Blog posts tagged maps

Geotagging at SFO Museum: Protomaps, search and reverse-geocoding

Title image for Geotagging at SFO Museum: Protomaps, search and reverse-geocoding

The bad news is that, when you look closely, there really are that many moving pieces when it comes to something like geotagging photos. The good news is that nearly all of those moving pieces, from the underlying data to the tools to operate on those data, are within the reach of cultural heritage as low-cost and open-source alternatives to the commercial offerings. We may still need to stitch those pieces together to meet the needs of a specific institution but at least they are within reach now.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on May 03, 2021 and tagged golang, geotagging, whosonfirst, geocoding, reverse-geocoding, placeholder and maps.

Geotagging at SFO Museum, Part 8 – Old maps

Title image for Geotagging at SFO Museum, Part 8 – Old maps

What’s become clear as we work through geotagging photos in the SFO Museum collection is that it’s very useful to be able to geotag things using a map from, or near to, the same year that a photo was taken. The facts on the ground change often and fast enough at SFO that it can be hard to make sense of an old photo using a contemporary map.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on May 04, 2020 and tagged sfo, collection, history, geotagging and maps.

Geotagging at SFO Museum, part 2 – First Steps

Title image for Geotagging at SFO Museum, part 2 – First Steps

In the end we may deploy this application for staff as a hosted website on the internet but we would like to have the ability and the flexibility for staff to also run the application locally, from their desktop. The majority of museum staff are not developers and won’t know how or be able, or want, to install the external dependencies that might be necessary for an application written in another programming language to run.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on April 24, 2020 and tagged geotagging, sfo, collection, golang and maps.

Map updates, 2019 - 2020

Title image for Map updates, 2019 - 2020

We’ve updated the historical aerial maps section of the Mills Field website to include imagery from 2019. We’ve also made some user interface and user experience changes to the map to improve its use on small and mobile sized devices.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on January 10, 2020 and tagged maps and history.

More recent old maps (and the shapes in the details)

Title image for More recent old maps (and the shapes in the details)

Wandering around the airport at high zoom levels, seeing the “shape” of airport in its details, is so much fun we’ve added a handy 📷 button to the map that will allow you to create an image of whatever you happen to be looking at.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on November 06, 2019 and tagged history, maps, rasterzen, sfo and whosonfirst.

Sweet spots between the extremes

Title image for Sweet spots between the extremes

This is a technical blog post about map tiles, caching, third-party services, so-called “serverless” computing and sustainability. It’s also about improvements to open-source software for managing all of that stuff.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on November 07, 2018 and tagged aws, golang, whosonfirst, maps, nextzen and rasterzen.

More old maps and more-better architectures

Title image for More old maps and more-better architectures

All of these many SFOs are important because they help to contextualize things (like the photo of Rotunda A) in the moment but also to demonstrate how that context has changed over the years.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on October 04, 2018 and tagged architecture, maps, opendata, whosonfirst, sfo and history.

Who’s On First at SFO Museum

Title image for Who’s On First at SFO Museum

Today, we are happy to announce the first release of historical building footprints and interior spaces, including galleries and public art, at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) as an openly licensed dataset. The data spans the years 1954 through 2018 and is published under the Linux Foundation’s Community Data License Agreement - Permissive 1.0 (CDLA).

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on August 28, 2018 and tagged architecture, opendata, whosonfirst, sfo and maps.

Old maps (and old map tiles) at SFO Museum

Title image for Old maps (and old map tiles) at SFO Museum

Did you notice the aerial overlay of the airport in final image in our last blog post about maps? That’s what this blog post is about.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on August 07, 2018 and tagged maps and sfo.

Maps (and map tiles) at SFO Museum

Title image for Maps (and map tiles) at SFO Museum

Maybe these maps are simply a fail-safe and only used when nothing else works. Their value then comes from giving us the confidence to try a more sophisticated approach while still having a way to get home safely, so to speak.

This is a blog post by aaron cope. It was published on July 31, 2018 and tagged maps, nextzen, sfo, aws, golang and rasterzen.

Syndication feeds for this weblog are available in the Atom 1.0 and RSS 2.0 formats.