Posts tagged 'Maps'

The Angle of the Dangle

Posted by on November 21st 2016 in Just for fun, Maps
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Unlike O.S. maps, this map of Britain is free and can be copied, posted etc. under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License (see here).

 

British Map

LOL @ the BBFC's protractor to the south of the Mull of Kintyre.

 

YHA in the LD

Posted by on November 25th 2010 in Maps, Thanks

I've an interest in old maps. Until recently I had some from the mid- and late- 20th century that I referred to often when planning outings in the Lake District, the sort of maps that A.W. himself might have had at his disposal. It was interesting to compare them to what's now available online. Although the lie of the land doesn't change much over a short span of time, a lot of the detail does. Access-points change, paths are re-routed, buildings are added, subtracted, re-designated...

Anyways, I'd been looking at those little Hostel symbols on the paper and not seeing the corresponding features on the ground (or on the lappy screen), so I got it into my head that I wanted to find out a bit more about them. You'd think that Google would be a good place to start, but it ain't so - finding information about nameless hostels that closed over 50 years ago isn't as easy as finding a bargain netbook on t'internet. Poring over old YHA Handbooks revealed a fair bit of information, but I found the best source of data a few days ago - Hannah Curzon (YHA Historian). She's been extremely helpful, sending me spreadsheets of data with grid-refs, dates, pics and all sorts of other nice bits of info, and for all that I owe her my thanks. FWIW, I found Hannah's contact details here.

I'm currently collating the stuff and trying to get it into some semblance of order. For starters, I wanted to get make some spatial sense of it all, so I've done a preliminary rough map-plot of the 59 (so far) locations of past and present hostels using Umapper. For now it has only minimal information on it, hopefully I will put more flesh on the bones when time allows. Here's how it looks so far, feel free to provoke it with your mouse:

 

[umap id="82133" tp="9" size="l" alignment="center"]

Key: Green = currently in operation, others = decommissioned.

Fame!

Posted by on November 10th 2008 in In the News, Maps, Plugins

That there map of my Wainwrights and routes (2 posts below this one)... it's Map of the Week over at UMapper HQ.

Gobsmacked.

I've not even finished it yet.

UMapper updated

Posted by on November 6th 2008 in Great Escapes, Maps, Plugins

UMapper's now got quite a few more features, the best one is the (beta) ability to import data in GPX, KML and geoRSS formats. Preliminary mucking-about has resulted in me importing a whole load of my Lake District walking routes from the Memory-Map installation on my lappy. Be warned - it takes a while to load. Later on, I'll get around to adding some notes/markers/lines etc., but for now, WYSIWYG.

 

Just testing UMapper

Posted by on July 3rd 2008 in Maps, Rambling on...

I've been playing around with UMapper, another nice map-making service. It says that it's "the first universal web-based map-layering engine", and they claim that it's good for Blogger and WordPress, amongst other blog services. You get the choice of Google Maps, Microsoft Virtual Earth or OpenStreet. I've had a go with the WordPress plug-in version and made this without having to leave the WP admin area:

 

[umap id="1747" size="l" alignment="center"]

 

STOP PRESS! July 23rd 2008: Version 1.2.0 of the UMapper plugin was released, but it broke the blog when I updated to it, preventing me accessing any of the blog admin. I had to delete the plugin files and reinstall version 1.1.8.

STOP PRESS! July 25th 2008: Version 1.3.2 of the UMapper plugin was released, but it broke the blog when I updated to it, preventing me accessing any of the blog admin, and giving the following error-messgae: Fatal error: Cannot redeclare media_admin_css() (previously declared in /home/beardedg/public_html/wp-content/plugins/umapper/Umapper.php:140) in /home/beardedg/public_html/wp-admin/includes/media.php on line 198. I had to delete the plugin files and reinstall version 1.1.8 again.

STOP PRESS! July 27th 2008: Version 1.3.6 of the UMapper plugin was released, but it broke the blog when I updated to it, preventing me accessing any of the blog admin, and giving the following error-messgae: Fatal error: Cannot redeclare media_admin_css() (previously declared in /home/beardedg/public_html/wp-content/plugins/umapper/Umapper.php:140) in /home/beardedg/public_html/wp-admin/includes/media.php on line 198. I had to delete the plugin files and reinstall version 1.1.8 yet again.

STOP PRESS! July 28th 2008: Version 1.3.71 of the UMapper plugin was released, and it installs but doesn't work right yet (nothing happens when I click on the "Add UMapper Map" icon in the write post admin screen). Many thanks to Vic for the info about the update.

STOP PRESS! July 28th 2008: Cleared the cache and rebooted, all's working now. Happiness is restored. :grin:

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