Strictly Spatial #11

24 March 2016

Strictly Spatial 11a


Who’s looking forward to the extra-long weekend? I know I am! For those of you who are heading away, this fortnights Strictly Spatial will provide you with some interesting travel reading and might even spice up your car trip. We look at travel times, and how they’ve changed, explore the world through music, look at satellite imagery art and look unconventional ways of searching for shipwrecks. So buckle in and enjoy!

 We came across these cool Isochrone Driving maps (right). They’re really interesting maps and can give an insight into the topology and road structure of a city and the surrounding area. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, there are links to driving maps of various cities (Christchurch included – yay!). These however are in 2 hour increments, and because of New Zealand’s size and lack of borders aren’t as interesting as other countries. Using TomTom data, we created a map of Christchurch with 10 minute intervals from our office. Check it out here.

Strictly Spatial 11b

On the subject of travel, a UK insurances company, The Co-operative Insurance, has created a time travelling map. Using this map will allow you to time travel when you reach 88mph.... Great Scott! Not quite; for the time being Doc, Marty and the infamous DeLorean will remain a Sci-Fi fantasy. What this map does do is let you enter postcodes, towns or cities in the UK and it will show the route as it is now and as it was in 1945.



Strictly Spatial 11cAre you sick of listening to AM talkback whilst driving? Did you forget to load some songs on your phone? Or are you simply fed-up with the one 90s pop rock CD that you always forget to remove from your glove box? Well why not try out Radiooooo? Radiooooo is a fun global music map that allows you to listen to music from anywhere in the world. What further makes this web app interesting is the ability to select music from any decade starting in 1900. You can also take a ‘taxi’ through different countries exploring all sorts of music. Give it a go and see where the music taxi takes you!



Strictly Spatial 11dHow do you use remotely captured imagery? Do you use it as a virtual sightseeing tour? How about using it to perform automated land use classification? Well, a number of developers are utilising the Google Maps API to create art from this imagery. Check them all out here. There are some quite clever visuals here. I particularly like this one.

Who would’ve thought that imagery, captured from space could be used to find shipwrecks under the ocean? Well, imagery from Landsat 8 is being used by a Belgian marine research institute to do just that. It is estimated that only 10% of all shipwrecks have been found. Those that are still ‘missing’ are rumoured to hold billions in treasure, both material and historical. To see how scientists find these missing wrecks, follow the link! And if you find any buried treasure, remember who pointed you in the right direction!

 That’s all for this fortnights Strictly Spatial. I hope you all have a relaxing break, and have enjoyed your four day week (and are looking forward to the following four day week!). Keep safe and don’t eat too much chocolate! If you encounter any cool or interesting spatial stories, let us know! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Email.