Note: Welcome to this new content section we are beginning. As the name suggest, the ‘Monthly Maps’ series will do a monthly aggregation of all the maps, map codes, and map news that we loved and flagged during the month concerned (and not necessarily those that were published in the month concerned). Apologies for the late publication of the June 2013 edition. We hope you will enjoy this one and keep following the future editions.


The biggest international news this month was the ‘discovery’ of PRISM and associated technological systems being used by the Government of USA for global media surveillance. WikiLeaks and friends created a very informative map of snooping activities by governments across the world.


And, the OpenStreetMap community went ahead and mapped a secret data center of the National Security Agency of USA being contructed outside Salt Lake City, Utah.


The Humanitarian OSM Team responded to the tragic collapse of a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, by conducting a hands-on tutorial session for the students of School of Data and members of other participating organisations (Open Cities Project and Sourcemap) on using OSM as a data collection, sharing and analysis tool.

Mapping teams from Bangladesh and USA collaborated on drawing out footprints of factory buildings in the Chittagong Export Processing Zone. They also located a database of various companies who have factories in the Export Zone but could not map the companies upon the building footprints without local support from Chittagong. The work highlighted both the opportunities and limitations of remote mapping for situated interventions.


The fabulous MapBox published the fantastic OpenStreetMap Data Report 2013. Go see this beautiful visual report right now! Here is a map from the Data Report showing the freshness of road network data edit updates for India. Red indicates recent updates and green indicates older ones. This gives a clear picture of the areas where the Indian OSM community should focus their mapping attention.


Brandon Rosage shared insights from the map interaction design process of the new CrowdMap and argued that ‘maps should be crafted, not “plugged in”‘:

…I arrived at a solution that pitted the map as the surface on which everything else sat. At the outset, posts were represented by markers on the map, like any other web map. Upon selecting them, though, rather than revealing the traditional popup with a link to “see more,” the concept introduced a white “sheet” that slid in and out of view to toggle focus between location and the post’s detailed content. Sheets flew in and out of view, containing different content (e.g. single post, clusters of posts, all recent posts), depending entirely on what you interacted with.

Juan Valdés, Director of Editorial and Research at National Geographic Maps wrote about NatGeo’s innovations in cartographic typography.


We also located Cisalpin, the celebrated contemporary typeface for cartographic design, created by the Swiss designer/typographer Felix Arnold in the late 1990s. Also check out the downloadable sample of Cisalpin.


Tina Roth Eisenberg shared this great Kickstarter project of making zoomable paper maps, where you can unfold a part of the paper map to zoom in to the area.


The month of June saw awesome new developments in map codes! The biggest of them all was GItHub’s move to support automatic native rendering of .geoJSON as interactive, browsable maps that can be annotated with geotagged data added by the user(s). GitHub is using lovely clean vector basemap tiles from MapBox. Do not forget to check out the docs before going ahead with GitHub maps.



Perhaps fueled by the State of the Map SF conference, it was raining updates in June, led by iD Editor 1.1, MapBox.js v.1.0.1 and Leaflet 0.6.1.


Charlie Loyd of MapBox (again!) wrote a wonderful tutorial for processing Landsat 8 data using open source tools and our very own Shashank Srinivasan created some great maps of Delhi using the same Landsat 8 data.



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