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The cartography is a science included in disciplines for the land management and earth study

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Web maps revive historical cartography

Perhaps we never dream to see one day a historic map, mounted on Google, such that we could know how it was 300 years ago the land where today we stand. The web maps technology has allowed it. And indeed, in what way. An example of this is the London nostalgic map shown below, where […]
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View coordinates in Google Maps, using ANY! other coordinate system

Until now it has been common to input UTM and geographic coordinates on Google Maps. But usually that supports keeping the datum is WGS84 Google. But: What if we want to see in Google Maps, a coordinate of Colombia in MAGNA-SIRGAS, WGS72 or PSAD69? What if we want to see a coordinate of Spain in […]
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Template to convert geographic coordinates to deg, UTM and AutoCAD

This Excel template is initially made to convert geographic coordinates in decimal to degrees, minutes and seconds. Just the opposite of the template that we had done before, as seen in this example: In addition: Concatenate them into a string Turn them to UTM coordinates, with an option to choose a Datum Concatenates point command […]
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StitchMaps, common problems

Stitchmaps was one of the best applications that were made to create orthophotos from Google Earth captured mosaics; I spoke about how it works long ago. Those like me, who did this process before manually, downloading Google screenshots and then linking them with PhotoShop or Bentley Descartes, know that Stitchmaps does much more than that. […]
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Google Earth; visual support for cartographers

Google Earth beyond being a tool for general entertainment has also become a visual support for mapping, both to show results as to review if work done is consistent; it also serves as a teaching tool for geography or geodesy classes. In this case I’m going to get assisted by Manifold GIS to build the […]
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Antique maps in Google Maps

Some time ago I had seen on the Google Earth’s official blog, but after that Opaco has reminded us, I took a few minutes to see it working. I mean the old maps from the Rumsey collection made on Google Maps or Google Earth. This example shows a map of the Iberian Peninsula in 1710, […]
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Talking with Tuent’s people

This week has been published in Directions Magazine an interesting interview with Ernesto Ballesteros from Tuent company, which in just 6 questions bring valuable content to the geospatial community. Tuent is an innovative service that among other things, offers the possibility of territorial dashboard mount. It does not occupy a lot turn for them to […]
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Political risk map

This has been one of the interesting topics covered in the March issue of GISMagazine, known in our environment as Geoinformatics. This is a geopolitical map, reflecting criteria that turn constraints for the political, social and economic stability, updated in its 17th Edition for 2010. The result is a work of Aon Risk Services, an […]
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Convert degrees / minutes / seconds to decimals

Some time ago I’ve been ask for this, and in view the friend seems a little rushed and today is a day to celebrate many things, here I leave one tool that allows you to move from degrees/minutes/seconds to decimals. Why a table It is common, finding coordinates that are in degrees- minutes- seconds format, […]
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How do non-geomatics see the maps?

So a little distracting, this week 20minutos.es has published an article based on projections’ theme in a way a sixth grade’s teacher would explain it when talking about world maps. It’s worth taking a look at the comments, a pity – ironic- there are too many, but here I leave a few of them: The […]
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Euroatlas: old maps in shp format

It happens to us as maps’ fans that we buy a magazine at the supermarket just for bringing down a large map or atlas to be added to the collection we already have. Encyclopedias have done their best to display interactive maps in Flash or developments that simulate the operation of a geographic information system, […]
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SEXTANTE, gvSIG + 220 routines

As well as GRASS complements Quantum GIS, SEXTANTE does the same with gvSIG, keeping the specialty. These are the best efforts of collaboration between open source alternatives in the geospatial environment, searching to prevent unnecessary duplication. The gvSIG effort of maintaining vector handling with many CAD capabilities is complemented with everything that has been built […]
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Interact in UTM with Google Earth

Plex.mark! is a development made on Google Earth ActiveX, that facilitates the operation directly in UTM, not just for getting coordinates but also to enter them. It’s free. Install Plex.mark! It must be downloaded from Plescape, the Greek manufacturer company of Plex.Earth tools; after it’s installed, it creates the shortcut on the desktop. To run […]
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How to work on the boundary of two UTM zones

We often face the problem of working within the limits of the UTM zone, having a lot of problems (Spanish Idiom: “ver a palitos” to have a problem of difficult solving) because the coordinates do not work there. The reason of the problem Some time ago I explained how the UTM, coordinates operate, here I […]
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The world digital library

Since 2005 the Congress’ Library and UNESCO had been promoting the idea of a library online; finally in April 2009 this idea was officially released. It joins a host of reference sources (such as European), with the variant, that this is supported by libraries in different countries and with an economic contribution that ensures a […]
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3D World Map, an educational atlas

3D World Map comes to remind us of those spheres that were used at school, although its capacity goes beyond that. It is a balloon that contains much more data that could fit in the globe and atlas; it also includes a screen saver movie tool that can run mp3 music as background. 3D World […]
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