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Watch Aris Venetikidis’ “Making sense of maps” talk at TED

Map designer Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city — less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places. How can we learn from these mental maps to make better real ones? As a test case, he remakes the notorious Dublin bus map

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Watch Lalitesh Katragadda’s “Making maps to fight disaster, build economies” talk at TED

As of 2005, only 15 percent of the world was mapped. This slows the delivery of aid after a disaster — and hides the economic potential of unused lands and unknown roads. In this short talk, Google’s Lalitesh Katragadda demos Map Maker, a group map-making tool that people around the globe are using to map their world […]

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Autodesk Buys Software Assets From Boss International

Autodesk has acquired certain assets from Boss International, Inc. to expand its water resources analysis capabilities for the architecture, engineering and construction industry […]

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Design Software

Listen to Peter Rieks’ “Autodesk, SQL Server 2008, and Spatial Data” talk at MSND’s Channel 9

MSDN’s Channel talked to Peter Rieks, who is the product manager for Autodesk’s Geospatial products, about how they are delivering that vision, and the impact of SQL Server 2008 in this market, allowing their customers to visualize, simulate, and analyze designs […]

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Watch Manuel Lima’s “Visual Complexity and Mapping Complex Networks” talk at IxDA | Interaction ‘09 conference

In this talk, Manuel Lima leverages the existing pool of knowledge from Visual Complexity (VC ) to convey a current portrait of network visualization. It illustrates some of its current trends and representation methods, and explore the reasons behind the recent outburst. It highlights some seminal executions and finalize with the exaltation of interactivity as the key measure of cognition in Information Visualization, by presenting a series of interaction design principles for exploring complex networks […]

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Autodesk Contributes Coordinate System Software to the Open Source Community

Autodesk has announced that it has donated the source code for CS-Map coordinate system technology to the open source community and is seeking to establish it as part of an official OSGeo Foundation project for coordinate reference systems. The contribution represents Autodesk’s third major contribution to the open source community, following its MapGuide Open Source and Feature Data Object (FDO) Data Access Technology donations […]