Using Microsoft MapCruncher with Google Maps

Previously I have demonstrated how to use Microsoft Research’s MapCruncher tool to create map tiles from custom bitmaps for Bing Maps (nee Virtual Earth). That particular example used an ASTER satellite image for the EcoMapCostaRica.com project, and hosted the map tiles on Amazon’s S3 service with delivery using Amazon Cloudfront. Although MapCruncher was intended for ...

Initial thoughts on Web Mapping and the iPad

The iPad makes a very tempting platform for geoweb applications. This a short post on my initial findings after a week of using 3G iPad. I intend to follow it with further articles and commentaries over the coming months. Executive summary: Should make a great platform, but current geoweb support is limited.  

Book Review: The World of Gerard Mercator

“The World of Gerard Mercator” by Andrew Taylor is an excellent biography of Gerard Mercator – someone who we have all heard of, but generally know very little. Taylor does a good job of putting him into both a historic and a cartographic context, and does his best to explain Mercator with the relatively limited ...

An Overview of OpenAddresses.org

The aim of OpenAddresses.org is to establish a copyright-free database of geocoded addresses, using donations and voluntary help. Such a database has a wide range of applications including spatial analysis and geomarketing. The database is intended to be of greater accuracy than navigation systems which typically have insufficient accuracy for microgeographic analysis. OpenAddresses includes a ...