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Scale in a Time of Web Maps

Scale has taken on a completely new meaning for me. In my training and early career, scale referred to a conversion measurement indicating a comparison between a measurement on a paper map and a measurement in the real world. The big ‘thing’ about GIS was that it was scale-less; you could zoom in as much […]

More to Maps than Markers

Google Maps have been with us since February 2005, virtually a decade ago as I write this (expect a party on Feb 8th 2015). From their acquisitions of Where 2 Technologies and Keyhole, Google ignited a cartographic web revolution. Yes, of course there were maps on the internet pre-Google Maps, but Google brought the web […]

Build a Better Map with Analytics [Video]

Dustin Sampson (@gridcell), one of our geospatial developers presented the core ideas behind tracking slippy map analytics at FOSS4G in September (2014, Portland). Check out his presentation here >>> Presentation Description Google Analytics is a great tool for monitoring and reporting on website traffic and user interactions but what it doesnt tell you is that […]

Mapping Exif Files

This is a quick note on how to map images in a directory purely from their exif files. An exif file is one which contains the meta data of the image. If the image was taken by a phone of GPS enabled camera, then a location will also be contained within that file. To read […]

Dissecting a Web Mapping Application

When talking with clients there is always a turning point in my mind where their request turns from being a “Google Map” to being a “web mapping application”. It is usually where data is being filtered, updataed, or when ‘users’ are mentioned. This a pivotal point where the project both gets more interesting, a lot […]

Sparkgeo and Google Maps

At sparkgeo we build next generation web mapping applications. That means we need to consider the mapping application from conception to delivery, from database to user expeirnce. Because we usually get to choose which mapping fabric we leverage, we will usually choose Google Maps. We use Google Maps for almost any public facing web mapping […]

Manage your Mobile Workforce [Workshop]

Learn about how to manage your mobile workforce using Google Maps Coordinate. Will from sparkgeo will be giving a workshop on this technology on March 19th. Sign up here   Here is some more info on the technology:   Tags:google mapsmappingtechnology Comments var disqus_config = function () { = ”; = ”; } var […]

Making Maps

Maps are used everyday. We use them for navigation; we use them for planning; we use them for visualizing and comparing places. We take them largely for granted. More so we take their content for granted. “Well, of course it’s right…!?” The thing is, the world is always changing, and often maps don’t keep up. […]

HTML5, Google Maps, and Focus

This guide will indicate a few ways to help the user focus more on the story you are telling them. A key benefit of the Google Maps API is the depth of informational content that is available immediately. Without a doubt the imagery is both compelling and often beautiful. However this is also a great problem in that it is easy for a user to get distracted into looking at the background imagery or terrain rather than concentrating on the content of your map, your story.