This post will stand as a reminder to myself that we can’t always foresee the bumps along the road. I am speaking about the ESRI mapbook submission that was due on November 16, which I missed because of undue difficulties in obtaining and manipulating trivial data. Why do I say trivial? Given the way my submission looks at the moment, I would say it is acceptable, if not near perfect for the mapbook categories of transportation and cartography.
Global Air and Sea Routes
The trivial piece of data missing from this composite image of global air and sea routes is in fact a surficial mode of transportation. However, I would argue that the map in it’s current state is well organized to respond to ESRI’s mapbook request for submission. Given the hundred of thousands of features on the map, a strategic approach was taken to display the map in a pleasing cartographic representation. Also, by displaying both of the transportation networks on one map, I emphasize the significant cross-boundary movement of persons and cargo in our truly globalized world.
By clicking on the map below, you can download the full size version; Arch D; 2592x1728; 0.5mb image.
Given the circumstances with the ESRI mapbook submission, I have chosen to publish this map with the CC-BY-SA creative commons terms. Feel free to make commercial use, remix or share the map, but remember to attribute it to the original author (that’s me!).
This long hiatus has allowed me to think about what types of posts my visitors want to see. Well, I think it is timely that I post another article about the global flight routes because that is one (of two) of my most visited pages by far! But in reality, it is the technical posts that fair very well and consistently bring new visitors. I have a few topics that I want to get through almost immediately, which include cartographic representation of Toronto Open Data, and technical how-to’s on Python Toolboxes for ArcGIS 10.1 and Python Add-Ins for ArcGIS 10.1.
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