic version of the paper chart – to print or download, the paper charts have also been provided by request. The electronic charts have been available since 1993.”
RTL Today: Luxatlas. lu offers a digital look back at Luxembourg City through the ages. “The…website showcases 200 years of the city’s development in a click, highlighting different iterations of the capital such as the fortress back in 1867, the UNESCO boundaries, and more. The tool allows anyone to explore the mapping history of the capital, showing both aerial impressions and land registry maps to compare the development.”
Cavalier Daily: Mapping Cville Project launches crowdsourcing phase to create map of housing discrimination origins . “The project aims to develop an interactive digital map of past and present inequities in Charlottesville, and its first layer will show housing discrimination origins by plotting every deed in the City that contains a racially restrictive covenant — clauses within property deeds that restricted the sale of properties to only white residents and often explicitly prohibited sales to African-Americans.”
112 International: Entire territory of Ukraine will be digitized next year, – PM. “Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk said that the entire territory of Ukraine will be digitized next year. The PM wrote about this on his Facebook page. ‘The whole territory of Ukraine will be digitized next year! An international tender for the implementation of such aerial photography has already been announced. This means that Ukraine will have high-quality and accurate 3D models of forests, industrial facilities, as well as classifications of buildings, vegetation, power lines and much more,’ – said the prime minister.”
Neowin: Apple ‘taking a deeper look’ at how it handles disputed borders. “Earlier this week, the changes to Apple’s Crimea map were announced by State Duma, Russian parliament’s lower house, describing the former boundaries as an ‘inaccuracy’. As a result of this, Apple received widespread Ukrainian condemnation and has now stated that it is “taking a deeper look” at how it handles disputed borders.”
Geo Awesomeness: CARTO boosts public geospatial data with Google BigQuery. “When location intelligence platform CARTO built its Data Observatory, the chief idea was to create an up-to-date index of location data. The recently released Data Observatory 2.0 takes that vision forward to provide Data Scientists with a scalable platform full of rich data in the format they really need it in! CARTO is now hosting geospatial datasets on Google Cloud’s BigQuery public datasets program.” You can learn more about CARTO via this article from TechCrunch.
BBC: Apple changes Crimea map to meet Russian demands. “Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, in a move that was condemned by most of the global community. The region is now displayed as Russian territory on Apple Maps and Weather, when viewed from inside Russia. However, Apple Maps and Weather do not show Crimea as part of any country, when viewed outside Russia.”