Creating an “Organization of Cartographers for Social Equality” map with OpenStreetMap

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Map of the world, south up, stretched.

If you’ve seen that episode of The West Wing, you’ll remember this scene: I’m not a paying member of the OCSE, but I fully support their aims. Because messing around with maps is fun. So, can I build a web-first maps which is South-up, Pacific-centred, and Peters-projected? Here’s what I managed to do using OpenLayers…

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Why bother with What Three Words?

by @edent | # # # # | 127 comments | Read ~176,180 times.
Two men are confused by a paper map

I’ll be wording this post carefully as What 3 Words (W3W) have a tenacious PR team and, probably, have a lot more lawyers than I do. W3W is a closed product. It is a for-profit company masquerading as an open standard. And that annoys me. A brief primer. The world is a sphere. We can…

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Localisation is Hard – Nokia Here and Roundabouts

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Last year I complained about a dangerous change to Google’s Maps app. When driving, you want to spend the majority of your time concentrating on the road ahead. Flicking one’s eyes to the mirrors & speedometer should be enough to quickly assess one’s environment. The same applies for SatNav apps – every second that is…

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A Dangerous Change To Google Maps

by @edent | # # # # # # | 15 comments | Read ~3,292 times.

Update 2013-07-13 I’ve just received this email from Nate Tyler at Google. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend. I work on the Google Maps team and just saw your post on Google Maps navigation. Thank you very much for the concern. Wanted to be sure you and your readers are aware that we have pushed an…

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Google's Inconsistent Maps UI

by @edent | # # # # | 4 comments | Read ~245 times.

There gets a stage in every large company’s lifecycle when there are too many people working on a single project. This usually manifests itself in strange internal struggles over the heart of a product as different teams compete for their “vision” to succeed. What often happens is that the user is forgotten and a manager,…

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It's Pronounced "Reading"

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English is a funny old language. That my mother tongue doesn’t bother with internal consistency doesn’t bother me much – except when it comes to Text-To-Speech. Using Google Maps to provide route guidance in the UK is a challenging affair. Driving through Reading, the computerised voice continually mispronounced is as “Reading”. Err… that is to…

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Mashed Up Maps

by @edent | # # # | 3 comments | Read ~193 times.

As part of my project to create a mobile polling station locator site, I’ve been playing with various mapping APIs. As a base experiment, I passed the postcode of a polling station (GU22 7DT) to both Google Maps and Yahoo Maps. Here are the results. – Two things of interest to note. Firstly, Google has…

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