Today was a jolly nice day with Ollie and I winning the Ordnance Survey Geospatial Mashup Challenge at GISRUK 2009. There were some really good entries and I was quite surprised with the result. One site which really impressed me was: “User Adaptive Trip Planner -Ramya Venkateswaran, Pia Bereuter, University of Zurich – hopefully this will be online soon”.
Our winning site is was titled “Contextualising Educational Careers for Widening Participation in Higher Education”, however is really a nice educational atlas. This should be online soon with luck, but here are a few slides to view for now:
And a short youtube:
Anybody who I have come in contact with over the past two weeks has probably been subjected to me showing them an old 1904 map of Manchester and Salford housing conditions. This has really nice cartography and is accompanied by a book featuring rich text and pictorial descriptions of the people and living conditions.
As an experiment in getting old maps onto the web, my researcher Ollie and I have been playing with a couple of tools, the output of which we present in our beta site:
Although not available at all zooms, we have also added an OAC layer -
there is interesting correspondence between the 1904 aggregate groups
and those visible in 2001 – to view this, add both layers and click
the switch layer button.
For those who are interested in the method of creation, this was as follows:
1) Scanning old map at a very high DPI (this is a painful process when your map is stuck in a book and exceeds your A3 scanner size)
2) Rubber sheeting and tile creation with MapCruncher (http://dev.live.com/virtualearth/mapcruncher/)
3) Taking the MS format tiles and building a new interface with OpenLayers (http://openlayers.org/)
The reference for those who are interested is: Marr, T.R. (1904) Housing Conditions in Manchester and Salford. Manchester, Manchester University Press.
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Measuring Segregation: Methods, tools and data, a two day workshop. University of Bristol, Bristol – 11/2/09
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Public Engagement: The London Profiler, Public Profiler and the E-Society Classification, University College London, London – 8/1/09
Always on the look out for nice visualisations I came across Wordle today. I have generated one of my research interests:
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TSN Masterclass, UEA,Norwich – 3/6/08