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A New Map of the Pentagon
|| 10/9/2007 || 2:52 pm || Comments Off on A New Map of the Pentagon || ||

: rendered at 15,000 X 10,000 :

I was inspired by this animation of the Möbius Transformation. This “new map” is a camera perspective looking up at a mirrored sphere (the top) reflecting a hexagon quilt projection of the Pentagon (the bottom). I wasn’t sure what to call it at first. It kinda reminds me of the Death Star from Star Wars. Or a new moon on th horizon. I like the way the raster forshortening looks in the bottom half because I normally don’t overproject the imagery this way.

View the Google Map of the Pentagon

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1880 Street Railway Map of the City of Washington
|| 9/14/2007 || 4:28 pm || Comments Off on 1880 Street Railway Map of the City of Washington || ||

Using map #10 from 1880 Statistical Map of the City of Washington, I was able to make this unique, interactive, antique map mashup.

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Orlando Quilt
|| 8/20/2007 || 12:19 pm || Comments Off on Orlando Quilt || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :

After spending much of last week working on the LA Interchanges series, I decided to switch it up a tad and make a map of Orlando, Florida. I am not sure what maps I’ll be making next….

View the Google Map of Orlando, Florida.

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Terra Fermi
|| 8/14/2007 || 7:13 am || Comments Off on Terra Fermi || ||

Click the image below to download the .kmz file [14.3 mb] for Google Earth:

Terra Ferma means “firm land” or “solid ground” and has been used to describe the conquest of new lands since antiquity.
Terra Fermi is the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Reactor Quilt mapped on to the surface of the earth.
A fitting name for a dangerously beautiful new world.

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Adams Morgan Earth
|| 8/13/2007 || 2:31 pm || Comments Off on Adams Morgan Earth || ||

Click on the image below to download the .kmz file [11 mb] for Google Earth:

I am quite impressed with this creation. This Interactive Globe for Google Earth features tessellated aerial photography of the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

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I-35W Bridge Quilt
|| 8/3/2007 || 11:42 am || Comments Off on I-35W Bridge Quilt || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :

Like the MacArthur Maze Quilt, this map is a prime example of mapping current events. On August 1st the bridge in this map unexpected collapsed killing and injuring scores of people. Having family living in the Twin City area, I took notice of this bridge’s collapse and decided to make a map.

Last year in October I was in the area for my Grandma’s funeral and remember seeing the bridge off in the distance. I even remember being driven across the bridge when I was a lot younger. So unlike most of the maps I’ve made which feature locations I have yet to visit, this one really hits home for me.

View the Google Map of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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NOVA ET ACCVRATISSIMA TOTIVS TERRARVM ORBIS TABVLA [2007 Remix]
|| 7/9/2007 || 2:15 pm || Comments Off on NOVA ET ACCVRATISSIMA TOTIVS TERRARVM ORBIS TABVLA [2007 Remix] || ||

NOVA ET ACCVRATISSIMA TOTIVS TERRARVM ORBIS TABVLA - 2007 Remix by Nikolas Schiller

I updated the Library of Congress‘ version of Joan Blaeu‘s “A New and Accurate Map of the Entire World” (1662?) with NASA’s Blue Marble satellite images. Unlike the previous version, I decided to use a different satellite image for the eastern hemisphere so that the tip of Brazil does not overlap.

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Half Mile O’ Maps
|| 6/5/2007 || 3:10 pm || Comments Off on Half Mile O’ Maps || ||

I haven’t posted anything in a few days because I’ve been working on backing up all the maps I made in 2006 (and the few I’ve made thus far in 2007). I mentioned before that I had over 50 maps to back up from 2006 and I’m proud to say that I have now caught up with the past and I’m 99% up to date!

A few years ago when I first started to back up my maps I created a special excel file to document each map’s respective CD number (currently at CD #356 ) as well as specific meta-data I thought was useful. Each map was backed up twice on two CDs and I would add the corresponding CD number to the excel file. When I started adding the quilt projection maps to the excel file I also began to include the dimensions of the map as well as the shape of the quilt. I recently started to back up on each CD the source aerial photography, the tessellation(s), the on-line imagery (what you see on this website), the 9,000 Xx 6,000 reduced .jpg (what you’d purchase from my on-line store), and the full-size TIFF (18,000 x 12,000 in size and usually between 400 to 600 megabytes each).

One of the nice aspects of using a spreadsheet to catalog my maps is that I am able to tally up various aspects of what I have backed up thus far. This morning I decided to see how large the quilt project would be if each map was printed out at 150 DPI and lined up end to end. The result was nearly a half mile of maps:

the 262 Quilts are 4,576,597 pixels wide
at 150 dots per inch (DPI) that equals:
4,576,597 / 150 = 30,511 inches
30,511in / 12in = 2,542 feet (a lil under a half mile)
(And that is just the quilt projection!!!)

I still need to go back add start adding the dimensions of the rest of the maps I’ve backed up. I wouldn’t doubt that I’m approaching almost a mile of maps…. or at least be close.

As for what’s next; I’m not sure at the moment. I waiting on correspondence from a few libraries concerning the use of their historic maps. I’m attempting to find out if they can be legally sampled for new maps. Moreover, if they can be sold as special editions or if they can only be used for educational purposes. I’ll find out soon enough.
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Downloaded Boulder, Colorado in honor of an old camp friend who came to visit me recently.



LOLmaps
|| 5/24/2007 || 9:42 am || Comments Off on LOLmaps || ||

So last week I mentioned I was working on a new project and after working on it for the last 4 days or so I have nearly completed my latest cartographic creation: LOLmaps

There is still some work to do on the project, but I am quite pleased with how it has turned out thus far. It currently uses the same design as the Lost Series, and I’d ultimately like to code a sequential version, but for now I am enjoying the randomness. After the first revision of the project, I now have a handy-dandy legend for the maps (aka I added numbers to corresponding maps) which explains the background of the project, gives the translations, and locates the maps I have created thus far. But there is still a few more tasks to do before I’d say it’s a completed project (like a Google Map Mashup). Regardless, I am curious as to how the project will be received.

View the Legend for LOLmaps



Comparative Meta-Data of the USGS Orthoimagery of Washington, DC – 2002 / 2005
|| 3/28/2007 || 9:50 am || Comments Off on Comparative Meta-Data of the USGS Orthoimagery of Washington, DC – 2002 / 2005 || ||

With the recent acquisition of the 2005 aerial photography of the White House, I decided to look over the computer generated meta-data that came bundled with the .tif file from the USGS. What I found was somewhat surprising in that the USGS makes note that “No metadata were received with this data.

This essentially means that not only is the White House itself redacted, but the agency/corporation that took the pictures has been redacted as well. In the 2002 meta-data, it explicitly states the name of the corporation that was contracted to take the aerial photography, EarthData International of Maryland, LLC. Yet in the 2005 meta-data this information is suspiciously absent.

I must ask why? Was it done using government planes or was it contracted out? Moreover, why should this fact be removed from the meta-data?

To say the aerial photography magically arrived on the USGS servers is one thing, but to say that it was acquired by EarthData International of Maryland, LLC then processed at a USGS facility gives a better picture of the process involved in the creation of this imagery.

After the fold are the two meta-data files from the 2002 and 2005 USGS orthphotography. Of note is that there is more detailed information about the process invoved to create the 2005 orthoimagery, yet the source of it is withheld.

Daniel Denk at RemoteSensingTools has an interesting take on this issue.

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