Posts Tagged ‘KML’

2008 Mountain Cartography Confernce in Switzerland Approaches

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

 The 6th ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop is approaching  (11 – 15 February 2008) and I just sent in my abstract (see below). This year’s conference will be in Lenk, Switzerland and will focus on Mountain Mapping and Visualisation.

Mountain Cartography Conference

TITLE
Building Smart Interactive Maps: Enabling Map Projections in Adobe Flash

KEYWORDS
Flash, Projection, Mashup, KML, Interactive

ABSTRACT
Adobe Flash allows cartographers the opportunity to build interactive graphics with rich user experiences. However, there are few cartographic tools available for Flash. Most are limited to merely integrating Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, and Microsoft Virtual Earth services into the Flash display. What if you have created your own map with a custom graphic style and a more appropriate, non-Mercator projection? This presentation demonstrates several working examples that read data from external files and then plot features onto world, continent, and country level maps. Choropleth map shading is also supported with several classification options. Using a generalized component tool, maps can quickly be “registered” in Flash by setting several control points and providing projection parameters. More than 10 common projections are supported, including several interrupted forms. Map users are able to interact with the map by reading specific feature names, descriptions, and even data values. Flash’s ability to spatially enable your maps and its many graphic tools allowing interface customization give it a real advantage over generic online services.

Geography Awareness Week, 2007 Edition

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Google and National Geographic are getting into the spirit and have released one of the best Google Earth KMLs I have seen to commemorate Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 11th-17th). Disclosure: I used to work at National Geographic.

The map loads quite a few individual markers but zooms into just one and expands it’s “bubble” (providing an entry point into the graphic) and then proceeds thru the markers as the reader answers quiz questions on a variety of topics about Asia, this year’s featured continent. A far cry from the franticness of NG’s Ivory Wars KML data dump. You will need version 4.2 or better of Google Earth.

Check out the Asia Quiz KML: http://ngsednet.org/documents/ultimate_gaw07.kmz
General info: http://www.google.com/educators/gaw2007.html

Geog Awareness 2007