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September 2014

Tangram, A Mapping Library

by sbrothier (via)
Traditionally, maps have been expensive and time-consuming to make, but that’s changing fast. High-quality maps are easier to make every day thanks to OpenStreetMap and modern computer graphics capabilities, and we feel they can be pushed even further with ideas and techniques from 3D animation, video games, and other visual disciplines. To test this theory, the Mapzen graphics team has been working on a mapping library called Tangram.

The Audubon Birds & Climate Change Report

by sbrothier (via)
Climate change threatens the birds we see every day. I pledge to help build a brighter future for the 314 birds at risk.

Google Unveils The Cartographer, Its Indoor Mapping Backpack | TechCrunch

by sbrothier
If you have been following the development of Google Maps over the years, you are probably familiar with the Trekker, the backpack that includes a complete Street View camera setup for mapping anything from hikes into the Grand Canyon to walks through penguin colonies in Antarctica. Today, a new backpack is joining Google’s mapping tools: the Cartographer for indoor mapping.

July 2014

Google’s Street View cameras are touring museums and taking weird selfies by accident - Quartz

by sbrothier
The curtain slips a bit in the Camera in the Mirror, a new Tumblr project by the Spanish artist Mario Santamaría that collects accidental self-portraits of Google’s hulking cameras while they go about their work. It turns out that museums have a lot of mirrors, and the cameras often photograph themselves in front of them. +

June 2014

Je bouge donc je suis : bienvenue dans l'ère de la géographie 2.0 - L'actu Médias / Net - Télérama.fr

by sbrothier (via)
Rappelez-vous. Vos années collège, les cours de géo, la barbe épaisse de monsieur Brunet. Les ressources agricoles de la Chine ; le Mont Gerbier de Jonc ; la variabilité climatique dans le delta du Nil. Interminable randonnée au pays de l'ennui… ? En 2014, plus aucune raison de bâiller. La géographie est (re)devenue excitante. Vivante ! Inter-active ! Ludique ! En savoir plus sur http://www.telerama.fr/medias/je-bouge-donc-je-suis-bienvenue-dans-l-ere-de-la-geographie-2-0,113754.php#qYRxjskUOpFEVEtD.99

8-Bit Cities

by sbrothier & 1 other
City maps in the style of 1980s video games

Skybox Imaging - Welcome

by sbrothier
We empower global businesses to make better decisions with timely, high fidelity imagery and infinite analytics. Work with us in one of three ways.

Skybox Imaging - Skybox Imaging + Google

by sbrothier
We’re thrilled to announce that Skybox Imaging has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google! Five years ago, we began the Skybox journey to revolutionize access to information about the changes happening across the surface of the Earth. We’ve made great strides in the pursuit of that vision. We’ve built and launched the world’s smallest high­-resolution imaging satellite, which collects beautiful and useful images and video every day. We have built an incredible team and empowered them to push the state­-of­-the-­art in imaging to new heights. The time is right to join a company who can challenge us to think even bigger and bolder, and who can support us in accelerating our ambitious vision.

May 2014

Map Style Editor | MapStylr

by sbrothier
MapStylr is a free online tool that helps you create, store and publish unique google map styles.

The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic

by sbrothier
Google's self-driving cars can tour you around the streets of Mountain View, California.  I know this. I rode in one this week. I saw the car's human operator take his hands from the wheel and the computer assume control. "Autodriving," said a woman's voice, and just like that, the car was operating autonomously, changing lanes, obeying traffic lights, monitoring cyclists and pedestrians, making lefts. Even the way the car accelerated out of turns felt right. 

April 2014

Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures? - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

by sbrothier, 1 comment
The light that a city emits is like its glowing fingerprint. From the orderly grid of Manhattan, to the sprawling, snaking streets of Milan, to the bright contrast of Kuwait’s ring-roads, each city leaves its own pattern of tiny glowing dots. See if you can ID these cities based on the way they shine.

Classic album covers in Google Street View – in pictures | Cities | theguardian.com

by innipukinn & 1 other
From Pink Floyd to PJ Harvey, our Street View specialist shows us the world's cities through the lens of famous album covers

Classic album covers in Google Street View – in pictures | Cities | theguardian.com

by sbrothier & 1 other (via)
From Pink Floyd to PJ Harvey, our Street View specialist shows us the world's cities through the lens of famous album covers

March 2014

Google Naps: la Google Maps qui vous dit où faire la sieste | Slate.fr

by groucho
Google Naps: la Google #Maps qui vous dit où faire la sieste http://bit.ly/1pBYnCw

Geoshizzle | Bram.us

by sbrothier
Slides (with notes in Dutch) of a talk I gave at a recent Fronteers Meetup covering my love for mapping (projections and coordinate systems), Google Maps, and working with geodata.

Randomness in map design | Mapbox

by sbrothier
I introduced an element of randomness into a recent map design. Misplaced buildings and overlapping areas of texture bring energy and excitement to the experience of viewing a map. The end result is a little disorienting, but still mostly familiar:

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