The GB3D Type Fossils Online project, funded by JISC, aims to develop a single database of the type specimens, held in British collections, of macrofossil species and subspecies found in the UK, including links to photographs (including ‘anaglyph’ stereo pairs) and a selection of 3D digital models.
I’ve been looking at new things outside of cities to model and display within ESRI’s WebGL webscene viewer so this was a perfect test. To view this model you need a web browser that supports WebGL (currently Internet Explorer doesn’t) and a reasonable download speed…. you’ve been warned.
Cumbria as a geographic area I think has a lot of online maps and they all vary in quality and usability. Sometimes it looks like the people who are operating them haven’t told other departments what they are doing…. to be fair they probably have but red tape has got in the way…
As a resident I shouldn’t have to check 5 different online maps to check out what’s happening in my area. I certainly shouldn’t have to learn how each one operates!(look I used bold and underline I must be serious)
I can’t help wondering why no one is trying to get a national government mapping organisation whereby everyone gets the same online mapping frontend/interface but is in charge of their own data. A bit like the Planning Portal but for publishing data not just receiving it. If people think this can’t be done, I think people working on the EU’s INSPIRE directive might say otherwise.
What I would like to see is web mapping become central not just an after thought to local and national government websites. Yes there is a place of localisation (depending on usage, tourism, history etc…). But a national web mapping site is needed so we can seamlessly browse geographically adjacent datasets. This would be great not just for residents but also policy makers, politicians and professionals. Imagine for example, seeing planning statistics and local plans for neighbouring authorities on one seamless map? Local councillors could see how neighbouring areas with similar demographics are doing. Think how easy consultation with neighbouring councils could be!
Enough of my musings, I’m off to make a map for a local authority in Iraq….
Update : the title was changed to remove the word fight as web mapping is not worth fighting about… A little post on the dangers of relying on your favourite web mapping sites too much. I’ve just come from a nice holiday in the Highlands of Scotland and we were staying near a place called The Royal Burgh of Tain. As you can see Google Maps (my web mapping of choice) doesn’t have it…. Bing does though.
Tain is only here according to Google
The town of Tain is here on Bing but not labelled on Google…. uh oh
Update: Uh oh @mapsgirl has kindly pointed out that if you use Disqus for your comments on blogger then you won’t be able to get comments to your posts via disqus on the mobile site (the default blogger comments system seems unaffected)
Just a quick news item that if you are visiting this site with a mobile/cell phone you will see a specially formatted site!
How did I do this miracle of modern wizardry you ask?
Use a barcode scanner
Simple I switched my blogger dashboard (goto draft.blogger.com) to draft and then under settings — Email & Mobile checked the following:
Yes, show the mobile version of my template on mobile devices.
I thought I might write a quick post after what I thought was a pretty limited interest piece on my Kindle. Okay it was about some hidden features, but really I wasn’t expecting this. I thought a quick summary of my website statistics was in order.
All I can say is wow, I thought this was a bit odd so I did some checking…. I have a “who’s among us” (see bottom of page) counter and had a look earlier today at the history:
As you can see at the height of yesterdays visitations I had 114 visitors on my site at one stage. Now I know that statistics for websites aren’t an exact science, but I guess this post hit some interest nerve in people (and hit the right website listings!). I do have referral information and it seemed traffic came from some ‘technical’ sites and news boards. I also saw that if you type in “kindle 3 hidden” in Google this site is third on the list, hurrah!
Well that’s it, I just thought it was interesting to see how the correct content can drive visitors to your site. A big thank you to all those who visited and left comments, it’s really appreciated! I hope future posts of mine can be deemed as interesting and of value to people.