Strictly Spatial 13

21 April 2016


Hi all and welcome to the 13th edition of Strictly Spatial. We promise you this one won’t bring any bad luck! In this edition we take a look how the ANZACs made use of aerial imagery, look at an amazing map showing the composition of sounds in streetscapes and for you Game of Thrones fans, we have something special at the end (no spoilers)! Sit back, have a read and enjoy.

ANZAC cove mapANZAC Day is a time to remember those who have fallen for our country. Two blog posts from Lincoln University (Part 1 and Part 2) published for last year’s centenary contain interesting details, maps and imagery from the ANZAC operations. What amazes me most is how far our mapping technology has come, but also, how advanced the militaries technologies were. In 1915, using the first ever aircraft carrier, aerial photos were taken of ANZAC Cove and Gaba Tepe. These were then manually stitched together to create a map of the area. Pretty amazing work to occur over 100 years ago! Read about it in Part 2 of Lincoln Universities blog.


Streetscape map

Noise in a city can come from many sources; wildlife, humans, traffic and entertainment. This map shows the composition of sounds on streets in various cities around the world. And it looks fantastic – check it out here.  The combination of bright colours on a mostly black basemap is brilliant. Clicking on a street will bring up some more detailed information on the source of the sound. The creators have a short write up on the process which they took to create the map. Unfortunately, no New Zealand cities have been mapped. 

 Often when browsing Google Maps imagery, you can come across some pretty spectacular views. When you dive into street view, you can encounter bizarre scenes and people acting weirdly. Due to how the multiple cameras used to capture Google Street View imagery are stitched together, you can often get some strange, and often nightmarish ‘glitches’. The Quartz blog has compiled a list of the scariest such images and has kindly shared them. Check them out here.

Speaking of Google Street View, Bruce Wayne has allowed them to capture the inside of the Batcave and Wayne Manor! Check out the links here and have an explore.

Property numbersHere in New Zealand we number our properties with odd numbers on the left, and even numbers on the right. This gives a zig-zag appearance to the numbering on our streets. Not all countries use this approach, some use the horseshoe approach which results in the highest numbered building being opposite the lowest numbered building at the start of the street. Each of these methods are fairly easy to work with separately, but when some streets use the zig-zag method and others the horseshoe approach, things get complicated. Berlin is one such city. Check out this map to see which streets in Berlin follow which rule.


Game of Thrones map

There’s two types of people in this world. Those who know what epic TV show is airing its new season on the evening of Sunday 24th (USA time) and those who don’t. For those of you who don’t watch Game of Thrones (GoT), you’re missing out. For those of you who do watch GoT, check out this awesome webmap/app. This webmap/app and its associated REST API were created as part of a JavaScript course at the Technical University of Munich. If you go into the characters link you can see all this exciting data, along with their likelihood to die, and a map of where they’ve been in each episode. I really hope my favourite character doesn’t die!

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