Weekliii Round-Up: Sanborn, History Lessons, and More...
Around here, we like Friday almost as much we like #DailyBrainCandiii and #MapOfTheDay posts. I mean, who wouldn't? Okay, maybe we do still have our favorites, but you did not hear that from me.
Here's a look at the articles we have shared throughout this week as well as our favorite map. Enjoy!
Around since the 1860s, Sanborn has been essential in the mapping world. When the company’s founder initially opened shop, maps were made for a specific reason – to show insurers those city structures that could be fire risks. Over time, as maps for each region were updated and reproduced, they have lived to tell much different stories than their original siren days. This article goes into the value professionals (or just those with a profound curiosity) may find when exploring maps created for specific cities throughout history. Not only do they show an evolution in symbology and a company’s progress in standardization, they also offer insights into the demographics, wealth, and development of towns and cities across the United States.
For those interested in geology, exploration, or just seeing the world in general, this article is for you. This story map allows you to fly through Asia, the Americas, Africa, Europe, and more regions to view the tallest formations in a 3D view.
This week, Esri announced the release of ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud. Not nearly as shiny as recent releases like Insights, this product acts more as a bridge between ArcGIS and Adobe Creative Suite. Have you ever made a map within ArcMap and wished there were more design-centric tools? Features that allow for node selection, color matching, enhanced layouts, or even seamless placement of external objects like logos? If you haven’t, just know that there are many of us out there who have hoped for this – as well as a better way to integrate these changes. The current work-around for moving ArcMap layouts into Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator can be painful. It forces you to follow seemingly insignificant rules, like ensuring no layers use transparency and no special fonts or symbology are present. It is not always guaranteed that all objects will be exported to the other side either. I may or may not have done this with a layout containing close to 30 inset maps. It may or may not have ended in tears. All in all though, we are (oh, I am?) excited to try this new Esri product out when it makes it out of Beta in May…just in time for Map Gallery entries for this year’s Esri User Conference!
There are those that believe knowing our history is essential to our future while some hold true to the notion that the past can help us better shape our own outcomes, personal and societal alike. This article focuses on that the latter, introducing four ancient empires to illustrate ways in which to identify aspects of their societies that have not changed and those that have shaped events.
We all love a fun map projection, especially one that distorts land based on the information it displays. After all, we cannot live on symbols and color ramps alone. This article talks about the Tilegrams (generator accessible here) web app that helps you create your own cartogram map based on pre-loaded population and electoral data – or load your own and go wild. It’s a fun way to kill a few minutes in between meetings or to see the impact shape has on our understanding of a subject versus simply displaying it in shades of off-white.
This has unintentionally been a high-climbing week here at Integrated. We have had a few neat maps come out for #MapOfTheDay posts, and this map showcasing the highest mountains of each of the seven continents seems to be the top contender. Tall jokes aside, this is not your standard ArcMap visualization but instead, an illustration combining geography and data visualization into an easily understandable graphic. More information about this image and the lists off of which it is based can be found here.
In this week's #MarcoMonday post, we gave you a look into Knowledge Management practices with the help of the Integrated Marco Studio suite and a few groan-worthy puns. (You are very welcome.)
We also had a seismic good time on Wednesday when we introduced you to Integrated Geodetics Toolkit - our 70+ tool Add-In for ArcGIS that facilitates the conversion, loading, and visualization of well survey and seismic data - in the #MeetTheProduct post up on the blog.
#DailyBrainCandiii and #WeekliiiRoundUp are inspired by brain candiii, a division of Integrated Informatics that delivers and develops GIS training courses to meet the needs of Energy and Natural Resources professionals. Want to suggest a topic for us to cover? Twitter @iii_gis is an easy way to find us!