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#FOSS4G give to the 2018 Travel Grant Programme NOW

I am sitting at FOSS4G with a little smile on my face. We have just handed out the last of ten travel grants to people who would not have been able to have make the trip to Boston without our support. When you meet these people and hear a little more of their stories you know how important it is that we enable more people to experience FOSS4G. This year we crowdfunded over $1,500 to […]


Maps with friends 2

One of the best things about working in the mapping business is the friends that I have made, of course the best thing of all is maps, maps and more maps. So how great was it when my pal Ken Field suggested that we go to the British Library for their “Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line” exhibition? Good idea, I’m up for that. For a little bonus, Ken persuaded Tom Harper, a curator […]


What3F***s 1

Warning: This post contains swear words. Younger readers, those of a sensitive disposition, the elderly and many others should NOT read on. If you are still reading, I assume you are not a cartoprude and can decode the asterisks in the post title, I am old enough to still be ill at ease with using swear words in print/online and will do my best to minimise the f***s. If you follow my ramblings here and […]


A 404 message

I got a couple of these messages when I recently moved my website to a new host, which prompted lots of export/import/backup and hacky things. Along the way I noticed that since I first started writing this GIScussion stuff in November 2006, I have published 404 posts. That’s a lot of enthusing, babbling and ranting on geo topics and things open. Hopefully I have still got a few things to say before the 10th birthday later this […]


When politics meet maps there is no right 1

Old atlases are fun Old school atlases are fascinating, they reflect the ways we learned geography and how we were taught political geography. They are probably the reason that I hated geography at school and dropped it at the first opportunity only to rediscover a love for the digital version much later in life. When I was a kid a lot of the world was coloured pink, for my non Brit readers this was the colour […]