I just downloaded and installed the latest version of QGIS, version 1.6. It isn’t officially out yet, but it should be released any time soon now. For the impatient ones, you can download the source code and compile it yourself.
It has a bunch of welcome new features and improvements. One that is particularly useful if you want to make nice (printed) maps is the improved labeling tool. Continue reading Improved labeling tool in QGIS
XML files are becoming more and more important to store data, including geographical data. Well known examples are the KML, aka Keyhole Markup Language and GML, a geographic markup language. The ‘Data and GIS tips‘ blog explains how you can use Freemind, a mind manager software, to to easily explore and edit your XML files. Definately something to check out if you want to learn more about KML, GLM or other XML format. Continue reading Using Freemind to explore and edit XML files
I have lived in Kenya for seven years and this advert of Safaricom, a Kenyan mobile company, made me realize how much I miss it. It shows some of the beautiful and spectacular landscapes Kenya is famous for. For those who have never been there, take a look and you might understand why visitors invariably fall in love with the country. For those who have been there, great to see familiar places filmed in a spectacular way. OK, this has nothing to do with the usual subjects I write about… but much more beautiful :-)
History, nature and land use changes, it all comes together in ‘Verborgen wildernis’ (Hidden Wildernes) by Kester Freriks. It is a book describes about twenty five former ‘wildernesses’ in the Netherlands, in their current and historical context and based on and illustrated by historical maps. These include maps from the ‘De Atlas der Neederlanden‘ (atlas of the Netherlands), part of the special collections of the University of Amsterdam). It gives a good idea of what [wilderness] has been lost, but also what can still be found, if only one wants to find it. See this website for an interview with the author (in Dutch).
Reading the book I became curious about what historical maps of the Netherlands would be available online. Continue reading Looking for historical maps of the Netherlands