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Weekliii Round-Up: News on Big Data Investments, Maps of Mars, and More

Happy Friday, all! We have made it to the end of another week. The posts we've shared as part of our #DailyBrainCandiii campaign this week have incidentally followed a cartography and Big Data theme. Don't let that scare you off though - they are fun for the whole geo-family.

Although I have enjoyed reading all the articles this week, this may be my favorite. Its content is very map-centric, even if different than what we typically share. This article comes from a geographer and landscape architecture professor who realized the power of map making as well as how they can be used to define their community. Dennis Wood’s narrative atlas explores the representation of common aspects – like fence size or mail delivery route – of a small neighborhood in North Carolina.

This buzzword is not a stranger to our #DailyBrainCandiii line-up. It is continuously a hot topic for good reason. As technology grows so too does the speed at which we acquire fresh data. At first glance, this sounds like a good thing.

However, what about the time and resources it takes to continuously process this data – all while ensuring you glean the most useful pieces from the group?

This article delves into this side of Big Data, offering resources on the most efficient ways for teams to clean and prepare large amounts of information.

Interested in crime trends in large cities? This post from Esri involving an interactive web map allows you to scour those of New York City.

In an age when the known world has been mapped multiple times over and we can find the route to travel from our door step to miles away just by asking Siri, it is only natural if we do not truly appreciate or understand the strides that the cartographers who came before us took to get us to this point. The majority of these ancient cartographers did not see themselves as such in the first place. This article talks about the history of map-making and how individuals like Sir John Mandeville were responsible for the first maps simply because they chose to chart their travels.

We are 2 for 2 with data deliciousness this week. While the other article discusses the process of preparing data, this article attacks the issue of ensuring you have the correct data. What questions should you ask? What key features should you focus on? These questions and more are explored in this #DailyBrainCandiii post.

View of Medieval Map of Mars.

This week’s pick for #MapOfTheDay comes to us in the form of Mars missions mapping. Now, say that five times fast. Based on data released by NASA as well as the USGS Color-Coded Contour Map of Mars, this map is given a Victorian style to make it stand out. Pulled from its original post here, the cartographer responsible for this work explains their reasoning behind certain selections as well as where much of the image and nomenclature originated.

The Recap Continued...

Catch our #MarcoMonday post of the week? It waxes poet on the wonders of Integrated Marco Mystic that aide in better determining the age of data on the network.


#DailyBrainCandiii and #WeekliiiRoundUp are inspired by brain candiii, a division of Integrated Informatics that develops Geographic Information System (GIS) training for Energy and Natural Resources professionals.


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